Michael Jackson Dances back from the Grave! Happy Easter 2013! Happy Birthday Mike!

Chapter 4 Michael Jackson Dances back from the Grave!

April, 1980; Gary, IN

Michael Jackson“Hey Mike,” Gregory Hines asks the captain of the Gary, Indiana, Team Breakdancing Freaks, “why we gotta keep this guy around? What does he have to offer the team?”

It was two days before Easter and the weather had been warm enough over the past few days to allow the group to practice outdoors.

Michael Jackson just smiles sagely as Debbie Allen also chimes in, “Yeah, he doesn’t dance. He just sits there and watches us.”

“I have my reasons,” is all Michael will say.

“I’m sure you do,” says Patrick Swayze as he and Jennifer Beals jump up from practicing their windmills.Debbie Allen

“So what is his job, Michael?” asks Janet. “Is he the business manager or the mascot?”

Michael Jackson looks over at Mel Brooks and considers the possibilities.

“I suppose if those are my options, then I would have to go with mascot. That’s the closest thing to the truth.”

Mel Brooks looks back at Mike.

“I could handle being the mascot.”

Patrick“Well you certainly don’t look like you could handle the dancing,” Jennifer says with determination.

“I think,” said Michael, “that oracle would be a better definition of his role on our team.”

“Alright mighty oracle,” says Gregory, “predict the future.”

Janet“It doesn’t work that way,” Mel tells him. “Ask me a specific question, like where did I leave my keys or will I win the contest?”

“Alright,” says Debbie, “what should we do to win the competition?”

“Practice,” says Mel.

“Good idea,” says Michael. “Why don’t we all work on our power moves to make them really impressive?”

Mel’s eyes begin to roll back in his head and he speaks in a lower voice.

“You should remember the windmill. It is a powerful move that has the power Marie Dollsto raise the dead, especially if it is done by Patrick.”

“Bet you didn’t know that you were magic,” Janet tells Patrick.

“Beware,” Mel goes on, “it will take a lot out of you. It could end up costing you your life.”

Most of the team blows off this prediction in order to practice their power moves. Patrick works on his windmills. Debbie watches him so that she can give him a little coaching.

Gregory HinesMichael calls the crew together to go through their group routine. As they dance, a funny thing happens: a second Michael appears. Everyone stops what they are doing to stare at him.

“What’s going on here?” Janet finally manages.

“I don’t know,” says the new Michael.

“You brought him here,” Mel tells the group.

“We did?” asks Jennifer.

“Yup,” says Mel, “Michael of the Future. And you are going to need him.”

Mel Brooks“Need him for what?” Gregory asks. “Mike do you know what this is all about?”

“No,” says Michael, “but I trust him.”

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January 3010; New York, NY

Happy New Years and welcome to 3010 Vampire Olympics, here are your hosts the 5 Dick Clarkes, boomed the Mistress of Ceremonies, Salome!

The 5 Dick Clarkes took the stage. The crowd wooed and awed at the 5 different Dick Clarkes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1900s. Wow, they look so real! remarked one audience member.

Dick Clarke1 replied, that is because we are real! We are the real Dick Clarkes from each decade courtesy of our sponsor: StarchGate Travel. Dick Clarke2 continued, when you need to travel through time and space or bring back a loved one or their soul from the past, future, heaven or hell – look to StarchGate Travel! We bring back anyone, anything from anywhere, anytime, anyplace!

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Slither – really, Asked Salome? Let me introduce our esteemed judges from two of your favorite Vampire Shows, So you Think You Can Vamp and Dancing with Some Dead Stars. Let’s give it up for:

KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs! The audience goes wild with applause!

Dick Clarke3 continued; Now let’s take a look at our competitors in the 3010 Vampire Olympics! We have 13 teams competing this year. The teams include a mixture of regular folks, dead folks, celebrities and guests from an alternate universe.

Salome continued, The theme of this year’s competition is DANCE OR DIE!

Yes, you heard me right. All safety controls are off on this special completion. You win the Dance Contest or you DIE! It’s as simple as that. Teams, are you ready for your challenge?

Supernatural Dancing Skills

  1. Time Travel (using a Glamour dance to dance to your “secret” time destination), once there
  2. Compulsion (Turn one team member into a vampire, ghost or monster of your choice)
  3. Find the Enemy (Could be anyone from a former friend to even a team member turned bad)
  4. Best Power (Witchcraft, Spell, Potion, Premonition or Voodoo Skills)

Salome1Salome added, The Teams are competing for some great prizes this year, including:

  1. 1st Place Every member of your Dance Team lives to see another day!
  2. 2nd Place 7 First Class tickets from StarchGate Travel. Each team member has a round trip ticket to visit anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Or they can use their ticket to bring back a Soul from the dead, past, present, future, alternate universe, Heaven or Hell.
  3. 3rd Place 7 Fully Deluxe Coffins for fun, business or pleasure. The coffins include a hide-away below with ample from to store victims, blood or bats. Of course an office, toilet, shower, blood draining stations, kitchen and living room with TV, guest bedroom.

 

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Should fans be allowed to make casting choices? The Vampire Dancer Saga–Reality TV Show script?

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontWe all know how traditional casting works.  The studio big wigs chase the actors who can pull in a big fan base.  Or, in some cases, the ACTOR calls all the shots.  Think Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt, Tyler Perry and others on the RARE list of in-demand “A” List Talent who can do what the hell they want!  In particular, those actors who also have their own production company (Will, Robert, Tyler, etc.) , they can do any big budget movie for any studio and also produce their own.

I would LOVE to start a new trend in casting, sort of like a Reality TV Show, where the FANS can pick the ACTORS to play in the final production.  Think: So You Think You Can Dance, we watch the Auditions for the first part of the season and the final dance competition at the end.  By the way, bravo to Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp this season’s Queen & King of SYTYCD!   Was rooting for Eliana all the way!  My favorite dance this season was their ballet duo.

