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:
Nationals have wrapped up, summer dance camps have begun, and we are now in the full hunt for just that right pieces of magical music for next season’s routines. A cappella (which means without instruments) songs can be a fantastic choice for tap, if your student is a strong hoofer, because the music is open enough to let the sound of the taps really ring through. If you have other great song ideas for tap routines, leave them in the comments below and I’ll add ’em! If you want to use any of these songs and need them edited perfectly for competition, we’d love to edit it for you. Also, we have song suggestions for Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, and Kid Friendly Hip Hop. And here are even more songs for tap, and Songs for Tap, Part 1 and Part 2.
I’d Like To (a cappella) – Voices In Your Head
Jesse’s Girl (vocal style) – Co Co Beaux (Rick Springfield cover)
I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker – Sandy Thom
Rolling In The Deep – Angela Wolff (Adele cover)
4 Minutes (acoustic) – Boyce Avenue (Madonna cover)
A Cappella in Acapulco (a cappella)- The Real Group
Dancing Queen (acoustic guitar) – Frank Turner (ABBA cover)
Need any of these songs edited to dance routine length? Let me know.
Below are some more song ideas for your next masterpiece of tap choreography. These will work for competition or recital. If you have other great song ideas, leave them in the comments below and I’ll add ’em! If you want to use any of these songs and need them edited perfectly for competition, we’d love to serve it up for you. Also, we have song suggestions for Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, and Kid Friendly Hip Hop. And here are even more songs for tap, and Songs for Tap, Part 1 and Part 3.
Jukebox – Mara and David
Trashin’ the Camp – Town Criers
PJ & Rooster – OutKast
Mighty Mighty – Earth Wind & Fire
Tightrope – Stevie Ray Vaughn
Right Now – Pussycat Dolls
Scatman – Mark’ Oh
Need a song edited or cut to dance routine length? Check out the form here.
I’ve already started editing songs for the 2011-2012 season… put your requests in now before I get swamped! And if you are searching for a song, let me know what song was used for the routine the previous year, and I’ll suggest a new one for this year!
If you are a tapper at heart, you’re gonna love this video:
Naturally, I added this song to the list of songs that would make for a great tap routine.
Looking for a fantastic song for your next dance routine? You’ve come to the right place. Check out our listings of great songs for dance routines in the styles of: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Kid-Friendly Hip Hop. You can also browse our Legitmix catalog below. If you have a song that needs to be edited for dance competition or recital, Squirrel Trench Audio is ready to get it done for you. Click here for a custom remix order form.
What makes a good song choice for dance competitions?
• a great beat
• appropriate tempo
• fits the dance student
• fits the style of dance
• the teacher enjoys it too (since he/she is going to hear it 500 times during rehearsals!)
• it’s not overused in dance competitions and recitals
How can you find songs that are off the beaten path? Here are several ways:
• Check out the Song Selections for various dance styles on this site
• Go to iTunes or iTunes radio, and find songs you like. Browse other songs and artists that iTunes suggests are similar
• Go to Spotify or Pandora.com and start a new “channel” with a song you like, and see what songs it puts into the playlist of that channel
• Go to dance.net and check out song ideas offered by other dance teachers, or dancemom.com
You can also find songs and unique remixes with cleaned lyrics, already edited (cut) to routine length in Squirrel Trench’s Legitmix catalog:
Here’s our latest remix, designed specifically for you to choreograph your next contemporary dance routine bound for competition. It combines three different versions of Incubus’ song Drive, including one by Vitamin String Quartet. Check it out! The only thing that’s missing is your choreography! If you like what you hear, email me.
For another sample of my remix work, check out Pixie Hollow, a remix for a character dance.
I’ve been busy here at Squirrel Trench Audio getting songs ready for the upcoming competition season. It’s been a blast doing the music editing for this Top 10 studio, and I can’t wait to see the amazing routines this studio will do with the music this year!
The piece I am most excited for is a medley/original creation we’ve called “Pixie Hollow.” This character piece for 8-10 year olds was envisioned by dance instructor Lesley Lambert. She supplied me with several related pieces of music, including spoken voice, which I then wove together into a spritely montage. I know this is going to win some awards this year!
Other songs which I’ve edited this season include:
Jump, Jive & Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Dancin’ Fool – Ballroom Orchestra
Fabulous – Chelsea Staub
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Three Girlzz
Let It Snow – Brian Setzer Orchestra
I Want To Go To Hollywood – Sutton Foster
Walk This Way (a fun medley which transitions from a Ballroom Orchestra swing version of the song to Aerosmith live)
Won’t You Charleston With Me? – Harvey Evans & Sandy Duncan
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Charlotte Swing Masters
All I Want – Bobby McFerrin
One Way Or Another – Mandy Moore
Fever – A Fine Frenzy
That Old Black Magic – Jeremy Davenport
Cheek To Cheek – Eva Cassidy
The Dynamo of Volition – Jason Mraz
Gravity – Lucy Schwartz
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
All these songs will be danced at the Headliners’ competition in Lowell MA from March 11-13, Star Systems in Worcester MA from March 25-27, and at OnStage New York competition in Springfield MA from April 2-3.