Norfolk “Dance Magic” for all ages

Norfolk “Dance Magic” for all ages


WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK
PERSPECTIVES. THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS AS
SEEN THROUGH DANCE AND ONLY AT LAKEWOOD.
JANET McMANUS, HOW YOU DOING.>>FINE, THANK YOU.
>>SENIOR RECREATION SUPERVISOR, BUT YOU ARE SO YOUNG AT HEART.
>>YES, SIR, I’M TRYING.>>HANGING IN THIS YEAR AFTER
YEAR.>>I’M HANGING, I’M HANGING.
>>YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.
>>YEAH, 37.>>BUT EVERY YEAR IS SPECIAL,
ISN’T IT?>>YES, I STILL LOVE IT.
I WAS GOING TO RIR AND EVERY TIME IT GET — TO RETIRE, AND
EVERY TIME IT GETS CLOSER, I DON’T WANT TO.
>>SO VISUAL ARTS OR PERFORMING ARTS.
YOU HAVE TO PICK ONE.>>PERFORMING ARTS.
>>AND KRISTEN HILL, RECREATION DANCE SPECIALIST, SHE BETTER
HAVE SAID PERFORMING ARTS, RIGHT?
>>OBVIOUSLY.>>YOU’RE OVER AT THE
RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES OVER BY LAKEWOOD.
>>AT LAKEWOOD, YES.>>AND I GOT TO TELL YOU, IT’S
KIND OF A BEST KEPT SECRET BECAUSE THERE’S THIS LITTLE
SHELTER IN THE WOODS TYPE THING I. RIGHT.
>>BUT THERE’S A LOT OF MAGIC THAT GOES ON IN THERE, DOESN’T
IT? IF.
>>YOU HEAR REC CENTER, BUT WHAT YOU GET IS CONSERVATORY QUALITY,
BUT FOR REC CENTER PRICES AND EVERYBODY IS HAPPY.
IT’S A GREAT PLACE. IT’S A SUPER PLACE AND IT COMES
FROM HER. SHE SETS THE TONE.
>>AND ALL THE INSTRUCTORS, NOT JUST ME.
EVERYBODY.>>AND LITTLE ROOMS AND THERE’S
THIS MUSIC COMING OUT OF THEM AND WE WERE DOING IT ON LOCATION
YEARS AGO AND I WALKED IN THE WRONG DOOR.
IT WAS IN THE TAIL END OF A PILATES CLASS, SO THERE’S ALL
KINDS OF THINGS GOING ON.>>DID YOU SEE THE BALL?
>>YES, THAT’S MY — ZADA McMORRIS, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A
DANCE STUDENT AND YOU ARE DRESSED BECAUSE YOU’RE A SPECIAL
DANCER THIS YEAR. WHAT ROLE ARE YOU PLAYING?
>>I’M PLAYING CLARA IN THE NUTCRACKER.
>>AND IT’S BEING PERFORMED ON DECEMBER 5th AT HARRISON OPERA
HOUSE. YOU READY?
>>YES.>>YOU ARE?
>>SHE’S GOING TO BE GREAT, FANTASTIC.
>>HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DO ALL THAT?
WHERE DOES IT BEGIN?>>MANY YEARS OF GOING TO BALLET
CLASS EVERY FRIDAY.>>WOW, AND NOW IN PRACTICE?
>>YES.>>AND WHAT DO YOU NEED TO
PRACTICE?>>JUST WORKING ON YOUR FEET AND
STRENGTHENING YOUR FOOT MUSCLES.>>AND SO ARE YOU THERE?
>>YEAH.>>ARE YOU EVER REALLY ALL THE
WAY THERE?>>NO.
>>NO.>>LIKE ANY ART, YOU CAN ALWAYS
IMPROVE. YOU CAN ALWAYS BE BETTER, BUT IF
YOU CAN DO THAT WITH JOY, THEN I FEEL LIKE YOU’VE ALREADY
ARRIVED, BUT WE’RE ALWAYS STRIVING FOR MORE.
>>IN FACT, EVENTUALLY WE’RE GOING TO SELL TICKETS, I
PROMISE. WE WILL.
>>YES, THEY’RE ON SALE NOW.>>AND REALLY CHEAP.
>>RIGHT.>>BUT BEFORE WE SELL TICKETS
FOR LIKE TEN DOLLARS, LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT WIDE RANGE BECAUSE
YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO TAKE A CLASS.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE WIDE
RANGE, RIGHT?>>OH, YES.
WE START FROM 4 AND OUR OLDEST STUDENT IS ABOUT 93 YEARS OLD.
>>NOW — AND I’VE SEEN THEM PERFORM BEFORE WITH ELVIS.
>>ROCKY, RIGHT.>>COME ON, RIGHT?
HOW IS ELVIS DOING? DOES HE KNOW THAT ELVIS DIDN’T
MAKE IT PAST –>>YES, HE KNOWS.
HE’S STAYED WAY PAST ELVIS.>>AND THEY PERFORM ALL OVER
