Friday, June 12, 2009

Instant Musical in a Train Station

I saw this at the blog A Novel Idea and had to post it. I grew up watching musicals and used to wish as a child that this would happen, that people would just dance in unison, burst into choreographed musical numbers in the streets. This didn't change when I got older too much, which is why I was addicted for a while to the prom dance scene in She's All That.

As usual, you sometimes don't see what's right in front of your face. The famous second lines in New Orleans, the line that follows the band and dances, is a large group of people a spontaneously dancing in the streets. Parades sometimes simply appear here. A brass band begins to play and swagger down a street, and a crowd of dancers follows. These parades are especially common in the French Quarter, for the sake of the tourists, but also sometimes fo' real in communities like Treme.

And I loved when the popular line dance emerged in the 70s because then people could just hop up when they heard their favorites songs and start a synchronized dance. I've seen this happen at parties but also at Jazz Fest concerts.

Still, nothing beats a choreographed movie musical or Broadway number, which is why I like the video up top with the people dancing to Sound of Music's "Do Re Mi." It was planned but clearly many of the observers were taken by surprise.

BTW, yes, I am a fan of So You Think You Can Dance.

1 comment:

Good and plenty said...

I love to dance, too, and I would love to be part of a public dance event. I wrote on a recent dance post about wishing I could just stop and dance with people when the music gets to me. I can't listen to music without moving to it. If I'm trying to get to a morning meeting on time, I don't turn on music because I have been known to be late because the music won't let me go.
I loved both videos. The brothers in New Orleans are so clean and fine in their crisp blue suits (can't tell if their seersucker) and beautiful straw hats.