For No Mere Mortal Can Resist.

Today is going to be a long day.

After stacks of practice, the kidlets will finally be performing their long-anticipated dance routine in front of an audience. For those of you who missed the mention a few weeks ago, my class has joined with another class at school, and are going to be dancing to Thriller as zombies. Not only does it make for a pretty nifty end of year routine, but it was also on "The List". (Which I had almost forgotten about.)

The dance isn't exactly the same as the Michael Jackson filmclip. In fact, it's only loosely based on it. I'm open enought to admit that teaching six year olds how to grope their crotch and thrust their pelvis? Is not one of my teaching strong points. Plus, six minutes is a pretty long time for infants to dance independently. They've been doing really well (in my somewhat biased opinion) but there is always so much hype for the event that stage fright is inevitable.

Today the kidlets have a dress rehearsal in school hours, followed by the actual performance which begins in the late afternoon. As much as I love the end result, the whole process has been draining this year and I'll be very happy to have it all done with. Should be insanely cute. I'd take pictures, but wouldn't really be able to post them anyway due to confidentiality laws. Instead, just imagine if you will, about 40 youngsters dressed completely in black with white face paint, marching and wiggling around like zombies. Precious.

As for me? I'm all danced out, and the day hasn't even started yet. And as much as I love the song, I have a feeling I'll be skipping Thriller on my Ipod for a while. Hopefully things will all go smoothly. Keep your fingers crossed that nobody falls off the stage or is allergic to white face paint.

Edit: The long day is over (why thankyou, Norah Jones) and the performance went off without any real hitches. The kids looked awesome in their black outfits, white face and zombie makeup; the girls even went all out teasing their hair and making themselves look as scruffy as possible. Top that off with nearly all of them doing the moves on time, and it made for an awesome performance. Am a very proud teacher tonight. And tired. Very tired.

(Good news? No-one fell off the stage, lost control of their bladder, broke out in hives over face paint or cried. There was however, a split butt-seam and a whole lot of craziness.)


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23 comments:

katelin said...

Oh man that sounds amazing! I would love to see a ton of kiddos reenacting Thriller, haha. Hope it goes well! Good luck!

Noelle said...

Did you ever see the alternate cover for Thriller? It's um... appropriate for kidlets? At least, it's not scary in any of the traditional sense.

I wish I could see pictures!

Ian said...

Funnily enough, at dinner last night with some friends, we were talking about the joys of school concerts. You know, sitting through class after class of performances of dire to mediocre quality, only vaguely interested in the one class that your own kid belongs to. If you're lucky they'll have one or two kids in the concert who can play some instrument well. In the case of my childrens' primary school it was always at the end of the year so the hall was normally stinking hot as well, just to add to the enthusiasm I had for the event.

Anyway, good luck with the kidlets.

michelle and the city said...

funny you should mention that. one year as a kid i was a mime and my face broke out from the white face paint my mom had to wash it off! didn't mean to scare you it just made me think of it. get the hypoallergenic stuff ;)

Unnaturally Blonde said...

Good luck to your class! When I was little my class did a dance performance to the Beach Boys song Kokomo. There were grass skirts, sunglasses and a fake saxophone for the song in the middle of the song...oh you get the picture!

Katie said...

Aww, I'm so bummed we won't get to see it, but I understand :) We don't want you getting arrested or anything before your big move! I'm sure it will be amazing!

mcgee said...

good luck!!!! i too am bummed that we won't get to see it...i'm sure they'll be absolutely adorable!

also, i feel you on the long day. sigh.

Siany said...

Hope it all goes fantastic!

And while we're on the subject, did you ever see this version of it...??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o

Laurel said...

That's just amazing. You are such a hip and cool teacher!!

Good luck, Aly's class!

mooiness said...

Should be a hoot in all its random chaoticness that 6 year olds inevitably are. :)

Jen said...

Good Luck kidlets! I'm sure it will be adorable... and a song you'll be glad never to hear again for a very long time.

Katie said...

It's official: I totally missed out on all the fun stuff at my school. Dancing! To Thriller! *sigh* So jealous!

Belinda said...

you have worked hard thanks!!!

Kristie said...

Oh gosh! I bet that will be sooooo precious! I so wish I could see that!

heidikins said...

Excellent image in my head, thanks for the late-night smile. ;o)

xox

Kelley said...

Oooh it will be adorable! Want me to send Boo around to draw a picture? *snigger*

kirby said...

BWAHAHAH!
Enjoy!
I remember those things from when I was in the school choir. There was always one kid who got stage fright so bad they wet their pants on stage. Felt bad for them. Thanked the teachers for locating me on the opposite side of the stage, but felt bad for them.

Kat said...

I think this is hilarious and wish I could have seen this performance.

Maree said...

Its a good feeling when its all over. Mine is tomorrow night -700 odd kids getting ready - teachers pulling hair out - moving house - late nights cleaning and our performance doesnt start till 7.30PM - WHY I DONT KNOW its just this school.

nicheplayer said...

YouTube link...?

Virginia said...

That is so awesome! Congrats on teaching them the dance (and it finally being over!). I wish you could post pics, it must have been such an adorable sight!

natalie said...

I so wish I could have seen it. Congrats on being such a great choreographer!

The Underpaid Princess said...

How adorable! Congratulations, I know it's a great feeling of accomplishment to see your students do something well.





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