If you're like me, you've probably never actually witnessed a rehearsal for a television appearance. The best part of this job is that I get to be on set for every single rehearsal, every filming and every TV appearance :)
You'd think that I wouldn't get as excited as I do, given that we've done it a handful of times. But the kid in me still gets SOOOO excited when I see these folks dance, even in rehearsal.
Here's a looksee at our rehearsal for our first TV appearance in 2014 on Atlanta and Company (Afternoon) with host Rashan Ali. If you want to see the actual TV appearance, look at this blog post from last year.
They have such enormous talent and are so dedicated to their work and getting it right, every single time. Since I'm not a dancer, I can't imagine how it must feel to do this all the time. From the business end, there are definitely some days when I dread doing all the paperwork, the meetings, the travel, etc. But I NEVER dread rehearsals - it's like having a front-row seat to a magic show. You never know what's gonna happen so you want to get there early and stay as late as possible.
I'd venture to say that our dance team may not share those "exact" sentiments LOL! They all have busy lives, families, work, church - that all keep them quite busy. So I'm probably the only one who doesn't want rehearsals to end :)
You wouldn't know it from watching the show but we literally had about 7-8 feet wide to work with (our "dance" area was typically used to film cooking demos). I had to talk the producer into even letting use the space because she was concerned that we wouldn't be able to fit. But I was adamant that we couldn't do the show without dancing - I mean, who wants to just watch an interview about a workout program without actually seeing any part of the workout?
So in this video you can see the team is dancing really close together because we wanted to practice in a way that would best prepare us for the small space. We typically film all of our rehearsals from the back, so that when the team reviews the recording they can see the moves better - or at least that's what the dance team tells me. After all these years, I'm not exactly sure how they do what they do LOL.... We ended up using the orange cones as markers so everyone knew just how far they could move.
Of course it all looks fabulous when you see it on TV - one would have no idea the long hours it took just a few days before to pull this off!
This can be a really hard job sometimes... but these folks make it all worthwhile.
Be well & Be Blessed.