Monday, 26 December 2011

Die Hard Animals vs. Universal Street

Finally some footage from Funkin' Stylez. Here's our crew against Universal Street (France/Nederlands). Whoa!! Good time's!


Funkin' Stylez 2011 - World Team Battle - Die Hard Animals vs. Universal Street from Dance Unity on Vimeo.

Lepuski Jam vol.2

Some footage from Lepuski Jam vol.2 (19.11.2011)

K waacking it out at 6.33->

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Sunday, 18 December 2011

It's a celebration!!

My parents had their 25th anniversary so we celebrated it with a fancy dinner at Kämp Signe. Had some fine wine and a fine 3 dish dinner full of wild herbs to bring a wonderful flavor. Actually it was a 6 dish dinner, because the kitchen decided to treat us well with their goodies. So got to taste Jerusalem artichokes, pine, angelica and oyster's that I hadn't eaten before. Even got some pollen collected by bees! And of course got to dress up!






SAIFFA's Christmas Jam

Time flies! The fall season is already over. Fells like I had just started teaching the new and old groups at SAIFFA. But a long holiday is very welcome though!! SAIFFA's Christmas Jam was warm and welcoming. B-boying/B-girling students showed off their skills, and there were also hot cyphers where locking, popping and hip hop student's and other jammers got down. Hip hop adults from Mondays class also did a performance to Step by step by New Kids On The Block, couldn't get that tune out of my head.


After the Jam I subbed Jenny's popping class. We kept the party going on doing party steps and then a Soul Train line at the end. Nice way to end the season. Here's some Soul Train footage. Santa getting crazy at 0:57!!


When all the duties were over was time for some quality chillaxtion time at the SAIFFA lounge. The boys ordered pizza. Everyone was just laying at the cough or at the floor looking multi energetic, HUUH was time to start the holiday!! SAIFFA boys had booked Hotel President's sauna for the evening. Good company, sauna and a swimming pool with disco lights, couldn't ask for anything more! We were wise and brought our bikini, but the others had to loan some hot and tropical swimming pants from the hotel. Have to admit that I have newer seen as white and hot man in a row! Hatsolo looked like Tarzan, only the liana was missing. Yes we have some photo material, but yes is a bit too nasty to your eyes!



After bathing for 2 hours was time to set the dance floor on fire. We went to Motellet, where this guy called Olli was playing really good music. K was rapping, so nothing new. Hahah I think this time (like every time) she made some permanent damage. Our journey home started from McDonald's. It was packed with people. M was looking around and noticed that everyone there had a black jacket. So she was like: "everyone here has a black jacket, she, he, he, he, she, she, she, he, she..... (and pointing at everybody) except me!!" And that went on like three times. So Sanna, who was on the phone with her boyfriend from Egypt, told him not to take a black jacket with him when he comes to Finland. But yeah, have nothing against black jackets. Wish I had one too, would be a lot more practical. Then to the night buss and home. But Sanna and K also grabbed some extra fries on the way. Living large and not dying skinny!

The next day is a whole another story..

Thank you SAIFFA: Jussi, Johannes, Olli and Mikko!! And thanks to Sanna, Sakari, Antti, A.T, Ramoona and Anniina for a lovely company!! And a big thanks to everyone involved during the SAIFFA's spring 2011!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Monki & Weekday Sales event

On Thursday I went to Monki & Weekday's sales event to check if I could find something nice for us two and maybe some presents for my sister and friends. All the old season pieces for a good price. I had a lot of new and cute stuff to bring home!







Friday, 16 December 2011

Mighty Ducks!!

K's long hunt is over. Because she finally found the dream Mighty Ducks jacket from Valtteri flea market, that she has been searching for ages.

Living that RAP life!

These colour rich African style bracelets match with everything! I found them from bElles.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Baskets For Elles Ystävämyynti 17.12.2011


Saturday 17th December from 11:00 - 18:00.
A lot of sneakers and stuff for a good price. A good chance to do some Christmas shopping! Or just come to hang out and eat some Christmas cookies!
More info in Facebook. 

