Thought it would very interesting to hear from each of you what are your top 3 routines that best show Flick's technical skill.
mine (not in any particular order)
1 Clouds (Both Sides Now) Really nice routine. Great use of a very small stage with ballet- like leaps and intricate moves. The choice of clothes and overall style of dance was, I think, spot on.
2 Spirit in the Sky Brilliant imagery. The "spirit Pans" look suitably ethereal and the dancing of the "real" girls just perfectly reflects the pace and feel of the music. The fixed camera means we really see the performance as a whole.
3 I'll Find My Way Home. Perfection. This has to be the finest piece of individual choreography Flick devised and of course picked the lady who could do it justice. The spirit of the piece is displayed in every move.
Yes it is a bit if a big question. I've been thinking about it for a while now and I really know next to nothing about dancing so its a bit cheeky really. However we all have feelings about what works for us and what appears the most competent.
Your not kidding, so many routines to choose from. I think i will select one routine from Pans, Ruby & Legs that i consider showed Flick at her best.
`You Little Trust Maker`.
Whats not to like and so much going on in the routine too. The choreography is quite complex with so many moves. Even with lots of rehearsal its amazing how they managed to pull off every move to perfection, let alone remembered what positions to be in. The bit early on in the routine where the other 4 hide behind Babs then reappear simultaneously is so crisp in its deliverance. Thats the thing, no matter how good Flick's choreography, the dancers had to be bang on the money to make it work. By and large that always happened.
Okay its not quite Astaire and Rogers, but the pairing of 19 year old Phil and 16 year old Lulu to basically mimic the great couple was bold move by Flick. She could have easily slotted in one of the older experienced girls to undertake the female role. Id have thought it quite unlikely that Lulu had ever danced in a Waltz style in her young life and here she is doing so with so many millions viewing, and this the same girl who had looked so nervous a few weeks previous. The routine is most charming and well done to FC for giving the two young people a chance to dance it.
The routine itself is nothing special, although its very watchable and quite uplifting. But what i admire most is Flick's imaginative choice of little sister to Floid. Again the obvious choice would be to select one of the younger girls to play this part, but No FC goes completely in the other direction and selects the most senior member of the group in terms of years and picks Patti. In all the routines Flick ever made, i can honestly say i never once disagreed with any of her placements. She knew her dancers and how to get the best from them. The choice of Patti in this bordered on genius in my book.
To make it easier I've decided to focus on Pans People here and pick 3 different examples of filming a routine, so here goes.
Location filming - Tap Turns On The Water
Be it on boats, an army camp or here at an old pumping station Flick was very adept as using the environment around to create something interesting for the location films. Using multiple shots, some brief dancing sequences and a good dose of humour to create the end product. I expect she would have done a reccy beforehand in order to see what could be used rather than just turn up and wing it but the end result is great.
Studio 'normal routine' - We've Only Just Begun
A traditional routine i.e. one continuous piece from start to finish, but one i feel is very complex in construction and ambitious given the limited rehearsal time, and i admire the fact it was done even if it didn't quite come together on the day (check out the out-take where Babs gives up if you haven't seen it). It just flows very well as a whole. The use of symmetry in the aforementioned both sides now is also great.
Studio - composite routine with effects - I Get A Kick Out of You
A routine of many small parts edited together with added effects bring sparkle to a fairly drab song. Individually the parts are basic (and often with a 'kick action' of course) but added together certainly create a brilliant end result and of course the girls in their neglegie doesnt hurt it at all either
It’s really very very difficult to try and determine the three dance sequences that best showcase Flick’s technical skill. There’s so many routines, and Flick’s creativity in choreographing a different dance sequence every week is really quite astonishing. For technical skill, I’m going for three from Legs & Co :-
Heart Of Glass Intensive and varied dance moves, stunning costumes and a complimentary set all combine to provide a captivating 2.45 mins to a very memorable piece of music.
Walk Right Now A small enclosed set is used to the maximum with every square inch covered by the girls. A set of steps creates a front and back dance area, with the girls negotiating the steps to come forward and perform a solo – sometimes interacting with other dancers. All filmed using one single camera, the timing from everyone is perfect. A technically superb routine.
Stomp The dance is brilliant, very fluid with lots of movement back and forwards across the set. There’s so much dashing about, I think it’s remarkable nobody collides with anyone else, and it’s the well thought through choreography from Flick that helps and makes this routine special. For extra technical merit, there’s even a few “Funky Chicken” moves from Gill.
Interesting answers so far! Quite a few I haven't seen yet (or at least don't remember ) so I'll have to watch them and see what I think.
Perhaps we should have a voting system so we can get some sort of consensus result?
I will try and answer at some stage soon, but will really need to put my thinking cap on for this one.
Trying to equate Flick’s enormous talent for choreography in this way is a challenge. A pint or two might be the best way to oil my old brain to its best functioning order, to be able to make an assessment!
Tap Turns on the Water! Genius! I think that has entered at least my top 20. especially the retreating camera with the girls turning abd moving. The great location filming and really suitable moves remind me of the perfection that was the Persuaders theme promo in the casino.
Tragedy. Very good routine.. its just i've never liked clowns
Off the Wall. Great dancing but i spend all the time looking for the guy falling off his seat.
Egyptian Reggae. Now youre talking. Absolute gem! Perfect routine for the song of course. First prize goes to the camel though, what fantastic dromedarial footwork!
does anyone know who was in it? I think Sue and.. not sure who else i didnt see
walk right now: technically proficient but i thought there was a certain lack of... not sure what the term is... form?
stomp. even more so here. i lost track of what was happening and i suspect one or two of the ladies did too
heart of glass. really nice, well put together routine. plenty of form and shape ( if that makes any sense) certainly up there with the top examples i think. only one quibble, sort of. Lulu looks so cute and so young. I can't be looking at her like that I'm 56 for petes sake.