Any dancer will tell you that there are a handful of routines that either failed, flopped, or were altogether weird. Throughout my time as a tap dancer I can definitely say that some ideas do not translate well into tap dancing. In other words, if its seems unrealistic or dangerous, or downright crazy then it’s probably not a good idea.
I never thought in a million years that I would ever be dancing to a song about Spam, but it happened. And yes, I mean the wartime favorite mystery meat in the iconic blue can that is instantly recognizable. I think I was about ten years old when I learned the routine and I was so shocked that there was actually a song about Spam. I’ll never forget that song it was simply called Spam, and the band was called Save Ferris. The song was so catchy that I sang it for weeks, because when you dance to something over and over again it’s like you have a broken record that rattles your brain.
Make no mistake, it only gets even cringier from here. So I thought ok… It can’t be that bad right? Of course I was wrong! The routine had great structure to it but it was cheesier than a can of fake cheese. But the worst thing of all was the costume: a royal blue sequin skirt with velcro (a throwback to the flashy era of the 80’s), a leotard, and the most obnoxious yellow satin gloves. So, we were basically dancing cans of Spam! It just gets better and better because we also put Spam lunchboxes near the edge of the stage to add to the “Spam theme”
So, if you ever consider dancing to a song about food or the cringiest thing you can imagine, think again!
By far, one of the most memorable dances that I have ever performed was a routine to Disney’s Electrical Parade. But, we don’t just dance to it we perform to it! My dance teacher always has a lot of great ideas and this one is absolutely brilliant! The costume is simple: all black leggings and a leotard. But what makes it unique is the light-up pom-poms that dazzle the audience and leave them wondering how we pulled off a complex routine in the dark. That’s right, we turn off all the lights in the room and the only lights are our pom-poms and a string of lights on the edge of the stage, so we don’t fall) Then when we start dancing its like the whole stage comes alive because you may not see us dancing, but you hear us tap dancing and that is a truly unique experience.
Technically speaking, the routine involves a lot of arm movement with different formations to create cool illusions that wow the crowd. The magic of it is that the audience focuses on the lights from the pom-poms and the sound of the taps striking the floor. It takes a skilled and highly experienced dancer to perform in the dark with ten other people in front of a audience. In fact, we still perform this dance routine and it is my favorite because it’s unexpected yet exhilarating at the same time for both the audience members and the dancers.