Many teams this year, however, have opted not for vintage blues, but blues of the future — pairing it with one of the present era’s most fundamental street styles, hip hop, for a modern take, an experiment that can present mixed results between the difficulties of blending two seemingly disparate musical styles and representing a staccato, stationary style on ice.

The trick, musically, is to find the shared root. If hip hop and rap arise from the soul and funk of the ‘60s and ‘70s, so too was that style simply a popular offshoot of more traditional blues and jazz. U.S. dancers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker have laid this heritage bare with a program that fluidly melds Michael Buble’s rendition of Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good” with Flo Rida’s rap remix “How I Feel,” which samples and builds on Simone’s number while fitting within the pitch of Buble’s … read more here

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