May 18th 2018 Show

Welcome to the weekend! It was another Friday night in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road. Paul and Jilley greeted guests whilst I wrangled details for the upcoming road show at the RFL’s Home and Garden Expo on Monday at 6pm SLT. Huge thanks to DJ Corri for filling in for DJ Gunner. Here is what the show looked like! And have a read from those who chose to participate with the choreographer’s perspective of their dances.

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Nara
“I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables
A beautiful ballet to a legendary song.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Les Miserables has always been one operatic that has moved me. I cried most of the way through it being fortunate enough to see a live production. The emotions it conveyed was totally heart wrenching. This particular song was one that I could ‘feel’ perhaps the strongest.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
a… Wanting to convey to the audience the emotions behind the dance, hoping they would be ‘lost’ in the act and music. Sense how I was feeling, as the character I am portraying (Fantine). Move them. I admit freely, when doing this dance, I tear up. Guess it is part of who and what I am.

b.. Knowing it would be a slow dance, had to make sure that I moved from the rear to the front without sliding. (Hate slides!!!) plus getting there, to the front of the stage, as quickly as possible.

c. Choosing the right animations at certain points of the routine. Lordie, tried this and that till finally was satisfied. Did I mention I like smooth transitions also. Lol.

d. The set build was important too. Giving it depth. I think I achieved that.

e. Not using any bells and whistles apart from the darkening of the set at one point and a light ray appearing. I relied solely on the dance. Alone.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I cannot say it was fun. It was a need to express my interpretation, in dance, of how Fantine was feeling. I want to quote here please. ……..

“Fantine sings “I Dreamed a Dream.” In it, she comments on how innocent she was, how romanticized her view of the world was, and how that has all come tumbling down around her. It is sung at the point in the musical where she finds herself without a job as she tries to support her young daughter, Cosette. ”

Yes I did enjoy creating it. It truly came from my heart, an inspiration.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Only that I hope they enjoy it. Maybe dabbed their eyes slightly. I hope so. That is all I really desire.

Thank you.

Nara

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Antonio
The Spencer Lee Band – The Wolf
The epitome of hawt, Antonio steams up the Elysium stage!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Just really felt the song, had a vision when I heard it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The fades mostly and the car had one disappear.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think when a woman can bring out the beast in her man be it wolf or lion she will get ravished just right.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Hailie kept the lion in me well hungry when I was going this set.


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Luna
with Joszef
When I Fall in Love
Romance is in the air.


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Queenie
The Sunpunchers – Hooker Shoes
Shoes! Excellent mover work and a costume change, clever set and great choreo!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
~Who doesn’t love shoes? The shoes in the song *call out to her* so she has to get them. I completely understand!

~Inspiration? When I was younger, you see, I was living in the ratty old apartment. At night I had to walk the streets to get money. One night this amazing man drove up in a silver Delorean and asked me for a *date*….to make a long story short, I spent a week with him in a fancy hotel and then we fell in love. He was my knight in shining arm…..wait…..no no that was a movie I was watching….

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
It is sometimes a challenge to pass your vision on to the audience….but it’s about shoes, and loving shoes, and talking to shoes…..

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Totally silly and fun!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Ladies, when the shoes talk…..listen!


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Kyshra
Twisted Transistor – Korn
Kyshra returns to the stage with her unique style of mythical metal.


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Jo
with Seb, Queenie and Gracie
Big Spender – Shirley Bassey
Jo lures Seb into spendin’ some time with her on the dance floor.


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Jilley
with Lina and elayn
All That Jazz – Glee
Very slick production, superb choreo and gorgeous gals jazzin’ it up!


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Elayn
Crowd Dances
DemBeats
Stylish and fun, Elayn ends the show with the party on the stage, Elysium-style! Big thanks to Elayn for all her hard work and dedication in creating such a dynamic, colourful stage and for making fabulous dances to such incredibly fun songs! Also a big thanks to our frams for coming out to welcome in the weekend with us.

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