I did it.
I watched the Miss America pageant.
Has it always been weirdly not good? Is Miss USA the more credible of the two?
But I will say this. Kudos to Miss California for dancing en pointe and looking pretty fierce. I’ve seen a lot of bad pageant ballet (um, I’ve seen a lot of bad ballet in general) and that stage looks really slick, and she was a legit, classically trained dancer, who did not fall. For reals.
Speaking of ballet…
Sorry, I need to do a little shameless plugging. I am currently working with a company, Texas Dance Theatre, a non-profit ballet company in Fort Worth. My official title is resident choreographer, which is a super-flattering and wonderful label. It just means that I am choreographing for their concerts regularly. Some of my best friends dance with TDT, whose dancers are some of the most inspiring artists (most devote as much time and energy to the company as you would to a part-time or full-time job, on top of other full-time jobs and/or school. Some have multiple jobs and responsibilities that they juggle in addition to their artistic work. All bring so much to the table in talent and commitment) and wonderful people.
Their next performance is on Feb. 12, and includes a suite of short dances set to Gershwin music. Don’t tell me you don’t love Gershwin, nothing could be better. I love it too, that’s why I created a solo and trio for the suite. If you are in the Fort Worth area, add this to your weekend.
And if you’re not in the area, go find some other art to enjoy. We need your support. And, whether you know it or not, you need art.
If you’d like your own shameless plug, feel free to leave it in your comment!
For more information about this performance, visit texasdancetheatre.com