 

Any-who, wouldn’t it be cool to dream about having the Vampire Dancer Saga as a DRAMEDY where the fans call in and vote on dancers, actors and actresses who want to participate?  The first part of the season would be the acting and dancing auditions and the last part would be the actual Dance Decades from the book.

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Eliana GirardThat would be totally WIN-WIN!  The fans get a chance to participate by voting.  And I would say let the fans also be a part of the show via Skype!  New and veteran actors, actresses and choreographers would have a chance at open casting!  No more Hollywood politics or old favorites.  Let some new blood get a chance!  Also this would give DANCERS of all ages and dance backgrounds a chance to audition.  I would not have any age, race, size, restrictions at all.  Everyone can play, as the book it not just for teens or kids – it has characters of all ages, shapes & sizes.

The perfect show runner for this would be Miss TRIPLE T herself, Debbie Allen.  She would be in charge, as Nigel is in charge of So You Think You can Dance.  Debbie and Fox I’m planning to start bugging you about this, LOL!

With that in mind, I would LOVE your thoughts on comments on this idea, I think it would be a great show, one that I would love to watch!

Speaking of Miss Triple T Debs, what out for your part in newest script below.  We have 3 new Characters:

  • Tobias, I spy David Mann
  • Grace, I spy Tamela Mann
  • Loie, I spy Sutton Foster

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The Vampire Dancer Saga: Chapter 1 – Dancing makes you Buff! (Script, part 2)

MEDDLING GRANNY

Alright, now that we’ve met our contestants, it’s time to get things started. Each team will use their super powers to go back in time to St. Louis in 1900.

As Butchers& Bakers arrive, they find themselves standing in front of a simple family home.

GRANNY

I remember this place. This is your Uncle Tobias place. I haven’t seen Tobias in years. We have to stop and say hello.

BIG DADDY knocks at the door at GRANNY’s insistence. A man answers the door hesitantly at first, but when he sees GRANNY he smiles and opens her arms to her. They hug and he motions everyone into the house.

David MannTOBIAS

What are you all doing here?

TOBIAS wife GRACE comes out of the kitchen.

GRACE

Tobias, who do you have out here?

When GRACE sees GRANNY she, too, is thrilled. The women embrace.

GRACE

I don’t know when I’ve last seen you. What are you doing here?

GRANNY

Just passin’ through. Boy, I remember those dresses—how hot they were in the summer weather.

GRACE

I can’t disagree with you there. I suppose by whatever future you came here from, everyone will be running around with nothing on.

GRANNY

Laughs.

Not exactly. Well, not everyone.Tamela Mann

GRACE

So what can we do for you?

GRANNY

Grace, we’re involved in a little competition.

BIG DADDY

Extra points for anyone who can show off some kinda dance.

GRANNY

Do you think you can teach us one of the local dances?

GRACE

No problem. Tobias, why don’t you move some of that furniture out of the way?

Cut to: A group of Glamour and Voodoo dancers stand in the lobby of a building. A banner says “Loie Fuller School of Dance.” They are overwhelming a local person.

LOIELoie Fuller

You want to learn how to do what?

ALYCE

We want to learn to dance. Can you teach us or not?

LOIE

Sutton FosterAnd you are certain you’ve had dance experience?

ALYCE

Maybe not the sort of dancing you’re used to, but yes, we have had dance experience.

LOIE

I suppose I’ve taught worse looking sorts. If you will all come this way, why don’t we try the tango?

Cut to: The stage is set for one of the competitions to begin. We see the Le Monsters taking the stage and beginning their warm-up exercises.

TRIPLE T

Behind me you see the Le Monsters warming up. They will be the first contestants to strut their stuff in the Vampire Defense Skills competition. Let’s watch as they begin.

From this point TRIPLE T is giving a play-by-play as we watch the action taking place.

TRIPLE TMunsters

And there goes the opening blow. That is a classic move but when it is paired with—and yes, there it is. A classic move goes out dated in one fell swoop. And it looks like the next move is not much better. OH! Did you see that? Old school moves that should just be retired. But it doesn’t stop there as they go in to– No! There they go again. Now this team is the oldest one in the competition and their moves really show it. These skills might have been all the rage 2000 years ago but now they are just old school and campy—these moves are highly unlikely to be effective. If they want to stay in the game they are going to have to get some new blood in there and update those skills. And now for the judges: They have given the Le Monsters a combined score of . . . 3.2.

Here there is a montage of the other teams showing off their Vampire Defense Skills– including a shot of the Braden Hunchbacks bickering amongst themselves and then trying to dispatch a vampire while posing on the stairs– and the judges giving scores of each performance. The montage ends with TRIPLE T’s next speech.

Debbie AllenTRIPLE T

Next up we have the Mutant Weirdoes. They warmed up previously and are ready to begin. And they certainly do come out swinging! . . . Those moves are stylized and precise. . . What a sight to behold. . . Look at how they move together, almost as if they were one. This is what defense skills should look like. . . There is no escaping these guys. . . I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of them. . . . Clean and efficient. These guys have the style that everyone else copies.

And the judges have given the Mutant Weirdoes . . . . 5.0! The Mutant Weirdoes are the winners!

The crowd goes wild. After the applause have died down, RUNO takes the stage.

RUNO

We have just seen what our contestants can do in the way of vampire defense. Next up, our second competition is best powers in which our contestants have an opportunity to impress us with their most unique skills. A large part of the judging will entail, just how well developed these skills are and their level of command. Our first team up in this round is Turd Blue. As you can see behind me, they are taking the stage now.

