Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dance Recital 2012

CRW_4813.CRW CRW_4898.CRW
CRW_5234.CRW CRW_5276.CRW
Clockwise from top: Sweet dancers open the show; Glinda, the Good Witch, dances; Little Scarecrows dancing; Dorothy & a jitterbug; and more adorable dancers.

For the last several years, I have been invited to take pictures at the annual dance recital for Miss Heather's School of Dance. That comes with the territory when you're the uncle of a one-time student and current teacher at the school. This year, they chose the theme to be The Wizard of Oz, using music from the movie, as well as a few other sources. So I thought I would share the pictures and a couple of songs from the movie, only done by different artists. I will lead off with The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, with a cut off the Bette Midler album of 1973, a medley of "Optimistic Voices" and "Lullaby of Broadway".

CRW_5053.CRW CRW_0022.CRW
CRW_0143.CRW CRW_0222.CRW
Clockwise from top: Precious Tin Woodsmen; Dorothy, Toto & the Scarecrow long for a brain; could the girls be any cuter?; Little lions and lionesses take to the stage; and Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman & others leaping.

Perhaps the only person who might be able to put as much into "Over The Rainbow" as Judy Garland is Philadelphia's own, Miss Patti LaBelle. So when I first heard her version of the song owned by Judy for several decades, I was blown away. Listen while you look at pictures of the dancers, from toddlers to adults, as they have fun on the stage at the Delaware State College.

IMG_0167.JPG CRW_0114.CRW
Clockwise from top: The Wicked Witch is cute and can dance; the henchmen of the Wicked Witch; and The Flying Monkeys.

I just love the version of "If I Only Had A Brain" by Elvis Costello, with some great guitar work from noted musician Bill Frisell. This is from a 2009 broadcast of a special with Pop stars singing the great score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. Listen, and continue to enjoy the pictures.

CRW_0192.CRW IMG_0389.JPG
Clockwise from top: Hip-Hop dancers join the festivities; the instructors join in, and a group takes on Modern Dance.


Related Posts with Thumbnails