We had such a beautiful show at our 5th annual Matters of the Heart this past Monday evening! The weather was lovely (albeit windy), the costuming came together nicely, the dancers were prepared and all 4 studios managed to seamlessly work together to produce a show we had not even rehearsed once with everyone in the same space at the same time. I am always amazed at what we, as human beings, are capable of!
From a logistical perspective, Matters of the Heart is a labor-intensive show. While Zilker Hillside Theater is a wonderful performance space, and the liaisons are very professional and accommodating, we bring our own marley flooring, our own speaker systems, our own curtains and our own backdrop to this event each year. It is a lot of heavy lifting and taking things apart to put them back together. We get sweaty, we struggle to wire together all the sound equipment, we clean and re-clean the marley, and then it’s show time.
The park is always so magical as the introduction starts and the crowd begins to hush. These young, beautiful dancers wait professionally in the wings, focused and ready to tell their stories and inspire their audience. Throughout the show parents laugh and cry, friends yell for their peers from the audience, relationships are formed between dancers from different studios, and we come together for 1 hour for no other reason than to share the art of dancing together. No scoring, no ticket sales, no elaborate costumes or staging. It is my favorite event of every year.
The work is worth it.
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