Back in the day, despite the fact that we went to a super jock high school, my friend Lex and I decided we would be part of the after school dance theater workshop. There were definitely some good times, especially when the big show came along at the end of the year, which gave us a chance to prance around on stage to “Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend,” while wearing Ring Pops covered in glitter and dresses that made us look like we should be on maternity leave. So last night when I stopped by the final dress rehearsal of Stand Up! A Show of Resistance at Dance Mission, there were a lot of reminders of those dance-tastic times, of getting to run around stage with friends and get dressed up in cool costumes, but then the dancing actually started, and all I could think was “Where the heck was GRRRL Brigade when I was in high school?”
There were no Ring Pops, but there was floor-shaking taiko drumming and powerful Amazonian women dancers, all tied together with feminist stories from past and present. The strength of the performance didn't come solely from the message of girl power exploding from every corner of the room -- the talent and skill of the young dancers were incredibly real and striking.
The show starts tonight, Friday, May 6, and runs through the weekend. It's worth stopping by to see the next generation of strong and devoted young dancers take center stage -- and I promise the lack of glitter Ring Pops is absolutely a plus.
Stand Up! A Show of Resistance
Fri/6 and Sat/7, 7.p.m.; Sun/8, 5 p.m., $12
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., SF