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I’m performing a promo of Some Like It Hip Hop with ZooNation at Magical Of The Musicals tonight.

We are performing a 17 minute promo from ZooNation’s new show Some Like It Hip Hop at Canada Square Park tonight at 7.30pm and it’s FREE!!! Why not come down to see what this new hip hop show, that I am partly choreographing and performing in, is all about?

The event is called Magical Of The Musicals and will be an evening full of entertainment.

We are opening Some Like It Hip Hop at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre on the 20th October 2011 until 19th November 2011.

Buy your tickets here http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/ZooNation-Some-Like-It-Hip-Hop

Here is the trailer again for anyone who hasn’t seen or anyone who wants to see it again 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcRtG8NL41Q



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Cher Lloyd’s debut music video Swagger Jagger that I choreographed is out

After a long suspense of waiting for what Cher Lloyd’s first music video will be like…It’s finally here!

It was a pleasure to work with Cher and I’d like to congratulate her on her debut video. I think she looks fantastic in it. I would also like to give a special thanks to my assistant Maria Swainson from RiRi Productions plus all my amazing  dancers.

Choreography dancers: Stephanie Sit, Jack McKenzie, Sarah Richards, Lindon Barr, Sarah Jane Aboboto, Libby Hall, Daniel Uppal and Nader Musharbash.

Breakers: Bboy Lil’ Tim, Bgirl Roxy, Kay Banner, Bboy Ling and Bboy Silk.

Hope you like the video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IetUcNRcWj8


Production Company: The Found Collective

Post Production: Mainframe

Directors: Mike Sharpe and Marcus Moresby

Choreographer: Tommy Franzen

Assistant Choreographer: Maria Swainson (RiRi Productions)


7 days until Cher Lloyd releases her debut music video Swagger Jagger

Swagger Jagger is also my music video choreography debut. 7 days to go…

 

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghvdEpRaG4A&feature=channel_video_title)

 


Another dance iPhone app I’m part of… Make Dance Street

I’m part of the 2nd iPhone dance app from Make Dance called “Street”. Learn moves from some of the UK’s finest dancers including Turbo, Lizzie Gough, myself and many more.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/make-dance-street/id443137750?mt=8&ls=1



I’m performing in ZooNation ‘s Some Like It Hip Hop today at Westendlive 5.20pm

We’ll be performing a 20 minute extract of Some Like It Hip Hop at West End Live today (Saturday the 18th June). It’s taking place at Trafalgar Square at 5.20. Come and watch us to see what you can expect from the full show from 20th October – 19th November at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EB3Le9_bUE)


The Streetdance Spy’s interview with me about dance.

Tommy Franzen ‘Blaze’ choreographer: “I want to produce my own show.”

Posted on March 29, 2011 by admin

Twenty-eight year old B-boy and commercial dancer Tommy Franzén started out copying dance moves from sister when he was little back in Sweden. He took up a few classes and he’s never looked back.


Since those toe tapping days Tommy has gone on to star in musicals, appear in films, adverts, and dance talent shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (SYTYCD) U.K. If you’re still trying to place where you may have seen Tommy – think back to the ‘Pepsi Can-Fu’ advert.

The ‘Urdang’ Academy graduate has achieved so much already, and is in talks to create his own dance show featuring ‘dancing and choreography’. He seems so passionate about this idea, he beams; “I really want my own project that I can put all my experience and heart in to.”  I ask if he is worried that as a result of all the success and coverage of street dance in recent years, whether audiences will get bored of it. Tommy explains “Yeah it’s possible but that’s the risk with everything, choreographers could take things so far that there’s no room to improve, but I think that’ll take at least a couple of years.”

The life of a dancer is certainly not all glitz and glam, Tommy recounts jobs where he has had little or no time to prepare and warm up “you’re just on and you go ahead and do it and you don’t have much time to take care of yourself.” While Tommy was in the bubble of SYTYCD he claims he had to ‘block out everyday life’ he said “you need to do that in order to do well, you can’t have your mind anywhere else but in that place.”

