There is many Hollywood Dancers who in turn get paid for performing at events sponsored by the major producers of movies, such as Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures. If you are a dancer, you know that being a performer comes with its own set of pros and cons. First, you have the competition. There is always someone out there who will be happy to take the lowest bidder or the highest bidder in the event that two or more dancers are competing for the same job. Second, there are those occasions when you perform at a non-profit event sponsored by a major movie producer, and it can be an ugly deal.
First, you have the hustle and bustle of trying to secure the venue, find the dress, shoes, hair and makeup, and all other components needed to get up on stage and do your routine. On top of that, there are often security guards present. A good number of these Hollywood connections will send their best talent away to various premier nightclubs, where they ply their trade on behalf of the host hotel. Once there, they often try to recoup some of the money that they invested in the performers, usually doing very well, if not spectacular. But the underdogs sometimes have to pay for the hotel expenses in addition to their routine rental fees, rent and food costs, which can quickly add up.
On the other hand, some of these performers will make their way to an event like the covid-19 gala dinner, hosted by the late Walt Disney. This dinner was a celebration of Walt Disney’s centennial and many of his lifelong achievements, such as his owning and operating the Disneyland theme park. While it is customary for those performers invited to the gala dinner to pay a fee as a hostess, they are often met with resistance from the production team for one reason or another. At the Covid-19 gala many of the invited guests were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. When the production was unable to book them into the hotel they had asked to use as their accommodation, they had to find alternative arrangements, and the underdogs did manage to keep up their spirits thanks to a late-comer to the festivities.
The same thing happened with the Cirque du Soleil show “Hairspray”. The original performance was planned as a part of the company’s centennial year celebrations and its featured entertainer was a ten-time Broadway star, Edith Aniston. She was unable to make the originally scheduled performance because of a broken bone found during a strenuous dancing session. But her replacement was the marvelous Lea Michele, who dazzled the audience in her lead role as a dancer and singer. Even before the evening was over, word had spread that Lea Michele would be performing at the Covid-19 gala. It is typical of Hollywood connections to pick up on details of events such as this.
Then there is the rather infamous incident where Goldie Hawn’s son was scratched by a trainer’s dog while trying to do the “do.” A rather large dog was picked up by one of Goldie’s assistants, and Goldie was seen holding the dog against his ribs, presumably to help prevent the dog from biting the woman. A lot of people thought that Goldie may have been taking a bit of that dog’s mistletoe on herself! And the internet has a lot of jokes and stories based around this incident.
So it is no wonder that a lot of dancers, actors, musicians and singers in Hollywood have strong connections to the entertainment business. And they often take time out from their busy schedules to throw parties, charities or even just for fun. They have a passion for what they do, and they like to tell people about it. So, if you ever find yourself enjoying a nice R & R on a Hollywood Boulevard, just bear in mind the many connections that are involved. That’s just the way it is.