By Michael Coleman
Dancing at sea under the stars, in the dining room or show lounge is as old as ocean travel itself. Royal Caribbean, however, will soon be taking the concept to new heights.
Beginning this summer the line will unveil a new hip hop dance adventure that transcends all ages, languages and skill levels.
Based on the documentary film by Dori Berinstein, award-winning director and producer of film, theater and television, the guest-participatory “Gotta Dance’’ experience will be offered fleet-wide.
“Gotta Dance’’ is the newest Royal Caribbean International program that offers guests an opportunity to try something different on their vacation regardless of age and experience,” said Peter Compton, vice president, Entertainment, Royal Caribbean International.
Â Â Â
Royal Caribbean’s Gotta Dance is inspired by the award-winning documentary film of the same name, which will hit the big screen across the United States beginning in July. Gotta Dance chronicles the first-ever senior-citizen, hip-hop dance troupe for the New Jersey Nets Basketball Team. Just like the film, Royal Caribbean’s Gotta Dance program will offer guests, from the young to the young-at-heart, a chance to grab their moment in the spotlight.
Kicking off each cruise will be a special screening of the film. Guests sailing on select ships before the nationwide roll-out of the movie will be treated to an advanced viewing of Gotta Dance. Participants will then be divided into teams and, over the course of their vacation, will learn choreographed routines with a member of the Royal Caribbean dance team in rehearsals during sea days.
The program will culminate with the main event — a farewell show on the last evening of the cruise, whereby each of the teams will perform their routines in the ship’s main theater.
Each of the groups will perform a different routine, all of which were choreographed by New Jersey Nets Dance Coach Kimberlee Garris, who also appears in the film.
For each song an easy and more complex choreography has been designed. Royal Caribbean’s Gotta Dance instructors will have the option of tweaking these versions further based on group skill level.
“Every age is welcome and no experience is necessary,’’ said Compton. “As with many of our onboard programs, Gotta Dance helps bring families closer together and build lasting relationships among guests for an unforgettable cruise vacation.”