Show & Tell: Michelle McCoy of "BeatleShow!"


Q: How long have you been dancing?

A: I've been dancing since I was 3. ... My mom says that when I was born, she knew I was going to be a dancer. She had this feeling. I kicked her rib out.

Q: Ouch. Like, literally?

A: Literally. (Laughs) I had good muscle tone, even at age zero. So, yeah, I just knew I was going to be a dancer. We have video of me dancing at 1 in diapers. They're all musicians in my family. It's just in my blood. I was born with it.

Q: When did you decide to pursue dancing as a career?

A: When I was 10 years old I took a solo class and started working on my own technique and saw how easy it was for me to progress quickly. It was more: "This is what I was meant to do."

Q: Then what?

A: I started teaching at age 14 and actually went to college to study. I have a degree in dance from the University of Central Oklahoma and also a degree in broadcasting.

Q: Were you exposed to the music of the Beatles as a kid?

A: "Michelle, ma belle ... " My father used to sing that to me constantly.

Q: So, sort of an omen.

A: Exactly. (Laughs)

Q: Did you like the Beatles' music?

A: Absolutely. After I started the show, I found that, OK, these are songs I've heard a million times over, I just didn't realize that the Beatles were associated with it. But it's weird: Ever since I started, it's like the (Beatles) soundtrack is running through my head. It's all I sing now.

Q: Still, they were way before your time. Do you appreciate them just intellectually, or can you feel it on a gut level, too?

A: For me, I feel very connected with the music. It's just a soul-type thing. The peppiness, the excitement, the musicianship the Beatles brought to the world.

Q: What's your favorite Beatles song?

A: "Don't Let Me Down." That's actually my fiance's and my song. It was the first song we ever danced to.

Q: As a dancer, what do you think of the Beatles' era?

A: Oh, I think it was the most fun. (The music) was super peppy, super happy. I know there were a lot of deep messages going on at the time, but the way it was packaged was very appealing. ... You get that super driving beat. That's what I love. That's what I feel in my bones. So I have a sincere appreciation for what happened musically at that time.

 

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