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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Good morning crew,

I have to hand it to the wife. She came up with a dance theme that nobody else at last weekend's event had. And there were a lot of participants.

Doing a 'theme' seems to be a popular thing at these balls. Not everyone did a theme. Some couples just danced a tango or a foxtrot or a meringue, but why simply dance when you can perform a little, 90-second dramatic or comedic play?

I'll give you some examples; there was one couple who walked out onto the dance floor dressed like Han Solo and Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies. They were accompanied by a third person dressed like Darth Vader. When the music started they attacked Darth, but he paralysed them using the 'Force' and then forced them to dance with each other (instead of freezing them in carbonite or dropping them down a reactor core).

Another couple dressed up as Princess Jasmine and the Genie from the Disney's 'Aladdin', despite the fact that the Genie and Jasmine don't have a scene together in that movie. Personally, I thought that was a tad insensitive considering the event was being held in a Middle Eastern themed and owned restaurant/banquet hall, but nobody else seemed to care.

But the wife as the only one to recreate a scene from a B martial arts movie from the '70s.

Her dance partner walked out onto the dance floor like a kung fu bad guy, flanked by two thugs (played by myself and another dance instructor from her school). Then she came out on the other side of the floor to challenge him.

When the music started her partner sent his two minions in to be handily dismantled, and when she was done with us, the two of them did a cha-cha (because you see a lot of that in Jackie Chan movies).

The dance seemed to go off pretty well. I'm no expert, but it looked pretty cool to me. The wife even worked in some taekwondo kicks and blocks to carry the theme through the whole performance.

The martial arts part at the beginning I thought needed more practice. Martial arts techniques need a lot of timing and precision to look good, and really, we only rehearsed that part twice.

But apparently I was in the minority. A dozen people or more went out of their way to approach the wife and congratulate her on her performance. One instructor from another school even told her she had never seen anything like it. And that was from a professional dance instructor.

And all of that praise tells me on important thing; there are a lot of bloody violent people in the dancing community.

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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