John Mayer’s song, “Waiting on the World to Change” has some profound lyrics that, to me, are a call to action for the younger generation – a siren song for young people to be the change they want to see in the world. I had a brainstorm a few months back that I presented to Hayley, Artistic Director for our programs that she willingly embraced. My idea was to set a dance piece to this song using five of our dancers in Project UP and five of her dancers from her dance studio, Element. The first rehearsal for this piece was held this weekend, and I’m convinced that it will change the world – or at least open a lot of eyes to something in the world that needs to change.
We’re using a bench as the center piece of the dance, having it to represent the “place” where kids want to be to have fun and hang out with their friends. The Project UP dancers start off on the bench, having fun with each other, but are soon pushed off the bench by the Element dancers, who are typical teenagers and highly skilled dancers. The piece goes through several transitions with the typical teens using the bench, the teens with special needs trying to join in with them on the bench only to be rejected and ends with the typical teens joining the Project UP kids, realizing that they were wrong to exclude kids just because they are “different.” I will post a video of the piece as soon as it is more fully formed and rehearsed, but based on the first rehearsal; I’m convinced it will have a profound effect on the audiences that see it.