[compact critique] An important milestone routine heralding a new era. How flawlessly Sue, as new girl, fits into the troupe in this great windblown routine. Mood is good but the lack of general light means that really only Babs gets a good shot and seems to stand out in this one. 8.5/10 DotD Babs
This was the week that we had all been eagerly awaiting. For days we spoke about this at school. "What would the new dancer be dancing to". The song itself was beautiful and I think it was perfect for Sue as it was quite an easy dance. The props were beautiful and the song also has a "feel good" factor to it and is still a classic now. The dance was fine but I seem to remember saying to my parents "where is the new one" and they saying "there she is with the long hair". I found it difficult to find her amongst the lighting but irrespective I enjoyed it. The dance gets nine out of ten from me and the best dancer goes to Babs.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.
I remember seeing this routine for the first time in black and white on Youtube, but some months later I discovered the OFTD site and found a colour version. I thought it was looking slightly darker than normal Pan's People routines, but after attending the Kal event earlier in the year it appears that the routine was dark in the original recording. Nevertheless it is still a very good routine to introduce the newest member, Sue Menhenick and I'm sure she had a good time, if she hadn't I don't think she would have stayed a TOTP dancer until December 1981 The song really reminds me of summers in the years gone by, the summer of 2010 comes to mind when I think about summer breeze, so now at least every August I give the song and the routine a play to remind me of those long hot summers where you get a nice day, blue sky and a nice refreshing breeze.
Louise will be missed, but we have a new dancer to welcome to Pan's People now.
Very good routine and is probably one that I will always remember.
Rating: 10/10 DOTD: Sue
WOW! What a difference colour make's. I have not seen this version before. Only ever watched the B/W version once and considered it a waste of time. This however, has come to life, and have watched it several times, Like the routine, the outfits, and graceful dancing by Pans. Sue the new girl, I guess it would have been a nail biting time, but she handled it nicely, you can see the concentration on her face, not a lot of smiling but well done. Score "9" DOTD. Any of the Pans girls could have this out but I'm going with "Sue" such a great effort from a young lady at the time.
First of all, I'm surprised I haven't already reviewed this seeing as I was one of those intrepid OFTDs souls who ventured into darkest Brum last year, risking the dangers of slightly delayed trains and gaunt young men on the street trying to flog copies of The Socialist Worker, to see Sue's first appearance with Pans. We all loved it, and, of course, we had the extra unexpected treat of seeing this exotic new girl introduce The Rubettes too. Very professionally, I must add. The dance is one of those dream-like ethereal routines in light dresses which flows beautifully around the on-stage flora. A very pleasant way to spend three minutes. The song is just so luscious and atmospheric it makes you ache for those halcyon carefree days of a perfect summer. Just close your eyes lie back and smell the jasmine on the breeze.
Rating 9/10 with Sue as my green goddess of the day. How we will enjoy the ride with her for the next seven years.