I Think He Wants to Dance
Ten-year old Anzac McCormick and his mom Lisa had the good fortune to see Prince's Piano & a Microphone concert not once, but twice; February 20, 2016 at the Sydney Opera House and the following night at the Sydney State Theatre.
While both shows were amazing, it was the second night, when they stood in the front row, that will forever be emblazoned in Anzac's heart and mind...
"It was so unbelievable what happened! I was dancing away to the funky music when Prince started singing “Kiss”.
'You don’t have to be beautiful
To turn me on
I just need your body baby
From dusk till dawn'...
Then he missed his next line because he was watching me dance! He got up from the piano, walked over to me, reached down and lifted me onto the stage! The crowd went wild!
When he started singing the song again I danced like I’ve never danced before. The look on Prince’s face was priceless – he was obviously enjoying my company on stage! He had a beautiful chuckle in his voice when he changed the lyrics from “I think I wanna dance” to “I think HE wants to dance".
When the song was finished he motioned with his eyes and a tilt of his head that it was time for me to leave the stage. He got up from the piano, gave me a high five, and I hopped off. Everyone was congratulating and hugging me! Next, he played a really long version of Purple Rain (one of my favourite songs) and then he left the stage."
Anzac listens to a bootlegged audio recording of the performance daily, replaying in his mind the unforgettable encounter with his hero and anxiously awaiting a day he will see video footage of the night he danced for his Prince.
Ballina, New South Wales