It looks like Turd Blue is showing us a fantastic tree offering and. . . wait for it. . . wait for it. . . it would appear to be. . . yes, it is. . . a Dionysus worshipping Maenad! Nice! Really nice! Very impressive work from Team Turd Blue. Now let’s go to the judges.

And the judges are tallying the scores. . . it looks like the judges have given them a 4.8. Not bad at all.

Now let’s go on to our next team.

TrueBlood3PELVIS takes the stage and sings “Bad Things.” When he gets to the line “ I want to do real bad things to you,” a chant begins and the crowd goes wild. He and Snooki  flirt with each other as he sings.

This is followed by a montage of the other teams displaying their Best Powers. At one point the Spare Track team attempts to transform an audience member with the chant, “Resistance is futile.” The audience member, however, is wearing earphones and listening to some sort of hand held device and does not hear the chant. The chant is a failure and the crowd boos and starts its own chant, “BEAM THEM UP SNOTTY.” After which the Spare Track Team is transported and disappears.

Judges tally the scores. Turd Blue is declared the winner.

BLEN

Now on to our last competition to determine who will be going on to the semi-finals: The Best Shape Shifter.

VampireDiary1A montage ensues of the teams competing for best shape shifter. During the montage the Diary of a Mad Vamp Team shifts into a version of doubles from the Alternate Universe. Then they conger the St. Louis Arch from 1967 and 2067. The 2067 arch is copper instead of green. The crowd goes wild. Diary of a Mad Vamp team gets a 5.0 from the judges.

KAR ANNA

Alright and now it is time to unveil our winners. Remember those in the top spots will be going on to the semi-finals.

In seventh place we have the Le Monsters! In sixth place is Braden Hunchbacks; in fifth place the Spare Tracks; coming in fourth is the Butchers & Bakers; third place goes to Mutant Weirdoes; In second place we have Turd Blue. And in our top spot, coming in at first place is Diary of a Mad Vamp. Congratulations to everyone!

Mutant Weirdoes take the stage to claim their trophy. ANGELA hold the trophy above her head and shouts exultantly.

ANGELA

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Stop the Presses! Eliana Girard is my new casting choice for Elly Powers! Also new script for Chapter 1 The Vampire Dancer Saga!

Eliana Girard1I take back my casting choice for The Vampire Dancing Saga, Chapter 4, Dancing with Flair at the Fair, the 1930s! A new dancer has arrived on the scene from the last episode of So You Think You Can Dance: ELIANA GIRARD!

Eliana is one of the best dancers on reality TV dance shows in many a moon. I predict so much future success for this very talented dancer. One day she will be in movies just like Julianne Hough, or my favorite dancer of all time: ELEANOR POWELL!

I have been rooting for Eliana since SYTYCD Season 9 started in May of this year.

She was the ABSOLUTE BEST DANCER from last Wednesday’s show. Even Nigel admitted that she was his favorite girl and that was her night. Indeed.

 

Tice Diorio’s Eliana Girard3opening number for the August 22nd show was SPECTACULAR! That was my all time favorite choreography by Tice! His best work, in my humble opinion. His group dance: “The Cool World Stomp” should win an EMMY award! Did you notice that Eliana was the lead dancer in that number?

 

 

I had previously mentioned casting:

Dancer/Actress Character – The Vampire Dancer Saga
Vivian Nixon Elly Powers
Sabra Johnson Phina Brown or Triple T Debs

Now that I have watched Eliana Girard on the August 22nd episode of SYTYCD, I change my casting choices to:

Dancer/Actress Character – The Vampire Dancer Saga
Eliana Girard Elly Powers
Vivian Nixon Phina Brown
Sabra Johnson Triple T Debs

VivianNixon1Vivian Nixon is the SPITTING image, MINI-ME of her famous mom, Debbie Allen, so wouldn’t it make more sense to cast her as Triple T Debs? Maybe not? That would probably freak Vivian out to play her mom and Debbie out to have her daughter playing her.

Here is out next script for Chapter 1, part 1: Dancing Makes You Buff! Another great job by the scriptwriter. It’s great to have a different set of eyes look at your book. I would have never thought to split up the dialogue among the judges. But hey, that’s what scriptwriters are for. To make it make sense as a TV episode or movie scene.

 

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The setting is a large athletic competition. In the stands, the crowd is filled with interesting looking characters: people with cloaks, clothing from various eras of history, hair styles of every shape, size, color and description. The host, BOM TERGERON steps to a podium in a central location on the playing field. As he steps up, the cheering fans quiet.

BOM

Quiet Everyone! Let’s take our places, please.

Dichen LachmanKAR ANNA, BLEN, RUNO, LIGEL NITCHGOW, MURPH MARE and TRIPLE T DEBS all take their places at the judges table. Each seat has a name plate, microphone and clipboard.

BOM

It is time to explain the rules for this very special, year 3000, Vampire Olympics. As you know, the Vampire Olympics occur every ten years. This year’s competition will include the following events:

KAR ANNA

Part 1: Supernatural Protection skills.

Category A: Vampire defense which includes defending oneself against wooden stakes, silver, garlic and decapitation.

Category B: Best Power which will include witchcraft, potions, spells, premonitions and Voodoo.

Category C: Best Shifter which includes mummy, zombie, wolf, ram or hart.

BLENEnver Gjokaj

The four teams who earn the highest scores will be moving on to the semi-finals. Part two of our competition is World Transformations. Each team will be required to go back in time and alter certain events from the way they happened.

RUNO

The remaining three teams will go on to compete for the winner of the 3000 Vampire Olympics. Part three will also be World Transformations, but it will be returning the previously changed events from part two to the way they originally occurred.

LIGEL

Anthony HeadThird place winners will receive a wooden mini-coffin filled with vials of A, B, AB and O blood.

Second place winners will receive purple rhinestone mini-coffins with a built in television.