TOWN TOO.>>YES.
FOR NURSING HOMES AND OUR PROGRAMS AND ALL KINDS OF
PROGRAMS.>>NOW, HOW DO YOU SIGN UP FOR A
CLASS? IS IT DIFFICULT?
>>NO, IT’S VERY EASY. WE HAVE ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW
FINALLY. I THINK THIS IS OUR FOURTH
SESSION OF ONLINE REGISTRATION, TO STARTING DECEMBER 7th, YOU
CAN ONLINE TO NORFOLK.GOV/PLAY AND REGISTER ONLINE OR COME TO
OUR STUDIO.>>NOW, ONE OF THE SUPERSTARS OF
THIS B-ROLL WE’RE SHOWING IS COE HARRIS.
>>YES, MS. COE.>>AND THIS TIME OF YEAR, SHE’S
MRS. CLAUS, BUT SHE’S A TAP DANCER TOO.
>>SHE’S STILL TEACHING OUR TAP CLASSES, SOME OF OUR TAP
CLASSES.>>DO YOU KNOW WHO WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT?>>MISS COE, YES.
>>WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE LIKE HER STILL
DANCING?>>VERY TALENTED PERSON.
>>AND THAT PASSION.>>YES.
>>SO WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO WITH YOUR BALLET EXPERIENCE?
>>HOPEFULLY BECOME A PROFESSIONAL BALLET DANCER.
>>WHAT’S THAT TAKE TO DO IT?>>JUST HARD WORK.
>>SO DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL?>>YEAH.
I LOOK UP TO MY SISTER BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN DANCING LONGER THAN
ME.>>COOL.
IS SHE A GOOD TEACHER? DOES SHE KIND OF COACH YOU?
>>YES, AT HOME.>>HOW DOES THAT GO?
>>GOOD SOMETIMES.>>IS SHE PREPARED FOR THAT DAY
WHERE YOU MIGHT BE COACHING HER?>>YEAH.
>>HAS SHE EVER BEEN IN THE NUTCRACKER?
>>YES.>>DID SHE PLAY THE SAME ROLE?
>>NO.>>THERE YOU GO, THERE YOU GO.
I HAD TWO DAUGHTERS, I KNOW HOW IT GOES.
SO WHAT ROLE DID SHE PLAY?>>SHE PLAYS MY SISTER.
>>REALLY. THAT’S INTERESTING.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO PUT A PRODUCTION TOGETHER FROM A
CLASSROOM?>>IT’S WONDERFUL.
WE FEEL LIKE WE’RE LIVING THE DREAM.
ALL THE BALLET CLASSES ARE IN THE NUTCRACKER AND WE PLAN AHEAD
AND ASSIGN WHAT EACH CLASS IS GOING TO BE DOING AND THEN IF I
SEE A SPECIAL STUDENT LIKE ZADA AND HER SISTER ZOE, I BRING THEM
OUT AND GIVE THEM A SPECIAL PART AND IT’S GREAT.
>>HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT TRANSITION FROM THE MUSIC AND
THE CHOREOGRAPHY NOTES TO BRINGING IT ALIVE?
>>YEAH, BOB, IT COMES FROM HERE.
YOU JUST HAVE TO FEEL IT, LET THE MUSIC GO THROUGH YOU.
A
LOT OF TIMES THE MUSIC WILL INFORM THE MOVEMENT.
IF THE MUSIC SWELLS, THEN YOU WANT TO ECHO THAT WITH YOUR
MOVEMENT AND THEN YOU
GET OUT THERE
AND YOU JUST FEEL LIKE THE
MUSIC IS MOVING THROUGH YOU AND ALL YOUR TRAINING HAS PAID OFF
BECAUSE YOU CAN
JUST ENJOY YOURSELF AND PUT ON A GREAT
SHOW.>>I LOVE IT AND THAT’S THE KIND
OF PASSION THAT YOU CAN GET WHEN YOU TAKE CLASSES THROUGH OUR
RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES.
GO ONLINE AND SIGN UP BECAUSE IT IS BEAUTIFUL.
IT’S BEAUTIFUL JUST TO WATCH YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT IT.
THANKS A LOT. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM
YOU WHAT
YEED LIKE TO SEE ON TV-48, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT’S GOING
ON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. GIVE US A HOLLER AT 664-6510.
AS USUAL, IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME
TO BE IN NORFOLK JUST BECAUSE OF YOU AND
YOU AND YOU.
THANKS A LOT.

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