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Don’t let your music hold back your competition score

dancer-with-music-flowers.jpgIt’s that time of year…. when hours upon hours of dance rehearsal are getting ready to be brought to the big stages of competitions. Dance parents have poured hundreds upon hundreds of dollars into lessons, dance teachers have poured their heart and soul into creative choreography, costumes have been chosen and tried on, competition fees have been paid, and hotel rooms booked.

Dance teachers are doing their best to insure every aspect of the dance is as clean as a whistle. Entrances and exits are tight. Costumes, hair, and makeup is perfect and ready to go.

There’s just one thing left, that some choreographers forget to clean, and that is their music. There are several things you want to check, to make sure your music is as clean and perfect as it can be for competition.

Transitions: Make sure that every transition is precise and smooth. Hiccups, jumps, pops, or other glitches take the audience and judges out of the moment, distracting them from the beauty of the dance. In addition, bad edits can make it more difficult for the dancers to stay on tempo. Precise transitions, on the beat, are made far easier when you align the music to a tempo grid. Click here for more information on Finding the Tempo.

Lyrics: CHECK YOUR LYRICS. Judges will MAKE DEDUCTIONS for inappropriate language used in your music. There is no need for these deductions! Why risk the thousands of dollars that have been invested in your dance with an unnecessarily lowered score? You wouldn’t put your dancers on stage with tattered costumes, so why would you put them on stage with lyrics that have the potential to offend a judge?

Volume: Make sure you have not accidentally lowered the volume of your music in the editing process. Older songs can often have the volume raised without distortion in a process called mastering.

Clarity: Make sure you are not using a song imported from YouTube (more explanation on why). The quality often suffers and that loss of clarity will be amplified in a theater or convention hall.

If any of your songs needs cleaning, Squirrel Trench Audio is at your service. We have cleaned songs for lyrics, transitions, volume and clarity many times, and have literally helped dance studios increase their scores because of it. Use this request form to get your music cleaned! Squirrel Trench Audio also has clean versions of many songs ready to choreograph. For instance, here are clean versions of:

DON’T LET YOUR MUSIC HOLD YOU BACK FROM THE BEST SCORE YOUR DANCERS CAN ACHIEVE. 

Uptown Funk Clean Lyric Sheet

bruno-mars-snlAs the creator of the popular clean edit of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars, I was recently asked to supply a lyric sheet of this cleaned version.

Here is a link to the PDF of Uptown Funk (Squirrel Trench Clean Version) lyric sheet.

The full-length clean version of Uptown Funk is available here on Legitmix for only $4.99. This clean version features the exciting intro as performed on Saturday Night Live, as well as being sped up slightly for maximum excitement while retaining the fantastic groove.

In some cases, the words “sexy” and “flaunt it” need to be taken out as well. For those instances, we have the super squeaky version where that has been eliminated also:

In addition, there are five edited versions available for just about any dance routine you might need; 2:58, 2:46, 2:32, 2:16, and 1:59. They are available individually for $9.99, or you can buy every length for $11.99:

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Lyrics that have been eliminated from these clean versions include “damn” “bitch” and “put some liquor in it”. “Sexy” and “Flaunt it” have also been removed from the super squeaky clean version and the shortened versions. Click on the above PDF link to see the full lyric contents. Words that have been eliminated are shown with a strike-through.

We also do custom editing, so if you need a version of Uptown Funk, but didn’t find exactly what you need here, use the online Request Form here.

Katy Perry, Queen of the Super Bowl

katy perry chessmenWhile 2015’s Super Bowl was one of the finest from a sports perspective, Katy Perry’s halftime entertainment may have stolen the show. Inspired by this amazing spectacle, this Queen of the Super Bowl mix features the first two numbers from this performance, Roar and Dark Horse. The length is 2:41 for a jazz or hip hop dance routine.

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Squirrel Appreciation Day!

squirrel-jazz-hands-iconGuess what day it is? GUESS. WHAT. DAY. IT. IS! It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! (No, I have never heard of that before either, but I guess it’s really a thing.)

