A few months ago, I judged an American Idol-like singing contest in the small New Mexico town where I now live.
I was one of three judges. The others were the music program director at the local university and a Grammy-winning Irish tenor.
I confessed that I had no singing ability whatsoever.
But I told the music program director that I had performance experience. I told her I once performed minor roles with a ballet company.
Famous last words, I guess.
A few weeks ago, she asked me to help her with a master class she teaches for outreach kids.
It’s a music and movement class.
She asked me if I would teach ballet steps to the kids to a Justin Timberlake song.
I told her I didn’t have any experience with choreography, but yeah, I would give it a try.
It’s now been broken up into two days. And college students will be participating.
“Everybody will be dancing,” she said.
The song: “I can’t stop this feeling.”
I told my old artistic director. I’m sure he got a good laugh out of it.
Fortunately for me, it’s only going to go about a half-hour each time.
We’ll go over the different positions.
And I’m sure the rest will involve plenty of tendues, degages, plies and maybe a few simple jumps thrown in.
Should be quite an experience.