Dancers set - it's Showtime!

JANUARY 2014

Opening night is upon us at Rio's Brazilian Restaurant.

We have been working on this show for 2 years now and this is the third year we have developed it. Our family and friends fill the restaurant with 120 guests, the beautiful band has finished and they are doing the intro...Latin Heat Show

Performing, directing and promoting your own show is an exciting challenge which few dancers have the opportunity to do. We ask a lot, not only of ourselves as dancers but of our cast. Dalena Leggieri and I are proud to be principals of the amazing crew that make up HD Entertainment: Jason Ellershaw, Eley May, Holly Paterson and Ryan Schrader. We really appreciate them for the talent and professionalism that they bring to our group. We always want to improve what we do and none of us take for granted the opportunity we have to do what we love – dance.

The bar is set high and this first month of shows is challenging. The new format of the show has seen the addition of Argentine Tango, Adage (contemporary routine) and an extended version of the Paso Doble. These additions made the show too long so we made the decision to take out the Lambada.

Changing the show is a difficult process. Being open minded enough to adjust the vision that you had during the creative process is hard but necessary. After watching "Every Little Step" (the documentary of Chorus Line The Musical) the decision to make changes was a little easier. The show outlined how the producers changed the ending after the show had opened, because they wanted a different reaction from the audience. In my opinion, it is one of the best musical/dance stories ever. After seeing this sort of thing happen at that level, it felt like we now had permission to change things. It was like a breath of fresh air.

Two months of shows remain. Let's see how far we take our re-invented Latin Heat production. Exciting start to the year!

Captivate. Dance. Ignite.

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