Lasipalatsi
Mannerheimintie 22-24
00100 Helsinki
Finland
www.b-elles.fi/store
store@b-elles.fi
+358 45 121 3376

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

My Rap Idol: Khaliyl Iloyi

This video have made so many people happy during the last two weeks, he's my rap mentor:




Die Hard Animals in Dusseldorf Funkin' Stylez 2011

Weekend in Funkin' Stylez with Jeniwai, Linda, Slyrre Äs and Akim aka Mika was just hilarious. Friday was the pre-selection day. K, Linda and Jeniwai did a great job at the hip hop, house and popping. And K fought her way to the battles out of 140 participants. Here's her pre-selection rounds.





On Saturday was the solo battles aka Only The Strong. The concept was to pick your opponent. K battled against Banzay from Russia and M was againts Majid (Germany). Akim the Alpha Extreme got to the semifinals in locking, but lost to Sugar Ray who won the whole battle. But in my opinion the battle was tight, Akim did a great job and showed much more variations in locking technique. The hip hop battle final was intence!!! Majid vs Batalla, both representing Germany. We love Majid's raw originality and expression. Just couldn't decide which one we liked more.

Congratz to all the winners:
Hip hop: Batalla (Germany)
Popping: Madoka (Japan)
Locking: Sugar Ray (Germany)
House: Mamson (France)
Me Against The Music: L-Cubano (Germany)
Vogue: Karina Ninja
World Team Battle: Team Tokio

Me against the music final, our favourite was Bruce!! Damn he's dynamic and powerfull when he moves!



On Sunday was the World Team Battle. To be honest the concept was a bit weird. First we were against Fusion Art Crew from Germany and we lost. But even we lost we got to battle again. Then we were against the French team aka Universal Crew (Kefton, Nelson, Just Do It, Frankwa, Willow). We were really happy to be against them and got a lot of extra energy out of it. We decided not to let them get it easy!

But the best part is naturally the after party!! K has been in a non-stop rap mood for the past two weeks. It all started in the end of November on a freestyle rap birthday, where all the quests had to rap. So we lost our rapping virginity then. And oh boy has it been on since then. K was on fire rapping in Finnish, English, German, Swedish and even in Japanese. Hiro from Tokio just went crazy when K rapped "sakana, sakana, sakana, otskade, otskade - samadesta!!". He was just literally kissing the ground where K was standing.Was nice to dance with old and new friends. Had a nice jam session with Nedda, Roche and Jeremy from Amsterdam. Nikolas spinned K so fast that her knee got dislocated (again).. But after that K still whaaacked and battled this one guy (don't even know his name, but guess he was from Belgium or France) for like 40 minutes. And at the end she whaacked and rapped at the same time. Sooo pricelesss!!

When the trip started we were like "now we gonna take a lot of pictures!!". Yes so we only ended up taking this one picture from the last night's after party. But yeah it pretty much sums it up. But too bad that Linda is missing. And then there is this dude that im trying to cut out of the picture.


And just couldn't leave the country without these Pointers Farai goodies. Im sure that they will keep my toes happy and warm!


Saiffan Joulujamit / Saiffa Christmas jam! 16.12.2011

Saiffa's students gather together for the last time before Christmas holidays. So there we be a lot of jammin', some showcases, good music and company. All the students, friends, parents and others are welcome! Our friend Mikko will also be selling his custom painted sunglasses and stuff, so take some cash with you!
More info check facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/317312418284467/
https://www.facebook.com/events/239071149494230/


Monday, 12 December 2011

09 Helsinki Human Rights crew showcase

09HHR crew (Linda, Sandra, Antti, Jimi, Tuomas, Sakari, Roza, Aden, Sari and Junious Brickhouse) sharing their vibe at The Jam at the Kontula youth center.



All I want is you

Sweeeet!! But still can't stand J. Cole though..


Sunday, 11 December 2011

DC Hiawatha Village

I got these cute DC shoes for the winter. But you know me, can't wear a thing without some tuning. So I just had to add some extra Hiawatha flavor! Cuteness!



