Why yes, that IS a direct quote. Not from me.
I spent the last couple days at The Revolve Tour Dream On—a one-of-a-kind inspirational weekend for 6th– to 12th–grade girls that combines award-winning bands and speakers with real, relevant messages in a high-energy event.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should reveal that I actually work for The Revolve Tour (as well as Women of Faith), so my opinions are not completely impartial. However, if I didn’t work there the odds of my spending a weekend in an enclosed space with thousands of squealing girls would be microscopic. But enough about me…let’s talk Revolve!
This was my sneak peek at the stage the night before the show. Pretty gorgeous, huh?
And further backstage…
How amazing is our crew that they built that thing from scratch in just a few days? Chelsea was called over as we walked by to check the height. (“Hey, short girl!”)
The party started Friday night with Group 1 Crew.
Don’t tell, but we had a “secret” flash mob dance planned for their opening number. It was choreographed by Kathryn McCormick (of So You Think You Can Dance fame; she’s also on the Tour) and we’ve been sort of practicing it in the WoFfice. In fact, we had a dance-off at our pre-tour dinner. I, er, opted out of dancing in favor of photography.
When the time came it was more fizzle than flash, but it was fun anyway.
Music is a BIG part of Revolve events. This year G1C shares the stage with Britt Nicole (a huge fave of the girls sitting behind me):
Jamie Grace…I didn’t get a good pic of her, but she’s adorable, has a fabulous voice, and just got signed by TobyMac. You’ll hear her on radios everywhere soon. And then, of course, there are these guys:
It’s not every day I go to a rock concert, but these guys are great. It occurred to me today that if I’d gone into rock, pop, or hip-hop instead of classical, I’d burn off a LOT more calories per performance.
But there’s more than music. We also have drama…recognize anything? It was a piece about teen suicide. It was gut-wrenching. During it, the only sound from an entire arena full of people was the heater kicking in. I’m not sure anyone breathed. I saw the burly security guard at our section blinking back tears. It was that good. Long-time Women of Faith dramatist Nicole Johnson wrote the script for this and the other dramas.
Oh, you’re still wondering about that quote in the title, aren’t you? That was Chad. He was encouraging the girls to be smart; to restrain themselves from following every urge that comes along. Unlike monkeys, who do follow their urges. Which, apparently, includes the urge to throw poo.
This was the first Dream On event of the 2011 Revolve Tour. There are 11 more events across the country. If one is anywhere near you and you know a teen girl, you should definitely take her there. It could be life-changing. For both of you. See the schedule here: http://revolvetour.com/events/