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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

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Posted:So, I was watching A&E about Bette Midler, who is such an inspiration for me.
They showed several excerpts from her 1975 Broadway show "Clams on the Half Shell Revue" which included The Divine Ms. M herself doing long poi, while a little off kilter she did side spinning, front butterfly, a bit over the head, then it cut out.

So for all those old hats who thought they were introducing something new in the 90's, we should have known. There is nothing that woman hasn't done!

ubblol


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Goddessda


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Posted:how cool is that....
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gita
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Posted:eek that is soooo kewl!!! yay for the divine miss m!! biggrin ubblol

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Posted:Maybe she'd been to Hawaii? tongue Still cool though!

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Gidg
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Posted:Isn't Bette Midler great. I love her movies.

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Valura
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Posted:yeah... but can she do it while singing scat?


Bugger. Im just jealous... bette is way cooler than me. Shes even been on the simpsons, that is totally a gauge of when you are cool...
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Pele
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Pele

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Posted:I don't think it was scat but she was singing while she did it!
And I know that there was some in her latest tour as well. They were dressed like mermaids and spinning, then they sat in wheelchairs and did this choreography.

*le sigh*

How much fun would it be to get paid for that!? Poi, mermaid and wheelchair racing all in the same set!!!

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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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SpitFire
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Posted:I remember the mermaid scene, but not the poi bit. How cool!

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NYC


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Posted:Written by: Pele

They showed several excerpts from her 1975 Broadway show "Clams on the Half Shell Revue" which included The Divine Ms. M herself doing long poi, while a little off kilter she did side spinning, front butterfly, a bit over the head, then it cut out.




I was told that poi was invented in Seatle. Clearly you are lieing. wink

[I actually was told that... by someone from Seattle.]


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
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Pele
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Pele

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Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:Written by: NYC

I was told that poi was invented in Seatle. Clearly you are lieing. wink

[I actually was told that... by someone from Seattle.]




eek

Hmmm...is the world still flat to this person as well? wink

Or perhaps s/he just is a *close* friend of an ego driven staffer (cough*rh*cough) who thinks he invented fire staffing? :rolleyes:

That is just all very funny! I needed that laugh, thank you! ubblol

Next time the show airs I will have to see if I can at least tape that excerpt.


Hugs!
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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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rbmnyc
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Posted:I saw Bette Midler a few months ago (please don't ask why) and she and her girls were spinning poi during one of the numbers.

I was quite shocked -- and impressed.


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Kidda


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Posted:ubblol smile

Bette Midler is ace

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Paddy


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Posted:but can she do hyperloops?

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