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Monday / April 22 / 2013
Michael Jackson night!
erika, chicago luvabulls

Every season, the Luvabulls perform at least two halftime shows. These shows are about seven to eight minutes long, consisting of several dances and quick costume changes. Every show has a theme, and this last halftime show was a tribute to Michael Jackson. What was special about this particular performance was that we incorporated a Michael Jackson impersonator so that the fans could feel as if they were at a concert! We even had the Jackson 5 join us!

A lot more time was dedicated to producing this show as we had to coordinate different groups of girls entering and exiting the court and integrating “Michael” with our choreography, not to mention orchestrating the costume changes. Once the choreography was taught and formations were in place, it was a matter of perfecting the detail of each dance and running it over and over…and over again! 

The day of the show was a long day because we had an extra rehearsal at the United Center four hours before the start of the game. This allowed us to block the show on court and choreograph the lights.  During our rehearsal, the Bulls staff and a few Bulls players couldn’t help but watch the show. Carlos Boozer was our biggest fan! He even came out early to watch the live show! We started the show with young Michael dancing to “A-B-C” and grown-up Michael making his debut to “Billie Jean”. Other classics performed were “Beat It”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Jam” and “Thriller”.

Throughout the day, I was so excited to perform the show, but anxious at the same time. It was also sad to think that this was the last halftime show of the season. This allowed me to shake off my nerves, step up my performance and above all, have fun! I knew I put in the work, so I was praying the long rehearsals, sweat, exhaustion and body aches were all going to be worth it. Indeed, it was! We received a huge applause and many cheers, as well as many compliments after the show! Michael and the Jackson 5 did an outstanding job and it was electrifying to see the classic MJ moves, such as the moonwalk, which brought an even louder cheer in the UC. The best part was seeing the look of amazement from our director and choreographer. They worked just as hard as us and produced yet another entertaining and memorable show! It was so rewarding to make them proud and having that feeling of accomplishment!

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