A Halftime Show For All
A Unique Opportunity
Major steps have been taken that last few years for inclusion and diversity. The Seattle Seahawks took a huge leap towards inclusion with the selection of Shaquem Griffin for their roster. The Seahawks made a wise choice with this year’s Rookie Of The Year and the fan’s of the NFL applaud the history making decision. After the game was won and the trophy passed around, the show The World’s Best came on and Manami Ito took the stage and wowed the world. She came on stage and moved the crowd to tears with her beautiful performance. How wonderful it would have been to see performances like hers at halftime. The raw emotion it produced was certainly powerful enough to make everyone watching feel like they can do anything they set their hearts to. The Superbowl Halftime show is a unique opportunity. Why not use it as an opportunity to show the world something it hasn't seen before?
Meet Infinite Flow Dance , one of the most beautifully choreographed dance organizations to be seen (and heard). Here is Justin Timberlake's “Can't Stop The Feeling” performed by an all inclusive group containing many adaptive dancers. Let J.T. do the singing for them, even take part in dancing with them here and there during the instrumental sections, and before viewers know it they’re being fully entertained. Meanwhile, also taking part are sign language interpreters so deaf viewers at home can have a more fulfilling experience than just subtitles. That leads our next performer.
She was first seen on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent. Mandy Harvey and the extraordinary artists that compose her band are amazing to watch perform. She played “House of the Rising Sun”at the No Barriers Summit held in New York City last year that would melt the souls of savages. Something about such a sultry voice paired with the way she signs the words to the song captivates everyone watching and listening. Anyone who has not seen a live performance is truly missing out.
Next is the ILL-Abilities Crew. These eight differently-abled dancers that are taking the world over while spinning on their heads.
Luca Lazylegz Patuelli (Canada) - Born with a neuromuscular disorder called Arthrogryposis.
Bboy Samuka (Brasil) - Transfemoral amputee below hip due to Osteosarcoma .
Sergio Miranda Bboy Checho (Chile) - Malformation from birth in legs due to Thalidomide.
Bboy Perninha (Brasil) - Malformation from birth in the left leg. (https://www.facebook.com/bboyperninha/)
Jungsoo Krops Lee (Korea) - Paralyzed through an injury in a dance practice in 2013
Redo Ait Chitt (Netherlands) - Multiple malformations from birth affecting both arms, right hip, and right leg.
Jacob "Kujo" Lyons (U.S.A) - 100% sensor neural deafness in right ear and conductive hearing loss in left ear.
Tommy Guns Ly (U.S.A) *Not in the film - Transfemoral above knee amputee due to Osteosarcoma.
Videography by Kien Quan Photography / Chaz Bonnar
Relating To The Masses Is Tough
It’s difficult to please everyone, but it’s not as difficult as one would think to be more relatable. Sometimes trying something new is the best way to find what works. Flexibility comes with practice, and is often met with gratitude. A shift in entertainment style may be just what the masses are searching for.