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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I’ve Got Going On

On October 18, join us at The Dance Foundation in Homewood, Alabama at 7:30 for Alabama Ghost Stories, our next installment in the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series for Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration.

Tickets will be sold at the door by a $5-$15 donation to the artistic/ community efforts of Jellybean Dance Collective and Swallowtail Dance. We are HONORED to collaborate with Joanna Hardy’s Birmingham based dance group, and can’t wait to share this double billed show with you!

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2. Something I’m Excited About

I just finished my interview with Miranda, the academic journal for the Université de Toulouse - Jean Jaures, and I can’t wait to see my segment soon in Ariel’s Corner! We spoke about the relationships between music, literature, and dance, as well as Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch and my performance in France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

I’ll share once it’s released!


3. Something I’m Dabbling In

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Grace Kurosaka and I have been busy designing Alabama Ghost Stories and this will be both of our first times dabbling in SET DESIGN! Yippeee! It’s been so exciting crafting this special project with Grace! We can’t wait to share it on October 18!


4. Something I’m Inspired By

I feel like when I’m running on empty creatively, checking in with Florence always restarts my heart. This duet is GORGEOUS and can we talk about that dreamy outdoor theater?! I’d love to dance my little heart out there. Field Trip?!

Also: Florence’s website is giving me ideas…..


5. Something I Love

These doodles by Sara Hagale or @shagey_ on Instagram really brighten my day and inspire me to create! Do you have any Instagram artists you love? Tag me in their posts! @victorianiblett

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Ten Things Tuesday


  1. Something I Love

This article about art institutions and ideology: read it here

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As I begin my master’s degree studies in Cultural Heritage Management TOMORROW (eek so excited), I love seeing these kinds of discussions opening up and making me think... I have always been a museum and culture lover, but it’s beyond a rainy afternoon thing to do. It can be an effective way we shape, experience, and document our humanity. Museums rock, y’all! 


2. Something I’m Listening To


3. Something I’ve Got Going on

Alabama Ghost Stories, Jellybean Dance Collective’s second theater show is coming up quickly!! On October 18, come on over to The Dance Foundation and see this installment of the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series

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4. Something That Inspires Me

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Greta Thunberg is a glorious, strong, young voice in Climate Change activism. She’s currently in the U.S. for the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Apart from any sway this could have to be made into a bipartisan issue instead of a human issue, it simply inspires me that amidst difficulties and obstacles, she at sixteen is able to speak so boldly about something she is convicted about (whatever that may be.)

"I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, OCD and selective mutism," she told a crowd gathered for a 2018 TED Talk in Stockholm. "That basically means I only speak when I think it's necessary. Now is one of those moments."

NPR says: “The teenager has a knack for making the complicated issue of climate change sound simple. For that she credits being on the autism spectrum, calling it a gift because it helps her see issues more starkly.”

She also just collaborated with one of my favorite music groups, The 1975, on a song/ spoken piece for their upcoming album. “Songs can’t change the world, but they can change minds.” The Guardian said.


5. Something I’m Excited About

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My guy F. Scott’s B-day is coming up on September 24!!!

To celebrate his life and legacy, on September 21 at the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, I will be hosting a Charleston Class! No partner or prior experience is required, and we will have so much fun learning the history, context, and movement of this roaring 20s phenomenon!

It is a $5, 45 minute class and you can reserve your spot here


6. Something I’m Looking Forward To

My debut with Whitney Renfroe’s new contemporary dance company is on September 13 in the show, Permanence!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to perform with such a marvelous, talented cast and I am one lucky girl to get to partner with the INCREDIBLE Brandon Mitchell in a thought-provoking pas de deux. RSVP on Facebook and GRAB YOUR TICKETS ASAP. We’re expecting to sell out!!!

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7. Something I Want to Know More About

So one of my greatest fears aside from disappointing people, having no direction/purpose, being mediocre, and being misunderstood is BLACK HOLES!!!!!!!! I’m terrified of black holes and I saw this exhibit in the Museum of Natural History in New York once that shook me to my core and solidified that I’m just a fradey cat for black holes and unexplainable phenomenon in the universe. So… now cue my little brother Kendall explaining in great detail how he watched the Netflix documentary, NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse.

It chilled me to the bone to think about, but then I started imagining that maybe if I knew more about black holes and understood them, I’d be less afraid. However, THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Every new factoid I acquire, I only find out something more terrifying.


8. Something I Need To Do

Well, I’ve got a wedding coming up and I’m so excited!!! However, I’ve been DREADING planning anything or making any substantial moves toward solidifying any details about the big day except knowing who I’m going to be marrying. haha

I am now, only 9ish months away from the wedding, so I need to kick it into high gear because this year’s about to get crazy and I won’t have time to plan as I’m imagining.

I’m thinking my next big step needs to be my wedding dress right?

I watched Steel Magnolias the other day and I just cried my little southern eyes out. I love that movie, and Julia Roberts was an absolute dream in her Southern wedding. I think she was on to something with the wedding colors blush and bashful. ;)

But, it also made me really excited to create a day for myself, my fiancé, and our friends and family to celebrate love in all its forms. I think this was a big turning point and now I’m not dreading planning so much.

