Fooling Around

    Readers:  Sorry to be so out of touch for so long!  All those not- to- be -ignored holidays, travel,whisky and wild parties consumed  my waking hours. Ok, I was just taking a break. I assume you were too. But now, there can be no more excuses for fooling around.  How about just a […]

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It’s All in the Family

  “A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.”– Ogden Nash Family.  Such a loaded word with so many complex meanings that vary for each of us.  It’s a term that is universally understood and emotionally charged.  For the purposes of this […]

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Welcome Brian Brooks

  When you meet choreographer Brian Brooks for the first time, the first words that might come to mind to describe him are preppy, nice, engaging, clean cut, bright and clever.  But then you might notice the demonic twinkle in his eyes.  hmmmm.  When you learn his artistic history  your descriptive words  expand to include […]

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BUSK in Italy

Just a quick DANCEworks update: Aszure Barton & Artists are in Spoleto, Italy this weekend, performing at the Festival dei Due Monde. This is just another step in Busk’s world domination tour. In other news, Larry Keigwin opened Jacob’s Pillow last month, and Doug Elkins just performed this past weekend at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. […]

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Friendship

It’s so nice to have good friends you can count on who will surprise you with their generosity.  My friends in the dance world are particularly close to me.  And cherished. We turn to each other to share the passion and the precariousness, the thrills and the angst of the dance world.  We cheer each […]

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Moved to Tears

Tears of joy don’t come often in life.  When they do arrive, they catch me by surprise.  It’s a deep experience.  Spiritual too.  The ego is lost for a moment in the miraculousness of the present moment. So it was this morning, as I sat in the Lobero Theatre watching the Elkins dancers rehearse and […]

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o what fun

Doug Elkins is happy.  His dancers are happy.  I am happy.  Our Santa Barbara world has become a happy place. Elkins’ gifted dancers Donnell Oakley and Cori Marquis told me they feel like small children again as they discover the beauty of Santa Barbara, after leaving behind the grimness of the harsh NYC winter.  Their […]

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You Know You Want It!

Tell the Truth. Have you ever danced secretly to super market music? Have you ever fantasized about working with a famous choreographer? Have you ever thought how much fun it could be to suddenly let loose and dance in public? Did you watch Bolero Santa Barbara last year and wish you had volunteered to participate […]

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The Journey Begins with a Mac n Cheese

Every journey begins with a single step. So said Lao Tsu or Confucius. I love beginnings that let you dream big and harbor the illusion that anything is possible.  I also love to hear the dreams of artists. On Friday afternoon, I met with choreographer Doug Elkins to tighten plans for his upcoming Danceworks residency […]

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