November 9th 2018 at Elysium URGENT ALERT!

ATTENTION PLEASE!

This is mandatory reading for all Elysiums. We have a serious issue that has developed, one that has me most distraught. At Thursday’s rehearsal, I had a disturbing experience that revealed to me a terrible tragedy has occurred. I bid all Elysiums, their friends and families, to do what they can to help.

It was during Antonio’s dance that I noticed the catastrophe. I did notice a small sock puppet dancing around backstage earlier in the evening, but paid it no mind. Sock puppets are harmless. Right? When it appeared on Antonio’s set, I thought it must be lost or having a goof… then I realised it was actually a part of Ant’s dance. I thought it a bit odd but shrugged it off, as I considered it a possible metaphor for something in Antonio’s real life. After all, men and socks have a rich, diverse history and a complicated relationship.

But then something startled me out of my complacency. I noticed the sock monkey’s name tag. StrokeMe. I mean, StrokeMy (I always read that wrong, most likely wishful reading). My heart surged, almost bursting from my chest as adrenaline flooded into my spinning head, a billion points of light bursting before my eyes. I was blacking out… I could not breathe. My chest started tightening, with the pain spreading up into my neck and jaw, moving through my shoulders and down my left arm. I was having a myocardial infarction. I started gasping for air, making tiny cries almost like hiccups of desperation, whimpering pathetic appeals for help.

WHO DID THIS! JUST LOOK!

Cheeky bastard, standing there all smug smiling at me during Eva’s crowd dance rehearsal. Not even threatening me, just smiling like… DAMIEN! Damien the Devil, an evil child-demon… it was Damien the Sock Monkey, a knitted incubus who had come straight from Hell to possess STOKE and STEAL his biceps!

I glared at him and he taunted me, with those big red lips and that diabolical sickeningly sweet sardonic grin. I stamped my foot at him and demanded to see his cards, but he refused to tip his hand. I insisted that he restore Stoke at once, return him to his former glory and LEAVE his body in the name of Wiz’s feather duster or I would drag him to Paul’s office, load him into the gun, and shoot him right into the observed slotted panel, thereby collapsing his wave function of infinite possibilities.

He shrugged and then his head spun around, doing a 360 several times.

I hissed at him, steam coming from my flared nostrils. “ALL sock monkeys can do that,” I yelled, unimpressed.

“Your mother knits socks in Hell,” he yelled back.

He then spat Hai Karate aftershave all over me, and I gasped in shock, tearful eyes fluttering in horror and outrage, whimpering as I gagged on the wretched stench, my arms held helplessly half in the air. I sputtered as he continued to stare at me, that smile still frozen on his fat lips. “JILLEY,” I cried, indignant and humiliated. I gathered my skirts and turned to run to the door and find the nearest tub of tomato juice to bathe in. But I paused a moment, snarling at him, my lips pulled back to bare teeth, “I’m telling on you. And, I shall return with my Whippet BOOMER! He loves chewing up soft toys! Rips the stuffing right out of them!”

He shrugged and leapt gleefully into the air, exposing his cards. I huffed, my brows dipping as mesmerising dark eyes squinted a moment between lush curtains of black lashes. The woolen fiend was for it now. I knew what his cards were! I could now gamble with him. Make a bet to get back Stoke’s biceps. I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist a dare.

If any of you know of any way to help get this miniature beast in wool to leave Stoke’s body and restore his biceps, please post your method here in the comments. I shall reward the best method posted with something that amuses me. I’ve thought of the usual processes of expelling the Devil. Perhaps an exorcism? Launder him in holy water? Throw a Bible at him? Or, have one of the guys pry those mondo lips apart and use that sock as a proper receptacle for secret men’s business. OH OH!! Have Gunner WEAR him! OMG with Gunner’s toe hooves, that sock monkey will be shredded! But… would that also hurt Stoke, since that is all that’s left of his body? If I do make a bet with him, what should I bet? Or what should I dare? I need advice here!

Please help! How do we get the stuffed menace to leave Stoke’s body and restore his splendor?

But first. Tomato juice bath.

AND the winner of tonight’s Golden Tweezers Award! Which of course goes to the person who makes my favourite post in group chat during the show. And tonight’s winner is:

WEB! For this little shocker:

[17:30] Web Sass: did you not get a finger Elayn?

Congratulations Web!

NOW! Onto a look at the show with added comment funnies from group chat. This is a record-setting review post because EVERY choreographer filled out a ‘mini-interview’ card to give us a peek behind the scenes at their dances. THAT has never happened before, so thank you all for participating! Thank you to Paul and Kelly for hosting the show tonight, and Corri for DJing! And Wiz for keeping everyone in line!

WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND!
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Web
Celine Dion – Ashes

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love the song, It moved me.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Putting the components of the set together. Good I have a very talented Mentor and dance partner that figured it out!

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Its a bit personal, about an apocalyptic falling out and what was left afterwards. The beauty out of ashes.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
This is an emotional dance for me, I hope it makes everyone think of Hawaii and the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions there.

