"All We Ever Wanted Was Love" Is The Pride Celebration The LGBT Community Deserves
Kayley Anne Collins, Alejandro Senior, Alex Hartman, Kathryn Allison, Jan Sport, Emily Bear, and Sam Quinn; the cast and creators of "All We Ever Wanted Was Love".
On the heels of a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court ruling in favor of the LGBT+ community — and in the middle of Pride Month — the creators behind the viral video "Dont'cha Wanna Dance" have released their latest work, "All We Ever Wanted Was Love".
Creators Sam Quinn, Alex Hartman, and Kayley Anne Collins who, along with music arranger Emily Bear, produced April's "Dont'cha Wanna Dance" with the intention to unite dancers around the world during the social restraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, have a brand new video out to celebrate Pride Month. While many in the US are still under strict, but easing, isolation orders, "All We Ever Wanted Was Love" in part, fills a missing void in the annual month of celebration and reflection for the LGBT+ community.
"We wanted to make people feel a little less alone," a well-known dancer, performer, and adjudicator Sam Quinn told Dance News & Culture. Quinn, who also danced in, co-choreographed, and co-edited the video, was the catalyst behind last fall's ‘Good Morning Ballet’ — a movement in support of #BoysDanceToo — that gathered hundreds of dancers together in Times Square in response to on-air comments ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Lara Spencer made that seemingly shamed Prince George — the six-year-old son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — for his interest in ballet.
The video, which features both the voice and vocal arrangement of co-creator Kayley Anne Collins, uses a whole host of pop songs — Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and "Stupid Love", Sia's "I'm Alive", Madonna's "Vogue", Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me", Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain On Me" — as its musical foundation.
Actress and singer Kathryn Allison of Broadway's Company revival, drag queen Jan Sport, who was featured on Season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and pianist Emily Bear all join Collins on the vocals. Alejandro Senior and Emily Bear arranged the music.
"Collaborating with this team was not only fun but I felt valued and heard as a Black Queer Artist," Allison said. "In the midst of our country's unrest, it can be difficult to find moments to smile, laugh, and dance. But, this video and process provided me a brief escape and I hope audiences can find that too. I hope our viewers take the joyous energy from this video and infuse it into making the world a safer place for our LGBTQ+ folxs, especially our Black Trans Women, Men, and Non-Binary folx who are the most marginalized in our community. To lift them up as this creative endeavor did for me."
Pride Month is celebrated annually every June in commemoration of the Stonewall riots that occurred on June 28th, 1969 after the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided by the NYPD.
Over the years, Pride Month has grown to include celebrating LGBT+ rights and recognizing the significance the community's individuals have had on history, both, locally, and internationally. The month-long celebration, which under normal non-pandemic circumstances draws thousands to New York City each summer, is obviously being handled differently this year. And, those changes, coupled with the already trying limits of social distancing, have had an effect on many in the LGBT+ community.
Co-creator Alex Hartman, who also helped create the video's choreography as well as assist in its post-production editing and sound mixing, spoke on the intentions of the team's project.
"If our video is able to reach just one young — or not so young — person and bring them a sense of hope, then we’ve done our job,” Hartman said.
Yesterday's watershed decision by the US Supreme Court provides another victory for the community to celebrate, as it was ruled, "that the 1964 Civil Rights Act's prohibition on sex discrimination in employment also effectively banned bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity, even though few if any members of Congress thought they were doing that at the time."
Surprisingly enough, the lone written opinion behind the 6-3 decision in favor of protecting LGBT+ rights was penned by conservative justice, Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2017, sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and the liberal faction among the justices in the ruling.
“It’s also super important that we remember where Pride came from and how it started," Quinn said. "Also, always remembering the LGBTQIA+ pioneers like Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. We owe them, and all Stonewall Riot activists, so much.”
Notable Broadway dancers and Rockettes in the video include Michelle Mercedes, Mike Baerga, Chip Abbott, Marina Lazzaretto, Courtney Rottenberger, Laura Katherine Kaufman, Taylor Broadard, Allyson Carr, Laura Jakowenko, Alfie Parker Jr., Elijah Dillehay. The project also features notable Drag Queens Pixie Aventura (NYC queen of Drag), Salina Estitties (Latinx WeHo Showgirl).
Instagram celebrity Boss Baby Brody also makes an appearance.
The band features Jon Foster on drums, Andrew Zinsmeister on guitar, Darren McGuire on bass, arranger Alejandro Senior on the piano, and arranger Emily Bear on the synth and piano.
Broadway's Ryan Motley mixed the video's sound.
The team is suggesting that viewers who are inspired to donate do so to any of the following charities:
Trevor Project, Anti Violence Project, Black Lives Matter, Pride To End Gun Violence, National Queer And Trans Therapists Of Color, It Gets Better Project, National Center For Transgender Equality, Reclaim The Block, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Marsha P Johnson Institute, or Okra Project.
"Dont'cha Wanna Dance" the team's first video project together, which premiered in April.
Michael Mahany serves as NYC Dance News & Culture’s founder and Editor-At-Large. Additionally, he is a professional actor, singer, dancer who appears nightly in the 10th Anniversary production of 'Rock Of Ages' in New York City. He's also a co-host of the 'Pod De Deux' dance podcast. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, or visit www.michaelmahany.com for more. Story tips? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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