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9. Something I’m Reading

I just finished Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo and ahhhh it was stunningly beautiful. It was an easy, indulgent summer read. Get it here on Amazon or reach out to me and I’ll let you borrow my copy.

Now, I’m doing some research for Alabama Ghost Stories, by diving in to Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. It’s definitely putting me in the Halloween Spirit.


10. Something That Changed

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My little brother, Kendall, is following his dreams and got a contract with a dance company in Boston!!! This past weekend, we moved him in to his apartment and now he’s off on his great adventure! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for his talents and willingness. I’m excited to see him pushing forward in pursuit of what’s on his heart, and this is incredibly inspiring to me.

Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

I love this article about arts integration and how it makes other subjects come alive. In the article, it says art is INTEGRAL not extra and I couldn’t agree more. A mission I had when creating Jellybean Dance Collective was to use dance, movement, and composition to help elevate other subjects like history and literature.


2. Something I’m Looking Forward To

I’m headed to Haiti on Monday with Project Grace to dance with and love on the community of Montrouis! I always feel most “me” and most purposeful, happy, and meaningful when I’m in Haiti. I can’t wait to reconnect with those beautiful souls!

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3. Something I Am Listening To


4. Something I’ve Got Going On

I am very excited to announce Jellybean Dance Collective’s next show, Alabama Ghost Stories happening on October 18 at The Dance Foundation.

“Alabama Ghost Stories will combine the Southern oral storytelling tradition with movement and dance for a unique audience experience of Alabama folklore. This performance will explore classic tales as well as the universal theme of how this Deep South state relates to its past.”

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5. Something I’m Inspired By

I truly love the entire visual direction of euphoria from makeup to costuming to lighting, and I’m definitely inspired by their use of color to convey emotion. The entire soundtrack/ score is absolutely beautiful and captures the essence of the characters and places them in the present so well. If you haven’t heard Labrinth’s work, definitely give it a listen! Also, Zendaya and Hunter Schafer… true icons of this generation.

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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

People of Alabama is an incredible project for the Alabama Bicentennial. They tell the incredible stories of the people of our state, and I am HONORED to be featured on Tuesday, May 28 in this project. Look for me on @peopleofal on Instagram and People of Alabama on Facebook.

I can’t wait! Thanks so much Tamika for our conversation. It was so valuable to me!

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2. Something I’m Inspired By

I’ve loved listening to the dance podcast, Movers & Shapers by The Moving Architects and I highly suggest any young or aspiring dancer/mover looking to find some ideas on the breadth of what is possible in a dance career give this podcast a listen! The episodes look into the lives, careers, and visions of some of the very best and most influential artists of our time. I’ve been incredibly inspired by the stories, and it’s been good insight as I move forward with my dance career.


3. Something I’m Looking Forward To

On Saturday, I’m getting to work with the incredible visual artist, Sabina Vafina on some visuals for Jellybean Dance Collective. I trust her vision and beautiful talent and can’t wait to see what she cooks up!

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4. Something I’ve Got Going On

I was so thrilled to have appeared on Talk of Alabama (An ABC33/40) show this morning to chat about the upcoming show of Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch. Please come on out to The Dance Foundation on June 8 at 3 pm, 5 pm, or 7 pm to engage with the life and legacy of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Follow the link to view the segment below.

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5. Something Beautiful

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This is a picture of the Magnolias in front of the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery. There are few things more gorgeously Southern than Magnolias, and such a symbol of beauty, grace, and elegance.

Six Things Saturday

  1. Something I Love

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I’ve always loved floral flavored things, but I’ve recently become obsessed with rose tea. Not only is it exceptionally tasty but there are so many health benefits. Read about them here.


2. Something I’m Listening To

As promised, here’s my full foot stompin’ playlist! My heart just beats with a little more uuuumph while listening to this playlist, and I can really feel confident in tackling my day. This playlist makes me want to jump in a creek barefoot, but in the day to day, it just packs a little extra punch to my daily drive in Mustang Sally.


3. Something I Accomplished

IT’S COMING! My very first theater show with Jellybean Dance Collective is happening on June 8, 2019 at The Dance Foundation. There will be performances at 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. Please consider coming out to support this endeavor. I am just thrilled to have the opportunity to share something so dear to my heart. RSVP on Facebook here

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

I just joined a Facebook group of Strong Southern women called “Reckon | Women.” This space was created to explore how to improve the lives of women in the Southern region. It is a group of diverse voices and experiences. It is a place to ASK QUESTIONS to better understand why others believe so differently than I do.

“To build consensus, we must first seek to understand. Remember: This group is about building women up--not tearing them down.” - Reckon | Women

In order to join the group, you have to submit who you think is a strong southern woman!

There are so many beautiful options! Who would you choose?

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

WOW! I can’t believe it! My Jellybean Dance Collective and our show Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch will be featured on Homegrown Choreographers!!!!!!!! Look out for us in the coming weeks on their Instagram here.

