It’s history time boys and girls! “July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.” (History.com)
Sunday night at Winds of the Sahara was also a time to gather together to watch fireworks and great dances and listen to awesome music. It was a emotional night as well with some of the songs and dances touching us deeper than we had initially thought they would. I was discussing the 4th with another dancer who no longer resides in the US and she said she misses this particular holiday because it was one of her favorites. I personally don’t have any strong feelings about the 4th other than I do think the *feeling* of the holiday is a powerful one. She then said ” I love the national comrade, the BBQ’s and the fireworks. There is no gifting, no shopping or sending cards or weeks of stress….just simple and loving and beautiful.” I thought that was a perfect way to put the holiday into perspective because that is what the holiday is all about.
Shanny joined us as hostess tonight and was looking beautiful dressed as the sexiest lady in the US…no, not Hillary Clinton but Lady Liberty! Shanny will be joining us as hostess from time to time so let’s give here a big Winds welcome!
Starting out our evening was a patriotic dance by Baby and she showed us her Star Spangled Banner, no no she danced to the Star Spangled Banner. What a dance this was! The stage was yellow and blue with sun bursts. As Baby danced she moved across the stage to specific points and when she stopped different things rezzed in. We saw trees and flowers and rocks, finally completing the picture of the United States. A lone eagle flew in and the Statue of Liberty rose from the stage. I don’t know about you but I got chills. What an awesome way to start off the show, thank you Baby!
Next to dance was Devlin and he brought Ariel with him. The song was Scream by Michael Jackson and his set took place in space. The set background swirled and moved with colors and patterns. We saw a spaceship and a very sexy looking Ariel in red silks tempting Devlin who was wearing a red Star Trek outfit. This was a fun dance and I liked watching them dance together and I loved the crazy flowers/plant life on the stage.
Sweet Seduction were next bringing along a large group of friends including Luna, CC, Wolf ,Pathmaker, Lotta , Ducky, Jag, Flow and Nara. The song was Candyman by Christina Aguilera. This set was a flight deck and the friends were all part of a USO group singing for the troops. There was some great effects with words appearing and disappearing along with fireworks. The group had 3 women up front and the rest danced and *sang* behind them just like a USO group. This was a fun set with a lot of movement and things to watch. I love the patriotic feel it had celebrating our troops!
We swept up the mess from the party and were ready for the next dancers! Adam and Muse were next with A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. This set was very cool and I know I won’t really do it justice, I hope you all got to see it. The set had a fairy tale feeling to me with flowers and a pond positioned in front of a broken down castle/rock formation. There was a forest and candles and twinkling stars and Adam and Muse. As they danced they reflected in the water making the scene almost feel like we were watching something private that only they should be part of. Very well done you two, it was so romantic!!
Nara was next with Gracie, Rhonda, Beebs, Luna and Tristan dancing to Arabic Music by Aamir Kangda. Picture a desert with red sands and in that desert is a tent with beautiful women (with me so far?) and watching the beautiful women is a Sultan (lucky dude). I would call this dance Tristan and his Harem! There were twinkling stars on a warm desert night and if this is an oasis let it stay there!! A sexy beat and some sexy women in silks….nothing more needed!
Immy joined us next and she too had a group of women with her tonight dancing to Heaven Knows by The Pretty Reckless! We saw Kyshra, Kellan, Sammy and Jo and when I say saw I mean we saw quite a bit of them! This set was one of the coolest I have seen in awhile. It starts out with these women dancing in a school hallway in their uniforms (I went to private school and those clothes would have meant expulsion!) As the danced the walls of the set moved (this was a very cool effect) and we now see the girls dancing in a classroom, some on desks some in the aisles between the desks while the teacher gets quite an eyeful! Are we done here! NO WAY! The set changes again and we move to Hell. I had to laugh because starring on the stage in hell was Nickleback *snorts*. These sexy women welcome us to Club Hell as some dance in cages and some dance in the hot lava at the clubs entrance stripped down to skimpy little teeny outfits….can you say HOT! Thankfully there was no Nickleback sightings.
Next was me and I chose a song that each time I hear it, no matter who sings it, it gives me chills. The song is City of New Orleans and was sung by Arlo Guthrie. I have a thing for Arlo and his music so I went with this version. The song is about a train called The City of New Orleans and the song is told from the trains perspective. It sees houses, farms and fields, freight yards and and other trains. It tells the tale of who rides the trains as it sings “Good Morning America, how are you? Don’t you know me, I’m your native son? I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans, I’ll be gone 500 miles when the day is done”. My set had the illusion that the train was moving as trees passed by the windows and and the tracks moved under the train and I danced in an empty car. Although not a patriotic song per se, it has always had an Americana feel to me.
Last but not least was Kellan and she had the whole dance troupe with her…no no she didn’t but she did have Immy, Jo, Queenie, Beebs, Ariel, Emmie, Gracie, Sammy, Meegan, Ridley, Tray, Keith, Path, Adam and Jag. Her dance was to Fireworks by Katy Perry and God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. This set was a tearjerker and I have to say I was glad to see it twice because I was crying so hard the first time I missed a lot of things. Starting out the set was Fireworks. Everyone in the dance was outside for the 4th, eating BBQ and dancing and talking and watching the fireworks. Then the set changed for God Bless the USA. Prior to the dance, Kellan asked us who had family in or had served in the military. She then took this information and put it into her dance telling the audience about each person’s military history. That in itself was hard enough to watch because there are so many of us that have served or have/had family members that served. The set though, was a graveyard with flags flying, and photos of the dancers and of other American images. *sniffs*. This was a touching and beautiful tribute to our military Heroes, past and present. Thank you Kellan for the wonderful tribute.
“From our Winds family to your family, we hope you have a blessed 4th of July and thank you and your family who have served and for supporting OUR TROOPS!!! GOD BLESS THE USA!” I couldn’t have said it better than that. Thank you everyone for coming to the show, supporting Winds and all the dancers each week. Thank you to our sponsors and our wonderful DJ Rebecca. Thank you.most of all to our troops and the families that love and support them.
Happy 4th of July everyone, please be safe while you celebrate! See you all next Sunday!