Behind the Scenes of The Dancer and Sexy Big Man

November 10, 2010

Hi, DSP blog readers! I’m Jeff Adams author of “The Dancer & Sexy Big Man,” which published today. I’m excited to have my second story published with Dreamspinner (“Rivals” is still available in case you haven’t picked up that one).

“The Dancer & Sexy Big Man” was conceived towards the end of season six of So You Think You Can Dance, which aired in the fall of 2009. I liked the idea of setting a romance inside a show like SYTYCD but I didn’t want to make the couple be two of the contestants because it seemed too obvious. I toyed with making it between a dancer and an audience member, but then I decided to go with someone on the show’s tech crew. Once I had that sorted out, I was off and running with the concept.

There’s quite a few musical references in the story, some of which are specifically called out and some that are only alluded to. When I was writing, however, I knew exactly what was playing even if I didn’t include the reference. Here’s the full playlist for the story with links to iTunes so you can sample the songs (note that the page numbers are based on the PDF).

  • Lady Gaga’s performance on page 8: “Bad Romance
  • Nate’s group performance on page 8: “Comanche” by The Reveals
  • Nate’s rehearsal on page 9: “The Music & The Mirror” from the Original Broadway Cast of A Chorus Line
  • Nate’s solo on page 14: “Tetsujin” by Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis
  • Nate and Barbara’s Viennese Waltz on page 14: “At Last” by Etta James
  • Nate’s rehearsal on page 17: “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
  • Nate & Todd’s first dance at Harmony on page 30: “Ordinary Day” by Vanessa Carlton
  • Nate & Todd’s second dance on page 31: “If It Kills Me” by Jason Mraz
  • Nate & Todd’s third dance on page 33: “Hallelujah” by k.d. lang
  • Nate & Todd’s fourth dance on page 34: “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera
  • Nate’s finale numbers on page 45: 1) Solo: “O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)” performed by the London Symphony. 2) Hip Hop: “She’s Freaky” by Pitbull. 3) Spy-syled piece: “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Now you know all the music that makes up the story. If you pick it up I hope you enjoy it. If you check out any of the music, I hope you find something you like and maybe even something that is new for you.

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