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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

It is not often that my entire family is in one place, and any chance we get to enjoy some time together is so precious. We’ve taken the past week as a family to relax and enjoy the city of Las Vegas, and it’s been an absolutely marvelous time. The weather has been beyond perfect, and we even got a little sprinkle of rain here in the desert! We’ve seen a show, pigged out at a famous Las Vegas buffet, gone to the Marvel station and experience, explored, and just loved our time together. I will treasure these memories forever.


2. Something I’m Inspired By

I am just in awe of the sheer talent and artistry of the brilliant Sabina Vafina. She is truly a force of nature and I am still speechless on what she was able to create for my little dance collective. I cannot begin to tell you how much I valued our collaboration and I am honored to have been a part of her canvas. She is… wow. She just amazes me. Here is a photo that she did for us in a patch of heaven down some back roads in North Alabama.

This pose is inspired by a strong woman from Alabama, Zelda Fitzgerald - taken from her sketch Three Ballerinas. The Jellybean Dance Collective is performing our interpretation of Zelda Fitzgerald’s sketch on June 8 at The Dance Foundation. Come on out, y’all!

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3. Something I’ve Got Going On

I was absolutely honored to be featured on People of Alabama, a project of the Alabama 200 organization that shares the stories of our Sweet Home state. It is such a lovely platform to share and listen to the people around you and learn so much about the world we inhabit. Read my story on People of Alabama’s Instagram and Facebook or catch it in Sunday’s Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville newspapers.

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4. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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5. Something I’m Listening To


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.

Ten Things Tuesday

One of these days, I’ll make a deadline, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! My latest Five Things Friday is now coming out on Tuesday, but hey, that means it’s TEN things so double the things double the fun right?!


  1. Something I Love

Now, I’m not going to get all mushy I swear, but April 15, 2019 marked SIX WHOLE YEARS of dating my fiancé, B, and four whole months of being engaged. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s incredible how six years can feel like centuries but also seconds at the same time. We’ve got centuries to go, because this is forever!

And honestly, it’s good that we’ve got forever because of course… I’m always late. haha I crack myself up, that was a good one. I’ll have to save that for my vows.

Of course, totally on brand, I was a day late posting on social media a photograph of us as Daenerys and Jon Snow this past Halloween. You can read the whole caption and see more images on my Instagram @victorianiblett but basically we’ve decided that Walder Frey is not invited to our wedding!!!!!! (Game of Thrones fan will know what I’m talking about. But here’s a Coldplay song to help you get the gist… You don’t mess around with Walder Frey.)

We’ve decided to host our wedding at the historic Alabama Theatre (where we got engaged) eeeep! And maybe after we deal with these White Walkers and conquer the Seven Kingdoms, we’ll come up with a wedding date.

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2. Something I Learned

My heart is heavy learning of the devastation to the Notre Dame cathedral in France. I am absolutely heartbroken that so much of our world history was lost on Monday morning, and I hate feeling hopeless, but there was overwhelming despair knowing that our world is crumbling…

In my reading, I came across an article about one art historian’s efforts to digitally map the Notre Dame Cathedral and how his work could help in the restoration and rebuilding of this place of worship and beloved monument to humanity.

“Although parts of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral now lie in ruins, people can still experience what most of its nooks and crannies looked like in remarkable detail - thanks to an American art historian.

Andrew Tallon, a professor of art at Vassar College*, used lasers to painstakingly scan the cathedral in 2015, giving us a nearly perfect digital replica of the Gothic structure. And his work could help architects and engineers rebuild it after Monday's fire.”

*Tidbit: Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, also attended Vassar College.


3. Something I Accomplished

Well, hot dog! My Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series was regarded as a “book” for Alabama Book Festival, and I am so soooo thankful that my little Jellybean Dance Collective got to be included in this year’s festival in Old Alabama Town! It was an honor and a privilege to be considered an author for my choreography. Hosting a panel at this festival amongst such incredible, brilliant authors was a dream come true and I still can’t believe I got to be a part of this.

