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Our holiday gift to you! Text Me Merry Christmas (Clean)

Straight-No-Chaser-ft.-Kristen-Bell-Text-Me-Merry-ChristmasAs a holiday thank you to our wonderful clients, here is a FREE clean edit of Text Me Merry Christmas by Straight No Chaser, featuring Kristen Bell. This version has been edited and cleaned to remove all potentially objectionable lyrics. In this form, the song is completely G-rated, and safe for the whole family. The length is 2:30 for a jazz or tap dance routine. A 2:00 length version is also available below. Just click the link of either version and follow the instructions to get your free edited version.

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(*Free if you already own the song in iTunes, otherwise it will be $1.29.)

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Hot Hot Hot New Dance Music – Uptown Funk!

markronsonbrunomarsvideograb600Bruno Mars is the lead singer on Mark Ronson’s new, ultra-funky song, Uptown Funk. The groove is MASSIVE, and will get you up and dancing with its infectious beat. The only problem with this song, from a dance teacher’s point of view, is that it’s long (4:30), and there are lyrics inappropriate for dance students throughout. (As example, the background singers sing “hot damn” through the verses.) There are some other inappropriate lyrics sprinkled throughout as well.

Good news for dance teachers, Squirrel Trench Audio has been hard at work, editing the song into FOUR different lengths to get you exactly the right length for your students! The four timings are 2:45, 2:32, 2:16, and 1:59. And in all four versions, the lyrics have been CLEANED, so that there is no objectionable content in it.

This song is SO hot, it should come with a warning label:
Warning: Uptown Funk is so hot that multiple playbacks on your stereo system could cause dancers to lose control and overheat.

What are you waiting for? Click on one of the players below to get your clean copy of Uptown Funk to use in your next dance routine!

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New Music Monday: Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon

Walk The MoonBe the first to use this new and peppy song, with a bit of a rock edge, guaranteed to be the soundtrack for a delightful competition or recital dance routine. Shut Up and Dance is a brand new song from Cincinnati, Ohio-based band Walk The Moon. Give it a spin, and take it home in your Legitmix shopping cart. Three lengths are available so that you can choose the right length to create choreography for your group, duo, or solo; no editing or cutting required.

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon – 2:34 version:

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon – 2:49 version:

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon – 2:00 version:
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Hard rock music for advanced competitive dancers

0401kxmOne of the challenges facing choreographers is age appropriateness. What works for 9-12 years olds is not going to be ideal for 15-17 year olds. When you have advanced teen dancers and are looking to give them something modern and fresh with a rock and roll edge, check out the latest offering from Squirrel Trench Audio: an edited version of Do It Now from the new self-titled album by KXM. Preview the track below, and if this is your song, take it home via the Legitmix shopping cart:

Enter Sandman by Metallica is now also available, edited for a 2:45 routine length:

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Five songs for your next lyrical routine

Here are five beautiful songs, perfectly edited for your next lyrical competition or recital routine. Start to finish, these songs are edited to be as flawless as your choreography. Give them a listen, and if any one of them is the perfect song for you, take it home via the Legitmix shopping cart.

  1. Try by Colbie Caillat (This is a FREE edit)
  2. Only Hope by Mandy Moore
  3. Safety Dance by Sleeping at Last (yes, this is a lyrical version)
  4. Rhiannon’s Breath is the Wind; mashup by Fingertrouble; original songs by Fleetwood Mac and Sia
  5. You’re The One That I Want by Angus and Julia Stone (yes, a lyrical version)

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Get My Name by Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas_Cover.600x600-75Musician Mark Ballas has hit the scene with a great new song called Get My Name. Get My Name features a terrific groove, a 122 bpm tempo, and is perfect for your next jazz or tap dance routine. Squirrel Trench offers three original remix-edit versions of this fun song at lengths of 2:45, 2:30, and 2:00. These unique remixed and edited versions do not exist anywhere else, and are only available from Squirrel Trench Audio via Legitmix.

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Five songs for your next tap routine

Here are five songs, each with a taptastic groove. Each of these songs is already edited to the right length for competition (two-minute versions for recitals are also available for most of them). Click the play button next to any song below to hear it, and if it’s your song, click it’s name to put it in your Legitmix shopping cart and take it home with you.

  1. Lips Are Movin – Meghan Trainor
  2. Calling All Angels – The Town Criers (a cappella)
  3. Come With Me Now – Kongos
  4. Hit Me – Dirty Loops
  5. Get My Name – Mark Ballas

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Creepy music for creepy routines

zombie_dancer_by_slice14414-d32ff86Happy Halloween!

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will appear at your doorway tonight, and if you have dancers who would delight in dancing a routine with deliciously macabre music, we have some selections that would be perfect in our Legitmix store. Here are our spooky and/or creepy offerings:

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How to find fantastic music that isn’t overused

Happy-New-Years-Fireworks-2014-WallpaperFor all the dancers going to Nationals in the next few weeks, break a leg! I know some studios have already finished their Nationals, but in any case, the 4th of July for many dancers, teachers, and studios means it’s time to start working on music for the upcoming season.

Just thought I’d share this tidbit, that comes courtesy of my girlfriend, dance teacher extraordinaire Lesley Lambert, for finding that hidden gem of a song… you know, that one you hear at a dance comp, and can’t believe that no one else is using this amazing song. Here’s one way to do it:

Go to Spotify or Pandora or iTunes Radio, and play a song that you really like. Then turn it into a radio station, and you’ll have a whole bunch of similar songs, many of which you may have never heard of before. Give them a listen, and pick out the gem for your next routine!

Happy hunting and happy independence day!

Clean your dance, clean your music

clean_music_by_fatihakgungorCompetition season for dancers is here in earnest. This past weekend featured two studios utilizing Squirrel Trench music for their routines at the same competition (27 routines!). We’re thrilled to report a slew of 1st Places, Platinum, High Golds and Overalls were garned by these dedicated and hardworking dancers and choreographers.

Now that we’re in the competition phase of the year, don’t forget to clean your music at the same time you’re cleaning your routines and costumes. If there is a hiccup, jump, skip, mis-matched beat in your music, or section of music that is too soft, or not punchy enough, too fast or too slow, it’s not too late to get it fixed in time for the next regionals competition.

Already, Squirrel Trench Audio has helped dance teachers and studio owners get higher scores for their routines in a number of ways. For one tap number, the dancers were rushing too fast for the music. Solution? Speed up the music. For another studio, the routine was receiving deductions for inappropriate language. Solution? Inappropriate language obscured through clever remixing by Squirrel Trench. For another studio, the music they were using was too soft compared to all the other music being used. Solution? Brought up to current loudness levels by Squirrel Trench through a process known as mastering.

We know that many dance teachers and studios cut their own music. One of the potential pitfalls to self-cut music is that in the course of rehearsing the number five hundred times, any mistakes or hiccups eventually sound normal, just because you become used to hearing it that way. Of course, the judges will be hearing it for the first time, and if there is a hiccup, skip, jump or any other strangeness in the audio, it detracts from the polish you’ve worked so hard to achieve with your students.

So find a friend who can listen to your competition music with fresh ears. If they hear something that doesn’t sound right, send it my way to get it fixed in time for your next Regionals, so that you’ve got it the best it can be in time for Nationals. If you have something that needs fixing, use this Online Request Form, or email me at: morriss@squirreltrenchaudio.com

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