Saturday energy til near 2 AM ending time ...announced Drip Droppin' (Kate Sala advanced) Nothin' Better (Neville & Julie intermedate) and something else hard that I didn't know. After 2 hours of clogging (11-1), brain drain from 1-2 (Scott Blevins - Always Gold), and observing Junior's 2 o'clock packed Love is Your Color; My feet were tired anyway.
I was in the Saturday ballroom til closing w/few breaks ...
2011 Ft. Wayne Dance For All: My Highlights
Experiencing the FUN of dancing my favorites with 300+ on a jammed floor.
4 total hours of clogging FUN w/Junior Willis. The 2011 'performance' is now on youtube.
This DUDE works so hard getting us ready for our 'performance' and this year he really poured on the challege. 50ish were in his classes and at least 4 were brand new cloggers. Carol really ENJOYED the learning class. She said we were all looking up and smiling during the routine ...we were having fun for the 4 minute song but we were looking up so as to hear Junior call the ques and I was watching his feet to keep in rhythm! The cloggers were NOT in the show, we were just 50 dancers perfoming a clog dance at 10:30. AND wouldn't you know it ...just prior to our routine, JP played Rachael's Everything I Do. Off came those clogging shoes and I danced in my socks. I was last in line to join my group but made it before the walk on! MORE cloggers on the floor than dancers for Everything I Do ...
Last year Faith & Desire (Johanna Barnes) was one of my FAVORITE dances. I was going to the floor to try and remember when I JUST stopped. Frank Cooper (Home) was on the floor and I decided to watch his beautiful dancing. THEN on FRIDAY nite Swing Your Chains (Soares/Maguire 2003) played. Again a past FAVORITE but Frank was on the full floor. He dances as if his feet are floating on air which makes his body appear to become one with the music. It is just spiritual for ME to see him ENJOY a dance. The teary highlight of the event for ME, for sure!
I met the Londan Ladies who took lessons from Peter Metelnick in London ON Canada BEFORE he became famous! Their FUN is to take lessons ALL DAY LONG and just chill and watch during the evening. We first met at the Sports Bar at the alternate hotel ..the Marriott. Now that I have stayed at both event hotels, hands down, the Marriott wins. The Sports BAR has drink specials each night ...Long Island iced tea on Thursdays. The food was good, lots of it, & at a VERY reasonable price. All Marriott staff were exceptional at customer service. The room was HUGE & new. Just a walk across the street to the Convention Center OR there was an inside cross over on the THIRD floor (our floor) to the convention center ...but that was the long way around.
2011 Ft. Wayne Dance For All: My Comments
NOW I know who steels the rhythmn at event evening dances ...
NOT the DJ ...their job is to fill the floor on Thursday nite and I have NEVER been to an event where that didn't happen. Saturday nite with JP in the main ballroom was a complete turn around from Friday nite. 200 were up on the floor til past midnight. I didn't even need to roam to the 'alternate' ballroom the energy was so high. The 'flush' the floor w/all the teach dances was in full force on Friday nite and I left early just like many did, BUT for some reason JP, aparently, was in full charge on Saturday nite. When I returned from my clogging ~45 minute rehearsal at 10:15ish ..my friends were so JAZZED ..."WE have danced almost EVERY dance!"
My thoughts: The INSTRUCTORS on staff ARE in control of the evening energy.
They have the power to tell the DJ ..."skip my teach" or only play 'this one' when the DJ calls them to the booth. I have had TWO event experiences in a row now when VERY famous choreographers have chosen NOT to have their workshop dances played in the evening. It does HAPPEN!
Does it irk just ME? to watch a dozen or so dancers follow feet/cues just to dance some event teach? It breaks the energy. IF JUST a dozen or so KNOW the dance, fine. I have no issue and I do watch. BUT it still breaks the energy and it is a HARD job for the DJ to bring energy back to the main ballroom floor when this happens time after time. JUST because this is how it always is Friday & Saturday nites ... is NOT the way it has to be?
I have always wondered about the glowing reports, from staff instructors in particular, who say it just gets better and better each year. What does that mean?
Hopefully NOT more dances per hour? 3 to 4 is more than enough FOR ME to chose from.
This event was capacity in most workshop rooms and certainly the main ballroom.
At this event, Mainstream Dancers RUN for the floor when 'their' dance is called.
I can't wait to see who is on staff next year ...