This past Sunday, I went to my very first show at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. Man, that theater is spectacular!
When I was little, I used to go to shows with my grandma at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and was mesmerized by all of the shows we saw together. Every time I bring up these fond memories with her, she mentions the time we saw Disney On Ice. At the end of the show, I stood up, gave a standing ovation (by myself) and yelled “Bravo! Encore!” The kids sitting around me followed suit. I was only 7 years old…
Needless to say, when I heard Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini’s dance company, Shaping Sound, was going to be in town, I knew I had to go. At first, I was a bit hesitant about going to a show alone, but knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. And I’m so glad that I didn’t.
It was simply magical. The dancers, the choreography, the music, the costumes, the set design and lighting. Literally everything. From modern, ballet and lyrical to classic Bob Fosse jazz and swing, it was the perfect blend of dance styles. Some of my favorite So You Think You Can Dance alum, like Kathryn McCormick and Ricky Ubeda, were in the show as well. And of course, the one and only Travis Wall. As a competitive dancer for 15 years, I was awed and inspired by everything that I saw on that stage. I wanted to get up there and join those insanely talented beings. I felt goosebumps and tears forming multiple times throughout the performance. And even though I’m no longer performing myself, I’m still amazed by a dancer’s ability to tell a story simply through movement. To this day, I’m so thankful that I was enrolled in dance at an early age because it taught me self-discipline, confidence and a strong appreciation for performing arts.
If Shaping Sound is coming to a city near you, I highly recommend going to see it. Even if you’re not a huge fan of dance, I promise it will not disappoint! If you want a sneak peek, check out their recent performance on Ellen.