Are you up for a challenge?

Last week I told you about a concert we're taking Adriah to at the Cedar and I told you a little about my idea to turn it into a mini-contest for free's more details! The Sweet Colleens Monkey Dance Competition

Want to win 4 free tickets to the Sweet Colleens’ Monkey Dance January 30 release concert at the Cedar Cultural Center (for more details, see, as well as a free CD, and a chance to strut your stuff on stage?  Then enter the Sweet Colleens Monkey Dance Homemade Video competition!

We need someone to come up with a beast dance to our new CD’s title track, The Monkey Dance.  So, with the help of our friends at Noemi Photography (fantastic photography, BTW), we have put together a homemade video contest and want YOU to send us a video showing us how you think the Monkey Dance should be danced.  (To hear the song, click on this link –  As you will hear, the song has some actions, like “swing to the left” and “shake your booty.”  It also has some general rockin’-out sections where you need to “Do the Monkey Dance.”  Got any ideas? We’d love to see them.  Here’s what you’ve got to do:

1. Get a recording of The Monkey Dance.  Either use the streaming version at (which is not downloadable), or send an email to mentioning the video competition and we will email you a downloadable version (mp3) of the song for you to use.

2. Make an AWESOME (family-friendly, ahem) video of yourself, someone else, or any number of people doing the Monkey Dance to the song.  It doesn’t have to be high quality – use a video camera, a cell phone, a camera, your computer… whatever you’ve got.  Just as long as we can see the dance.  (To give you an idea, here is an entry by the Sweet Colleen’s accordion player Pete -- Yeah, a little creepy, we know.)

3. Email your video to, ASAP and no later than Tuesday January 26, 2010.  Send it as a file or as a link to YouTube or Facebook… whatever works best.  Notable entries will be pasted on the Sweet Colleens Facebook page -- – and on

4. After our esteemed panel of judges reviews the entries, we will announce the winner and post the winning video on the Sweet Colleens’ Facebook, on and in an eblast prior to the concert.  The winner will receive 4 free tickets to the concert, a copy of the CD, and an opportunity (if you want to!) to come onstage at the concert and help us teach the audience the Monkey Dance.

Oh yeah… videos can only be submitted with parental approval.  By sending the video, you are giving us permission to use your image and publicly display your video.  For this reason, please don’t include your name or other identifying information in the video itself.

That’s it!  Get shooting and have fun!

IT WILL BE SUCH A FUN THING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS! Or COLLEGE ROOM-MATES! Or GRANDMA! Everyone is invited to do the monkey dance! i'm laughing at my own ideas already!

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.