I dance, therefore I am…quite sore the next day.
You can’t get too far in theatre without knowing a few dance moves. When I started, I knew nothing. This led to some pretty pathetic roles (e.g., piano mime). Yet, each show taught me a few new steps. I remember my first tap dancing being on a 4×6 foot laundry room floor. A few classes here and there also increased my “collision avoidance” level. I don’t claim to be a great dancer now, but on the other hand, fewer people are getting hurt or maimed. It all began out at Las Positas College many years ago…
Las Positas College Dance Program
About my first dance show out there. Did a West Side Story suite. I was Tony. It’s easy to be cast as Tony when the singing isn’t an issue, and few other guys are in the class.
See? It’s a pun! An “attitude” is a pose in dancing. And I guess the dancers could have emotional attitudes as well. Clever eh? HAHAHA! I’m not responsible for these quirky things. Anyway, I danced in a few numbers. One was “Sunday by the Sea.” I was the Villain.
There were about four other productions around that time period, but I can’t find the programs for them. Rest assured, they most likely had the word Dance in the title. They involved numbers from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On the Town, L’il Abner, and City of Angels.
Valley Dance Theatre Programs
My first show with Valley Dance Theatre. This involved some jazz dancing and swing dancing. There were few injuries caused by me.
Summer’s Eve Showcase
I performed in a jazz partner dance and was a sailor in the Pinapple Poll piece.
This time I was Herr Drosselmeyer and a Russian Dancer.
Peter and the Wolf/La Boutique Fantasque
I was partnered with Monica in the second piece. Good show.
I’m still portraying Drosselmeyer. This time we add magic to try and liven things up and make me extra nervous. I play a Russian dancer again. I’m now teamed up with Tara Page.
Summer’s Eve Showcase
Now I’m in Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo. Hey everyone, look at me, I’m a cowboy. Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!
Argh. A third year as Drosselmeyer. But this company is like the “The Firm.” Once you’re in, you’re never allowed out. Though I’m out of the Russian dance now, but I’ve been slotted into being the Cavalier. Hey, I thought I said no tights! And those were tight tights.
Dancing Through the Decades
This was a full load. I did the big swing number. I was in the West Side Story number (I just can’t escape that show. Three dance productions to it, and one time being in it.) I donned my best 70’s gear for the Saturday Night Fever piece. Okay, that was it. But it seemed like a lot.
Ah, another Nutcracker. I think it’s my fifth one. I’m done being Drosselmeyer now. Tim has taken over the role since he’s an actual magician. The magic tricks were driving me crazy. And there weren’t even any rabbits. I’m back in the Russian Dance now. And I’m playing the Cavalier once again. But that’s my last year in Nutcracker. My friend Sherry retired from it, and she’s the one who got me involved five years prior. I’ll stick to the summer shows from now on.
Passport to Dance – May 2001
After taking 2000 off, I’m back in another Spring show. Now, I’m in Lilac Garden. I’d explain it, but it’s complicated. I’m also playing the Gene Kelly role in An American in Paris. They even asked me to emcee the production. Sounds crazy, no? Yes?
Daring Directions – May 2002
Yup. They still got me corralled into doing the Spring shows. I didn’t mind. Getting to emcee the shows adds new life to them. I can finally find out what jokes are just plain bad, and what jokes truly bomb. This show had me in three pieces. I also got to find out what would happen if a big swing dance piece got completely off from the music. That kind of event will wake up your heart in a hurry. I also got to use my prop gun for the first time. Ah, life is sure sweet.
S.S Dance Express
After just five days of the updated site being launched, Shawnel (co-owner of S.S Dance Express) informed me that her studio wasn’t mentioned on my dance experience list. Very well. It is now. I study tap dance there with Shawnel. Originally, I began re-studying tap in 2001 to prepare for my 3rd 42nd Street audition. When the show closed, I guess I kept on tapping. I think I’m improving, but it’s hard to tell. That’s because each time I start to get good at a step, it’s immediately changed to a harder step. Dance is a sadistic world indeed.