Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Living Legends

Now for some more news that most of you have heard about but few of you have seen about. This is just in case you happen upon someone else who knows me and then you can ask them "Did you see about that Steve Freeman kid?" and as the information is relayed, your acquaintance will be all atwitter with info that they may or may not have wanted to see about.
A year ago, as some of you may remember, I took up learning how to hoop dance. Apparently I performed said dance well enough at last year's BYU Powwow that people actually thought I should do it for one of BYU's performing groups, Living Legends. I figured it was worth a try auditioning for and all and as luck would have it, I made it in the Native Section.
For those of you unfamiliar with Living Legends, it is a fairly unique group that weaves cultural dances and stories from Native American tribes, Latin American cultures, and Polynesian cultures to share stories of a people who live through various seasons (ex: a season of prosperity, a season of pride, a season of war, etc).
Anyways, we had our first performances in October and our first full length show in November. Most recently we had a show on campus and the following pictures are all from rehearsals that led up to that show.This is a picture of me dancing an Eagle Dance. It is one of the first dances of the show.

This is the whole Native Section dancing a traditional Yupik dance from Alaska.

This is a good portion of the group dancing the Samoan Sasa

This one is of Jerad and I performing a Navajo Bow and Arrow Dance
This one is of me performing a Fancy Dance

These ones are from the Warrior Suite portion of the show
This is a shot of some of us doing the Maori Whakaeke. I'm the one on the far right that looks like a starving Ethernopian.This is some more of us dancing in an Aztecan manner. I'm the one on the far right again.
This is the Native guys performing a Native American Grass dance. I'm the one in the middle.
This is me towards the end of the hoop dance. I've already made my top world and am about to make the bottom one too.

This is the group in the Finale Group Pose.
So there you have it. A little insight into what takes up a good portion of my time. And the best part about being in Living Legends?................................

Amy just joined Tech crew so she gets to travel with us! It's a pretty sweet deal. It would even be sweeter if she actually had to wear this Ecuadorian outfit backstage during the show. But she doesn't, this was just for a promotional thing for China.


Kellies said...

I was wondering why Amy was wearing a costume. You did so great, Steve! I'm so proud of you!

Justin said...

Dude, how come you're the Zorro eagle dancer? They could only tolerate so much of your ethernopian look? I guess that explains your code name, Black Eagle.

Stephen said...

Haha J, I guess that was it. Although I wasn't aware that was my code name :P

Trish said...

Awesome! Love the way you look up there on stage. Thanks for sharing Steve, or should I say Black Eagle! ;P

Becky said...

That's so cool, Steve. You'll have so many great memories when it's all said and done and I'm sure you're enjoying it--I know I would!! The Maori dance is my favorite. My sister used to do it for us when she'd come home from college in New Zealand and the Maoris in our ward used to do it for ward cookouts. Ah, the memories!

John and Jan Sherman said...

Totally amazing. You are the coolest kid in the world. Well, one of the coolest. Our second son traveled with the ballet dance company at BYU. He can not dance but we always guessed that he was cute enough to get the part. If cool is being a ballet dancer in the BYU dance company. Steven, you are amazing!! We will love you forever!!