Doing a Christmas dance marathon
Monday, November 26, 2012
Venue booked, posters done, tickets printed, online booking organised...
Now I just have to get the choreography sorted! I'm doing about an hour of the usual routines, followed by 45-50 minutes of christmas songs. I am actually doing some new routines for the first section as well, mainly some slower ones because I need more slowies just so that I can survive nearly two hours myself!
I'm going to break my own rule and edit one song for language - I figure I'm likely to have parents and kids there and the parents might be upset. (The kids wouldn't be, I'm sure of that.) The editing is quite easy because the F-strike comes in a gap in the music, the more difficult thing is what to replace it with so that the song still makes sense, as the F-You is basically the punchline to a story. Silence won't work, but if I can find a female laugh to splice in, that should do the trick.
One good thing is that I'm getting to fulfil an ambition of sneaking some classical music into a class. I've always liked the idea of getting all sorts of different genres in, but classical has been a bit of a headache because you really want it to be something people will recognise, even if they can't name it. And then, a lot of pieces in the repertoire actually go off into other, less catchy bits after the famous bits. However, I've now got not one but two pieces lined up: the Anvil Chorus from Il Travatore for the first part, and the Troika from Lieutenant Kije for the Christmas section (which is also a great excuse to do some Russian dancing!).
Other than that, a bunch of famous Christmas songs... well, famous here in the UK. I don't know whether "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade is known anywhere else. Among other things, it's famous for the way singer Noddy Holder yells "It's Chriiiiiiiisssst-MAAASSSS!" during the final chorus. Every year, he gets invited onto lots of British TV shows just to do that one line. It's probably the definitive christmas record in the UK, though it's sort of buried embarrasedly in the middle of my playlist - my big finale is "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard, which came out the same year (1973) and is possibly my all-time favourite christmas record, a fantastic over-the-top production.
And then for a stretch, Nat King Cole singing "The Christmas Song", because there is no better way to end.
Anyway, should be fun. I'm going to wear my Santa suit too.