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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

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I LOVED getting to go to The Museum of Pop Culture. It was a really interesting museum full of different interactive and engaging exhibits. I had fun getting to hop on this 1980 Honda CM400a Hondamatic motorcycle that is a reproduction of the bike that Prince rode in the movie Purple Rain.

(Now I’m going to be singing that song all day.)

I think the fantasy exhibit was my favorite! I got to see Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and other stuff as well as an enchanted forest and a sleeping dragon. I had no idea, but I should’ve known, that “Fantasy” is the oldest genre of storytelling. Isn’t that neat? The museum writes “Once a way of explaining a seemingly unknowable world, the genre still resonates as an escape from our everyday lives into realms of myth and magic.”

I also had a chillingly good time hopping into the “Scared to Death” horror exhibit! I’m a fan of classic horror like Dracula and Frankenstein, but beyond that, I’m pretty much a scaredy cat!!! But, it was still an exhibit I’m glad I didn’t miss! Here’s a photo of me the very moment that something sinister started whispering at me while I was trying to get a photo op in the coffin. Needless to say, I was chilled to the bone and I’m not hopping into any coffins anymore any time soon! But, it was a great time! I highly recommend the museum.

Don’t forget your student ID when you’re traveling for a discounted ticket!

2. Something I Learned

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I learned that the “Jazz Age” was officially born on May 1, 1919 in the date line of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “May Day” which was first seen in July 1920 appearing in The Smart Set and then in 1922 as part of Tales of the Jazz Age.

Read more about it and its background here

3. Something I Accomplished

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YOU GUYS! I’m so excited and happy right now to share this with you!

I am just tickled to announce that Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series is hosting its very first theater show and premiering the work, Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch on ‼️ JUNE 8, 2019 AT THE DANCE FOUNDATION! ‼️

This will be the work we’ll take to the Fitzgerald Conference in France later that month and we are thrilled to premiere it in Zelda Fitzgerald’s home state of Alabama!

Admittance to the show is just by DONATION and every cent of the donation goes straight to funding the dancer housing in France during the conference, trains from the airport, and future community performances.

RSVP on Facebook here

4. Something I’m Inspired By

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My heart just leaps every time I listen to Sleeping at Last songs, but I am incredibly inspired by their podcast as well. Their podcast is a little bit of a “How It’s Made” kind of podcast, and listening to their artistic process gets me excited to make things of my own!

Find out how to listen to their podcast here

5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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My students at Encore Performance Company have worked so very hard this year! I am looking forward to the Showcase of their work this Saturday at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. This will be such an exciting time, and I can’t wait to see them shine under the stage lights.

Chapter Two: Alabama Black Bear

This morning, my sweet dancers and I got to be involved in a very special performance at Bryan Elementary School in Morris, Alabama. This was my old elementary school, and I sat in those same gymnasium bleachers not too long ago. This performance was made possible by a grant from ALABAMA 200 and is a part of my Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series.


This series of dance performances and educational sessions is to celebrate the bicentennial of the state of Alabama! This Friday, December 14, is Alabama's 199th birthday and so we wanted to kick off this birthday week with an educational performance about the Alabama Black Bear!


Did you know that in 1996 the black bear was made Alabama's official mammal?


I am always happy to create, curate, and participate in performances, but I am even happier to get the chance to have over 880 elementary school students excited to be LEARNING something special about our great state and seeing how movement and dance can be used to tell stories and share information. One moment that particularly poignant from today's performance was when a young boy raised his hand in the Q&A session and wanted to show his school his own dance moves.


I allowed him to show his own movement and explain why he made the choices he made and he said that he was thinking about how bears fight to protect their families and so he thought about how a bear might do that.


I went on to expand on how other movement and gestures can mean certain things and all the students responded excitedly.


My heart is full, and in that moment I thought... “They get it." They get that dance can be used to pass on our stories, and they’re only kids! I hope that they don’t forget the power of the art of dance…


I can't explain what that experience did for my soul.


Thank you Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Rebecca Recke of Bryan Elementary School for making this possible.


To schedule a performance at YOUR school, or inquire about school performances and material to cover relevant to your curriculum send an email to me at jellybeandancecollective@gmail.com