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All You Need Is Help From Friends

the-voice-judges-finale-performance-with-a-little-help-from-my-friendsRecently a dance teacher requested a mix of songs, for the benefit of a little girl fighting stage 4 cancer. This teacher wanted to use the song All You Need Is Love combined with others for a 2.5 minute routine. I added the Tom Petty song I Won’t Back Down and wrapped it up with With a Little Help from My Friends. To create freshness, I used cover versions of all of these songs; Brandi Carlile’s upbeat version of All You Need Is Love, Blake Shelton & Dia Frampton’s The Voice version of I Won’t Back Down, and concluded with Brandon Roush’s The Voice version of With A Little Help From My Friends.

This uplifting and original Squirrel Trench mix is perfect for any dance routine designed to pay tribute and be inspiring to someone going through a tough time, whether it’s a medical battle or the loss of a loved one.

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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. 

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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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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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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Your Lips are Movin by Meghan Trainor

meghan-trainor-glamour-feature-november-issueMeghan Trainor has already scored a big hit with her upbeat single, All About That Bass, even before her album has officially been fully released. Another song, with an infectious groove, from that album is “Your Lips Are Movin”. With a fantastic beat, and fun lyrics, this song is going to make your jazz dance or tap dance routine soar. We have three lengths available: 2:48, 2:32, and 1:58.

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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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