Palms out thrusting into the air, hips gyrating violently and sensuously from side to side, and feet in energetic motion at break need speed all speaks to the orchestrated movements of the world’s top choreographers.

And yet, as the expression goes, there truly doesn’t seem to be anything new under the sun.

The view from the couch of the casual fan and amateur critic tells us the last real true revolution in choreographed dance occurred through the songs, eyes and movements of the eternal innovative music legend Michael Jackson.

His moonwalk will forever be lore.

Wonderful as that was, that was back in the 1980s.

A brilliant move, it became popular around the world after Michael Jackson performed the dance move during a performance of “Billie Jean” on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever on March 25, 1983.

So as we dance forward, we have to tell you that while we love so many dance routines, vibrant as they may be, stacked with an army of synchronized youthful soldiers, somehow it all looks similar.

Wouldn’t you agree at least a little?

So we were pleasantly surprised when we electronically glided into the open arms of the elite world class choreographer Nika Kljun’s dance videos.

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She is willing to go to great lengths to make magic happen.

At the top music website billboard.com they excitedly share, “Slovenian choreographer Nika Kljun left her current home base of Los Angeles to travel back to her native country and see what the dance students at her Bolero family dance school were up to — which, it turns out, was this explosive routine to Janet Jackson‘s “BURNITUP!” featuring Missy Elliott. Kljun knew she had to capture it on camera, and the result is a dance video that would make any Jackson proud.”

Watching the video made us proud as well.

Let’s meet Nika.

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Her parents were ballroom dancers.

The fun and enjoyable site enthusio.com informs, “Daughter of two Slovenian faces in the entertainment industry, Nika was destined to stardom. Her passion for dance and love for the stage began at her parents’ dance school, Bolero. There, she nurtured her talent and followed in her family’s footsteps competing as an undefeated champion and dancing professionally since the age of three. She studied in jazz, tap, Latin, ballroom, funk, but her heart truly lies in the hip hop culture. She wanted to share her passion for hip hop and became a mentor for the Bolero dancers, encouraging them to follow their dreams while bringing them to multiple wins all over Europe.

Although she is a superstar and Ambassador of Dance in Slovenia, winning gold as a soloist at the world championships and being a Nike global spokesperson is what really put her on the world map. Taking over Europe as a professional dancer and choreographer sparked a bigger dream. She is the proof that anything is possible.”

That is globally outstanding.

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Her personal site nikakljun.com knows all about her as well. They add, “Nika now lives in Los Angeles. She has worked on major projects such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-yo, Pitbull, T-Pain, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, the Britney Spears tribute on MTV Video Music Awards, Jessica Sanchez, Donna Summer, Kaya Jones, Gina Katon, Matt Pokora, Herb Alpred, Macy’s Glamorama fashion tour, Monsters of hip hop, Billboard Music Awards, Young Hollywood Awards, NRJ music awards, X-Factor USA, UK & France, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Move Live on Tour and was just recently, for the year of 2015, a part of Justin Bieber’s dancing team.

As a choreographer or assistant she worked on projects such as So You Think You Can Dance in the USA, Ukraine & Portugal, Move Live on Tour with Derek & Julianne Hough, Dancing with the Stars, Kellogg’s summer campaign, Kaya Jones, Lena Katina, Blake McGrath, Victoria Bech and Monsters of Hip Hop show to name a few. You can catch Nika at Tremaine Dance Conventions, Monster of Hip Hop or Monsters A-list conventions around North America.

You can learn from her at world known dance studios in Los Angeles Millennium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts Center, Movement Life Style and Debbie Reynold’s Studio.”

Think about it. You too might have a chance to work with a dance superstar right in her own studio. Very exciting.

Nika has taught in more than 31 countries around the world.

Here is what you will witness. Her passion and heart for the art of dance and performing electrifies all students in her classes and workshops internationally to adequately prepare them for the stage.

The informative site millenniumdancecomplex.com relates, “A passionate, talented dancer and choreographer Nika Kljun comes from Ljubljana, Slovenia.”

Okay. If you want to keep up with Nika, you need to travel. Let’s trek to her home country.

There is much to see.

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.

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During antiquity, it was the site of a Roman city called Emona.

It was under Habsburg rule from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.

Situated at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, it was the historical capital of Carniola, a Slovene-inhabited part of the Habsburg Monarchy, and it has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative center of independent Slovenia since 1991.

Its central geographic location within Slovenia, transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions, and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position.

The love for the area is widespread. At tripadvisor.com they smile, “Slovenia, wedged between Austria and Italy, has always been proud of its unique heritage. The capital, Ljubljana, is a perfect example of this blend of German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture. The old town is a blend of Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau buildings, watched over by a medieval castle. Cut through the gardens of Tivoli Park to the National Museum of Contemporary History for a history of modern Slovenia, featuring crumbled statues of Stalin and a recreation of a WWI trench.”

Here is another admirer at lonelyplanet.com. “Slovenia‘s capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe‘s greenest and most livable capitals. Indeed, the European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the center, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party.

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Slovenia‘s master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plečnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful buildings and accoutrements; attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, but here the name really fits. And bringing life to these historical riches, the city’s 50,000-odd students support an active clubbing and cultural scene, and the museums, hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country.”

Okay, time for the locals to meet and greet. They welcome at visitljubljana.com, “Ljubljana boasts a host of well-preserved green spaces and a forward-thinking strategy for sustainable development. It is a proud holder of the European Green Capital 2016 title and the recipient of a 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow award.”

Among the five finalists contending for the title, Ljubljana, with its sustainable development strategy document ‘Vision 2025’, was the one that the jury, chaired by the European Commission, found the most impressive.

What a wonderful village to be raised in. It’s a place that easily inspires.

Nika surely inspires.

The world of dance has traditionally been magical, electric, vibrant, exciting and rich in dreams.

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Thanks to the talent of the dance titan Nika Kljun, that tradition will continue.

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