It might not come as a surprise that the Dancing Chefs are vibrant women who are active in their communities. But did you know that Dancing Chefs Cherine and Maaike share the same passion: singing! Cherine has recently started as a lead singer with a rock band and Maaike has participated as a choir member in famous opera’s like ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Carmen’, as well as classic works like ‘Requiem’ of Mozart. Here’s their story:
When and why did you start singing?
DC M. – Singing has always been a part of my life. It became a serious hobby until I was in college. The local church was looking for people to sing Celtic music to record a CD and I decided to join. There’s something about the harmony of voices that brings people together, even if you don’t know each other.
DC C. – I started singing in my high school band (ahem, a few years ago). I decided then and there that when I grew up, I was going to be a famous Rockstar! And guess what? I am a Dancing Chef which in my book… is so much better!
I started at my newest band ‘Tierra Firme’ only a few months ago. My “manager” (good friend of mine) was chatting with his musician buddy, when he told him about how they wanted to expand their bands repertoire and how an english female singer could probably attract different venues and events for them. Next thing I knew, I was auditioning with my “Manager” (friend) and “Bodyguard” (Husband)! I showed up to the audition with my hefty entourage….. everyone (including myself) got a real kick out of that night!
What is your favorite genre?
DC C. – I like classic 70’s through today’s tune, although I feel that many of these latest tunes and bands lack a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
DC M. – I love to partipate in operas, because it’s so versatile. You get to sing, act and dress up all at the same time (that must be my inner child!). I’m a member of the Angela Peralta choir from Mazatlan. The interesting thing about the Angela Peralta choir is that its members are all volunteers. Nobody has a degree in music and the choir director teaches everbody from the basics to semi-professional level. Some choir members like Adan Perez have made it big time in e.g. the Metropolitan Opera House. This makes me very proud to be part of this local choir.
What’s your most memorable performance?
DC. M – A few years ago the Angela Peralta choir was invited to sing in Mexico-city. There were a total of 5 choirs plus a full orchestra (over 500 people!) from different cities around Mexico that had to rehearse and perform ‘ Te Deum’ from Berlioz. We sang this concert in the San Juan Bautista church in Coyoacan. It was exhausting but so worth it!
DC. C – That will be in about 2 weeks from now, as I am in full rehearsal mode since joining my band ‘Tierra Firme’! I can’t wait to share these photos with all of you!