by Cecile Cinco
Every year, we prepare for the Festival Show which is shown in one of the nights of the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated by the United Church of God members all around the world. We, as always, are attending the Baguio City feast site.
It is only during the Festival Show that I get involved in dancing and it is only with the church choir that I get to sing. Not that I wanted to desperately. Rather, those are my inhibitions and it is only through the church activities that I get myself involved.
Since there had been a systematic arrangement since 2003 because of the loving efforts of our choreographers (they’re shy too and don’t want their names mentioned), I was able to learn different dances. This year, it’s Tarantella! Together with my hubby, mother and brother, the four of us practice almost every Sunday since June. Dress rehearsal will be on the 5th of September. Performance is in September as well.
The good thing about getting involved is having the right costume. It makes the show alive! With Tarantella we’re like gypsies and we got a tambourine each. What I like with this particular costume is the fake corset. Not that I wanted it fake. Corsets give a slimmer figure even if it’s just a design and not a real one. When we’re done with the show I’ll post pictures!
The dance itself is rather complicated although with practice it gets easy. I tried looking for a sample at YouTube but none can compare. Our choreographer took steps out of different variations. I’ll see if I can be able to post the video of the performance too.