Sunday, March 20, 2011
Seeing ‘Burlesque’ inspires Greece woman to form dance troupe
On a recent Monday night, Julie Giarrantano stands inside the Little Red Dancing School in Gates, directing an onslaught of hip swivels, gyrations and booty shakes with the focus of a conductor leading an orchestra.
“One, two, three, four …” Giarrantano counts out as she leads her team of Roc City Diamonds, the burlesque group she started last year.
As the group’s director, Giarrantano doesn’t dance. She’s too busy organizing, promoting and choreographing the centerpiece of the Roc City Diamonds’ Emerald Party, which took place Friday, March 18, at The Club at Water Street.
The routine, choreographed to the soundtrack of the recent film Burlesque (starring Christina Aguilera and Cher), starts with a seduction. Dancer Danielle Barone, 24, of Rochester, struts out in high heels with a flirtatious vibe that’s sure to melt a man’s heart. Then, like a sudden sea of hotness, the rest of the Diamonds flip and spin their way across the stage.