Friday, 9 December 2011

Scratch

Today was the last class of the year with my lovely Scratch dancers from Järvenpää. And they made me the coolest Christmas card ever! I was so happy!  We also organized a pre-christmas party. First hardcore freestyle practice and then eating. And we had a LOT of food. Good times!


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Miss Mix 12-1/2012 - Badass crew column

Our first year with Miss Mix has passed! A lot of new and exciting experiences and people! Thank you Markku Kopra for the opportunity and for trusting in us. And thanks to everyone who were involved! Check all the previous columns and fashion editorials here.

Thanks to Mikko Björk aka Custom Painted Sunglasses for the beautiful collaboration denim jacket. If you want the jacket, get it from ladies only sneaker store bElles!! Thanks to Samuli Ronkanen and Kertin Vasser for the (Circle Prinz and JJ Street) photos. And a special thanks to all the lovely Finnish dancers at JJ-Street!!


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Badass Style flannel/college shirt

Something special for someone special! M merged a flannel shirt with a college sweater. Two old and shabby got a new life! 100% recycled!




Asics Gel Lyte 3

Is there a shoe more sweeter than this?! And it's mine!!


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Gipsy denim jacket


This gorgeous flea market treasure had been hanging in the closet for too long. So M finally did some "big pimpin'", and the jacket got a new shape and look with cuffs, new buttons, some fabric on the sleeves.




Wednesday, 23 November 2011

bElles sale! Spring/summer sneakers for -20 % -50 %

Ladies only sneaker store bElles has a sale going on. Sneakers on the fourth row (counting from the top) for -20 %(Kangaroos, Supra, Nike court force, Nike Air max, Nike Toki canvas), and fifth row for -50 % (Puma, Nike, Kangaroos, Nike Blazer, Vandal and Air Max).



Order from the b-elles.fi webstore and we will personally make sure that you will receive a package like this (If we are on the shift haha).


And don't forget the newest goodies: KARHU and Asics GEL-Lyte Speed's and Asics GEL-Lyte III "Wildcats". The white/lime/blue GEL-Lytes are to die for!


Our Badass Style jewelry at the store:


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Of(f) Cource Ensamble at Dancing With The Stars / Tanssii Tähtien Kanssa

M performed with Of(f) Course Ensamble -dance collectiv las Sunday at Dancing With The Stars on MTV3 (channel 3). It was a honor to perform with all these talented and nice people. And of course a new experience to perform in a live shot tv-show with a lot of viewers. Thanks Reija Väre (founding member) for having me, and also B-boy Ätä, Teemu Kyytinen, Jussi Väänänen and the other quest star Emilia Vuorio. It was refreshing and inspiring to work with you guys! Like Of(f) Course on Facebook.

Check the performance here: http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=96022 Episode 9, our part starts at 01:08.


Monday, 14 November 2011

We like to Party!


We crazy celebrated M's b-day on Saturday. The theme was to make a coctail to each guest, so when everyone did one, one got maaaany different drinks. The night's most extremicious drink was Linda's: coconat milk, banana, chocolate chip, hazzelnut nougat licore drink. Some stiff stuff! Beyoncé's Party was our anthem of the night, listening to it on and on. We also looped Destiny's Child's No No No part 2 (and sang along) so many times that "Mr. lovely nextdoor neigbor M" showed off his true colours once again. But he didn't call the police, even he threatened, so all is good. Damn he needs to get some..

Can't stand J Cole. Andrei 3000's part is way better!



Bambi x 2 with strawberry, basil, lime, mango, rhum dream.  


With miss sexy eyes 

Miss grinding champion with JRock

Thanks to K, Milla, Joanna, Jenni, Linda, Jeniwai, Taija and Sandra for making my night. Also thanks to Olli, Veera, Pia, Jenny, Sami and JRock for joining us! Was a lovely day!

Free Your Mind 2011

Free Your Mind took place last Saturday at Saiffa Flow Mo Dance School. The vibe was hot and the poppers have developed a lot! Congratz to Aden for killin' it!

