She Choreographed A Water Ballet Performance Before She Died. Watch Her Friends Perform It In Her Honor.

"It was like her saying, ‘I want to spend time with you ...'"

At one kiddie pool in Seattle, a group of people performed a touching tribute to their late friend, Briar Bates.

Prior to her passing, Bates, 42, who was diagnosed with cancer in November 2016, made a dying request: that her friends send her off with a water ballet performance.

"The idea hit her while lying in bed, fighting through the pain of a ravenous cancer ... looking up at a chandelier she'd made with Barbie dolls in swimming caps and a symmetrical, Busby Berkeley-style formation," according to The Seattle Times

So just a few weeks after Bates passed, her friends took to Volunteer Park to perform "Ankle Deep," a dance Bates choreographed herself.


Bates' friend, Carey Christie, said:

"It was Briar's gift to us. It was like her saying, 'I want to spend time with you, but I don't want I'm-sad-you're-dying to be at the top of the list.' When Briar woke up this time last year, she didn't look in the mirror and think: 'I only have a year left to live.' Most of us don't think that. Well, stop postponing joy. Cut that out. Have a great time. Be involved. Be engaged — appreciate your beautiful, awesome body that isn't failing you."

In a video of the performance, people don their bathing suits and bathing caps, splashing and dancing along to songs such as "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, among others. An aerial perspective showcases the choreography as well. Overall, it's emotional, it's happy, and it's beautiful.

"This was the most magical creative thing I've seen in Seattle in a very long time. Thank you for capturing it," one person comments on the video. "I wish I'd had the privilege of knowing Briar."

Check out "Ankle Deep" in the video below:

(H/T: PopSugar)


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