As kids growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas, hurricanes were something we welcomed. It meant several days out of school and the ability to build rafts that became Pirate Ships or us being make-shift Gilligan Island refugees. Little did we realize the long-lasting devastation that such events bring?
The news reports and images from across the Northeast United States and in my favorite city, New York, are heart wrenching. I have been glued to Facebook and Twitter posts from hundreds of my friends and followers caught in the wrenches of Sandy. Ironically, the revival of “Annie” is opening on Broadway. Somehow, we all knew that “the sun will come out tomorrow, so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow.” And, that they did.
Members of the theatre community started using Facebook to post who had power, water, and food and were opening their doors to those in need. What an amazing display of human support and kinship. And, isn't this what we learn as we study our Success Curriculum? Isn't this how we know that what we are doing is making a difference? Granted, many of the people who posted have not heard of the Success Curriculum (but it’s not due to a lack of touting it on my part!).
What I am learning is that the Success Curriculum is a way of life, a life style if you will … not a lifestyle, but a life style. And the style and class that I see as the recovery efforts begin gives me reason to reach deeper and harder and get the message out even more.
On today’s Marketing call, we discussed how being a part of our company includes living and continuously being a student of this curriculum. That goal is now a mission for me. One of the tenets I have in my business plan is for anyone that joins our company through BetweenMyStageLife.com I am giving back to a cause endearing to the theatre community. But, after thinking about today’s call and after witnessing the groundswell of support from those who stared fear in the eyes, I realize that I have it backwards. I missed the basic.
You don’t wait to give back. You live that life style and others are going to notice and follow and join and be a part of “something incredible.” Yea, that’s the tagline I use.
BENJI SCHWIMMER LAYS IT ALL ON THE LINE.
I have read to the point of nausea the massive amount of campaigning by competitive dancers who use Facebook posts to better their results by victimizing themselves, deliberately begging for sympathy from judges and the audience alike. It's degrading, disrespectful and potentially destructive to the system in which we receive applause, are scored and perceived by our fellow competitors. I encourage everyone to knock it off, stop the double meanings, innuendos, martyrdoms, competitive promotions and sympathy campaigns and just leave the dancing and competition where it should be - the 3 minutes from which you hit the floor to when you hit your ending mark. I encourage all to not buy into this sort of volatile and manipulative behavior by " like " ing, said statements and actions and stick to appreciating dance, hard work and the furthering of art and sport.
Benji is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dancer. In 2006, he was crowed Season Two So You Think You Can Dance Champion and has artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. Known for his versatility in mixing the arts of solo dance and partnering, he also works for the non-profit group Dancers Everywhere Making a Needed Difference (DEMAND). Benji is the songwriter, producer, and vocalists for the pop-rock band The Weekend Forecast.