I’m at the place in the process where I usually freak out. Past the planning phase, where everything is fuzzy and flexible and fun. Not yet to the nuts and bolts, where it’s more about polishing and tweaking. Nope, I’m in the ‘stare at the blinking cursor on the blank page’ phase.
What? Blinking cursors? Is this about writing or dancing?
Well, I hope it’s about both. I’m hosting Pairings this year, as I did last year. Most people don’t know what that means, and honestly, it took me a while to figure it out too. Yes, I’ll be up on the stage introducing the wines and dances, but I’ll also be doing a whole lot more. I’ll be keeping the silent auction going, keeping people engaged and entertained, keeping people connected to Motus and what this evening is really about (hint: it’s not inebriation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that). I also need to be educational, because I want every person who walks out of The White Rabbit Cabaret to feel like they have learned a few things: a few things about wine, a few things about dance, a few things about what an awesome organization Motus is and how much they deserve your support. That equals about six pages of carefully scripted (witty, charming) well-researched material.
The way I see it, I’m the mortar between the bricks of the performances. Mortar isn’t especially attractive or exciting, I know. So I really must go out and find a different outfit for every wine. I want it to be fresh and exciting every time I walk out on stage, so that Pairings is a complete evening of entertainment. Would you rather get your wine info from a guy in a suit or a lady in a sparkly gown? (Yeah, I thought so.)
But here’s what my job is really about: I’m going to show you an evening that is so fun, so satisfying, so mind-expanding that you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with this little dance company. When I think about it that way, my job is easy. Motus is awfully easy to love.
Katie Kasper founded Motus and served as its president until 2009.