My underlying goal in this whole series is to increase the accessibility of dance and prove that dance is bigger than itself- that it is necessary, that it is useful, and that it belongs in our schools, our art, our culture, and our conversations. What I hope to do is use dance as a vehicle to take history, literature, folklore, and stories beyond themselves too and bridge the gap between dance and the rest of the world. I think that the amazing people of the Alabama literature community opening their arms and their festival to a DANCER and CHOREOGRAPHER just absolutely blew me away.

THIS was what I was hoping to accomplish. I am still absolutely in awe of the open-mindedness of the audience as we held discussion and got to explore the storytelling power of dance.

If I just got one person to see that power…. I’d say we accomplished something.

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

Whitman, Alabama is a project that I’ve followed for a while, but this past weekend at the Alabama Book Festival, I got the privilege of meeting the creator of the 52-part documentary film, Jennifer Crandall!!!! She is an incredibly empathetic listener, and has created this series to amplify the voices of Alabama’s people by having them recite verses of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

Jennifer says of Song of Myself, “The poem centered itself around one idea: Everyone is an individual —everyone is connected — we all contain many selves. Despite being considered trashy, disgusting, and the worst thing ever written, "Song of Myself" is now considered to be a perfect embodiment of democratic ideals. The quintessential American poem.”

Jennifer is incredible and I cannot believe I got to meet this woman that is a champion of the people and the state I call my Sweet Home!

Please visit her project site and watch the intro video I’ve embedded.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE


6. Something I’ve Got Going On

WINTER IS HERE!

Now, just wanna say there are no season 8 spoilers in my post, but I had a BLAST watching the season premiere on Sunday!

My friend Grace and I arranged a watch party complete with enough Wildfire to even make Cersei bat an eye. Look at some of our ideas below for a super easy watch party set up, but there’s a new blog segment I’m launching til the end of Game of Thrones (which don’t remind me, is soon….) about ways to feel like a Khaleesi every day!

The new segment will probably called “KhalEESI Does It” because “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains Does It” didn’t have the same ring to it.


7. Something I’m Listening To

So, I’m still loving Poppy, and her MAJOR SILVER JUMPSUIT IN THIS VID, but this week my heart’s been partial to “Beige” by Yoke Lore and this incredible (unburdened) version I embedded below.

It speaks to my Enneagram type 4 soul with the words,

“I don't want to see your smile
I want you in the morning
Before you go performing”


8. Something I Want to Try

I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after my recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.


9. Something I Want

So… There’s a new The 1975 album coming soon! Don’t believe me, hear it from the man himself, or… read it tweeted from the man himself! Maybe we’ll get a preview at the show in Seattle, which is just TWO WEEKS AWAY wooooo! I can’t wait. I’ve never been to Seattle, and I’ve never seen this beautiful band live before!

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10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish

I’m working on the website for Jellybean Dance Collective, as well as some of our social media channels. I’d like to organize our first theater show and have it up on the calendar soon!

Subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram to see what we’ll have cooking!

Six Things Sunday... WHOOPS

So, I’m writing this partly in a TEA GARDEN IN LONDON and a HOSTEL PARLOR IN EDINBURGH!!!!! Wooooo! I feel so cool sipping my tea and typing up a blog… Or maybe I just look like Kermit the Frog….

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I accidentally forgot to post a Five Things Friday in the heat of traveling and adjusting to UK time, so while I’m waiting on my travel friend, the Missandei to my Daenerys, the Monica to my Rachel, the Romy to my Michele, the Dionne to my Cher, the Ethel to my Lucy, I’m writing a quick Six Things Sunday to make up for it!


  1. Something I Love

I just saw my first international dance show. I'm so glad I got to spend the day sight-seeing and the evening watching Saburo Teshigwara’s dance interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot at the historic Coronet or “The Print Room.”