First place winners will receive a tricked-out black coffin with special vampire sensitive lighting, with a built in entertainment system, laptop pc, kitchenette completely stocked with vials of blood to suit every

LIGEL cont.

preference, full bathroom—and what luxury coffin would be complete without a Voodoo doll head with special powers?

MURPH

Winners from our last competition, the Collins Family, are on hand and have picked this year’s location.

MURPH indicates a large stadium box where we see LA BELLE, JACK, ED, LISA and BARNABY seated.

LaBelle, would you please tell our contestants what time and destination they will be traveling to.

We see LA BELLE step to a microphone situated in the stadium box.

Summer Glau

LA BELLE

I’d love to. Our contestants will be traveling back to the year 1900 to exercise their skills in St. Louis. Each team will have one hour for each of the competitions in part one with ten minutes to prepare.

Each team will first have ten minutes to use their best power to shift them to the time and place of the event. Once there, they must glamour the location so that ordinary citizens are not able to view judges or audience members from the future.

After all judges and audience members have teleported, then each team can start the first competition: Vampire Defense.

BOM

Thank you, LaBelle. Triple T would you explain what will take place once the competition begins?

TRIPLE T

Of course, Bom. The judges will eliminate one of the seven teams during the ten minute intermission after the Vampire Defense competition using a combination of scores and audience votes. The remaining six teams will then go on to the Best Powers competition. After which the judges will eliminate another team using the method previously mentioned. The remaining five teams will compete in the Strongest Shifters competition after which one more team will be eliminated. The remaining four teams will go on to the semi-finals.

LA BELLE has appeared next to the stage where the podium and the judges’ table sit. With her are MEDDLING GRANNY, PRUNES, PIPPA, FEEBLE and PAGEANT.

BOM

Thank you Triple T. Now it should be explicitly understood that no cheating of any kind will be tolerated at this competition. And to ensure that the rules are adhered to, we have a special enforcement team of super witches to oversee this competition. LaBelle, would you like to introduce the Charming Ladies?

The ladies step up to the platform and LaBelle takes the mic.

LA BELLE

I certainly would, Bom. May I present the Special Witch Police for the 3000 Vampire Olympics: Meddling Granny, Prunes, Pippa, Feeble, and Pageant! Aren’t they charming?

BOM

Ladies and Gentlemen, please standby for the lighting of our Olympic Flame.

A torch is passed from team to team. The last team hands the torch on to BOM who lights the cauldron. The crowd goes wild.

The Vampire Dancer Saga back coverNow let’s meeting our contestants! Please give a warm welcome to each of our teams!

First up is the Mutant Weirdos!

As each team is named, they come trotting across the field, wearing shirts with the team name on the front and the contestant’s name on the back. Crowd goes wild as each team is announced.

 

 

  • Diary of the Mad Vamps
  • Turd Blue
  • Le Monsters
  • Spare Tracks
  • Butchers and Bakers
  • And the Braden Hunchbacks!

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The Vampire Dancer Saga, first movie SCRIPT Sneak Peak is here! Can Julianne Hough or Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars) dance as good as Eleanor Powell?

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontI’m so proud of the script for Chapter 4, Dancing with Flair at the Fair. The scriptwriter did an awesome job of capturing the right words for this movie scene.

Again with more Movie or TV Casting choices, who do you think is POWERFUL enough to dance like my favorite dancer of all time, Eleanor Powell???

Hmmm, would it be someone young and athletic like Julianne Hough? Or someone sultry and sensuous like Cheryl Burke?

Well, actually, if this movie ever comes to pass, I would go a totally different direction and pick the protégé of one of my other all-time favorite dancers. And you know who I am talking about: DEBBIE ALLEN!Julianne Hough2

I first noticed Debbie’s daughter, VIVIAN NIXON in the 1994 Academy Awards Oscar Best Song Presentation for the Circle of Life, The Lion King. Vivian is the real daughter of of the “spoofed” dancer Triple T Debs in Chapter 1:

“Places everyone. Quiet please,” shouted host Bom Tergeron. With that, the judges, KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs took their places at the Judges Table.

JULIANNE HOUGH as Elly Powers: Too busy, has too much work, will probably turn it down. Shame, she could do the acrobatics and tap dancing like Eleanor Powell and make it believable.

Cheryl Burke2CHERYL BURKE as Elly Powers: Prolly under contract with ABC for Dancing with the Stars. Has not done movies yet, not sure if she would be interested if this really happens. Cheryl is the most POWERFUL female dancer on Dancing with the Stars, and would totally believable in the role

VIVIAN NIXON as Elly Powers: Vivian is extremely talented and it would be a coup to have Debbie direct Vivian to play Elly Powers in this movie. Vivian would blow the tap dance scenes away!

Uncle Sunny, is actually my real uncle. But he does not dance. Even so, it would be great to have a Tap Dancer to master Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for this role. Especially since Eleanor Powell portrayed Bill Robinson in the movie Honolulu. The best actor to play my uncle, who can tap like Bill Eleanor PowellRobinson is MAURICE HINES.

And to play the kooky fortune teller MADAME ZANDRA, I would cast none other than the delightful Kathy Najimy!  She is one of my favorite actresses of all time.  I love all of her movie and TV works.

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SCRIPT COPYRIGHT 2012 SHALIMAR ALIBill Bojangles

Setting: On a train in the 1930’s. Two women are standing in the aisle in the dining car practicing dance steps. When it becomes apparent that the younger of the two has mastered it they sit at a table in a mostly deserted dining car late at night. They are eating pie and drinking coffee.

ELLY

So your parents are Big Daddy Baker and . . .

ALYCE

Caroline Braden.

ELLY

Maurice HinesAnd you spend your free time riding the train with your uncle.

ALYCE

Just until he finishes seminary school. Then he won’t be a porter anymore.

