• Local lady’s hip hop video goes viral: Find the link here

    We first gave Carol Kuzdenyi a shout-out in our June 11, 2010 issue when she got rave reviews for a concert ending the MPC spring semester. At the time, she was taking hip hop lessons at Shall We Dance, the dance studio which has since given up its spot above the liquor store on Lighthouse. She was just the other side of 60 years old.

    She’s an Honors graduate of Duquesne University with a Masters Degree in Voice and Piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has written several books for beginning piano students from age 5 to infinity, including Joga-rhythms: A New approach to Beginning Piano. Her Monday Night Choir, which will meet on Mondays beginning Jan. 30 at Park Lane in Monterey, always welcomes members.

    Time lapse forward, and we find Kuzdenyi starring in a You Tube video that has gone viral. Not playing the piano, not showing her ballet steps, but doing an impromptu hip hop routine to Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna” in her niece’s kitchen, using a shower chair more befitting an elderly person.

    The video earned a spot on The Ellen Degeneres Show and maybe a second, personal spot — when Ellen aired the video, she asked for a personal visit. Friends, family and fans are hoping it airs Fri., Jan. 20 at 4:00 p.m. On KSBW channel 8. The video has gone “viral,” with more than 1,017,000 visitors at recent count.

    And now she has received an invitation to America’s Got Talent, more write-ups in local press, and hopefully more members for her acclaimed choir, which grew out of a class at MPC and which was cut for lack of funding. She has a rather sedate website, which belies her energy and enthusiasm, at www.carolkuzdenyi.com, but if you’re more interested in the video you can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V755gIgP700.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 20, 2012

    Topics: Front PG News, Arts & Music


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