Don’t laugh or call me a girl (HA) but, if you’re anything like me, you might enjoy watching movies with lots of dancing! While watching some of these dance movies such as Hitch or Step Up or any one of the Bring It On movies, you may have wondered who dancer number 1 was. That really cute dancer is Sarah Mitchell from Burlesque.
I was invited to attend the first annual Dance Track Magazine Artist Awards. I had never heard of such a thing or did I know anything about dancers or dancing for that matter, but I will explain that later. I have to admit that attending an event with all of these beautiful and talented young ladies intrigued me and it was an easy sell.
One of the girls even asked me to show her what I had! I had to tell her that I suffered an illness that kept me from dancing. I was not very surprised when she took a few steps back as she asked what that may be. Being the wise guy I am, I told her being Caucasian!! She gave me a little smile and told me she could teach me a few moves! Unfortunately, I had to very nicely decline (What the hell is wrong with me?) and told her I’m like Kevin James in the movie Hitch and have been doomed to stay in the box!
I did have some fun with Chad Smith, who you may remember from Step Up 3, whose role was the guy who is like a human robot. He did perform a little and introduced us to his special someone that we won’t reveal here but check out Hollywood Unwrapped on YouTube to get the scoop.
I also had the opportunity to have a little discussion with my new favorite dancer, Sarah Mitchell. To me, she could be the perfect 10 (just like the movie) as she’s seemed down to earth, approachable and just seems like a fun girl next door that sat behind you in math class and had that “it” factor. Soon, you’ll be able to see her on E! as she is a principal cast member and assistant choreographer under Laurieann Gibson on “The Dance Scene” that will premiere this Sunday (April 10). Oh and did I mention she was a Knicks city dancers? That is the dance team of the New York Knicks in case you are wondering.
It was actually a pretty good night! I was given the chance to hang out and speak with the people that make dance movies what they are and the dancers behind them. The audience was full of choreographers and dancers who have been dancing for every music super star from Christina Aguilera, to Beyonce and even Lady Gaga.
I want to share with you that they do more than dance movies. They do the cheering/dancing in movies like Love Don’t Cost a Thing or Black Swan. I was surprised to actually figure out where dancers are needed and what little they get for it. I overheard one say that if you can’t talk you can still play the piano but if you break your leg as a dancer you're done. The first part did not make much sense but she was cute so I nodded and moved on.
It’s a very true statement that dancers don’t get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Dance Track Magazine was founded and that’s why these awards where created- to give the dancing community the props they deserve.
The show ended with a huge after party at a club in Hollywood. I had access but decided not to go. I am still wondering why a guy like me declined to go to a party full of professional dancers.
I do have a small question that you can help me answer. I’d like to know how do professional dancers hit the club? I’m actually kind of curious now as I have seen what Americans call dancing these days! The guy or the girl stands still and they grind up and down for 15-20 minutes! What’s the image of a group of guys and girls that know how to dance? Is it like an image out of You Got Served or is it a little simpler than that? What do my readers think?