ELLY

Riding the train sounds like a pretty adventurous existence.

ALYCE

It is. We’re going to make a stop in Chicago to see the World’s Fair.

ELLYVivian Nixon

I thought about doing that myself.

ALYCE

Oh, won’t that make you late to begin filming?

ELLY

I’ve got time. I really want to see Little Egypt.

ALYCE

VivianNixon5Me too. I hear she’s completely scandalous.

ELLY

I certainly hope so!

The two women laugh.

ELLY cont.

We should go together.VivianNixon3

ALYCE

Really?

ELLY

Yeah.

The scene fades into a montage of the two women getting off the train in Chicago in the daylight. We see them talking and laughing as they walk down the sidewalk, riding the street car and arriving at the World’s Fair. ALYCE looks all around, taking in everything. They stop to watch a fortune teller at work.

Kathy NajimyMADAME ZANDRA

You’re curious. That’s natural. Why don’t you sit down?

ELLY stops ALYCE from sitting.

ELLY

Hold on there, lady. . . . How much?

MADAME ZANDRA

Only a dollar.

ALYCEVivianNixon4

A whole dollar?!

ELLY

Didn’t anybody tell you there’s a depression going on?

MADAME ZANDRA

I’m worth every penny and more. Take it or leave it.

ALYCE looks to ELLY who shrugs.

ELLY

It’s up to you kid. It’s your dime.

VivianNixon1ALYCE considers it for a moment, then sits and hands MADAME ZANDRA a dollar from her change purse.

ALYCE

This better be good.

MADAME ZANDRA

Taking ALYCE’s palms.

You have a very special gift, a very special power . . . to be activated on your 21st birthday. I also see a great-granddaughter, 60 years from now, will also be dancing in Chicago. She will dance like the Egyptians.

ALYCE and ELLY glance at each other. ELLY rolls her eyes and ALYCE smiles.

ALYCE

Rising.

Thank you Madame Zandra, that was very . . . entertaining.

As they walk away.

Cheryl BurkeELLY

Did you buy any of that?

ALYCE

Apparently I did. And I paid a whole dollar for it.

ELLY

Come on, kid. Let’s go see the “Egyptians.” When is your 21st birthday, anyway?

ALYCE

Tomorrow.

Julianne HoughELLY imitates spooky music and they laugh as they walk off arm in arm.

ALYCE and ELLY enter the area where Little Egypt will be dancing. The place is already packed. They find seats and the show begins. During the course of the show audience members may “Oooo” and “Ahhh”. They express their shock and surprise. ALYCE and ELLY are both captivated, but for ALYCE it seems for a moment that the lights are flickering and then dimming. When they come up she is still watching the “Egyptian” dance but it is someone else entirely on the stage, someone who looks a bit like her. She hears a soft buzzing sound next to her and sees a man look into a small hand-held device. When ALYCE returns to herself, everyone is leaving and ELLY is looking at her with concern.

Eleanor Powell2ELLY

Are you okay? You look really pale.

ALYCE runs her tongue over her teeth and then opens her lips to reveal fangs.

ELLY grins.

Vampire?

ALYCE

Yes. Meet me in St. Louis.

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The Vampire Dancer Saga back coverAs you all know, ELEANOR POWELL is the absolute best dancer that ever lived! There is not a dancer today that can match her power, stamina and the girl power of topping the box office for dance. It would be IMPOSSIBLE to match any dancer today with Eleanor Powell. The dancers on Dancing with the Stars have it so easy because they do PARTNER DANCES. By comparison, Eleanor Powell commanded the box office with SOLO DANCING. I am a dancer and if you are a dancer you know that it is harder to SOLO than dance PARTNER. Why? A solo dancer must COMMAND that stage with stage presence and stage work. A partner can dance can actually divide the dance duties in half with team work. A lot of dancers will disagree with that statement, but then again ask yourself why, there are not that many solo dances on Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You can Dance???

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The Vampire Dancer Saga: Part 1 – Dancing makes you Buff! 6/22/12

VampireDancer1A fictional tale of dances from the 1900s-2010s

Part 1: Dancing makes you Buff! the 1900s

“Places everyone. Quiet please,” shouted host Bom Tergeron. With that, the judges, KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs took their places at the Judges Table.

Bom said it is time to explain the rules for this very special year 3000 Vampire Olympics that happens every 10 years. This year’s competition included the following categories:

Part 1: Supernatural Protection Skills

  1. Vampire Defense (fending off against wooden stakes, silver, garlic, decapitation)VoodooDancer
  2. Best Power (Witchcraft, Spell, Potion, Premonition or Voodoo Skills)
  3. Strongest Shifter (Mummy, Zombie, Wolf, Ram or Hart)

The 4 teams that make it past Part 1 of the competition will move to Semi-Finals

Part 2: World Transformation

Change the World Events from what originally happened

The remaining 3 teams will compete for the winner of the 3000 Vampire Olympics

StLouis1900cPart 3: World Transformation

  1. Change the World back to the way events really happened

The Winners will receive:

  1. First Place A Black tricked-out Coffin that has special lights for Vampires, built-in TV, DVD, PC, Internet, Mini Kitchen filled with blood vials, Toilet & Shower; they will also receive a Black Voodoo Doll Head with Special PowersCoffin7
  2. 2nd Place A Purple mini version of a Rhinestone Coffin, this one only has a built-in TV
  3. 3rd Place A Wooden mini-coffin filled with blood vials, including AB, A, B and O.

The winners from 2090, the Collins (LaBelle, Jack, Ed, Lisa and Barnaby), were on hand to pick the Location and Year for this year’s competition.

LaBelle took the mic and announced that the Year will be 1900 and the Location will be St. Louis, MO. Each team had 1 hour for each competition (Vampire Defense, Best Power and Shifting), with 10 TrekCaptainsminutes to prepare for each challenge.

