Singled Out: Ari B's Dance Into The Party

Ari B

Ari B tells us about her single "Dance into the Party". The music video was directed by Wayne Isham (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bon Jovi) and choreographed by Chuck Maldonado (Stomp the Yard, Step Up 4). Here is the story:

I came up with the idea for the lyrics for "Dance into the Party" soon before I went into production for the song. I actually ended up rewriting the lyrics at the last minute, after having a reaction to a particular situation. "Dance into the Party" is without a doubt the most genuine song that I have written, in terms of the truth and message behind the lyrics. The melody had been established for awhile.

It began when two of my long-time friends were coming back from college, and we decided to get in a dance class together. It had been awhile since we all had danced under the same roof. We had gone our separate directions. I was doing my music primarily (while I was in high school at the time), and they were training, more classically at their colleges. My life and career was molding at this point, and I was looking forward to getting back in touch with artistic people. However, things didn't turn out the way I expected. Pretty quickly after meeting up in class, I noticed they were snickering about me and treating me in a derogatory way. I was pretty shocked. I never expected this kind of treatment from fellow artists - total disrespect. I believe this was because I was in the R&B scene, and they were living in their worlds of perfection and structure. (I have nothing but respect for what they do.) On this day, to finish off the dance class, we broke down into smaller groups to perform the combinations. They (my friends) did their thing before my group went up, concluding the class. After my group danced, my two friends were silent. They couldn't speak to me, or look into my eyes. In unison, they left class without me. It was clear that they were embarrassed by the way they were treating me - I hit the combination much stronger, and better than they both did. I learned that this is the difference between something that is real, and something that is fixed. Beauty and technique can only get you so far in life. The real education and reflection of art happens when there is truth involved. To them, their world of technical perfection seemed superior, but in the real world, honesty is what prevails. This is what "dance into the party" is about. No matter where you are, or who is watching, always dance into the party and be yourself, because that is what gets you ahead in this world.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, watch the video here and learn more about Ari B right here!

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