A few behind the scenes moments from last Saturday in San Antonio to close out the Jody Watley & SRL concert season.
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Each venue and stage is different..and so as an artist you have to not only soundcheck but get the vibe and feel of the stage and venue. This is from Saturday night in Waukegan IL at the Genesee Theater on the bill with Lisa Lisa and Debbie Gibson.
You can’t just go through the motions and life even in rehearsal..be in the mindset of being the best. Often, especially for up and comers, how you practice is how you perform.
The views are up on our Facebook, interesting to see the different facets of social media and how the various platforms engage. We just posted to Youtube, check it out..after our business meeting at Rosero’s. Less than 25 seconds for the time challenged.
**The first blog post from my phone** – may have formatting issues.
I flew to Orlando again after being there a couple of weeks ago for SuperFreestyle Explosion Concert. This time was a private event at Hard Rock Live. Being with Rosero McCoy, John “Havic” Gregory and Wallace Butts of Avid Music Inc, we reflected on how long we’ve worked together (Rosero and I since 98, Havic since 2005, Wallace and I joke we were friends when Pyramids were built, horse and buggy-you get the picture) and have been such close friends. This is no easy feat in life.
When you have people in your life where you bring out the best in each other, laugh, and survive the ups and downs – cherish it and hold on to it!
It was a great surprise as well to have my likeness added to the famed The Palm restaurant. Here in Los Angeles it was a longtime family favorite of my son Arie, daughter Lauren and my Mom.
– lunch and reflections.
Rosero, Dancers Ricki and Tori from Orlando, Havic at Hard Rock Live
Soundchecking – Everything.
Rosero McCoy and I had been talking about doing a dance video for a while, and I’m happy to say we finally made it happen. As he’s been doing with recent ‘concept’ dance videos (shortened video’s for a new generation) – Rosero made it all come together.
I’ve only used a lot of dancers once in a video (I Want Your Love) and it wasn’t the best experience. It’s such a gift of life to have other opportunities for a different outcome. This was magic. The energy, the kids, the parents there supporting their kids and their passion, the director Q, Nate from Shalamar Reloaded and the variety of dancers in various genres including of course waacking – everyone who was there made it a special night in celebration of dance, diverse cultures, confidence and going for your dreams. As inspired as I was – when the video is done, it’s my desire that others will be inspired too.
There was a dancer named Dor, fresh from Israel in America to pursue his dreams of being a professional here. I met him by chance while rehearsing with Rosero, and we reeling him in..he was looking lost and had gotten the schedule wrong for a class.
There was also little Jaxton in the video working his first job – at 7, just going for it. It was an inspirational night – they are me and I am them.
Dancing is where I first found a sense of escape and confidence, it was my field of dreams..the music, the creativity.
I believe a dancer lives in all of us – the drive, the passion, the learning of confidence and the feeling you were born to shine no matter what your circumstance, passion or job is. We are all navigating. DANCER.
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