Last Saturday night, the CJ Crew (aptly named by my friend Clare Tay - the Crew's first instructor and DanzPeople's instructor) took to the stage for the last time together at Esplanade Da:ns Festival's What Your Move.
It was an annual event for us, and a stage special to us, that we held close to our hearts. The event allowed us to share our love for the arts with the public, introduce them to K-Pop dance, in hopes that it would ignite and inspire their interest, and get more people to share our joy in the art of dance.
What's Your Move each year, has transformed into a gathering of new faces, as well as many familiar ones. From parents and families of our performers, to students who arrive in throngs. Everyone gets together during this time each year to not only show the CJ Team their support, but to also have a good time dancing together.
In my years of doing the business, there has never been an event that has gone according to plan, and this year's Esplanade Performance was no exception. Everyone thought it was going to be challenging as my little one, now all grown up and leading the CJ Crew - Jojo, was out of town, away on a secret but not so secret project. I thought differently.
I felt this was a good time for everyone else to step up, and I was grateful and happy for everything that transpired.
After an hour of doing rehearsals under the harsh summer sun, the crew was prepping and getting ready in their first outfit for the yesteryear item, when we received news of the rain, and that the wet weather plans will be activated and implemented instead.
This was met with initial disappointment and also concern as we had new and younger members, who may not be adept at adjusting to new stages. However, I was conversing with Jojo via text, and told her that this may in fact, not be a bad thing after all.
The changes meant that the hundred and one formations that we had in place for both our 7-minute routines had to be modified to suit the stage set up and the new venue.
Instructions were given, outfits had to be tweaked as there was no time to change into the completely different outfit we had initially planned. We wanted to bring forth the feeling of yesteryear, and had initally dressed the performers in baggy jeans, shirts and bandanas.
|The Mad Scientist grinning.|
|Teaching Segment by Nigel|
|Teaching Segment by Joanna|
|The Crew with our 5 year old student Darius and his dad who came down to support us!|
|They always take forever to gather.|
|Leaving a spot for Jojo.|
|CJ Crew Past, Present and the Future awaits!|
|Voila! I think Johnson living up to his Superman status may have supersonic eyes that spotted Jo! Credits: Jojohung who added herself in|
CJ Crew Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2014 - Past Performance:
CJ Crew Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2014 - Present Performance:
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