Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Yes, Dance is the Only Thing I Watch on TV

I was going to title this post, “Wearing Old Sweatpants and Happy About It,” because that means I can fit into them again! But most of the post is about dancing.

Dancing with the Stars: So sad about Misty May’s injury - she was fun to watch. The talented Lance Bass is going to be eliminated due to his professional partner Lacey’s inadequate coaching if she doesn’t step it up. What was up with those little stilted steps in their waltz?

Toni Braxton’s Marie Antoinette-esque costume made no sense for the Viennese Waltz or for the Beethoven music. Everyone talked about how it was taking things back to the original days of VWaltz, but dudes, the dance originated in the 1800s, about a half century after that dress. It stuck out stiffly, instead of flowing with the swirly movements of waltz.

Other dance stuff: We went to the live show of So You Think You Can Dance last week and it was really, really fabulous. Seeing the Katee and Joshua reunion show, one piece after another, made Katee even more impressive, especially accompanied by the cheering of the 600 members of her hometown fan club.

One oddity though – the extremely short length of the dances was noticeable when danced live, without long judges debates and commercials in between. It felt like the music and dances were hitting climaxes too soon and often, without enough build. We’ve always encouraged our student choreographers to go short, because there’s a better chance of pulling off a sharp piece that way, but with top notch choreographers and dancers, you don’t want it to stop!

If you missed the tour, you can console yourself with this: The dancing was world-class, but the acting was about middle school level. Not a problem when they were just introducing each other’s dances, but the skits they put together about Gev wanting to date the girls? Painful. It was jarring to keep switching between the high level of dance and the teeth gritting skits.

Overall, it was great to be reminded what a beautiful choreography and gifted dancers can do – it’s art that moves me and changes my feelings.


Lara said...

tina and i went to the show in oakland and i got some awesome pictures. we were about ten rows back, dead center. AWESOME seats. and i thought the skits with gev were fine, but i'm also a sucker for stupid entertainment. :-P

Damselfly said...

I cannot imagine trying to move around in that giant dress!

Bob said...

I definitely feel that after finishing each dance on the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour, there ought to be instant replays on the giant screen of the highlights with football commentators like discussion. Then go on the the next number.

Mayberry said...

Ooh, I'm jealous, cheesy skits and all!

Leeanthro said...

We (may) have tickets for next weekend. It's going to be tough because we have to drive 2 hours there and 2 hours back and I really don't want to pay for a hotel in "the big city."

Is it worth the back and forth trip?

I'm not really into Dancing with the Stars this season yet. I mean, come on, one contestant is so old and rickety that it hurts to watch. We'll see how things shape up.