Hump day. Turns out 6 hours a day of dancing is exhausting, even when you’re under 40…unless you’re Maggie. Maggie brings calm consistent energy to every assignment. The dancers came in this morning feeling the exertion of the last two days. We had a nice slow warm up and then dove into rueda. Heavenly and Anaya both came alive today in the latin.
The break out groups all worked on reviewing the first two days. The tappers had a day off yesterday, but you’d never know it watching Lydia bust out her stomp hop shuffle…etc. Nikole fought fatigue and brought it once Lada Gaga started playing. The faculty also want to give her props for her mad costuming skills. She’s so prolific, she could even offer a piece to Sarah, who was having a costume malfunction. Sarah worked that piece and did a mean coffee grinder.
The competing highlights of the day were totally unrelated. The first was the hip hop class. We brought in instructor Adam Canne to break down some hip hop and the kids dug in. We suspected that Jewel would come alive at that, and we were not disappointed. Heavenly, Helena, Maya and Rachael were the surprises there. Those girls were fierce. Angelo is unflappable. He dives into any material you throw at him, and he even got a high five from Adam for his freestyle. Jonah did an extended improv on a move that was described as, “…like you’re brushing bugs off you.” It had to be shortened to 3 counts, but it’s really about the process:).
The second highlight was working on introductions and bios. We learned that Ahna can do, well, everthing! It was great to learn the stage names/alter egos of many of the performers. Don’t be surprised when Mink, Crinkle and Spikes step on stage. DeJie’s name, we decided, is already stage worthy. BTW DeJie, if it rains tomorrow, I am grabbing an umbrella and you and I are going to drink chocolat chaud, and speak fake French for lunch .
The showing on Friday is at 1:00. We’ll follow that up with ice cream from Molly Moons and then the dancers are back in your capable hands.