Posted by: Jivani Lisa | October 26, 2012

Dance On!

During the years 1990-1995 while living in Hawaii, I participated in the Awa Lau Wahine’s Mardi Gras Follies – a major fundraising event for local charities.  The large, all-volunteer cast of amateur singers, dancers, musicians, etc. rehearsed for several months before putting on twelve performances in the month of February.  It was always a great time for a great cause.  My favorite activities were the tap dancing routines.  Here’s a poem based on those experiences:

Dance On, Ladies!

Not quite a penguin suit:
black tights and tap shoes
with the white sailor top
and Donald Duck hat

Weekly dance rehearsals:
tapping to “Anchors Aweigh” –
sweat dripping – laughter echoes –
all for charity each year

On stage, the ladies dance:
swift footsteps in synch
build to finale’s kick line –
legs flick up high
one, two, three, four,
oh —
how many more?


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