One of the best parts of doing choreo is being able to collaborate with other awesome people that I super admire. This number was completely inspired by his majesty of the tight and bright, Spandy Andy. Spandy is a local street performer in Vancouver whose goal in life is to make the world a happier place. He achieves this goal by sporting his signature spandex and busting moves all over town (usually English Bay). I spotted Spandy at a Burlesque show I had performed at and recognized him from his appearance on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. I then proceeded to stalk the shit out of him on Facebook and asked if he would be interested in doing a number with the Chickens. Luckily he agreed and I was over the moon.
I wanted the number to feature Spandy in all his glory; I knew that he deserved the recognition from our audience and that they would love his energy and mad skills and style. I also wanted to make it as easy as possible for him to be able to jump into the group. I ended up making up choreography for the girls first without Spandy. The idea was that the girls would set the scene but then end up as back up dancers while Spandy did his thing up front. I picked the most annoying song about dancing I could find for the first part. “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady so that the the two songs would really contrast. The song lent the idea that this was at the end of the night after the party so I thought that we would start in nightgowns. I originally wanted pretty PJs but the characters and choreography ended up more like hyperactive children so I went with granny jammies instead. This met with abit of backlash! Listen to me Mother @$@!%S! The second song I picked from Spandy’s playlist. How can you not want to dance-hump when you hear this song? It really spoke to me in terms of comic potential. I was aiming for a comedic number so I chose lots of movements that I think are really funny and silly. How many times will I put that FlashDance run in a circle move into a number? I can’t tell you. But I’m probably not going to stop. We tried to hip hop but we definitely don’t have the same abilities as Andy so it was a good thing he was there.
I chose dancers from SC that have either shown stronger dance ability, comedic chops, or a giant crush on Spandy. I also wanted to be able to get some of the newer members on stage that I thought would be able to hold their own in terms of comedic presence.
Overall I was really pleased with the number. We had great audience reception and it came across as super fun and full of energy, just like Spandy!! Hope you enjoy!!
note: all Spandy’s choreo is his own; I just took care of the ladies
note part 2: for an up close and personal look at the second half click here
note part 3: SPANDY FOR PRESIDENT! <3
My adventures in Burlesque Choreography!