AUSTRALIA – september 25th to october 10th, 2014
The destination that sparked this entire project…
It’s true! Just after I was hired to teach at the 3rd Annual Australian Tap Dance Festival, I had the inclination to expand this wonderful opportunity into continued international travels, which then led me to the idea of creating the “VIMM Music of HumanKind” global video.
I spent all of my time in Melbourne during this leg of the trip and stayed very busy with this fabulous, week-long festival.
I so enjoyed being on faculty and sharing with such enthusiastic, hard working dancers of all ages. I taught a week-long residency to 15 advanced dancers, during which they learned an entire piece of choreography and performed it with live music at the culminating concert. For that piece, I wanted to bring about and comment on the feeling of being “alone together” in the sense of feeling isolated within a sea of people, perhaps as a response to a recent loss or change. It was really beautiful to see how all the dancers took to the concept and brought it to life in just 5 days. I appreciated every moment I had with them. Such a special opportunity.
The festival also had a beautiful mix of evening events, including a panel discussion and a live music jam session. I hosted the tap jam and LOVED facilitating a connection between the dancers and musicians. Many of the dancers had never really danced with musicians before in a jam setting and I was so touched to see how they opened up during the course of the evening. By the end of the jam, somehow every dancer ended up onstage jamming simultaneously together with laughs, smiles, and utter freedom. It was magical!!!
In conjunction with the festival, producers Winston Morrison and Ella Lehaf invited me to participate in a TV spot for WB Kids. It was mid-week, super early morning, but exceptionally wacky and fun! Winston and I danced together, we spoke with the hosts about tap in Melbourne and my VIMM World Tour, donned party hats and helped with birthday shout-outs, and taught the hosts to tap dance. Told you – wacky!
My entire being was consumed by the activities and energy of the festival for most of my time in Melbourne – and that’s a good thing! – which means I didn’t really explore much of Melbourne or beyond during my trip. After the fest, though, I had about 5 days before departing to Thailand, during which I was able to coordinate a dance shoot for the music video along the river in downtown Melbourne, and met with some hip musicians for an impromptu music recording sesh!
I was happy to see that, again, the music video sessions came together, almost miraculously, as they did in Japan. Whew!
Lastly, while I was in Melbourne, I did enjoy being out in nature (away from city buildings) whenever I could. I found an incredible park at which I recorded some more thank you videos for my VIMM World Tour Donors. I’ll share one of them below!
Onto the next:
To be continued…
THANK YOU VIDEOS IN THE PARK!