Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Matisyahu and the Disco Dreidel

Last Thursday, gendance partied... late night style. We got the hook up with tickets for the Late Show with David Letterman because one of our favorite performers was the guest artist that night. (Oh yeah, and Jude Law was there too.)

If you don't know who Matisyahu is, you need to introduce your ears to his amazing talent. He's a Grammy-nominated artist who sings about his religious devotion to Judaism... through reggae-style music. On the Late Show, we had the chance to see him perform "One Day", a hopeful song about peace appropriate for the upcoming celebration of the new year.

To get a feel for the song, here's part of the lyrics:
All my life I been waiting for
I been prayin for
For the people to say
That we don't want to fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play

You have to listen to the song to get the full effect.

Watch him perform with the Disco Dreidel and get inspired with the beauty of this song.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let Christmas Shine

On Tuesday night, gendance was lucky enough to feel the magic of the holiday classic, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We saw the Rockettes perform dressed as reindeer and rag dolls, and of course in their signature Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. New this year, we took a 3-D sleigh ride with Santa from the North Pole to the doors of Radio City Music Hall. From the tour of Manhattan on the double-decker bus to the beautiful live version of the Christmas story, it's clear that the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has kept the tradition of Christmas alive while adding a contemporary twist with new technological advances.

Here are some fun facts you may not know about this world-renowned Christmas tradition:

- More than 1,200 colorful costumes are worn in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Each of the Radio City Rockettes must change costumes eight times during each show and in a few of the changeovers, they have as little as 78 seconds in which to change their costumes.

- The double-decker bus seen in the brand new scene "New York at Christmas" weighs an astounding 7 tons and is 34 feet long, 12 feet high. In the course of the 8 week run, it will travel approximately 37 miles onstage. Off-stage, the bus hangs 23 feet in the air at stage left for storage!

- 1400 pairs of pantyhose adorn The Rockettes' world-famous legs during the 8-week run.

- During the 8-week run, the animals drink 450 bottles of water and eat 340 bales of hay and 560 loaves of 7-grain bread.

- Wardrobe goes through over 30,000 red dots pre season to brighten the cheeks of the Rockettes during the "Rag Doll" and "Wooden Soldier" numbers.

- Among the Rockettes, chorus and Santa, more than 1,200 pairs of shoes are worn per show.

- Two of the most cherished scenes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity"- both of which have been part of Radio City's holiday tradition since they were first performed on the Great Stage in 1933.

To the next generation: We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What's Courtney Galiano Thankful for?

"I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving like family, the IV Real, and my amazing friends. Making the move out to California from NY was a big step so i have to say i am truly thankful and blessed to have such wonderful roommates." xoxox Courtney Galiano

We want to take this opportunity to say "Thanks" to Miss Courtney for being such a true fan and amazing comrade of gendance. Your support means a lot to us. So, in that case, readers... indulge in the best of Courtney's Q n A with gendance by reading through her editorials here. With your days off during the holiday, it's a great time to get yourself inspired!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Barry Lather Classic Pics

Special Thanks to Barry Lather for these exclusive photos and for his stunning interview with gendance, November 12, 2009.