It took a while to come down off the ceiling after the amazing weekend of the Dance Galaxy at LEA12 in which the Dawn of Dance students strutted their stuff for 70 people who filled the sim to capacity.
But now I can look back and share a few highlights of the experience. 24 students started in the class, 17 stayed the course and 13 danced in the Dawn of Dance recital. While not everyone felt ready to perform a solo, 4 of us did while 2 others danced a duet and 2 more danced in a group dance with some of their friends and all 14 (including Baby) danced in an energetic group dance choreographed by Babypea von Phoenix, our wonderful teacher and coach.
|Roni at the Dawn of Dance recital - photo by (Roni) Ronda Saunders|
Roni performed a lively electro-swing dance to The Swing Phenomenon by Bart&Baker, featuring Nicolle Rochelle, with a very minimalist black and white high tech set which she built.
|Jo (JMB) Balogh at the Dawn of Dance recital - photo by JMB Balogh|
I knew from the start that I wanted to perform a flamenco dance and I found Gipsy by Jesse Cook, some wonderful dances from A&M, poses from oOo studios and put them all together, with a outdoor courtyard set I built.
|Anashra Dubois at the Dawn of Dance - photo by Aubreya Joszpe|
|Snow Mistwood at the Dawn of Dance - photo by Babypea von Phoenix|
Snow put our hearts in our mouths as she danced to Come fly with me - Frank Sinatra, along the length of an airplane in the sky and down along the wings!
|Maia and Aytia at the Dawn of Dance - photo by Babypea von Phoenix|
|Empressdyme and Nasiyah with friends at the Dawn of Dance - photo by Babypea von Phoenix|
Empressdyme and Nasiyah invited some friends along to dance with them to Shake it off. Their wonderful set even had rain with puddles!
|Finale dance at the Dawn of Dance - photo by Babypea von Phoenix|
Dancers: Babypea, Cherri, Ruby, Barb, Jewel, Maarah, Anashara,
Nasiyah, Jo, Roni, Empressdyme
Snow, Maia, Aytia
With her great generosity of spirit, Babypea wanted every one of her students to experience performing at the Dawn of Dance recital, so she put together a group finale for 14 of us, which of course included her! It wasn't easy on such a small stage but she managed it brilliantly with a high energy dance which had us popping up on the stage in groups at various times. She even included the shadow dancer effect which everyone loves.
Roni and I had to find our movers by camming under the stage and sitting on them. This was rather daunting and due to lag Roni's didn't rez for quite a while and she was in panic mode for a brief period. But eventually 14 dancers were shaking their booties to Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox's Sisters are Doin' for Themselves, which Baby had kept as a surprise for us till the day.
Dance performances are but fleeting moments in time but they live on in our memories and can be captured not only in photographs but also in videos. Fortunately Renaissance woman Roni has mastered that art too and she made videos of her performance and mine on our dance platforms before the day.
Miss Ronda Saunders electroswinging to The Swing Phenomenon
by Bart&Baker feat. Michelle Rochelle
Miss JMB Balogh dances Flamenco to Gipsy by Jesse Cook
Thanks to everyone who made that day so special for me: to Roni, my dearest friend, who shared the whole experience of learning to create and perform a dance with me, to my fellow classmates and dancers, and to our inimitable DJ Gunner von Phoenix. But most of all thanks go to Babypea von Phoenix who created the whole idea of the classes and the recital and showed endless patience with her scatty students as they floundered their way through a priceless learning experience, culminating in a truly enjoyable performance which was a triumph for everyone!
On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron