Award-winning recording artist Rachael Sage has released the official video for her single “I Don’t Believe It”, the first video from her resently released full length, Choreographic (MPress/ILS/Caroline). The video premiered Wednesday on PopMatters. In keeping with the album’s “ballet-pop” theme, “I Don’t Believe It” features a stunning array of dancers choreographed by Megan Carvajal and starring 3-time national dance champion, Kaci King.
Rachael Sage is a former dancer herself, who attended The School Of American Ballet and danced with The New York City Ballet in such Balanchine ballets as “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia”. Connecting to her roots in ballet, the NYC-based Sage “envisioned each song as a fully-choreographed multi-media experience”. The result is an inspired set of piano-based chamber-pop merging orchestral elements with her signature blend of folk, pop and rock. “Making this album was a meditation on my lifelong relationship to ballet and more recently, to lyrical dance. Dance gave me virtually everything I cherish as an artist: melody, expressiveness, a sense of ensemble, a love of costume and fashion, and foremost, discipline.”
“‘I Don’t Believe It’ is a song about rising above someone who is putting you down – whether it be a strict teacher, parent or other authority figure, or a bully. As someone who experienced bullying throughout my grammar school and later my high school years, and who also struggled to reconcile some of the harsher teaching methods during my ballet training, I wanted to write an empowering song that was fast-moving and literally compels you to shake off doubt.
“In the video, our young dancer/heroine (Kaci King) moves from a tentative approach to her accomplished dancing, to a more inspired, transcendent expressiveness, once she is able to overcome her own doubt and let go of trying to be ‘perfect’ for her teacher. We watch her embrace her own joy and power and as she does, other diverse, mature dancers weave in and out of the video, contrasting various dance styles including tap, ballroom and ballet, and celebrating the confident, liberated dancer inside all of us.” – Rachael Sage