New Dialect

From the inaugural summer intensive with Nashville’s New Dialect dance company (July 6-10, 2015)11539005_10155892534515389_141632593897839230_o

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Southwest Airlines Marketing Conference

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Melissa Erin Strain was one of the five dancers in the June 2014 Known Mass show, though I first met her on a totally different dance circuit, ie., through an O.G. attendee of my DJ night. Melissa’s a Northshore native and alum of Bloomington’s dance program. She’s got all kinds of chops (Studied Gaga in Israel? Check. Gigging as an aerialist? Check. Judging the competition dance circuit? Check. Working the commercial dance angle? Check.) and is both super warm and super pro. She asked me to jump on this last-minute gig dancing for Southwest Airline’s annual marketing conference. I love Southwest, dance gigs, and Melissa, so this one was easy. The choreography was spoofing on this popular 2014 Southwest commercial involving a bridesmaid rocking the dance floor, the Southwest crew was extremely kind and accommodating, and the other women on the gig were so lovely that we all wondered aloud, while working each other’s hair and makeup in the dressing room, why we couldn’t spend every day just like that. I left with glitter polish on my nails. God bless Melissa Erin Strain.

January 2015 Antigravity

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Editor-in-chief Dan Fox and Managing Editor Erin Hall picked up this piece for New Orleans alt-monthly Antigravity. Proud to be published in the chief outlet for the local queer punk DIY scene. I’ll put a link up on the Writing page when the piece goes online.

“The Agency” premiere

This week I got to see the photos from the premiere of Narcisse|Movement Project’s first full-length work, “The Agency,” directed by Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, which we presented at Dancing Grounds on November 21-23. We’ll be doing a reboot of it sometime this spring. Photos by Melisa Cardona.

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Gibberish Rap

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Close of the second set, Hannibal Buress at the Civic Theater, December 5, 2014.  Two of my favorite local dancers, Emily Conelly and Brieze Levy, to my left. Hannibal hired a slew of local comedians to open the first and second sets and closed the last show (post-Gibberish Rap) with Treme Brass Band. I thought it was righteous of him to bring in (and pay) so much local support.