And if volunteers weren’t asked to learn the choreography, what did they do last year when they took to the field to dance to Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”?
The stadium came to life with a sea of people dancing and performing solo expressing the pain of a pandemic year. Watching them, apart and socially distanced, we were transported back to the days when the only dance that could safely take place was the kind you did at home. But not only that: Even getting them onto the field is an impressive act of timing and choreographic accuracy. It’s not just a legion of ballet that completes the picture; surname already picture. For me, it’s a horror movie, a transcendent performance even on television.
Obviously, volunteers are as indispensable as professional dancers. Keenan Williams, a dancer and member of 321 Hype with the Orlando Magic, performed as a volunteer in that Super Bowl, held in Tampa, Fla. He said his thinking was that it would be a way for him, a freelance dancer, to expand by working with a choreographer.
Before the rehearsal, Williams said he received an email explaining that if he could learn the TikTok dance, he would qualify. When the training sessions started, he found the situation was different. “There are simple movements, but it’s definitely not TikTok movements,” he said. “It’s an actual production process. It’s more organized. It is more structured than TikTok dancing. ”
It is very serious and diligent. “If someone moves their leg the wrong way,” he said, “it is,” run back, run back. Is not. Run it back to the beginning. ‘”
The sessions, he said, run for 10 days and last — about eight to 10 hours a session. Williams said: Lunch and water were provided; he also has to keep his costume, red jacket, helmet and gloves. (“Because of Covid and everything,” he says, “they’re like, don’t give us back our clothes.”) While he knows what he’s getting into, he says: “At least we can make some money or something, you know? You can’t make a living by exposure.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/arts/dance/super-bowl-halftime-show-volunteer-dancers-pay.html What do dancers bring to a mid-time performance? They complete the picture.