Let me clear the air in case anyone reading this gets carried away. I actually wrote the CAN U review because I hold Reflections dance ministry to a high standard and was very disappointed with the CAN U 12. I expected more because I believe you guys aren’t just good but you’re amazing. I respect the work that you guys put into it and I know you will get blessed for it.
I spent a large part of today, reading and rereading your comment and I must say I didn’t see a whole lot of difference between your comment and my review.
What your comment did, was to give us an insiders perspective to the whole issue. You gave us a background to what you feel the problem is when you wrote about how Reflections is just coming back from a “compulsory leave of absence.” You also tried to convince us on why we should cut you guys some slack when you wrote on the fact that most of the dancers were 100-200 level students.
You insinuated my knowledge about dance is small and I must correct you, my knowledge about dance is a lot smaller than small. I started lacking musical coordination before God created it, I can’t dance to save my live (although I do try in the bathroom).
While I can’t dance, I do understand what it feels like to be inspired/entertained by dance and that’s where I’m coming from.
When I attend a dance concert, asides from the actual choreography what I expect is to see unique concepts expressed through dance with background music serving as a glue. When I said I wanted to see something like the struggle of going for C.H.O.P, that was just an example that you mustn’t limit yourselves to. But it gives an idea of what I mean by concepts.
Concepts for me are important because no matter how many cool moves you pull off, when they get repeated they eventually get old. But when those moves are done in the midst of new, concepts they never do. Believe me there was a time when I thought backflips were cool (I still think they are seeing as I can’t do it) but context or in this case concept is necessary.
Maybe a CHOP concept won’t fly, maybe it will, but why limit yourselves, dream up better and more amazing dance concepts.
I didn’t see a lot of the connection between the choice of background music and the choreography. A lot of times the only connection was that they both had the same tempo. Possibly the connections got lost in execution on stage. It’s a place to look into.
I always tell people that ‘talent oriented service units’ aren’t for everyone. They aren’t for those that are solely anointed or solely talented, they are for the best of both worlds. If there are only 10 people that can deliver the best of both worlds let them have the bulk of the time and that’s why I really don’t understand the 100-200 level thing.
With Due respect, regardless of the backstory Reflections should have put their best foot forward and unless I misunderstood your comment it appears that didn’t happen.
Assuming I did misunderstand and that was reflections best foot, then the drawing board calls and it must be answered.
But after all is said and done, Reflections was made to be amazing and should stand for nothing less.