huge thank you to Linda, without who we wouldn't even had got there! A last minute car crisis almost put a spanner in the works but Linda valiantly drove us there and back through humungous traffic jams and devastating rain and, together with Bev, we had quite a road trip! We sang (on the way back), compiled lists of classic 'Bev quotes' (don't ask), dried a variety of bits of clothing under service station hand dryers (see - I got that word in Linda!) and downed copious amounts of caramel soya latte! Thank you too to Jan's long-suffering hubby Ian, who was our taxi driver across to Liverpool (we didn't sing to him!)
And now - the shows! We were lucky enough on both the Friday and Saturday nights to be seated on the floor right in front of the stage and so had a fabulous view of some fantastic performances. But, completely without bias (and yes, it is without bias!) one performance totally stole the weekend for us and for many others. And here it is - click on the photo and prepare for total tribal yumminess :
Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow! When those ladies started to move I quite literally got chills down my spine. Breath-taking, heart-stopping, soul-moving. It was just incredible. You could feel that connection oozing off the stage; they weren't just dancing FOR us, they were dancing WITH us. The spirit of tribal lived on that stage and we couldn't stop smiling - with more than a few tears in our eyes (and I'm not just talking about us GC style dancers either). We were over the moon afterwards when Deirdre told us that despite the bright lights they could see and hear us right there at the front. We really felt that we were part of it. These three ladies, including Deirdre making her GC debut, were the out and out stars!! This performance will stay with me for a very, very long time. It was truly a privilege to be there. This is why I dance. This is why I dance GC. This is why I dance tribal. This is tribal. And it ROCKS!
So you think I'm biased? Tell that to all the ladies who weren't tribal dancers but who saw this performance and went out to the help desk to change their Sunday workshop choices so that they too could dance some Gypsy Caravan and to share in this life-changing experience. They saw it, they felt it, they loved that tribal connection!
Tribal rocks and rocks and rocks and rocks!!!!!
Until next time, happy dancing!