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Storm
With Liri, Seb, Jo, Melvis, Baby, Jilley, Gracie and Elayn
Christina Aguilera – Candyman

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The entertainers that go and preform for our troups. Especially the ones that went years ago and did these types of songs.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Getting the set to look like I wanted it too.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was fun to me, and, I do admire the entertainers that took these types of songs to entertain our troops.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I just hope they enjoyed it!

[17:47] Storm Bohemian: Is a black belt! I will assault you with moon pies
[17:48] Elayn: shakes up a RC cola up real hard and aims it at Storm….
[17:48] Murhdur: finally someone that understands RC cola’s with the moon pies
[17:49] Storm Bohemian aims a moonpie

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Sarah
With Ginty Bachem and Diawa
[GMV】- I’m HUNGRY

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
As i wanted to thank pea for her work over the years, even tho i am still only 15 months dancing myself
WOW Sarah, that is so kind of you, thank you!! ♥

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Ummmm i could say its been very interesting, Diawa certainly pushes me when in my dances lol. But she is a true gem, and nara she marketplaced alot for things, i dare not say what tho as they were humanoid!! 🙂

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Bit of fun trying different intro related things, and seeing what could work and won’t.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Well its an inspiration of culture and people, as well as alot of language :D…

[17:37] BellaQuinn1973: Sarah keep me out of your bag issues!
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Antonio
with Stoke and Zach
Mysto & Pizzi – Somebody’s Watching Me

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I was at work, (see a pattern here?) but someone touched someone with a back scratcher to get their attention, and said person started singing “I always feel like some body’s touching me” well to be honest it always feels like someone at work is watching every move, So it just started whirling I went to youtube an found this version.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Trying to get the right atmosphere and give the idea of what I’m getting at.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Its a bit of fun but also a way to release some hostility toward work, that i can’t release in RL or say anything about an remain employed. as bad as it is being unemployed is worse.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Not really, it’s just therapy thats one of the great things about dance and creation you can use things that are aggravating you and use them as part of an outlet to have some fun.

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Britt
with Adam
Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroegner “Let Me Go”

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I listened to this song and it was so sad and mornful but it also reminded me of Lewis Carol’s Alice in wonderland… it has a very Dark Alice feel to it… You have this feeling of lost memories and how Alice is lost through the looking glass never to be found…

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The timing… for some reason the timing kept being off with this dance. I wanted to get it to be perfect as this was my first dance in months since last spring in coming back to the dance world, especially to my home Elysium.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think it is both.. A bit of fun but also of lost love once again being found… to be able to let the past go and look to the future..

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
To not let your past hold onto… cherish what you have, and enjoy it but to live in the present and have fun with it… for the past can capture and hold its grip never letting you go if your not careful… such as Alice lost in Wonderland…

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Alexis
Loren Allred – NEVER ENOUGH (LYRIC VIDEO) [The Greatest Showman Soundtrack]

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
When I watched the movie, I was in tears. Any somg that moves me to tears is a song I want to dance to. Every Dance I do I want to hopefully make the audience feel a little bit of what I did. Whether it is crying, thinking or just dancing in their seat

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The costume.. lol and the particles.. This one was so special to me and in my heart the rest was easy for THIS one…

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think for me and a lot of people it resonates that one person who got into your soul and left their mark.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I just hope it touches them and I hope they enjoy it cause it was a joy to create.

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Babypea
With: Web, Jilley, Dear, and Ginty
Zheng, Oud And Udu A

[18:59] Adam3 Magic: someone call the exterminator!
[19:00] Greenie Flanagan: Baby thank you for asking me to dance with you and for not making me wear the creepy nipple thingies 🙂

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I was watching Shameless and this song came on during the closing credits. It was so bizarre, I flipped for it, and hunted it down. I LOVE IT!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Web built the set and didn’t leave much room for dancing. I’ve done that before, built myself right off a set… so I had to move a few things around a bit to make some more room for dancing.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
You might look very different, but you can still be sexy and still have fun! YOU decide if you are sexy, and having fun is a choice.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Beautiful is boring! Bizarre is interesting!

[19:02] Greenie Flanagan: I want to keep this shape
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Eva
With Everyone

Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (GBX & Sparkos Hoedown Remix Bootleg)
1. Why did you choose these songs to create dances to? What was your inspiration?
For the crowd dance, we normally choose three songs. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers is just one of those songs that make me burst out singing – it’s just a feel good song that I can also really relate to. Gotta know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em! It all just flowed from there.

[19:18] Web Sass: i don’t even wanna suggest an ace in the hole in this avi

Juice Newton – Queen of Hearts
2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating these dances?
I wanted to keep the songs upbeat with a lot of energy, so did a lot of searching for remixes I liked for the gambler and poker face.

Lady Gaga – Poker Face (C. Baumann Remix)
3. What do these dances mean to you? Are they a bit of fun, or are there deeper meanings?
Definitely fun! I love to create the crowd dances as a theme and to keep them upbeat and exciting. It’s a time when I’m not afraid to get a little weird and even silly. The more hooting, hollering, and having fun that people do – the more thrilling the crowd dances are for me!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dances?
Dare to be different! I was first going to create a saloon set, but scrapped it, went a bit more abstract casino. Still kept my cowboy hat though. 🙂

See R. Crap Mariner’s pics from the show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/isfullofcrap/30865122927/in/photostream/
Thank you R.!!

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