First each team has a 10 minute limit to use their Best Power to shift them into the time and place for the event. Once they arrive, they must “Glamour” the location so that no ordinary citizens can view the guests from the future.

After all judges and audience members have teleported there to view, then each team can start the first competition – Vampire Defense.

The Judges will eliminate 1 of the 7 teams during the 10 minute intermission using a combination of their scores and the audience votesMarilyn3
The remaining 6 teams will now compete in the Best Power competition.
The Judges will eliminate 1 of 6 teams during the last 10 minute intermission.
The remaining 5 teams will now compete in the Strongest Shifter competition.
The Judges will eliminate 1 of 5 teams after the Shifter competition.
The remaining 5 teams will go to the Semi-Finals.

TwilightTo ensure that there would absolutely be no CHEATING, a special enforcement team of Super Witches will oversee all Glamour, potions, spells, voodoo and seeing past and future events. Just, then very charming ladies took the stage. LaBelle said, “May I present our Special Witch Police for the Vampire Olympics: Meddling Granny, Prunes, Pippa, Feeble and Pageant! Don’t these ladies look charming?”

The crowded went wild with excitement, especially since Meddling Granny and Prunes had not died in the Alternate Universe.

Bom said, “Let the 3000 Vampire Olympics competition begin!”Charmed

The 7 Teams passed the Torch from team to team and then Bom lit the cauldron with the torch flame.

Bom said, ‘I am proud to present this year’s competitors. Please give a warm welcome to the following teams.”

Each team came out 1 by 1 and was applauded loudly by the crowd:

  • Mutant Weirdoes (SunniHell, CA)
    Buff Dude (Vampire vanquisher)
    Angela (Vampire)
    Zanadu (Glamour dancer)
    Will Potter (Male witch from London)
    Wiz (Werewolf)Buffy1
  • Diary of the Mad Vamps (Thinspace 5, VA)
    B’Lanna (Glamour dancer)
    Demon (Googly eyed Zombie)
    Satan (Wimp Vamp)
    CatTwin (B’Lanna from the Alternate Universe, also a dancer)
    Batty (Witchcraft)
  • Turd Blue (Temptations, LA)
    Snookie (Bitch Witch from New Jersey)
    Pelvis (Elvis from the Alternate Universe, Pelvic dancer)
    Jake Brickhouse (Womanizer)
    RuPaul Fayette (A vampire that can shift to man, woman or mixture of both)
    Sara Thor (Voodoo Dancer)
  • Le Monsters (New Orleans, LA)TrueBlood2
    Grandpa Jacob (Vampire)
    Edward (Werewolf)
    Hermes (Frankenstein)
    Lila (Bride of Frankenstein and Witch)
    Marla (Marilyn Monroe from the Alternate Universe, Glamour Dancer)
  • Spare Tracks (Railroad Captains from the Future)
    Cisco Ten (Emits prophets of past or future events)
    Picky John (Borg, Can seduce any woman or man)
    Bill Fatner (Can smash vampires by sitting on them)
    Copy Hipburns (Glamour Dancer)
    Archie Dracula (Leaps while Ruining Cult Favorites)VampireDiary1
  • Butchers & Bakers (Jackson, MS)
    Big Daddy (Butcher)
    Granny Smith (Witch)
    Aunt Ethel (Country Cooking & Potions)
    Dolf Jr. (Werewolf)
    Sherry (Glamour Dancer & can Freeze Time)
  • The Braden Hunchbacks (Notre Dame, IN)
    Mitchell Braden (Wife Beater)
    Caroline Braden (Witch)
    Jane Braden (Can Freeze Time)
    Cynthia Braden (Can see past & future events)
    Alyce Braden (Glamour Dancer & can Move Items)

Then Meddling Granny announced that it was time for each team to use their Super powers to take their team back iBrideFrankensteinn time to St. Louis, MO in 1900.

Team Butchers & Bakers were the first team to arrive in St. Louis. They had an advantage since Big Daddy had family there in town. So they were quite familiar with the town and townsfolk. Granny Smith laughed as she saw the ladies of that time wearing those God-awful heavy dresses. She remembered wearing those dresses how hot they were during the summer. Big Daddy and Granny visited their relatives, who taught them a quick dance. The dance will come in handy during the competition because it was from the 1900s.

The Glamour Dancers and Voodoo Dancers from the other teams were planning to use dances from the 1900s as well to impress the judges. They studied from Loie Fuller and other dancer greats who taught them Ballroom and Tango dances.

TangoEach team can get 2 extra points for great dancing skills shown during each 3 parts of the competition. So dance was very important if you wanted to win.

The first team, Le Monsters, took the stage to show off their Vampire Defense Skills. This team had been around the longest but their killings skills were campy, old school and stale. Then it was time for the Mutant Weirdoes. This team had actually set the pace for any other Genre Team that followed. The Collins, Charming Special Witch Police and Diary of the Mad Vamps had all copied and imitated their style to become cult favorites.

The Mutant Weirdoes had a special skill of “Trash Talking” and using a certain slang and cracking jokes whilst vanquishing the vampires. They easily won the Buffy ParkVampire Defense Competition.

The worst team in Vampire Defense was The Braden Hunchbacks. There was too much bickering during the Vampire Defense, with Jane shouting, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” while she froze time. Then they had the nerve to try to vanquish a vamp while posing on a staircase. That move was so out of style from 1969. They were loudly booed as they were eliminated and thrown out.

Next came the Best Power Competition. The Turd Blue team Elvis2showed a fantastic tree offering and transformation into a Dionysus-worshipping Maenad. The crowd went wild and the ratings soared for their sponsor GoHoBos. The ladies in the audience swooned when Pelvis sang the song “Bad Things” and transformed it to a chant for Snookie, “I want to do real bad things to you.” The ladies just loved hearing him say, “Snookie” in that sexy, Deep South twang.