SYTYCD dancer profile shots

I imagine one of the hardest things about a dancers life is the constant physical pressure. Tommy explains there are other less obvious aspects where dance can test you; “it’s also the mental pressure that you go through, it’s the panic of whether your brain has got enough capacity to take in any more information.”It appears, not only do you have to be a positive healthy performer but you also need to be mentally strong. Tommy drives home the point “it’s such hard work to keep training all the time, you need to keep on top of it all the time even if you’re not working.”

No sooner had Tommy finished filming SYTYCD, then he was then snapped up by the smart people of Sadlers Wells to choreograph and perform in ‘Blaze’ the West End Street dance sensation. Used to dancing 10 hour days, the b-boying prince took it all in his stride. He explains that the unpredictability of dance is something he enjoys “you don’t know how much the next project is going to pay, but I kind of like that.

“The thought of not really knowing, I kind of buzz off that.”

When it comes to preparing for dance shows Tommy has rather unorthodox approach. Unlike most dancers he doesn’t hit the gym, oh no, Tommy prefers things a little more risqué, a spot of ‘cross training, rock climbing and sometimes gymnastics’ is more his thing. Despite Tommy’s penchant for dangerous pass times he makes sure he looks after himself and knows that dance injuries don’t just disappear, he laments; “injuries that you pick up are always with you.”

Franzén getting back to basics with rock climbing

I ask Tommy what he thinks of starting to dance at an early age, he agrees that training earlier means you’ll get more practise at the dance style, however ‘it could mean that you get bored of it earlier.’ You often hear people reminiscing about the past, sighing ‘I really wish I’d kept that up’. Tommy himself is one example of picking dance up at a young age and has years of experience.

One dance forum suggested that all dancers who want to go pro are expected to commit to about 15 hours a week of technique training i.e. ballet, and anything up to twice that during summer months. Tommy explains that taking up technical dance styles that are designed to ‘train your body to look unnatural’ at an early age can be ‘tough on the body in later years.’

The qualified massage therapist, yes you read correctly, feels most comfortable b-boying and conceptualising hip-hop choreography. We start discussing the topic of b-boying, or rather b-girling. He agrees that it is still very much a man’s game “I can’t really think of any female b-girl pioneers off-hand, it would be nice to see more women in that style” adding “you get a lot of b-girls that dance like men.

“It is nice sometimes to see men dance like men and women dance like women.”

Most of the male pioneers of B-boying are old school battlers who stand for the East coast or the West coast of America. The U.S. soul and funk movement is where b-boying was given birth. From the hot stepping feet of James Brown, to battle-zone’s like ‘Harlem World’ of 116th street, Harlem. “I Love dancing to old funk tracks, and I look up to East coast and West coast greats like Mr. Wiggles and the guys from Rock Steady Crew.”

Original Article http://www.streetdancespy.com/?p=34#more-34


Tommy to perform a solo piece at The Place Theatre in the show E.D.D!!!

I’m creating, alongside Supple (SYTYCD choreographer and Got To Dance creative director), a show called EDD!!, which is 20 minute solo piece for myself. The show will be on the 11th June 8pm at The Place Theatre in London for one night only as a part of a double bill. Book your tickets now!

http://www.theplace.org.uk/8663/whats-on/mickael-marso-riviere-supple-tommy-franzen.html


ZooNation’s “Some Like It Hip Hop” trailer. Tickets on sale now!

The tickets are finally on sale for ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop at https://tickets.sadlerswells.com/performances2.asp?ShoID=1354 or call 08444124322.

We are doing a run from 20th October – 19th November at Peacock Theatre in London. The choreographers are Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Ryan Chappell,  Duwane Tayler.

 

Watch the trailer!

Behind the scenes.


Tommy & Charlie SYTYCD week 1 plus VT and judge’s comments

Tommy Franzen and Charlie Bruce’s hip hop routine from week 1 of So You Think You Can Dance 2010. Video clip includes the VT and the judge’s comments as well.
Choreography: Simeon Qseya.
Music: “The Way I Are” by Timberland

 


Tommy’s Final solo on SYTYCD UK 2010

This is Tommy Franzen’s final solo from “So You Think You Can Dance UK”. Series 1 week 6 (final week). The song is “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake.