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Street Performance Dance Spectacular!
March 4, 2008, 9:00 am
Filed under: Dancing, Entertainment | Tags: , ,

On the first of May at 6pm my dance troupe is going to be performing in a big crazy street show in downtown Seattle! There will be lots of other dance groups performing too, and – most importantly – FREE CAKE! So regardless of whether you’re interested in seeing me dance, it’s probably worth checking out the whole spectacle just for the cake.

Here’s the official plug:

This May, get swept off your feet with Ooo La La, a free interactive public performance spectacular! Perfumed by the decorative exoticism of art deco coupled with the surrealist tendencies of the Jazz Age, this May Day confection celebrates sweets, romantic love, and the act of wishing.

And here’s a pretty elaborate description of what will be going on:

A series of simultaneous events begins the extravaganza. On the Harbor Steps sidewalk, an ensemble of bubblegum-snapping Brooklyn bellboys interact with passersby, inviting them to embark on the Queen May, our setting for Ooo La La. Lower down in the fountain area, our ballroom, a live 1920s dance orchestra weaves evocative melodies as dancing couples waltz and foxtrot throughout the evening. In the main performance space of the Post Alley through-way, an ensemble of five French waiters woo audience members, taking imaginary orders for bygone delicacies. Further down, in the cabin area, an ensemble of lovesick British maids swoon o ver French love poetry while “dusting” audience members with gorgeous vintage feather dusters. Above, in the balconies, an ensemble of Dove Maidens lower baskets of sugar “wishing eggs” containing instructions for audience members on how to make their wish come true.

The extravaganza builds into a delirious concoction of Madame Cleo’s World-Renowned Sister Poodle Troupe (an ensemble of five modern dancers), who arrive in a flurry of vintage Bentleys. The troupe’s high jinks crescendo to the jubilant entrance of the parade of the bakers (150 lindy hop dancers), the dance of the cakes, and the crowning of live performing poodles as the Queens of May.
Ooo La La draws audience members into a world of elegance and whimsy. It invites them to let go of the mundane and to pass through the veil of the imagination into the sublime world of the dream. The two-hour performance is unabashedly celebratory, evocative of the embarkation of a grand ocean liner of the early 20th century. The opulent atmosphere is fun and free. Audience members can enter the world at any point during the evening, have a full, sweeping experience of surprise and delight, and dance the night away.

But all you really need to know is that there will be lots of free cake and dancing.

If you’re curious about what kind of dancing my troupe does, here they are doing a routine at the US open in 1999, where they won third place (since then it’s stopped being a competitive dance team)…

Hmm, apparently YouTube no longer has that video.  Here’s a promotional video for the troupe you can check out instead.



Things That are Great About Winter
February 2, 2008, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Life | Tags: ,

This is the time of year when everyone gets a little fidgety waiting for spring to finally roll around. But we all know that Seattle has at least another 3 months of not-so-nice weather to get through before we can even hope to go jump in Lake Washington (and even then it will be pretty icy). So I’ve decided the thing to do is remember all the things that are great about winter and try to enjoy the next few months instead of just wishing it were spring. So without further ado, and in no particular order, Things That are Great About Winter:

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    Okay, so I’m still a little impatient for spring to get here (and really impatient for summertime), but if winter didn’t drag on for such a long time Seattle would get way too crowded anyway.