In God She Trusts

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For those of you who do not regularly go to Millenium, or Debbie, or the Edge.. or WHEREVER in LA to train, let Jia be an example to you that you can achieve your dreams from a different place.  She spent most of her time dancing Hip Hop with Kaba Modern in Orange County.  Although it’s in Cali… she still developed her own craft outside of the LA industry.  It’s possible, and I am so proud of her!

She was one of the three directors of Kaba when I was on it, and I am honored to see how far she’s come ever since.  She really deserves the best for all of her hard work and for her many YEARS of training!

You betta work!

in God we trust
<33 apes x essence

The Other Duck got a glimpse of the future in fashion, music, and art at Project Ethos the other night in LA. LMFAO and Colbie Caillat were spotted as performers here in previous years before their big break as artists.  Every year, Ethos showcases upcoming artists who are very close and on their way to blowing up and becoming the hottest names in the media.. and we had the amazing opportunity to witness this and be a part of it.

I worked the booth all night so I don’t have pictures of the runway during the show.  Peep the OtherDuck website for that!

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Just when you feel like you have no one around…
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… your friends do nice things for you.  Thank you for coming to my rescue with the booth, and on last minute.  I love you both.

Overall, it’s always a great experience getting to meet people and talk about something meaningful to you.  In my case, it was this company, who we are, and what we stand for.  Calimbz and Cuenzz did a great job too!  People were attracted by the bright, bold, and different vibe we had goin on at the venue.  We were very happy to talk about TOD and tell it’s story.

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What’s that crackin spot on Sunset and Gower?  You know it!
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Kooch had a miserable night… Just kidding!  We had a very good show.  I’m sure everyone remembered her for being the Other that stood out and did her thang.  What a profound message she preaches.  I’m so proud of her and will always support her along this incredible journey through life.

Is anyone interested in helping us at our next event?!  Come along!  We’re fun!

in God we trust
<33 apes x essence

An entry by my best friend Gigi Torres

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“Something that has been bothering me for a while…it has been talked about…a little bit, but no one really addresses it…

What happened to the love of dance?

Sure we ALL love to dance…we ALL say it’s our passion. But where’s that true quality of it? Our community and industry needs to rekindle that love. It looks like it’s been lost. 

Nowadays the community and industry is PACKED with shows, workshops, events, etc. There is an event going on EVERY single weekend whether it be someone holding workshops at a studio or a competition or a show. There are so many events going on that people are overwhelmed with options. TOO MANY options. 

Workshops, Conventions, Master Classes: *What is a Workshop? A place to train and learn different styles of teaching, dancing, and a way to work on being a better student. *What is a Convention? The larger scale of a workshop, but also working on the performance value of class because most conventions don’t have mirrors. *What is a Master Class? A Class taught by someone with the knowledge of dance and how to move. 

Today…there are so many workshops, conventions, and master classes. It seems that the true value of a “class” is going down. What happened to the excitement of training? Everyone wants to get to be the dancer/choreographer they dream to be SO FAST…that they forget that the process is the BEST part of it.

From the outside, I see people teaching classes for the wrong reasons. Maybe because they need the $ or maybe because the think they will gain respect for putting the dopest 1 e and a’s on that floor or maybe to make a name for themselves when they put themselves on youtube. What happened to the TEACH in TEACHING?Are “teachers” actually teaching you how to dance, how to move, how to live…or are they just teaching counts? Are they teaching and preaching experiences they have gone thru in the community and industry to better their students? Do students leave class saying…”Dang, that changed my life?” 

On the other hand, I see students going to class for different reasons than the dancers that took class in my day (I’m not old i think…hah, in my day as of teenager years). There are students only going to class because they see the teachers with certain credits…credits don’t mean they are good teachers. There are students that want to have their face on youtube. There are students that just go because their friends are going. As students, training is MOST necessary when you first start.BASICS! Where are the basics? ELEMENTS? Where are the elements? TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING. Something that the community and industry lacks. We all need to keep training (shoot, i need to get my ass into class again too), but for ourselves…for the love of dance and being a better person. 

Shows…what happened to the fun of going to a show and supporting every single aspect of it. So many shows are going on and the value has gone down too. We used to have shows that people prepare for that are just every few months. The hard work of being on a team or company was really brought out through these shows. Now there are so many that people don’t know which one to go to, which on to dance in, etc. Shows are suffering because of the lack of attendance…but it’s because people are overwhelmed with things going on. TV shows…there was been a great deal of dance shows on TV like SYTYCD, ABDC, Superstars of Dance, etc. Dance is something that the general public can see as true entertainment now…which is awesome! I just hope these contestants and the general audience do not forgot the passion in dance and where they come from. 