Final CobraCat (Estonia) vs Aden Pop (Finland) winner


Judges demo Fancy Boog, Pistol Pete and JRock

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Restaurant day / Ravintola päivä is here again!


Remember the lovely Restarant day last August?  Lovely sneaker store bElles organized a block party with SADE. It was a day full of good food, sunshine, dance and friends. This time bElles sneaker store turnes in to a mini cafeteria by My Caces. Come to enjoy All-American country sweets on Saturday 19th of November from 12:00-18:00. Lasipalati, Helsinki
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243978502324744

Here's the menu:
Carrot Cake 3€
Double Chocolate & Cranberry Cake 3€
Chocolate Chip Cookies 2€
Banana-nut Cupcakes 3€
Brownies 2€
Marshmallow Hot Chocolate 1.50€



Another must taste of the day is "RAVINTOLA ''OLE HYVÄ'' !!! by our friend Urito!
Here's the concept:
Eat well = Do good!
Lunch for two for the price of one! When you eat here, you help someone in need in Africa. Restaurant ''OLE HYVÄ'' and Agricola Church are committed to donate an equal amount of dishes purchased through Finn Church Aid.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115307765247554

MENU:

Porkkanakookoskeitto / Carrot-coconut soup 5€
- paahdettua sipulia / fried onion
- maapähkinää / peanuts
- korianteria / coriander

Yummy!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Funkin' Stylez Finland footage


Hip Hop final Marika vs Jemal Fusion Art(winner), extra round missing..


SlyRRe Äs did a great solo in Me Against The Music


Hip hop semi final Marika (winner) vs Badcore Kaidi Leftsound Crew


More Videos below

Funkin' Stylez Finland


We took part in hip hop 1vs1 and all styles crew 5vs5 with our assembly Die Hard Animals. The name is obvious, coz we are animals: Marika Peura (Deer) aka Bambi, Linda Ilves (Lynx), Pehmeä Jänis aka the Soft bunny, Cobra and Erä-Jorma haha. I think everyone was a bit sick during the week (hhmmm could it have been because of the wild weekend in Tallinn..??). So a jar of Burana was on our rescue on that looong event day.

photo by Otso Kääriäinen

Check out more photos from the event by Otso Kääriäinen: http://poksphoto.com/?p=478

We had to battle against each other in the hip hop 1/4 final. Blaaa that's alwas so boring. M got to the hip hop final but lost against Jemal Fusion Art. Linda lost the house final to Daniel from Sweden. And Jeniwai lost the popping final to Wave from Estonia. So you can imagine that after losing 3 finals we were hungry to win something!

We won the 5vs5 crew battle and get to represent in the finals in Dusseldorf!! Bujaaa!! The crew final against Natural Hype was absolutely hilarious. We spend the whole Sunday looking the footage over and over again. Most entertaining is to watch our own reactions when one of us is dancing. Hahhaa we were just jumping around like lunatics. Especially Jeniwai. Thanks to Natural Hype for a great battle and sorry if we seemed A BIT aggressive at times (in the end).. lol.. Akim aka Alfa Extreme won the locking category and he's also off to Dusseldorf!

Congratz to all the winners: Jemal Fusion Art (hip hop), Daniel (house), Wave (popping), Khan Fusion Art (Me Against The Music), Akim (locking) and Smetana Ninja-Bonchinche (vogue)


Die Hard Animals preselection



World team final Die Hard Animals (winner) vs Natural Hype.
Sorry but Niko's solo got cut out because the memory stick got full..



World team semifinal against Cleva girls Joanna and Jenni and Jenny, Aden Pop and Uiski!



World Team 1/4 final

Was a great day!

