Daniel and I had to stay busy between meeting our Dancing Stars partners and finding out the dances we’d been assigned, so last Sunday we spent the afternoon at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences’ “Instrument Petting Zoo” event. The event is an annual collaboration between the Museum and the Mercer/Macon Youth Orchestra and it’s designed to introduce young children (preschool/early elementary) to classical music and musical instruments. This year, small ensembles from the orchestra played some dance selections (a pair of “Renaissance dances,” a waltz, a sarabande, a tango, and a samba) and the manager wanted to showcase some dancing along with the music. She contacted Ms. Madison who put Daniel and me on the case as well as choreographing a number herself. We rallied the troops from our group class and from Got Dance? Move It! so there was plenty of participation.
The Madison Studio’s junior performance ensemble performed beautifully to the “Renaissance Dances.” Daniel and I danced the waltz; then Daniel partnered our student Megan and two of the GDMI dancers joined them for the tango. Another GDMI member choreographed a gorgeous contemporary piece for the sarabande, and all of us closed out the program with some audience participation to the samba. We did 3 performances over the course of the afternoon with an almost-full house for every one. Got effusive compliments from the orchestra manager (Hi Connie! Thanks!), a few museum higher-ups, and some audience members. Most of all we were incredibly proud of the GDMI dancers. They are so game and energetic and up for anything. We salute them!