Now that the Oprah Block Party is over, I can say I was part of a dance crew set up to be there. There were about 1000 dancers who gave up their holiday monday to rehearse from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Our goal was to get everyone who came to the block party yesterday to learn this dance. We all arrived at 12pm to help everyone be a part of this event.
Most people were willing to learn this dance. Thousands and thousands of people joined us as we all danced in unison to the Black Eyed Peas "I Got A Feeling". Oprah couldn't believe her eyes. The Black Eyed Peas said it was one of the coolest performances they had ever seen. Just imagine a huge ripple of 20,000 people all doing the same dance moves down Michigan Ave. It was an awesome feeling to be part of it. Be sure to check it out on Oprah Tomorrow morning, (Thursday, Sept. 10th at 9am ABC).
There were great performances, not only from the Black Eyed Peas, but Rascal Flatts and Jennifer Hudson. The entire crowd joined along with James Taylor when he sang "How sweet it is". Chris Angel stopped by as well and gave 3 members of the audience a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to his show.
The highlight of my night was getting to talk to Oprah again. Who knows, you may even see it on the show tomorrow. :)
One thing I love about going to auditions and large productions(such as the dance number everyone performed at the Oprah Block Party) is the great people I meet. So many different people attended the event yesterday; parents supporting their kids dancing in this show, older individuals, younger individuals, dancers and non dancers. We all came together to have fun and be a part of a once in a lifetime event for Chicago. This is an event that I am so happy to have been a part of. I feel a sense of accomplishment because the dance production turned out the way we had hoped and all of our hard work on Monday paid off.
I have found that I have met some of the most generous and kind people at events like this. To those I met yesterday and those I have known, thank you for a fun 7 hours on Michigan Ave.
Catherine, a teammate on the Chicago Luvabulls, and I waiting to help people learn the dance.