The third of the series by guest writer Garrett Kling about the 2013 U.S. Nationals revisits the winning free dance from Davis/White. Kling is a budding choreographer who was a former competitive skater on the national scene.
After the free dance of Meryl Davis and Charlie White my friend and fellow choreographer Kate McSwain grabbed my hand and said, “I just cried. I only cry in movies.”
I grabbed her other hand and with wide eyes I looked at her and responded, “Kate, that WAS a movie.”
Their performance was a movie that sold out the box office by breaking records and making billions of dollars. A movie receiving an 100 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes. A movie that could be seen over and over again.
The movie may have been only four minutes long but it had all the elements of a compelling story: a riveting entrance, rising action, a climax, falling action and a resolution that had every bit the amount of intrigue and drama as the beginning.
Any good movie needs believable and engrossing characters. These two leading stars were Oscar-winning candidates: Meryl, with the hair of a goddess and the glare of a seductress and Charlie, with his swift feet and unworldly physique. She leapt and soared into his arms as he caught her with delicate ease and assured strength.
Meryl and Charlie brought their audience on a cinematic journey. The magic of the cinema is in its ability to transcend the here and now and transport one to a world where anything can become possible. Watching their free dance Saturday made me believe in that magic all over again.