Insidecy


Dancing Through
December 6, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Music, Theatre, USC

Tonight I had the opportunity to see USC’s Dance Company present “Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory.” I’ll just say it. I was amazed. It was one of those times for me when I just thought to myself, “Man, I really really wish I knew how to do that.”

When I first heard about the recital months ago, I was skeptical of watching a dance recital set to some sort of story that I was supposed to follow cohesively for 3 hours. I was definitely surprised. The concept was simple. Dancers told the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory through all kinds of different styles of dance from jazz to ballet to hip-hop. It was really a lot of fun to watch. The song selections were well chosen too. Here are some of my favorites from the show:

One dancer seemed to particularly stick out to me and that was the part of Violet Beauregarde. You know, the gum chewer. In this version, she was a petite sassy Asian chick with a whole lot of attitude and personality. She really sold me on the character. You know how the story goes for Violet. She gets her hands on a special prototype of gum and long story short, ends up turning into a huge blueberry. Basically for the number, the dancer playing violet gets hidden in a mob of dancing Oompa Loompas and has a blue plastic poncho type costume put over her. The mob moves over to one side of the stage and steps away to reveal a very plump looking little girl. She’s standing right over some sort of blower. This got a lot of laughs from the audience.

Anyway, it was pulled off flawlessly and really made me appreciate all the more just how beautiful and expressive dance is. It can be fun and light-hearted and other times it can be a ride through the deepest of emotions.

As I sat there taking in all of the amazing imagery and performance, I couldn’t help but think of how much I would just love to do the same. Here’s where the shocker comes in. You probably don’t know this, but I’ve recently been accepted into the Thornton School of Music here at USC to minor in Musical Theatre. I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to get in on some productions here at the University. However, as a Musical Theatre minor, you have to take some movement classes. I opted to take… (drum roll) …ballet!!

I’m quite excited to take this dance class, but very nervous as well, because I’ve never had any sort of formal instruction whatsoever. I might do well, but it has the potential to be one of the most challenging things I’ve ever taken on. Either way, I’m looking forward to taking it next semester. Haha! Imagine me, doing ballet of all things. Crazy. I promise, no tutus.

Be looking for updates about that. I’ll definitely be talking about it coming up in the Spring semester.

Anyway, there’s a little update on my life. Yay.

Oh and if you didn’t get a chance to see “Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory,” you still have a chance to do so tomorrow Friday night at Bing Theater at 7pm. Don’t miss it!

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