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If You Can Walk You Can Dance (SSA)

By Elizabeth Alexander

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Women's Chorus and Piano (SSA choir, piano and claves) - Moderately Easy
Composed by Elizabeth Alexander. Community Chorus, Junior/Youth Choir, Concert Music. Music, Secular, Choral. Octavo. With Text language: English. Duration 4 minutes. Published by Seafarer Press (SF.SEA-022-06).

Item Number: SF.SEA-022-06

Text from a Zimbabwean proverb.

An optimistic Zimbabwean proverb sets the stage for this contagiously joyful Latin dance song. This best-selling piece is full of surprises, including a brief a cappella interlude, some finger snapping, and a five second "break" during which the chorus members all just talk!

SSA arrangement commissioned by Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen; Elisabeth Ziegler, conductor (Vienna, Austria) Commissioned in honor of the 55th Anniversary of Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Winner: Euphonia! Vocal Composition Competition (SAB version)
Composer's Note: Many conductors have contacted me to ask exactly how I'd like the talking to begin or end, how long the repeated chorus should go on, or how much choreography I think is appropriate. My general answer to this is: Yes! Here are a couple of my favorite interpretations of this song, courtesy of YouTube: Video #1: Orange Coast College Chorale, under direction of Eliza Rubenstein, has a warm and vibrant sound, with a light and precise sense of rhythm. They encourage the audience to sing along on the final choruses. Sweet. Video #2: Paul Rardin and the men of the University of Michigan Summer Institute really keep their rendition moving along, and they can really move too! (I dare you to watch the whole video with a straight face!)

Text: If you can walk you can dance, If you can talk you can sing.

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