Street Dance

Poet/Lyricist: 

Catherine Dalton

"Street Dance" was one of those pieces in which the timing of it's inspiration was a bit odd. Sometimes songs come while I'm driving or doing something else that requires my attention. However, "Street Dance" was probably one of the most interesting so far; the whole first verse, the chorus and the melody came to me in the shower! Where is that recorder when you need it? A favorite of choirs, it’s my retro, exuberant song of universal peace and an exciting way to open or close a concert.

Premiere: 

March 20, 2007; Part Four, Studio Z, St. Paul

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-101-01 SATB chorus, mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists, unaccompanied

Carrie Henneman Shaw, Jennifer Rissman, Abbie Betinis, J. David Moore, Brian Steele
$2.25
HSPD-101-01
digital download
SATB chorus, mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists, unaccompanied $1.35
HSP-101-06 TTBB, a cappella $2.25
HSPD-101-06 TTBB, a cappella $1.35

Text:

Street Dance

Last night I had a dream.
I saw all the people dancing in the street.
They were all holding hands and moving their feet.
They were dancin’, they were movin’ to the rhythm of the beat.
They were swingin’ they were groovin’
to the rhythm of the beat.

There were mommas and daddies, sisters and brothers,
grandmas and grandpas, cousins, uncles and aunts.
They were all holding hands and moving their feet.
They were dancin’, they were movin’ to the rhythm of the beat.
They were swingin’ they were groovin’
to the rhythm of the beat.

The people were dancing across the land,
from Indonesia to Kenya, from Peru to Japan.
They were all holding hands and moving their feet.
They were dancin’, they were movin’ to the rhythm of the beat.
They were swingin’ they were groovin’
to the rhythm of the beat.

I woke up this morning, stepped into the street.
There was nobody dancing, no one moving their feet.
I held out my hand, a stranger to greet.
Soon two were dancing, two were moving to the rhythm of the beat.
Then four were dancing, four were moving to the rhythm of the beat.
Then more were dancin’, more were movin’,
People ‘cross the land were joining their hands and dancin’
to the rhythm of the beat.

Critical Acclaim: 

“…loved it” L. Clark, Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough choir director

Performances

Part Four, Studio Z (St. Paul, MN) - World Premiere

OVation (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Rockford UU Church Adult Choir,

Tim Anderson, conductor (Rockford, IL)

Unitarian Universalist Musician's Network National Conference Reading Session (Clearwater, FL)

Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough Choir, Linda Clark, conductor (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Peterborough Singers and the Neighbourhood Church, Linda Clark, conductor (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Wayzata Choir, Mark Brekke (Wayzata, MN)

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