I got asked to do a show and “questions & answers” at a conference last Tuesday at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. Not the usual kind of shows I do, but it indeed sounded fun so I agreed to do it. It was also a “questions & answers”, to motivate and inspire those attending the conference.
As I like to be on stage I looked forward to this, and with my new unexpexcted World Championships title the organizers were thrilled.
I was told the floor looked like asphalt and when I got to the conference center it indeed looked black. But it was slick marble, so slick it was even hard to walk on. I stepped on my board, did a walkover to feel the floor and my board slipped and I landed on my back. Embarrasing… I knew by now this was going to be a challenge.
I asked the organizers of the conference if we could put a thin layer of Coca-Cola to make it less slippery. They called in the cleaning guy that did not really understand what we were talking about. Mopping the floor with Coca-Cola was unheard to him. I could do this myself, but they seemed to have made up their mind the cleaning guy would do it. So I went and did my 20 minute of warming up with Hatha Yoga and Dynamic stretching and then was ready to warm up on the floor.
This Coca-Cola trick is also something some dancers do when the floor is slippery. And now the floor was much better. But after awhile I got into some problems… my soles got sticky and it was hard to even get up on the rail, as my feet got stuck to the griptape…
I cleaned my shoes and did my show and it went fine. Only one miss in my routine. Then up on the stage for “questions & answers” and “motivation talk”. It was great fun!