I had this idea for a very long time in my head. If a name Michael Flatley tells you anything – good. If not – Google him. In short he is the creator of the Lord of the Dance show.
My favorite version is called: Lord Of The Dance - Feet Of Flames (Hyde Park London) from 1998.
There is also a version from 1996 but the 1998 is a extended one and in my opinion a lot better.
What is the challenge?
Watch the Feet of Flames from 1998 on Youtube and base the fanfiction on that show using the USS Enterprise crew with a twist.
The show is basically telling a story, the Star Trek version would tell a story also but of different kind.
Spock leaves his home planet to join the Star Fleet Arts Academy agaist his father wishes when he is 17 years old. Spock in his youth on Vulcan gained his knowledge and training from his human mother, Amanda who is/was a dancer and a instructor. Her main focus was the Irish dance, since she is part Irish for this challenge.
She knew other classical dance styles and was entrusted in teaching Ambasador Sarek how to dance, for example a waltz. That's how they met and fell in love.
Moving on, agaist Sarek's wishes, Spock leaves home, in his mind, never to return to pursue his dream, to become a dancer and maybe even the Lord of the Dance which is in this universe a title given to the best dancer in the universe. The highest honor, like an Oscar statue.
Spock is training relentlesly with Pike as his instructor in the Star Fleet Arts Academy. Spock doesn't keep in contact with Sarek at all and Amanda sends him occassional care packages. But they don't talk to each other either.
In this universe, Star Fleet is not only a military/diplomatic force but also has an arts department to spread the culture, music, arts of different species around the universe.
Spock learns many things, from various dance techniques, how to act without feeling emotions (he can smile but not feel happy, he can look angry but not be angry etc), how to sing and play various instruments from Earth and from other planets. We know Spock knows how to play piano (The Original Series) and how to play a Vulcan lyhre (TOS).
Forward 15 years and Spock is on the Enterprise, the ship that travels the universe and performs various shows on different planets. For the first time, ever, the Vulcans agree to host one of this shows.
Ubenknownst to Spock and the crew, Amanda Grayson managed to convince the Vulcan High Council and T'Pau herself to host the Enterprise and her crew, to show solidarity, diversity and openes to other cultures. But the real truth is that Amanda knows her son is on that ship. How could she not, when she kept an eye on him all those years and watched various holo vids of their shows. Her main goal is not only to show Vulcans that human acting, sining, dancing is nothing offensive but she wants them to see Spock and what he has accomplished. She only hopes Spock will perform on Vulcan. That is her biggest dream, to see him dance, freely, without being ashamed.
Spock and Jim are thinking what to show the Vulcans to not make any offense. Since Spock is Vulcan (half Vulcan) he thinks of a show that will tell a story of humanity and Vulcans, before they met, Surak's ideaology taking place in Vulcans minds and hearts, humans surviving the Third World War, the first contact, the first contacts of humans with other species, the first human/Vulcan marriage (Sarek/Amanda). At least something around those timelines.
Why do I want to see this challenge being written?
When you watch the Fleet of Flames, when you see Michael Flatley dancing, he reminds me so much of James Kirk you can't even begin to imagine. Their clothes are a bit like taken from the TOS, minus the colors. The warriors (the ones with the masks on their faces), specifically the main one that first dances alone, reminds me of Spock. For a time I thoiught of writing this challenge and making it so Spock would play a Romulan soldier, because if you ask me, their clothes reminds me of Romulans from the TOS. He even gets a cloak later on.
All I ask that you watch it and use your imagination. Think of the dancers as the crew of the Enterprise and see what happens.
The little golden spirit I would like to be Mccoy's daughter JoJo. Mccoy is not a dancer in that universe, he is their main ships doctor.
Jim Kirk: dancer, plays instruments, actor
Spock: dancer, plays instruments, actor, singer
Uhura: plays instruments, singer
Christine Chapel: singer, dancer, actress
Chekov: dancer, actor
Montgomery Scott: plays instruments, actor
Sulu: actor, dancer, singer
Mccoy: ships main doctor
JoJo Mccoy, age 12: learns to dance, plays instruments, learns to sing
Do I want other species present on the ship and perform? Yes. Andorians, Tellarites, Betazoids etc.
Where to watch that show?
It is available on Youtube. But be warned, there are two versions. One is full but the video quality is not the best and there is a modified HD version but has some scenes cut out. I want you to watch the bad quality version first and later watch the HD version for better experience. I usually watch the bad quality version just because it is full. The audio on the other hand is good quality.
If for some reason that video is not available, let me know, I have a copy of it on my HDD and can make it available to you to watch. Search: Lord of the Dance – Feet of Flames (Hyde Park London).avi and the video is 1:53:37 long.
Categories: Fiction Characters: Amanda
Sarek comes to the ships gym and sees his wife and son dancing together the Irish dance. Spock is showing her what he learned and teaching her new moves.
Spock and Sarek mend their father/son relationship just a bit
Sarek's reaction to not accepting Spock's wish to be a dancer I based on the movie Billy Elliot and wish you could do that too if you watched that movie (I know that in the movie the father then takes his son to the ballet school but I want this to be a bit different)
Amanda in secret watches Spock's performances on holovids and thinks her husband doesn't know, she is wrong. Sarek watches them too
the Enterprise cast will perform on Vulcan in a closed stadium to accommodate the environment change so the dancers won't drop dead after 5 minutes ;)
Spock and Jim are a couple and no one knows
The singing monks I think sing in latin in the Feet of Flames, in this fanfic I want them to sing in Vulcan and Spock being the main singer hidden under the hood so no one will recognize him
Spock doesn't know his father is on Vulcan to see him perform, he finds out while performing.