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6. Something I Learned

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“Why Everyone’s So Mad about Daenerys Targaryen” by Todd VanDerWerff for Vox is exactly the article I’ve been needing to get through this past week. It’s about more than “character development” or “bad writing” to me and to so many others, particularly female fans.

“Suffice to say, making Game of Thrones a story about how a woman who has long wanted power going a little crazy the closer she gets to it has rubbed many people the wrong way.


It goes on to say…

“And many people have related to Dany deeply, seeing in her an avatar of feminine power they hadn’t seen elsewhere in pop culture when the show debuted in 2011.”

There’s also a note about writing and the eighth season as a whole that I think hits the nail on the head.

If you spend an entire series setting up a certain character as a would-be liberator or a would-be tyrant — and many viewers would argue that Game of Thrones spent way too little time on the latter half of that dichotomy with regard to Dany — it’s still going to be jarring when that character makes her final choice and viewers aren’t permitted into her head as she makes it.

You can respect that choice. You can even love it. But to many people, it’s going to feel like a betrayal, because we want, on some gut level, to understand it. It is this sense of betrayal that unites essentially every controversy that has bubbled up in the show’s final season, every complaint about how the series is no longer good or is making a hash of its reputation.

Much of Game of Thrones season eight seems designed, ultimately, to deny us the kinds of closure we might want. That’s an artistically valid choice, and one that could be immensely powerful in the right hands. But its potential impact relies on viewers’ belief that the choice to forgo closure is a deliberate one on the part of the artist, and not one made accidentally via clumsiness.

AND THIS

If you are disappointed in the Daenerys turn, it’s likely because you feel that Game of Thrones has somehow violated one of the core promises it made at its start. The moment when she burns an entire city reveals that the show no longer cares about rich psychological realism, or it would have invited viewers in to better understand her thinking.

It reveals that the show doesn’t quite trust women in power (the sequence with Dany’s dragon ride even explicitly links Dany and antiheroine Cersei, both via editing and costuming). And it reveals that the two people that Game of Thrones positioned as potentially good rulers who could break the wheel have either gone mad with power (Dany) or are just sort of sweet and dumb (Jon).

You don’t even need to believe that Game of Thrones has betrayed all three of those themes to be angry. For instance, I tend to side with Slate’s Willa Paskin in thinking the Dany turn is not anti-feminist, but I do sort of think the scene violates the show’s former attempts at psychological realism. Game of Thrones has simply gotten so big that its spectacle overwhelms everything else.

This show used to be about the moments between the spectacle, the moments that made us understand why a character would do what they did, even as their ultimate action proved shocking. We understood why Ned Stark lost his head. We understood why Catelyn Stark and Robb Stark died. But do we understand why Daenerys does what she does? On a visceral, gut level?

I would argue we don’t. 

And finally, from an article by Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk, here’s the EXACT reason I sighed and was just like “okay… fine…” when Daenerys burned King’s Landing.

Disheartened isn’t even the right word. I am exhausted by Mad Queen Dany, with the kind of fatigue that leads to jaw-cracking yawns and deep, resigned sighs. The notion that this sprawling story about epic political gamesmanship, the corruption of power, the things we inherit from our families, the people we choose to love, and the inevitable inescapable march of death would ultimately hinge on a trope as painfully stale as “and then the scary powerful woman goes crazy” is, to be frank, boring. That Dany’s madness is preordained only makes it worse because it extends the umbrella of Game of Thronesunoriginal obsession with the emotional instability of women over a longer time frame.

Mad women have a long fictional history. They leap from fiery balconies, having been trapped in secret attics for most of their adult lives. They lose their minds after having children, or having failed to have children, or after their children die. It may not be not hard to find evidence that Dany’s madness is seeded from the beginning, but that does nothing to counteract the implication that Game of Thrones is a story about hysteria. If it’s always been pointing toward Dany’s madness, then it has always been a story about a woman who tries to take command, and whose ambition, trauma, and inability to have nice, chubby, living human babies, makes her mind unfit for the task.

And one final thought….

“I don’t think she decided ahead of time that she was going to do what she did,” Weiss [one of the writers] says about the instant when Dany cracks. “It’s in that moment … when she’s looking at the symbol of everything that was taken from her, when she makes the decision to make this personal.” This is no misguided interpretation of justice, in other words. Dany is not killing everyone in a broken attempt to save them. [matricide] She’s not seeking bigger themes, or trying to wipe the slate clean, or operating on some tragic but predetermined plan. She’s just a crazy, vengeful, unhinged chick on top of a dragon, a woman who once had grand goals but got distracted by her emotions, a woman who used to have father figures and cannot operate without them, a woman who could’ve had it all if she hadn’t gone and made things, ugh, personal.

I am anxiously awaiting the final episode, and I have more or less enjoyed this final season. However, it was so nice to understand this “disconnected” feeling I’ve gotten about Game of Thrones recently. I feel like lots of choices this season have lent it to be yet another mindless television show to pass the time. Its fantasy element and immersion capabilities have diminished to an unrecognizable point, but I still love it as a television show and not as a “story” and I can’t wait to see how the series ends!