EVERYONE HAS A DREAM…
…and some do come true. It’s usually (read: never) easy, but with the right attitude, hard work, and a bit of luck, anything can be accomplished.
As kids, we all have dreams and hopes of achieving something great. Everyone has different ambitions. Some are enticed by bright lights in the big city, the fame and recognition, the material things money can buy, the big stage. Others just want to provide a better life for their family, and many around the world just want basic needs and security that many of us take for granted every day.
Regardless of what you strive for, there’s no better place to make it a reality than the good old U.S. of A. This country is built on dreams. The forefathers (and mothers) of America gave up everything they had and moved to a distant land far away in hopes of a better life. Many of them came through east coast, specifically New York City. We’ve all heard the stories of Ellis Island and the flow of immigrants via the Big Apple. They’re some of the ones who helped build this great nation…
I bet you’re thinking… what does this have to do with SWAY?
SWAY is that dream. Almost every single person in the cast and production team pursued their personal American dream. They all left their homes, whether it was Eastern Europe, the U.K, Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Louisiana, Utah, or Mississippi (yes the cast is from these places), each one had a big dream. It’s the exact reason why each performer is filled with so much passion and inspiration on the SWAY stage, they are literally living their dreams!
Now I know that not everyone aspires to be a professional dancer or entertainer, but feeling the energy radiate from the cast, knowing that they gave up everything to make this happen, is inspirational and relatable to all.
Maybe it’s why past audience members say that you can literally feel “the emotion in the room.” Perhaps SWAY can be a muse to us all, if we look past the dancing and see the individual stories that we can all relate to. Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? I think it’s a bit of both.
Anyway… back to the video… on this epsiode of The Making of SWAY, Val tells us his story about growing up in New York City, and what it means to him to perform at Hammerstein Ballroom in the entertainment capital of the world.