And if volunteers aren’t asked to learn choreography, what were they doing last year when they walked onto the field to dance to the Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”?
The stadium was buzzing with a sea of dancing bodies performing solos that expressed the fear of a pandemic year. Watching them scattered and socially distant, we were transported back to the time when the only dancing that could safely take place was the kind you did at home. But it wasn’t just that: even getting them on the field was a striking act of choreographic timing and precision. It was more than a corps de ballet that completed the picture; she goods The photo. For me it was a thriller, a performance that was transcendent even on television.
It was clear that the volunteers were just as integral as the professional dancers. Keenan Williams, a dancer and a member of 321 Hype with the Orlando Magic, volunteered at that Super Bowl, held in Tampa, Florida. He said he thought it would be a way for him, a freestyle dancer, to expand his range by collaborating with a choreographer.
Prior to rehearsals, Williams said he received an email explaining that if he could learn a TikTok dance, he qualified. When rehearsals started, he noticed that the situation was different. “There were simple moves, but they’re definitely not TikTok moves,” he said. “It’s a real production. It’s more organized. It’s more structured than in TikTok dances.”
It was serious and meticulous. “If anyone moved his foot the wrong way,” he said, “it was, ‘Run back, run back. No. Take it back from the top.’”
He said rehearsals lasted 10 days and were long – about 8 to 10 hours per session. Lunch and water were provided, Williams said; he also got to keep his costume, the red coat, the helmet and gloves. (“Because of Covid and everything,” he said, “they were like, don’t give us the clothes back.”) Although he knew what he was getting into, he said, “At least we could have gotten a grant or something, you know ? You cannot live on exposure.”