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Friday, July 01, 2011  


Last night I had an amazing experience that I must share with you, my Readers. It's no secret that I am a passionate fan of dance. I am addicted to the dance shows on television and can never get enough. I sit in a state of sheer unadulterated bliss, as I watch the dance pros, the celebrities, and the undiscovered amateurs on SYTYCD. I am constantly blown away by the abundance of talent in the young sweet competitors, some of whom have very touching backstories, woven into their movements, provoking shock and sometimes even tears. How many times have we seen the judges moved to tears by their grace and expression.

It all came to a point last night on So You Think You Can Dance. A couple took the spotlight and it was a moment before I realized that the man was in a wheel chair. I cannot describe their dance, but let me say that it was the most moving emotional experience I have had as a member of any audience. I'm not going to waste time trying to explain how he manipulated and manuvered that chair, but trust me if I say it was the most breathtaking display of dance and emotion I have ever witnessed. There wasn't a dry eye in the room and if the eyes were dry, the mouth was hanging open. There was no question that we had witnessed something amazing.

Moments like this (doubt there will EVER be such a moment) only serve to remind me that there is no limit to the emotions that dance can provoke. Every nuance has a message. This is one of the reasons I behave so badly when the cameramen and director give closeups while shooting couples dancing. We need to see the whole body to get their message.

No one is happier than I am knowing how successful these shows have become. Before any of these shows began, I pitched a dance show at ABC and HBO and was turned down in both venues with the very same explanation. No one watches dance. I wonder if those guys still have their jobs.

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