Performance Planner: Summertime in the Wintertime

It's only January. As an east-coaster I have three more months of winter to endure, and I can't seem to stop fantasizing about sunglasses, warm breezes and sand beneath my toes. If only I lived in Southern California.


If you haven't decided on a theme for your spring piece, a summer-themed routine may help keep you and your students amped through the dull, freezing winter. But whether you're planning a show or you just need a quick break from the snow, here are some suggestions to bring the sunshine to the studio:

  • * Try a lyrical combination to The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreamin'" in your advanced contemporary class.
  • * “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland is the perfect song for your tiny tappers.
  • * Teen dancers will love warming up to Jason Mraz's "Summer Breeze" during pre-class stretches.
  • * What summer-themed recital would be complete without The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A?"

For more California-inspired ideas from Lauren Green, click here.


Photo:  In 1973, Twyla Tharp created her first crossover ballet: Deuce Coupe. Set to music by the Beach Boys, the work premiered February 8—smack in the middle of a numbingly cold Chicago winter. Though it was choreographed for the Joffery Ballet, Tharp's modern company dancers performed onstage alongside Joffrey dancers.

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