The Ghost of Past & Present Cher – That 70’s Dance

Sonny Cher 1977Light tinkled off of the mirrored ball as it gently swayed and spun from the ceiling. Elvis had been putting Team Those70s Disco Dancers through their paces, trying to get as much rehearsal as possible before the club opened for the night. Because there were no windows inside, it was nearly impossible to gage time by the way the light fell, although sometimes you could tell by the way the traffic sounded on the Las Vegas, Nevada strip, right outside the door. Still, they had to depend on the clock behind the bar to keep track of time.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John came out from the kitchen in the back carrying Macho Nachos and Margaritas for everyone. Sonny and Cher gratefully accepted the refreshments. Liza Minnelli and Deney Terrio also Liza Minnellitook their dishes although Liza insisted she was on a diet. Liza drank her margarita quickly, but waited until she thought no one was looking before she began picking at her nachos. Everyone else enjoyed the repast during their brief break. They all knew there would be plenty more rehearsal to come.

Elvis Presley, the team leader, looked around the room. It had been carefully decorated for the big Cinco de Mayo celebration. They expected a big influx of revelers as many disco dancers were happy for any reason to celebrate. Elvis decided that a little rest and relaxation may serve the team better than more rehearsal and surprised the team by giving them the rest of the evening—about an hour—until guests started to arrive, to relax for a little Sonny Cher 1973while. Everyone was happy just to kick back and enjoy a few minutes peace.

Shortly before eight o’clock, the time the club opens, a group of women, came to the door. They pushed their way through the stuttering entreaties of the waitress who had been sent to answer the door and barged into the ball room where the team was relaxing. The team found themselves face to face with several different versions of their own Cher. They were Chers Past and SaturdayNightFever1Present.

“We’ve come to challenge you,” Cher 1965 said.
“We know,” Cher from Team 70s said, nonplussed.
“We’ve known you were coming for quite some time,” Sonny added.
Cher 1968 turned to Cher 1984. “Might as well get this show on the road, then,” she said.
“I assume you’re ready,” Cher 1980 asked.
“Ready as we’ll ever be,” Elvis confirmed.

The two groups watched as the club filled up with revelers. By ten o’clock the place was hopping when Elvis had the DJ turn down the music so that he could MP900431237introduce his guests to his team and to the opposing team and explained the rules of the competition. The crowd was, on the whole, supportive quickly picking a team they wanted to root for. The two groups broke up into smaller groups of two to battle things out , couple to couple.

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Performer Tribute 4/20/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11. Who inspired you to perform?

Cher1Performer Tribute 4/12/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11

Consciously or sub-consciously, a performer or someone inspired you to perform. Think about it?

James Brown and Jackie Wilson inspired Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson inspired Usher, Hanson and a host of other generations of performers

Whitney Houston has inspired a generation of performers

Marilyn Monroe inspired many, many different performersCher2

Cute, little Willow Smith reminds me so much of a young Jada Pinkett or Will Smith

The late, great Dick Clark inspired Ryan Seacrest and many other popular TV & Radio hosts

The list goes on and on. And it makes me wonder who inspired me to dance?

Well, looking back, seems like I was a sucker and magnet for all things Rhinestone, bling, glitter & fringe – so let’s blame that on Tina Turner and Cher.

Cher3Also, I love big, wild Diva Wigs and trying to sing, so let’s blame that on Diana Ross and Cher.

I love dancing and watching performers who dance well in their stage shows, so let’s blame that on Debbie Allen and Cher.

I love costume designers with fabulous costumes and the performers who wear them like Bob Mackie and Cher.

Also I love glamorous, exotic make up so let’s blame that on Elizabeth Taylor and Cher

Cher4Hey, wait – let’s blame everything on Cher!!! The Diva who has it all: bling, wigs, singing, dancing, costumes makeup, etc.

Cher has it all!

I would LOVE to meet Cher in person one day and just look at her Wig Room and Costume Rooms. I’m not sure if she has been in a TV special where they show that, but I would love to see it.

Cher is a hero, from acting to singing to dancing to her wigs, to her costumes to her famous Vegas Shows to her movies! Wow! She has done it all.  And there are not that many performers around who have been able to change and keep up with all of the different music and fashion styles for many decades and generations like Cher, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin.  They have all survived my favorite music era: DISCO and keep up, stay in style and keep it moving and grooving.

Cher5I remember watching the Sony & Cher show back in the day. Little Chastity was so sweet back then. It was great when they showed her. I also loved it when she danced with the Jackson 5. Not many performers can pull that off, but Cher did and looked pretty cool doing it.

I follow Cher on Facebook and Twitter and it was so cool when Chaz was on Dancing with the Stars. It was exciting when they announced that Cher would be coming to support Chaz.

Underneath all that stage makeup, diva costumes, wigs and bling is a real human, a mother to Chaz and a former wife to Sony.

It would so cool for Cher to make a video for DIVA WANNABEs. Or have a Reality show called Cher’s Top Divas. I would certainly audition. Are you listening Cher?Cher8

 

I know it’s not Cher, but could not resist throwing in this one with Jackson 5 and Vicki Lawrence from The Carol Burnett show.  Who knew Mama from Mama’s Family could boogie dance so good with the J5?

 

Here is Cher with the J5

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Cher7I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

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Entertainer Tribute 4/12/12: RuPaul (San Diego, CA). Who is your most beautiful entertainer?

Rupaul1Entertainer Tribute 4/12/12: RuPaul (San Diego, CA)

NEWS HEADLINE – 4/11/12 – 4/12/12: ASHLEY JUDD HAS A PUFFY FACE!

I was upset when I read those headlines today.  I agree with Ashley 100% that it is woman-hating!

Men are never dissed for having puffy faces, puffy bellies, gray hair, wrinkles or stretch marks.  Only women.Rupaul2

This is such a narcissistic society that only in America do you see crazy headlines like this.

It is to me a form of bullying as well.  Why are people picking on Ashley and being so critical of her looks?

She is a great actress and I always enjoy her movies.  I don’t watch her movies for beauty, I watch them for her acting talent.  Regardless, that is so shallow and stupid for people to even bring that up.

Rupaul3Which brings up the question: WHO IS YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL ENTERTAINER?

I have always thought performers like Diana Ross, Cher, Lena Horne, Elizabeth Taylor and including Ashley Judd are both talented and beautiful.

But one performer sticks out in my mind as the most BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.  Guess who?  RUPAUL!!!

Rupaul4That sounds crazy, but Rupaul looks better than most women, even though he is a man in drag.

If I could meet any performer in person and ask for tips on great makeup for entertainers, hair styling tips and fashion sense, it would be Rupaul.

Hell, he looks way better than me!

He works the makeup, wigs and costumes better than most women.

Sure, sometimes he goes overboard and looks too much like a DRAG QUEEN.  But most of the time, he does look like a very beautiful woman.  Puffy cheeks and all.  I am truly envious of RuPaul.  I agree with Rupaul’s statement about wigs and makeup being so important in show business.  I would LOVE to have Rupaul give me a makeover.  Check out his/her shows on Logo TV.

 

 

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