Once upon a time, romance was found in chivalry. Love came from something much more virtuous than mere sex or physical attraction; it was discovered in respect, nobility, honor and charity for one another — ideals that crossed even the most difficult of boundaries, where there could be no doubt it was meant to be. Though it may still happen today, it has become rare to witness this type of love except maybe for the idealized version showcased in entertainment. Nicholas Sparks has tapped into this idea many times, but the most beloved version of this tale, The Notebook, made it clear that true passion for love often lies in an older generation. It’s a shame, because there is something so pure about a love that transcends time and space. Dancer and choreographer Bridgette Borzillo also understands this, but where Sparks taps into this idea with a fictional narrative, Borzillo digs into the truth behind the concept for her new dance production, Remember When… An Old-Fashioned Love Story.
Based on the remarkable true story of Borzillo’s grandparents, William and Paula Schmidt, Remember When… An Old-Fashioned Love Story delves deep into the heart of the romance these two lovers shared and the heart-breaking but inspirational road they traveled in both life and death. Beginning with the adorable meet-cute on a train, Remember When… embarks on a sentimental, emotional journey through love, family, loss and the appreciation of life itself that will have everyone looking back on their own personal experiences.
Borzillo has been a dancer and choreographer in and around Phoenix, Arizona for over seven years, having danced, taught and choreographed with 32 Flavors Dance Company, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Scorpius Dance Theatre, and Dulce Dance Company. In order to give this loving tribute to her grandparents, Borzillo opened her very own dance company, CaZo Dance, and hired several professional dancers to bring life to her past.
The show, which includes over a dozen dances set to some amazing music, will take place at Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona on May 8 and 9, 2015. You may call the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office (480-782-2680) or go online to purchase tickets for both 7:30 p.m. performances. Cost is $20 per ticket, or $18 a piece for groups of ten. You may also donate to the show to help bring it and future shows to life. For more information, or to learn about Bridgette Borzillo and CaZo Dance, go to www.cazodance.com.
If you’re nostalgic for pure romance and will be in or around the Chandler, Arizona area in May, this is one show you do not want to miss.