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The Spare Tracks team did awful in the Best Power category. They tried to transform an audience member into a Borg by chanting, “Resistance is Futile.” But the audience member was listening to music from their IPod so the transformation did not work.. So the Spare Track team members begin turning on each other and shouting insults like, “Bill why didn’t you sit on that vamp and smash him. Archie why didn’t you leap into that into audience member and pretend to be a Borg? Way to go Archie, you have lost all of our cult followers now!” The crowd booed “Beam them up Snotty” as the team teleported away from the competition.Janeway

The final category was Best Shape Shifter. The Diary of the Mad Vamps team easily won this category. They shifted into their versions of doubles from the Alternate Universe. But not only that, they conjured the St. Louis Arch fromborg the year 1967, since the competition was held in the same location, but it hadn’t been built yet. To top that off, they showed the judges a time relapse movie of the Arch as it was being planned from a model from 1947 to 1963. Then they showed a mirror image of the 1967 Arch next to the 2067 Arch. The judges gave them extra points since the Arch from 2067 was copper, not green. The crowd went wild when they saw the Arch. The Diary of the Mad Vamps easily won the Best Shape Shifter category.

The ending order of the Teams for the 3 categories were:

  1. Diary of the Mad Vamps, 1st placeArch
  2. Turd Blue, 2nd place
  3. Mutant Weirdoes, 3rd place
  4. Butchers & Bakers, 4th place
  5. Spare Tracks, 5th place
  6. Braden Hunchbacks, 6th place
  7. Le Monsters, 7th place

The remaining 4 teams were very proud that they will be moving on the Semi-Finals of the Vampire Olympics.

Angela from the Mutant Weirdoes Team shouted, “Let’s get Ready to Rumble for our next Vampire Olympic Showdown in St. Louis!”

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Dance Tribute 4/27/12: Tap Dance! Who is your favorite Tap Dancer or favorite Tap Dance Routine?

 

Tap Eleanor1Dance Tribute 4/27/12: Tap Dance!

Okay, so I took tap dance lessons as a kid back in the 1960s.  Yep, I’m old.  And to this day, I can still remember that song played on the piano at Smith Sisters Dance Studio.  It was so cool having tap dance lessons with a real piano player.  I usually teach to cassettes and CDs, so most dance students don’t get a chance to study with real, live music.

Tap dance was one of my favorite dance classes.  It’s much harder than it looks.  I remember taking Flamenco dance workshops and that challenging footwork reminded me of my tap lessons.

Tap Busby1I’m a big sucker and huge fan of the old movie musicals, especially those from the 1930s.  In particular, I love seeing tap dances by Eleanor Powell, The Nicholas Brothers and Bill Bonjangles!

I had a copy of That’s Entertainment on VHS and I would watch it all the time with my granddaughters.  We have so much fun watching our favorite dance scenes and then getting up to dance along with them.  I just got That’s Entertainment parts 1, 2 & 3 on DVD (Blue-Ray, no less) and so glad that now I can just skip to my favorite scenes instead having to fast forward and rewind a VHS tape.

The movie musicals from the 1930s are my favorite.  That was the Golden Age for musicals, that has not ever been topped since.

Tap Bill1Everyone has their favorite TAP DANCERS or favorite TAP DANCE SCENES from movies or TV clips, such as Gregory Hines, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, the list goes on and on.

Here are my FAVORITE TAP DANCERS & TAP SCENES:

1.  THE QUEEN OF TAP – Eleanor Powell.  Wow can this lady dance!  She is the best tap dance soloist in the world in the history of time.  I love all of the turns, flips, kicks, stops and also creativity in mixing tap with Hula or Matador style.  Did she introduce or INVENT PASO DOBLE?

Tap Nicholas12.  THE BEST TAP DUET EVER – The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard & Harold.  Did you know that Debbie Allen, Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson studied with them?  Makes sense.  As I said before you can’t go wrong in dance if you just do what Debbie Allen does.  And Michael Jackson, what a dance perfectionist!  He could have had a career in Tap – one of the best modern day tappers.

3.  THE BEST TAP DANCE SCENE IN A MOVIE – The Gold Diggers of Hollywood, Lullaby to Broadway.  I remember the old clips of this movie and my favorite scene is Tap Busby2when they shoe the UNDERNEATH view of the 3 dudes tapping so hard, I thought they could tap their feet to death, LOL!

4.  THE CUTEST KIDS TAP DANCING – Of course Shirley Temple, tap dancing in many of her movies.  I love seeing her dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.  Honorable mention to Janet Jackson tap dancing on the Jacksons Show.

5.  THE BEST MUSICAL FILM DIRECTOR OF ALL TIME – Busby Berkeley.  The man with a vision.  The man that gave you Tap Eleanor2dance and singing from a DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.  He changed movie and musical history by inventing and  reinventing musicals.

I had  a day off work today and spent many hours viewing some of my past favorite tap dancers.  It was so much fun watching so I would like to share my favorite tap dancers and tap dance scenes with you:

 

 

 

Tap Busby3

Tap Nigel1

 

 

One of my favorite dances by Eleanor Powell, the Queen of Tap!

WOW!  I love it whenever I watch this clip.  One of the best all-time dance scenes ever!  Thrilling!  I can’t believe the jump/splits on the stairs.  And how close they were to the musicians, I thought one dude was gonna be kicked in the head LOL.

 

 

 

 

I LOVE this dance!  So creative to mix Hula & Tap.  Love the turns and quick stops in the turns.  Fabulous!

