Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Pink Flamingos: In Hot Water

The Philadelphia Aquatics Club recently went to Washington DC to participate in the 2008 GLBT World Championships swim meet. Fins swimmers set a number of age-group national swim records. However, the one performance that is most talked about is the campy land / water dance routine that is presented in the YouTube video below by Fins swimmer Drew Davidson:

NO, NO, NO!!!

NO, NO, NO!!!

This performance part of the Pink Flamingo competition on June 22, 2008.

Did we win?

NO, NO, NO!!!

Continuing one of the most popular and distinctive traditions, IGLA 2008 included the Pink Flamingo Relay, which of course was not a "relay" at all but rather a unique combination of cabaret, synchronized swimming, and high camp!

VENUE. The Pink Flamingo was held at Natatorium of the Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland (the same venue as the swimming, diving, and synchro competitions and water polo final), which has an underwater sound system and a large, steeply-raked spectator area with excellent sightlines.

THEME. The theme is In Hot Water. "In hot water" is an expression that describes a person--typically a politician or celebrity--in a scandal. But it also suggests other interpretations, as well as a variety of music possibilities. Creativity is what the Pink Flamingo is all about--but don't overlook the obvious, either!

BASIC RULES/JUDGING. Each team's performance is limited to five minutes. Judging will be done by a panel based on audience reaction; use of theme; use of water; costumes; and choreography/staging. Incorporation of something recognizably Washingtonian--politicians, lobbyists, diplomats, pundits, monuments, museums, cherry trees, the election, the inauguration, and so forth--is optional but encouraged. As always, no makeup/costume/set elements or materials which could plausibly pose a hazard to the pool's filtration system; specifically, no glitter or feathers. First, second, and third place awards will be presented at the banquet.

Anh Dang
President of the Fins Aquatics Club


Blogger the17thman said...

It was great watching them in DC perform but even better watching them behind the scenes mixed in. Great job!

10:41 PM  
Blogger HughE Dillon said...

I love this video. It's so much fun and they seem to enjoy it in D.C.

9:01 AM  

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