North America | United States of America (USA) | The Mid-Atlantic states | New York State | New York City – Prologue
To dream, perchance, to spin. Everyone has their own dreams, their own desires, their own things that they would jump at the opportunity to do.
I love color guard. To explain color guard to the uninitiated can be difficult. Color Guard The art, science and beauty of combining dance, music and weapons handling. Weapons handling? A six-foot metal flagpole can be quite a weapon, if handled properly. Other options can include rifles, sabers, or anything else a director can invent. For more info, and pictures, try www.wgi.org or www.dci.org.
In the spinning world, there are are-out limits. In drum corps, it is 21. In WGI, it is 23 for five of six competitive categories. I could have extended my spinning life a couple of years by spinning during graduate school (the University of Delaware has a marching band, and a guard), but my class schedules did not agree.
So this past summer, when I saw an on-line add for an opportunity to march with the USSBA in the All-Star Color Guard in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, I was thrilled! USSBA, United States Scholastic Marching Band Association is a subordinate organization of Youth Education in the Arts, also called YEA. See www.yea.org for more info on these organizations. A through reading of the forms revealed nothing about a top age limit. Simply with a credit card, and some paperwork, this opportunity was open to me to join and march again!
Lots of nervousness, lots of stocking up on basic items like a six foot pole, black dance shoes, beige gloves and lots of black socks and I am ready to go. To prepare for the two mile parade, with a 90 second TV spot, we will all convene in Newark, NJ for two days of practice, culminating in the parade. Lets go!