Watching this show, and hanging out in the indie-famous underground lounge was nothing short of a beautifully satisfying atmospheric experience for my enneagram type 4 soul. haha

I was curious about this show of narrative based choreography based on a novel, and I thought it would definitely help me to see how a Bessie Award winning choreographer and internationally renowned artist would tackle storytelling. It helped me sooo much and definitely inspired me to try some new things.

Seeing a show like this definitely helped me understand structure and movement messaging, and I CAN’T WAIT to get back to the studio to keep creating and shaping my “Three Ballerinas” work and research on Zelda Fitzgerald! I’m thankful for the experience of watching such beautiful dancing tonight to get me acquainted with this new city and get me inspired for my own projects to come!

If you’re in London, or want to follow his choreography, here’s a link to the show.

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2. Something I Learned

F. Scott Fitzgerald was potentially behind one of Football’s greatest innovations (or at least a subconscious inspiration for it)

I had known about F. Scott’s passion for football for a very long time. In fact, his obsession with the sport goes deep! Not so fun fact: it’s actually believed he actually died with the Princeton Alumni Weekly newspaper in his hand reading about a recent Princeton football game, but last weekend Alaina Doten (the director of the Fitz Museum) mentioned on a tour that he’d been an innovator/inspiration of the two-platoon system of football.

DON’T BELIEVE ME?! Read alllllll these links below.

Also… Princeton has more football national championships than Alabama… (and definitely Auburn)

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Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform


3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series event at the Fitzgerald Museum last Saturday was a success!!! I was thrilled by the opportunities we had to facilitate important dialogue about the strong women of Alabama’s history, and what we can do to shape our state’s future.

I still need your help though!!!

The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

While in London, I was able to go to the John Keats Home and Museum. It was absolutely unreal to have the experience of walking through his house and standing in the garden where he wrote his “Ode to A Nightingale.” I have always been inspired by his poetry, and I can get lost in the romanticism.

But, I must say I did have good fun trying on bonnets. Can we make them trendy again?!

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

Early tomorrow morning, I get the opportunity to hike the famous Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. What I didn’t know was Arthur’s Seat is actually an extinct volcano! It is a part of the hills that form Holyrood Park, and the very top of Arthur’s Seat is described as the best view in the city. I know it won’t be an easy hike…. But, I want to make it to the top. Everyone I’ve talked to has really emphasized its grandeur, but I am thrilled nonetheless even though my little feet may be squealing by the end of it.

Arthur’s Seat is described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.”

I’m making the hike with my friend, Grace. She’s done the hike before, and so I’m happy she’ll be going with me.

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

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Sweet Home Storytelling School Performance: Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby

One way the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series achieves its goal of inspiring others to engage with our state’s history is to present at Alabama schools. Today, I got the incredible opportunity to talk to a group of 11th grade high school students reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Of course we got to discuss the themes of the book as well as dive deeper into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and link to Alabama; but today we were also able to talk about arts’s place in their curriculum and how messages of history and literature can be communicated through movement.

I took the time to present some of my research today on Zelda Fitzgerald and talked to the students about my opportunity to present this research to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society in Toulouse, France. I was able to talk to students about pursuing dreams and acknowledging passions because of my own fortune to get to do so in my current life.

The bicentennial is an opportune time for remembering Alabama’s history and gaining tools to build a better tomorrow; my project hopes to capitalize on this exciting time in our state by investing in our future.


I am thankful to my alma mater Mortimer Jordan High School for hosting me today and giving me a platform to talk about my project and the AL 200 organization.

The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series tailors each appearance to meet the school’s specific needs and I’d love to hear from my teacher friends how you think arts and context to the Alabama Bicentennial can enrich your curriculum!

I have my Prezi below. If you’d like to have me speak at your school, or want my notes, please reach out to me through email at jellybeandancecollective@gmail.com.