Friday, December 08, 2006

A middle-aged mom strides her way across the stage at Makor

"Stride" is a pretty good description. Leslie Ginsparg did a great job of lining up the performances at last night' s Girls' Night On--since she had all the folks who needed amplification perform before the dancers, we actually got permission, for the first time, to clear the stage of mikes and wires. Yay! For the first time, I was able to takkeh/mamash/really move without worrying about damaging the equipment, damaging myself (by tripping over a wire and plotzing on my nose), or literally falling off the stage (which I've come close to doing a couple of times). It was wonderful, not to having to squeeze my steps into an area the size of a postage stamp.

That said, I had one heck of an act to follow. The two sisters who danced before me were far more talented and much better trained than I, and had choreographed a wonderful duet. So the first thing that popped out of my mouth when I got onstage was "I've gotta follow that?! I was quite surprised to be told, later in the evening, that my intro had been funny enough that some of the folks who hadn't attended performances at which I'd danced had thought that I was going to do a comedy act. (!) :)

After a quick intro explaining that there'd once been this band called Kabbalah, or Kabbalah, depending on your neighborhood, that their music had been preserved at, S-k-i-e-r, and that Modeh Ani had been written by their lead guitarist, Izzy Botnick, I proceeded to forget all about translating the lyrics and launched right into the dance, which I got almost perfectly. The gals at Girls' Night On being a really appreciative audience, they were screaming and clapping and really getting into it. It was great fun! I got compliments for the rest of the evening.
What an ago trip!

Now, if only I could choreograph another dance . . .

Here are the other three dances that I choreographed, in the order in which I debuted them at Makor. Enjoy!

For some fun choreographer's comments, see the end of this post.


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