Today I tapped for the Red Nose Day USA Danceathon with Nick Cannon livestreamed on nbc.com!
Let me explain some of those terms:
Red Nose Day - they finally cottoned on to what a good idea that is over here
Danceathon - extended period of dancing in order solicit donations and sponsors, this was a 24-hour one for the host
Nick Cannon - American personality, has been a rapper, actor?, married to Mariah Carey and TV presenter - I think now he mostly presents America's Got Talent.
NBC - the biggest US tv network (I think) (it's where all the better American programs are anyway)
Here's what happened:
A week and a half ago, the head of dance at AMDA Michele Hart Haviland sent me a message asking if I'd like to tap for a Red Nose Day thing for NBC, they were looking for strong tappers, Oren Korenblum is choreographing. Of course I immediately said yes and thank you for thinking of me.
I never even had Michele as a teacher so big gratitude to her faith in me. I know Oren, he's an AMDA alum and prolific choreographer so I signed on without a second thought.
We had some rehearsals - technically there were three but I could only be at 1.5 because, hey five jobs over here.
Oren had a few numbers going into this thing. The one I was a part of was to Fascinating Rhythm from Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gershwin all the way.
I danced with Oren himself, plus
|Karli Dinardo, recently finished starring in US tour of Flashdance, she's kind of a big deal. This is my...fourth time dancing with her! Dance workshop 2nd semester, dance workshop 3rd semester and Foreign Exchange concert in Jan 2014.|
|Stephanie Parker, third time dancing with her, dance workshop at AMDA 2nd and 3rd semesters.|
So, lucky me I got to reunite with these three awesome ladies who I've enjoyed dancing with in the past so much.
Very little rehearsal with the crew meant that I spent the last week feeling frantic and trying to rehearse in my subway seat every morning and evening with headphones in. I also had to hunt down, with four days notice, neutral colour tap heels (as opposed to black) and a royal blue dress, both kindly provided to me by one Lauren Downie and one Rayna Hirt, another lovely tap dancing lady who let me borrow her LaDucas - these are some of the best dance shoes in the World, this is what the Rockettes wear, Rayna just handed me hers without thinking about it. True generosity.
|Getting ready with Karli and Cheyenne|
|Steph and I getting in a final run|
|Of course my girl Downie was on hand to support as was fellow Scot John Dempsey and my favourite tap buddy of all Carlos|
|My face in this picture...oops, not too cool|
|Before the cameras rolled|
|Look who showed up. I caught Lauren's eye when this happened and laughed a lot.|
|I'm in the back right behind Karli. This was after the numbers were over and Nick Cannon returned to the stage to do his dancing bit and encourage people to donate. So we ended up all trying to hip hip in our tap heels and dresses...err.....not easy|
|The Blue Girl Group, pre-performance|