There were three of us. My sister Karla, my cousin Jennifer, and I. When we were kids, nearly every weekend for many years, we got together and rehearsed at my grandmothers house. Our dads sat around the living room eating Doritos, drinking Pepsi, and watching tv. Our moms often sat around the kitchen table, laughing and swapping stories about life, sharing a special bond by being married to a “Gore.” My dad is the oldest of 6. All men. All tall. All Grumbly (but soft under the grumbles). All the kids, there were many of us, would run around, sneak into my grandmas pantry,and load up on sweets.
For the three of us, collectively known as the ‘Gore’geous ‘Gore’skis, our weekly trip to grandmas, was rehearsal time. The garage was our rehearsal space. During rehearsal, all the other kids were strictly forbidden to enter. We had a little ‘jam-box’, a small selection of cassette tapes (remember those?) we would pick a song and choreograph. Play, rewind.. play, rewind. 😉 I remember rehearsing and performing to Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ most vividly. When I think back on that time, I can’t help but smile. 3 ‘Gore’geous performers.
Even at home, my sister and I spent a lot of time making up dances.. And we were brilliant!! We had a really spectacular ‘bunk-bed dance performance’ to Cheap Trick’s version of ‘Don’t be Cruel’…But without a doubt, one of the most brilliant dances we ever made up, possibly the most amazing dance ever created, was to Phil Collins ‘Sussudio’. Oh..oh.. The dance moves, the half shirts, the memories. Haha.
My sister and I were in ‘real’ performances together too. The Tempest, the Wizard of Oz, Carousel, The Nutcracker, and more. I am certain our energy is still floating around at the Washington Center of Performing Arts.
In college I danced and performed a few times, Hula, Modern dance, and even a Javanese dance performance.. But it wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that I really started creating and performing again.
The last time I performed (with an audience) was when I was pregnant with little Luna. And it was so special. A group of talented friends all worked together and created a dance piece. Blackbird singing in the dead of night..
The other day as I was listening to music and cleaning the kitchen, I felt a surge of creative energy. I put down the dish sponge and began to dance. Inspired, I choreographed a short dance piece. It felt so good.
Stir the cauldron, CREATE magic.
Whether in a garage, the kitchen, or on the stage, ‘Find your bliss and go there often‘.