Coming off an evening as dynamic as that of Sunday night's Winter Showcase always forces me into self and studio reflection. It's no secret that show day was an extremely intense and adrenaline-filled experience for us as a community. But each time we do a show together, and particularly when we launch a new venue, I am completely and utterly amazed at the team we have to execute a full length dance production. Within a two hour period, we raised a stage complete with 12 ft black backdrop, professional lighting, multiple-camera videography, and created a seating environment for our 200 closest friends and family in preparation for a very exciting evening for dancers & guests.
Although we have been producing shows for nearly seven years now, I can never take for granted that an event will be easy or predictable. I see each show as an every opportunity to share what and who we are as a community, and so I strive to create the most enjoyable experience for both audience and performers. From the programs, to the food, to seating arrangements, to the transitions between dances, every little detail has to be anticipated and prepared for, and I assure you that sometimes it can be a daunting task! And though I am relieved that the whirlwind of show day is over, I am nevertheless full of pride and satisfaction as I reflect on what we were able to accomplish. I am reminded of what deep respect I hold for all the dancers who have made a commitment to themselves and to their companies, and demonstrated the courage and dedication needed to present themselves on stage to friends and family.
From my Heart to Your Hips,
*Photos by Brinley Jones