Ballroom Tales: Dancing Our Love Story
Posted on April 1, 2017
You could say that Joseph and I fell in love over a video cable. This lifetime, anyway. That was back in the 80s, when video cameras still needed cables and had to be pushed around on heavy tripods. Sometimes we were so busy chatting away behind those big cameras, we didn’t hear what shots the director was ordering. Oops.
We haven’t done much video work since then, but now we’ve plunged ahead on a Ballroom Tales project that’s very close to our hearts. We’re producing a short dance film, our own love story, many lifetimes long, told through music and movement. If all goes well, this may become a trailer for my new book, Past Life Lovers, Friends, and Enemies (coming soon).
Okay, maybe we’re fictionalizing our story a little here and exaggerating a little there. Like the real-life stories in my book, ours is a tale of many lifetimes. To tell it through dance and fulfill our vision means that first, we have to conquer the ballroom moves required!!! That’s, um, only six dance styles (so far).
So we’ve hired actor/choreographer John Selby, who helped choreograph a routine for Lance Bass when the former *NSYNC member appeared on Dancing with the Stars. John has also won many impressive awards as a professional dance competitor. He’s a terrific teacher.
For fun, Joseph and I started our dance habit in 2000 with some old-school salsa classes. We moved on through other Latin dances, Argentine tango, and then ballroom. Typically, we learned a lot of bad habits, had a lot of fights, and suffered too many injuries from poor technique. John has been sorting us out and we’re excited to be working with him!
And What About That Concrete?
Neither are we sure how to solve all the production dilemmas yet, considering that it’s going to happen outdoors in a public setting. We might have to pillage the local community college to find some talented crew who’ll volunteer for the fun and experience.
Still, we’re having way more fun than going the usual competition route (which is what most ballroom students do). We are creating a moving painting. We are making Art with our movement, locations, costumes, music, and story. No words, simply dancing! Quite frankly, I think we’ve watched too many Bollywood movies, but we’re committed now.
Here’s a clip of John at work. Every great adventure begins with the first steps, right? Follow me on Instagram for more behind-the-glamour posts in the coming weeks.