The DCC are used to creating "wow" moments for Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium, so it was wonderful when the tables were turned and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders had the opportunity to be wowed as audience members during Cirque du Soleil's production of Amaluna.
"I had seen one of other Cirque du Soleil productions in Las Vegas, but I loved seeing this production of Amaluna because this venue, being under a tent at Lone Star Park, provides a more intimate setting," said DCC veteran, Lexie. "All the seats are close to the stage and the performers interact with the audience. Being so close is great because you see every muscle in their arms and legs and backs.
"You could also see how intensely they are concentrating on their movements. They are so strong physically, and they make it look so easy and effortless. But I can't imagine myself being able to do any of these feats, yet it looks so easy for them. It's really amazing."
The DCC were honored guests of Amaluna which runs through March 3, 2019 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
"Amaluna is a story about harnessing the goddess strength of women," notes Lisa Endicott, president of Endicott & Company Public Relations which has worked with Cirque du Soleil for the past 9 years. "Because the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are an all-female squad and this show is 70% female, we wanted the DCC to see this show and have a bonding experience with our cast. And it's not just the cast that is female, it's also behind-the-scenes with director Diane Paulus and women on the creative and design teams as well as choreographers.
"This is the 37th production of Amaluna and they just finished touring South America. At any one time, there are 24 unique Cirque du Soleil shows touring the globe. The age range for this cast ranges from 18 to 50. Some artists have done 6,500 to 7,500 consecutive shows without sickness or absentee. As for Amaluna, the message to women is one of empowerment. Everyone loved the recent Wonder Woman movie directed by Patty Griffin. It's a similar theme of women lifting and supporting one another, both their collective and individual strengths."
"I couldn't stop thinking of the stamina each of these performers have as they do these shows every day," said DCC two-year veteran Miranda. "I could see the muscles of their backs flexing. They are so strong and durable. It's really impressive and an amazing show."
There are also comedic elements to the show. DCC rookie Taylor, who was sitting on the front row, unwittingly became part of the show when one of the cast members took her tub of popcorn and left a trail of popcorn through the theatre much to the amusement of Taylor and the rest of the audience. Her stolen popcorn was replaced with a full tub.
And while there are light-hearted moments, it's the artistry of the dancers, singers, gymnasts, and aerialists that are the show-stealers. Whether it was the aerial straps or the uneven bars or the teeterboard, performers were flying above and across the stage…even swimming in a large bowl.
"As I watched the show, I was thinking of what it takes to be a consistent performer because they have to be spot-on every night," noted DCC veteran Savannah. "With one wrong move, they could fall and hurt themselves or mess up the entire show. The precision is impressive."
"After this show I can no longer officially say 'ouch' every time we do our DCC jump-split because what these performers do in their show is incredible," adds two-year DCC veteran Molly. If I ever complain about being sore, I will remember this show and think about how strong and flexible these people are! After seeing them, we've all decided that we're going to hit the gym!"
For more info on Amaluna and its run in Grand Prairie, link here: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna