There’s nothing like the summer olympics hot on the heels of the Fourth of July to capitalize on American patriotism. Olympic summers bring back memories of when I taught at baton camp. (Actually it was a camp for danceline, colorguard and drum majors too. Band camp without the band.)
One of my favorite things to teach was Dance Twirl with Prop. I’d break out the hula-hoops and started off with the olympic theme. I spliced it with James Brown’s “Living in America.” Remember that from Rocky Bazillion? (Three? Four? The one with the Russian dude where Apollo dies.) I kind of wish I was still teaching baton camp so I could resurrect that routine this summer.
I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day and I’m thankful to live in a country which takes pride in celebrating it’s freedoms. Here’s a little James Brown for you. Even if you can’t understand half the words in the song.