season 2

A Tribute: Shake Ya Body

It’s come to my attention that some of you have not paid tribute to the one of the greatest music videos and songs of all time.  Well, we here at Class & Trash will not stand for any slander nor any shade for the iconic and legendary Shake Ya Body by Tyra Banks.  Let’s talk about it.

We start the video with Tyra and Jay Manuel freaking out in the dressing room.  Her long curly blond wig shaking.  We catch April, Yoanna, and Sara strutting on the runway before Tyra RIPS OFF HER WIG in frustration to reveal bright red cornrows.  The drama.  The acting.  You can’t take it.

We get to the pre-chorus is a bop.

Let me see you! Take it slow.
Move your body! Let me know.
Let me see you! Lose control.
Leave it up to me to take control of ya!

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So let me see what you’re working with! Yeah.
I need to see if you move like this. Yeah.
And if you can’t keep up with me, I’ll.  Yeah.
Cuz when it comes to this, I don’t! Play-ahh!

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Yes!  All types of yes.  At this point, you should be bopping your shoulders and flipping your imaginary wig.  The chorus is catchy and you’re dancing in your chair.

The moans with the “Come on, baby!” snatch.

We then get to the second verse & chorus where we get to see Tyra serve you choreography.  Model sexy choreography.  And pop and pop, arm and arm.  Booty shiggle!  We also know that these sensual moves were courtesy of Tony from the episode who gave us the best dance-off ever.

And then Tyra’s iconic microphone lick!  Yes. Yes. Yes.

So then we move to the bridge, which it seriously amazing.  The beat cools down and Tyra’s doing her ad-lib thang over the lyrics wearing a bikini that’s basically a cargo net.  She’s wet and grinding up on the man-candy in the video.

Let me say this
Your body’s callin’ me
I can hear it speak (WOO!)
So let me please you
Just grab my hips real tight
And enjoy the ride
It’s up to you
To make me feel the heat
And let me know if you can keep up with me

The woo is perfect.  PERFECT I TELL YOU!

And then the beat drops and we get the “SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT! OOHOHOHHHHH…” which is flawless.

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At this point, you’ve lost yourself to the song.  You’re popping and twerking and getting right!

But then! Camille, Mercedes, and Shandi close us out with the fabulous choreo by dropping it to the floor and serving you hoes.

And just in case you forgot the greatness that is Yoanna filming her dance sequence.

Yes!  The arms.  The shimmy.  The splat!

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I also didn’t want you to forget Camille’s “talk to the hand” choreography.

I can not let you leave with Mercedes’ forgetting the choreography.

And lastly, April’s herky jerky dancing greatness with Janice’s comments.

Listen, this song is life changing.  The episode is brilliant.  The video is fabulous.

Don’t you ever come for it again!  Share your favorite Shake Ya Body memory or get blocked.

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So You Think You Can Dance!

Hey people! I’m so excited about the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance tonight!  It’s going to be fun!

I thought that we’d celebrate with ten of my favorite routines from the show!   This isn’t my definitive list, which I think Class and I will have to put together sometime this season.   It’s killing me to leave some routines off, but these were the first 10 11 that came to mind, so that has to mean something right?

But here we go.

Lacey & Danny Samba – Dmitry Chaplin

I had to make sure this was on here.  I love this dance.  Beyond measure.

Hok & Jaimie’s Hummingbird/Flower Dance – Wade Robson

So amazingly beautiful.

Sabra & Dominic’s Hip Hop – Shane Sparks

SQUEE! Love these two!  Love this routine.  So cute.

Donyelle & Benji’s Hip Hop – Shane Sparks

Come on Donyelle!!! And Benji too.

Caitlyn & Pasha’s Samba – Dmitry Chaplin

Random, but I love the songs and she was the only girl that season who could do ballroom worth a damn.

Sasha & Twitch Hip Hop – Christopher Scott

So so so good!!! So much chemistry.

Lauren & Billy Jazz – Mandy Moore

A sweet and goofy routine.  So creative.

Janette & Brandon Jazz – Wade Robson

I miss Wade so much on this show.

Alex & Twitch Hip Hop – Nappytabs

Hate them, love this routine. So much fun.

Jasmine & Comfort Hip Hop – Nappytabs

QUEEN! I live for Jasmine and this was so flawless.  I honestly thought she would win because of this.

Kayla & Kupono  Contemporary – Mia Michaels

So fucking good.  This routine is so powerful.

What are you some of your favorites??  Link us and let’s talk about it!