On a more lighter and positive note…the places I travel and teach at. The people I meet along the way. Old friends and new friends. There are those STUDENTS and TEACHERS that inspire me to keep doing what I do. Those ones that are HUUNNGGRRYY to learn and those that YEARN to teach. I love seeing that. It keeps me sane and keeps me inspired. It’s ALL about the cycle of inspiration…gotta keep it going to the generations to come. 

Why do we do this? Because we love it. Why do we love it? ……. hmmmm. For every artist out there…dancer, choreographer, director, entertainer, singer, producer, etc etc etc. We ALL need to wake up…and think…of the TRUE REASONS we love to dance. Think about it. Don’t just be a robot and do it. Be a person and LIVE IT. 

My advice…you don’t have to follow it…I understand everyone is different and people may have their own way…but here, lemme lay it down: 

Remember…QUALITY….find those people and the environment that gives you the best QUALITY of learning, training, teaching, entertaining. Search around for theTRUE VALUE of this community and industry…it will happen soon that we all will realize what’s best for our own self. Take your time…dance will always be here.ENJOY the process of becoming that dancer, choreographer, entertainer, artist. TheUPS and the DOWNS…the STRUGGLE and the HIGH POINTS. Take in EVERY single moment. 

NOTE TO EVERYONE: This is just my opinion…just wanted to bring up a point. If anyone out there wants to debate…I’m all for it! If you agree…thats cool too….let’s start making a difference 🙂 

NOTE TO SELF: Time to start training again. Being a teacher for so long has stopped my training. AHHHH!! We can never stop training and learning our craft. If we stop…then why are we dancing…move on to a different career/hobby/passion. Who wants to take class? :)”

in God we trust
<33 april jOy

Controversial, yet insightful spoken word on the subject of image in an image-obsessed world. 

Slip of The Tongue by Adriel Luis
Video by Karen Lum 

I’ll admit this.  Personally, I bend to the pressures put on me by my surroundings to look a certain way, because people don’t take me seriously if not.  I guess that gives me more reason to love dance and art so much.  The fact that, when I’m dancing, my appearance means much less to me next to the quality of my movement… THAT liberates me.

in God we trust
<33 apes x essence

From Van Nuys to Garden Grove is a 50 mile drive.  Try that during rush hour.

The lengths you’ll go for the people you love.  Hahah.. well.. I really would do anything for Allibon.

I love this girl to death.   

Off we go

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Notice that as we’re driving, it’s still light out.  Once we get to our location–madd dark!

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“Miracles Happen” and “Live Laugh Love”

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PoPo fam. Bang, bang!

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Baby and his bib.

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No plates or utensils.  Eat wit yO hands!!!

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Geeg and Mattchu

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Table one

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Table fun.

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Joesar’s food

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Allibon and Daddybon

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She’s so popular!

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The End!

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Happy 23rd, Bebegurl!  You deserve the very BEST and should not settle for less.

in God we trust

<33 apes x essence

A family occasion.  Ya, I know it’s late!  Just stumbled on these and thought I should post em asap–like, before the new year.

My grandma is the best cook!  She worked for Danding Cojuangco (candidate for Philippine presidency in 1992) as a cook.  She’s amazing!  My mom’s sister (Auntie Josie, background/white shirt) came from the Philippines and celebrated New Years with us.
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Story time.  If your parents are VERY ‘Filipino’, you know how it is!
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My brother and Shadley think they can get ‘drunk’ off of cider.
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Mom
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Edgardo Rodriguez Jr. and Jolly May Rodriguez
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Apparently I get my personality from my Dad.
Edgardo Rodriguez Sr. and Jubilee June Rodriguez
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I love my family very mucho.. and I know it’s late, but I’m looking forward to many, many more years of trials, tribulations, and growth with them.  Thank you God for these amazing people.

in God we trust
<33 apes x essence

Ma Dang Sae in Lakewood / $9.95 all u can eat!  SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!
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Service = Not so good
but the guy behind my sisters seems pretty happy!
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.. well worth the wait .. 
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We got through about 4 plates… Jolly, June, Jr, and I.  
Can’t wait to go back for more!  Anyone wanna join me?!

in God we trust
<33 apes x essence


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