Big thanks to Jouni for bringing Funkin' Stylez to finland. And also have to thank the "holy trinity" of Finnish urban dance scene: the Finnish Street Dance Federation, Helsinki Urban Dance and produced by Big Daddy JJ Productions. Thanks to Mr Funkin' Stylez Takao and other judges Caleaf, Damon Frost, Hilty&Bosch, Javier Madrid, host Axl Smith,  Bj Piggo and dj Esgrove. ALL THE DANCERS!!! And Milla, Sumi, Mikko, Pablo, Katsu, Raakel, Martin and all others for the support!

Funkin' Stylez Finland footage part1.


SlyRRe Äs did a great solo in Me Against The Music



World team semifinal against Cleva girls Joanna and Jenni and Jenny, Aden Pop and Uiski!


World Team 1/4 final

Monday, 7 November 2011

Flow Mo vs Ruffneck Attack, Circle Kingz 2011 Final


Flow Mo Crew Kinging it in the last ever Circle Kingz!! Congratz A.T, Focus, Hatsolo, Mercy-1, Wartecs and Saki YX!!



JJ Street Baltic Session 2011

JJ Street Baltic Session was a crazy weekend with a lot of friends and dancing. This time Finland came to Tallinn massive. Sami had organized a package tour, so that's why there were around 70 people from Finland. And the party was about to pop. Big thanks to Sami, everything was really smooth and easy, like in a school trip. For the first time we enjoyed three lovely nights in a hotel (not with -s) with all the benefits aka breakfast. Only thing missing from our room was a jacuzzi. From now on I refuse to travel, if it's not a organized package tour!! haha.

Friday was the preselection day. A lot of Finnish dancers took part in different categories. Everybody did a great job. In hiphop there were something like 100 pairs so it was a long wait for our turn, cause we were the 65th pair. But it we had fun and made it through to the battles. Sami and Anniina also made it through in hip hop category. In popping: Jeniwai, Aden Pop and Fanny made it to the battles, locking: Jeffrey&Akim, Patrick&Helena Taylor, Sonja&Maria, Helen&Johanna. So it was Finland representing!

Saturday was time for the battles. On the breakfast everyone was guessing with what vehicle would JJ make his big entrance this year. The guesses were wild, from a helicopter to Tarzan's liana. But for our disappointment he kept his vehicle's aside this year. We battled against Ben&Majid from Germany. For our surprise a lot of Finnish dancers came behind us to show support. Never thought that would happen, so it really meant a lot to us and gave us energy to the battle. We were so happy about it! We lost in the extra round, but the battle was fun!!

1/4 final Ben&Majid (winner) vs Marika&Kaisa



Our preselection



On other categories Ama won the Vogue Femme and Helen won Runway. Patrick and Helena made it to the finals in locking and Maria fought in the Krump final even though she had injured her back in the semifinal. Also bboys from Rancid Rockers did a great job in the semifinals.

For more Baltic Street videos check out:
Awiwicat's channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/awiwicat
CYPHERHOLIC'S channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CYPHERHOLICS

The after party started in our hotel-home-party. Most of the Finnis people in the same room turned the room into a sauna. We enjoyed the heat with all time favorite r'n'b and slow-grinding songs. Damn I need a Soldier! Guys wanted some Adiemus, but at the end everybody were pleased. The official after party took place at Gruuvi, which is a skateboard hall with air hockey, trampoline and other activities. That was super dope! Truly the best place to for a party! Whoa we were in a crazy mode!

when a picture tells more than 1000 words

On Sunday morning we went to enjoy our last hotel breakfast, oh boy did apple juice taste gooood! Then we packed our bags and said good bye to the lovely hotel room. We desided to go for a stroll in the city before our boat back home, and spent the last our's in Middle-Age with Slyrre, Elmo, Johannes, Antti, Antti, Aleksi, Juho, Laura and Tatu! Restaurant Olde Hansa's food and athmosphere was just what we needed to this hilarious Sunday afternoon. 

 Meeting in the Middle-Age restaurant's ladies room, Tallinn 30.10.2011
The group trip party people



Weekend was so much fun! Thank's to JJ, Ita and other organizers, Sami, all our friends and our other Finnish peeps! Aaron, DJ's and other dancers for sharing the good vibes! Much love!