It’s afternoon here. The sun is so bright, skies are so blue, air is so gentle. No semi’s so we’ve got a bit of a break until tonight’s Awards. Dancers lounging everywhere – at the pool, napping on the terrace couches, at the bar. Bunch of Texans lugging cases of beer and bags of chips into the elevator.
Lotta Texans here this weekend – Texans and Okies, or “North Texans” as Robert calls them. Texans seem to be travelling the circuit this year, actually getting out of Texas. Word must have gotten out that there’s something out there and it’s *not* Texas and the brave ones are venturing out like daring explorers to see what amazing things might be out there.
The elevator for the North Tower is in a very yellow, small cave-like foyer with one wall of mirrors and a couch placed so you can sit and watch people getting into and out of the elevator. Rome Slater spent most of last night sitting in the couch elevator-watching. It’s like train-watching, only with elevators. People would debark, stop to chat with Rome for a while, then be on their way. He was like Otis settin’ on the front stoop of the general store chattin’ with the townsfolk.
There are two elevators but one’s not working. It stopped working with Michael O’Connor in it, where he was stuck for an hour and a half, which must have been boring for Rome just watching the closed elevator door.
There’s something very disorienting about this foyer. You get out and turn this way to cross outside to the ballroom, that way to enter the lobby. I’ve gone up and down the elevator 200 times and turned the wrong way every time. Last night it sprinkled for an hour so the sidewalk to the ballroom was wet. We got out of the elevator and after first turning the wrong way had to walk through puddles in our dance shoes. Except Bridgette who rode Arjay over.
I’m sure there must be more important things to tell you about …
Advanced/Allstar JJ Prelims (two heats):
Lee Ann Johnson
Judges: Annie, Michelle, Nicola, Carmen, Tyoni, Kellese, Lasonda, and Chief Judge Yvonne.
Victor played SUCH good music for warm-ups before the JJ’s started. Perfect warm-up music for Saturday morning: moderate tempo groovin’ soulful R&B. Nothing too screaming loud or pounding, just the right music to wake up to, get your bones moving again after only a few hours’ sleep. Victor’s music for the comps was also great. Perfect in fact. Perfect perfect mix. All danceable. He’s really good.
Dave and Claudette Berryhill
Wayne Brodd and Patty Jones
Don Law and Enola O’Connor
George and Diane Hughes
Chips Hough and Janice Salmon
Jorge and Angie Jones
JB and Alissia Bishop
Clint and Rebecca
Jesse Vos and Tiffany
Michael O’Connor and Tracy Staten
Jason Taylor and Janelle
Sean and Tori
Daniel and Kat Ostrenski
Steven Guido and Lee Ann Johnson
Brad and Angeline
Hugo and Bella
Kris and Courtney
Soleman and Cameo
Ed Purselle and Christy Parker
Connor and April
Steve Hunt and Kara
Greg Scott and Sabrina
Ben McHenry and Alyssa
Steve Hall and Tara
Doug Silton and Samantha Ramirez
Judges have been the same for all divisions so far.
Now I’m going to put on my gown and walk the Red Carpet!