It’s good to see a Show Judge “PRACTIC WHAT THEY PREACH” by showing that they really can dance!  Nigel, you think you can dance, YOU CAN DANCE!  I hope they show  more of Nigel dancing and choreographing dances in future episodes of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

Again, a great mix of dance styles, this time tap & Paso Doble.  By the way, you don’t see this style very often in old movie musicals.  Did Eleanor Powell introduce Paso Doble for future Ballroom Dance?

Love watching Mr. Tap, Bill Bojangles Robinson.  I watch this with  my granddaughters and they get up and imitate Shirley Temple.  They are as cute as she is.

Check the 3 dudes tapping real hard at 1:50.  Damn!  They are tapping their asses off!  I love how they show the 3 viewpoints, the front view, overhead and UNDERNEATH so you can see the shoes tapping.  The shoes tapping is one of my favorite, favorite dance scenes.

 

This is PRICELESS!  My favorite singing group the Jackson 5 with Janet, LaToya & Rebbie TAP DANCING with The NICHOLAS BROTHERS!!!  Michael is really holding his own and is a damn good tapper.  And Janet is just so cute!!!

 

 

 

I love the Jackson 5 show because it had contemporary favorites like their hit songs.  But the best thing about the show was that it allowed the Jackson Family to branch out and show a WIDE VARIETY of music and dance styles.  The talented Jackson Family was not LIMITED to doing the songs from their time, I loved when they did OLD HOLLYWOOD STYLE and did it GREAT!  The scene at 6:16 is sort of like a PREMONITION of SMOOTH CRIMINAL, LOL.

Bill Bonjangles is tearing those steps up!  Wow!  He is the King of Rhythm!  And little Shirley Temple is CUTE AS A BUTTON!

 

Gregory Hines does the SHIM SHAM dance in one of my favorite movies, The History of the World: Part I

 

Sammy Davis Jr. still going strong in 1990 with Gregory Hines!

 

Sammy Davis Jr – BURNING THOSE TAP SHOES UP!!!

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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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Dancer Tribute 3/31/12: Geoffrey Holder (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad). What is your favorite movie or dance scene from Geoffrey Holder?

Geoffrey1Dancer Tribute 3/31/12: Geoffrey Holder (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)

Does anyone out there LOVE The Cosby Show?

I was a huge fan of the show and enjoyed all 8 seasons.  But my favorite season of all was Season 5.  I LOVED the opening credits dance that was choreographed by Geoffrey Holder.  And being a Belly Dancer myself, I loved the Snake Arms towards the end in particular.

You sure can tell that Phylicia Rashad (Debbie Allen’s big sister) has had dance lessons.

But even before The Cosby Show Season 5 credits, I also remember Geoffrey2enjoying Geoffrey Holder in one of my favorite movies, as Punjab in Annie.  I love the dance scene with Ann Reinking, Roger Minami and Geoffrey Holder!

I also remember his 7-Up commercials from the 1970s, the UnCola and his famous line, Absolutely Marvelous!

The James Bond movie franchise has had bad eggs and some really good ones.  I loved Live & Let Die.  I liked the soundtrack by Paul McCartney & Wings, I loved the performance by Jane Seymour and also the crazy character Baron Samed played by none other than Geoffrey Holder.

Geoffrey3What a talented man he is:

Dancer
Choreographer
Actor
TV Commercial Spokesperson
Painter
Costume Designer
Singer
Director
Voice Over Actor

A MAN OF MANY TALENTS = GEOFFREY HOLDER!

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geoffrey5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Holder

http://www.earwolf.com/2011/10/know-your-cosby-show-intro/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0390305/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0390305/bio
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Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX) original Tweet 10/10/11, Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

Debbie1Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX original Tweet 10/10/11

I have a saying that describes my performing motto:  JUST DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES!!!

You can’t go wrong if you follow the path of Debbie Allen!

Dancer
Choreographer
Singer
Broadway Star
Actress
Director
Debbie2Producer
Dance Studio Director
Emmy Winner
Academy Awards Choreographer

What can’t Debbie do?

There is no performing road block that Debbie can’t tackle with her magnificent talent, determination and strength.

Debbie3She opened so many doors of dance, that NO ONE, I mean NO ONE will be able to conquer the Dance World like Debbie did.  In fact, like Katherine Dunham before her, Debbie also integrated and KICKED DOWN the glass ceiling when it came to directing and producing.

If I could come back reincarnated as any performer, it would be Debbie Allen.

There are not many performers that I admire that have so many works that I admire.  I loved her performances in Broadway shows like Purlie, West Side Story and Sweet Charity.  I loved her acting in TV shows like FAMEAll of Us, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Quantum Leap, In The House and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!  And I love it when I see Debbie’s name as a director for shows like Girlfriends, Hellcats and The Parkers!

Debbie4Debbie has so many incredible performances that it would be hard to pinpoint my favorite, but I can try to narrow it down to my TOP 3:

  • 1.  Choreographer for 1983 65th Oscar Awards Live to “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin.  The Belly Twins (Veena & Neena) and Atlantis did a great job of performing in that telecast.
  • 2.  The Debbie Allen special.  I have a copy of this somewhere on a VHS, but I remember Debbie Allen “Belly Dancing” in a yellow costume.
  • 3.  Debbie Allen as Joanna Chapman in Quantum Leap episode of  “Private Dancer.”  http://www.tv.com/shows/quantum-leap/private-dancer-60523/

I can sing my praise of Debbie Allen all day and all night, but let me close by saying:  DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES and you will never go wrong in Dance!  Debbie thank you for inspiring me and so many other dancers, you are a NATIONAL DANCE TREASURE!

 

Debbie5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Allen
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000739/bio
http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=allendebbie
http://www.debbieallendanceacademy.com/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/biographies/allen.html
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Debbie6I 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.

Now is your time to Join the Conversation! Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, blog suggestions, guest bloggers, etc., are all welcome!

Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

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