In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, it is our turn to appreciate YOU, our fabulous clients who keep Squirrel Trench Audio busy with all of your custom music editing and remixing requests! And to show our appreciation to you, we are giving away a FREE edit of Colbie Caillat’s beautiful song “Try”, which is perfect for a lyrical dance. Get your FREE copy of Try right here on Legitmix:

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Uptown Funk (Clean version) – album now available

uptown funk jazz handsDue to the runaway popularity of our clean version of Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, we’ve created an album containing every length (six) of this song, that we’ve created to date. Our clean version of Uptown Funk is super-smooth – no awkward hiccups to interrupt the song’s funktastic groove! Most of our clean versions also include the exciting intro as performed on Saturday Night Live – an intro which is not heard on the iTunes release of the song.

This album contains six different lengths of the song, and is a terrific bargain at $11.99, a savings of 78% compared to buying each version of the song individually!

The six versions of the songs are: 4:28 (full length), 2:58, 2:45, 2:32, 2:15, and 1:59. One of the lengths is sure to be perfect for your jazz, tap, or hip hop competition or recital dance routine.

Grab your complete Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Clean Version album now! Or just purchase the length you need for your dance routine!

If you know what length you need, click these links below to get it. Each edited version is $9.99; or the full-length version is $4.99:
4:28 (full length)2:582:452:322:151:59

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CLEAN, full-length Uptown Funk now available


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Due to popular demand, Squirrel Trench Audio is pleased to announce a clean, full-length version of Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ groovetastic Uptown Funk. This version has several unique twists, including the spicy intro as performed Saturday Night Live. This intro is only available here at Squirrel Trench Audio! Potentially objectionable lyrics have been removed with NO disruption to the funktastic groove. Removed lyrics include “hot damn” “bi*ch” and “put some liquor in it”.

This clean version sounds even better than the original!

Best of all, due to this song’s amazing popularity, this version is now available for only $4.99. NOW GO GET YOUR GROOVE ON!

Take a listen: 
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In addition to the full length version above, we also offer five pre-cut lengths, perfect for competition or recital routines:

Uptown Funk 2:58 • Uptown Funk 2:45 • Uptown Funk 2:32

Uptown Funk 2:16 • Uptown Funk 1:59

Lyrical dance music with an anti-bullying message

violin-red-roseBullying is an all-too-common problem for young people as they enter middle school and high school. Dance can be very therapeutic and helpful to relieve the anxiety of bullying tendencies, and art is always a great way to get through with a message. Squirrel Trench Audio has put together a soundtrack that could serve as the musical foundation for your lyrical dance conveying an anti-bullying message. The music is a shortened version of Vitamin String Quartet doing a cover version of “I’ll Stand By You” originally written by Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders.

In addition, we have a the same version of “I’ll Stand By You”, but without the added dialogue here:

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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.)

Click here for custom edits or remixes.

Jessie J is Burnin’ Up (Clean Edit)

jessie-j-burnin-up-videoJessie J’s song Burnin’ Up is a sizzling track, but there is some language not appropriate for young dancers. Squirrel Trench Audio has four cuts ready for your choreography, at routine length, and all potentially objectionable lyrics have been removed. Pick out the right length for your routine, 2:49, 2:33, 2:10, or 1:54, and take it home via Legitmix:

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10 song ideas for your next jazz dance routine

Squirrel Trench Audio offers you ten songs for your next jazz dance routine. All songs are available in dance routine lengths under three minutes, on Legitmix at the following links:

1 – Uptown Funk (Squirrel Trench Clean Edit) by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

2 – Hit Me by Dirty Loops

3 – Ain’t Been Done by Jessie J

4 – Heads Will Roll (Squirrel Trench Remix) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

5 – Geronimo by Sheppard

6 – Lips Are Movin by Meghan Trainor

7 – Get My Name (Squirrel Trench Mix) by Mark Ballas

8 – Werk (Squirrel Trench Mix) by Ceresia

9 – That Man by Caro Emerald

10 – Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

For custom edits or remixes, use this form: Custom music edit/remix request form

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