Well, I've been dancing more years than some of you have been alive, and I have to say....
Two weeks ago, I wondered who the choreographer was.
This week, I'm convinced it's my old dance teacher from hell.
To begin with, the song was not meant to be sang by 10 children with prepubescent voices! But if they felt they needed to sing it...(why, the 4th of July was several weeks ago--is this song a 1970 song?)...they easily could've lowered the ocatve range so it didn't sound like I was listening to Alvin and his very merry Chipmunks.
I don't really understand what any of the dance moves had to do with the song. As a dancer, I know the most important part of a song danced to choreographed music is to match the lyrics with the song. "United" and "fall" are so easy to come up with steps for, esp. with young children! And she couldn't do that!
I don't think I've ever seen these kids form a striaght line on cue. Shouldn't that be a hint to throw that step out...?
So first we see Jordan, Danielle, Taylor, and Tori.
i hope i never see them as a quartet again. they have all different voices, what made them (them being the choreographer of the dance and the song) think it'd work out? in fact, Danielle should've been with Katelyn ("pure voices"), and Chantel and Lucy ("strong voices") should've been together, leaving Jordan, Taylor, and Tori--with "pop" like voices. Makes logical sense.
The trio of Katelyn, Chantel, and Lucy sounded really nice, but I wonder who carried that group? Lucy and Chantel have such strong low voices, I was shocked to hear them sing something SO high.
Speaking of Chantel, she does better on the adult steps, such as the ending "fall"--why, i don't know, maybe it's because she's 13, and skipping around just isn't cute at that age anymore...
Jordan and Taylor have a gift. The gift to dance and do it well. Jordan didn't overdance, she didn't look awakard, and she seemingly had it all together. I also feel she has the best stage presence. Singing and dancing together is NOT easy, and the fact she still is able to use her head and hips to add to the dance steps really says something about her. Most kids don't know to do that. At 11, the fact she does, means she's probably a natural at this. She's going to be in a music video one day...I just know it. Bravo Jordan, job well done! I noticed when singing "nowhere in the world" Jordan extended her hands, and Taylor shook her finger. To be able to match a movement with a lyric that you weren't told to match isn't that easy, and I applaud her too, at 11, for being able to do that. Great job Taylor!
And the first rule of dancing (Katelyn!!)--never touch your hair! A dancer is not supposed to distract from the dance, and she did so several times.
The boys, too, weren't meant to sing together. But they looked adorable in some of the moves they were doing. Definitely 3 solid dancers...
But back to the stupid moves that I don't get. What was the point of having Chantel switch places in the middle of the song? It looked stupid! She looked out of place, and it took away from the "grooves" the boys were doing.
They brought back some of these steps I was hoping would disappear into the woodworks. The side by side, the mixing bowl step....
I don't get the "wall" step either, but I do admit, they did get better as the song progressed, both in dancing and singing. The end was really good, and was what I was expecting in the beginning!
Bottomline: Can it really get worse?