Everyone give props to Bernadette for a great blog! Thanks, Bernadette – I appreciate it very much.
Denver July 15, 2014, a night I will never forget. Please feel free to change anything that you deem is not proper language or too long winded etc. (Heidi’s Note: I like it all. ) I’m not sending any pictures cause I’m terrible at taking them with my phone. I’m not to mechanically minded! Besides I just wanted to watch every single move and expression of this show. I was not disappointed. WOW…AMAZING is all I can say.
I didn’t get VIP tickets and of course mad at myself for not doing so. My finger was so close to the purchase button but I chickened out. However I did get me and my dear friend of many years (we were babies together, our parents were friends) third row, second from the isle seats!! Pretty impressive I thought.
We were very close to the stage and talked with a lot of VIP ticket holders. Everyone around us was friendly and excited and so happy to be there. Young and “older” like me; we were all thrilled to be watching this event. And yes, that close to the stage you can see everything and man the sweat was just pouring off of poor Derek. Denver is pretty high altitude but all of them seemed to be handling it pretty well. Young and in shape is guess! The music, dancing and their duet was beyond belief, not a missed step, beat, note or lull in the pace of the show. You just can’t describe it.
Like many others have said watching Julianne and Derek and there wonderful troupe is beyond explanation. They put their heart and souls into the performances. Derek is more than just a dancer / performer. He perfects every single movement and is so engaging to the audience. Of course he was my favorite. Not to take anything away from Julianne because she is great and what a wonderful voice! But Derek is who I went to see. Gosh I just wanted to knock out the two people sitting next to me on the isle seats and reach out and touch Derek as he ran by but I didn’t want to make a fool of myself. Alas no dancing with or interacting with Derek! I do want to give credit to the crowd as they did get up and move and cheer. I was worried there would be to many dead beats but Denver came through!!!
The venue, The Paramount Theatre, is a historical landmark and located downtown Denver. In fact I worked there many moons ago as a teenager (ah what memories). As we were parking and walking to the theatre my friend and I noticed 5 huge buses so we thought OK this is where we will come after the show to wait for Julianne and Derek. After the show we walked and back to the buses but never saw any other people or happenings. After an hour we thought ah hell…. no meeting the D-man. We were bummed but also thought that just seeing the show and Derek so up close was enough.
Well, the gods were with us cause as we were driving down a street to go home low and behold there were the real Move Live Tour buses parked and about 30 or so people waiting. We quickly parked and joined them. It rained off and on most of the night so there were not a lot of people. Several of the dancers had come out and talked with the crowd before we got there, so we didn’t get meet any of them. I’d say we all waited about another half hour longer and low and behold here comes Derek. He is so cute and friendly and considerate to everyone, he is just such a thoughtful young man. Me and my friend were the last two in line and he signed our programs. I said Derek I don’t want a picture cause I’m terribly un-photogenic may I have a hug instead? He was so gracious and said of course and hugged me and same for my friend. YES, I actually got to hug Derek, can’t believe it, Woo Woo!! He then scurried off to the bus and that was it. My night was complete and the months of waiting were done. I would go and see all the rest of the shows if I could. This was WONDERFUL and now I can say that Derek is just as I pictured him to be and my expectations have more than been met!
Thank you Heidi and all of your people who put this site together. We could not not enjoy Derek and his many talents so much if it weren’t for you. I am not the least bit disappointed in my experience of tonight except to say it was too short. Best wishes to you, Bernadette (ette).