We’ve seen gorgeous drone images, awesome drone film festivals, and beautiful drone light shows. But this June, a group of passionate drone pilots in Colorado will deliver one of the most magnificent drone spectacles yet: the Drone Dance Show.
“In this high-energy and explosive drone dance show, the pilots will be utilizing 15-20 drones in swarming formations at the centre stage to bring a beautiful collaboration of music, acrobatics, special effects and around 15,000 LED lights attached to the drones to create a spectacular visual feast,” say the organizers. The Drone Dance Show will take place at the Garden of the Gods Collection country club and luxury golf resort in Colorado Springs, providing a backdrop that the best Broadway set designer couldn’t hope to compete with. The music will be provided by the Colorado Springs Suzuki Violin Children’s group led by Vanessa White, a talented violin teacher in Colorado.
Just to make things more interesting – as if it was needed – a 25-foot remote-controlled hot air balloon with the face of a giant panda will hover above during the show.
The show is the brainchild of Csilla Brimer, a Part 107 licensed pilot in Colorado Springs. Csilla came up with the idea after seeing a video of a drone performance set at Mt. Fuji in Japan. To pursue her vision, she started a meetup group to connect with other drone pilots – and the team developed the concept of a Drone Dance spectacular as a way of bringing drones into the community to raise awareness about the use of drones for entertainment. This type of show requires some serious flying skill: members of the team include Chip LeMaster, Josh Cuchiara, Ron Knox, Justin Heinlen, Csilla Brimer, Byron Sosa & Sharon Baca Shelton. “The guys are super committed and extremely talented,” says Brimer. “Josh and Charles are both drone pilots as well as musicians, so it crosses both their passions.”
The team has been developing the show and rehearsing since October. “Being someone who has been fascinated with flight since a young age, of course I had to start flying drones. When I was presented with the opportunity to work creatively and fabricate something new, exciting, and entertaining WHILE meeting other amazing, like-minded people… I mean, how can you pass that opportunity up?” says Josh Cuchiara. “We operate like a think-tank, going over ideas and meticulously working out the details for the show. This is where passion meets process, and the process is so exciting.”
“Our vision about this form of green entertainment is like a giant magnet, pulling us towards the future. It’s about taking inspiration from the world and people around you and creating an exhilarating and impressive form of entertainment for everyone,” says Brimer. “With the drone dance just now beginning to bubble up as a means of entertainment, we saw an opportunity and creative means of uniting as local drone pilots to showcase how drone technology can be used as a unifying force and to impact culture, thereby giving way to new ideas; proving that innovation is sensational and nothing is impossible!”
Proceeds from the Drone Dance Show will support the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a benevolent project founded to help wildlife preservation in Colorado.
Miriam McNabb is the CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. She writes for DRONELIFE on current news, financial trends, and FAA regulations. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.