On February 13th and 14th I did something I’ve never done before.
A friend called me up looking for entertainment for a Valentine’s Day party at his office. His office happens to be Davita Dialysis in Hartford, CT. I had no idea what I was getting myself into until I went to check out the space and saw about 24 patients hooked up to machines, most looking particularly glum. My friend had told me that every now and again the staff likes to give their patients something to look forward to and bring a little excitement into their lives by having performers come in, even if just for a half hour.
I said that I would love to be a part of that and quickly enlisted my friend Corey Hutchins to Tap with me.
Corey and I performed a quick little set that I threw together (without rehearsal due to the massive snow storm Nemo that hit New England) and brought my boards from “room” to “room” so that we could share our gifts with everyone. Each “room” had a different song and consisted of about 6 patients each. It was such an amazing feeling to see their eyes light up and to hear some of them even sing along!
The set list included “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” by Dean Martin, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, “L.O.V.E” by Nat King Cole, and ” Baby You Got What it Takes” by Michael Buble. We improvised and threw in the Shim Sham, B.S. Chorus, and our own little break.
This experience was one that I will never forget. To just feel the energy in the room brought me great joy and to have the staff and people from the waiting room follow us around to watch us dance made me humbly appreciate my talent and gift. The absolute topper to the day was when one of the nurses came up to us and said “One of my patients said to me ‘Get me out of this wheelchair, I want to Tap’”.