I just woke up in NYC. The past 3 days feel like a dream….come true! Our weekend at Florida State University celebrating the Dance Department’s 50th year anniversary was a homecoming I feel honored and inspired to have participated in. The weekend started of with Michelle Kinny and I teaching modern technique to the freshmen dance majors. It has been a while since I’ve been in the academic setting and as soon as Michelle and I walked in the dance building a flood of nostalgia rushed us.  It was surreal and AWESOME! The students were very receptive, diving right into the class material. After class, we had a short break to meander around. It struck us…what a beautiful campus, with its big brick buildings and low hanging trees.  How had we not reveled in that more while we were students here ourselves? Because we were in the grind – just as we tend to do in most settings were we are pushing ourselves and packing it all in…

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The film we made last summer on Dan Wagoner’s property – Dan’s House, screened Thursday-Saturday night as part of Florida State University Dance Department’s Evening of Dance.  What a thrill to share the film with such an eager, warm and receptive audience.  Each night the theater buzzed with a supportive energy.  After each performance enthusiastic audience members approached Michelle Kinny and Kit McDaniel (dancer stars of the film and BFA graduates of FSU) wanting pictures with them.

 

Other major highlights of the weekend were spending time with Dan Wagoner; reminiscing of how much fun we had during the filming process last summer. Also an unexpected treat was seeing Dan’s sister Hannah and niece Catherine. Other members of Dan’s family came for the event as well, excited to see Dan and his 18th century film featured on the big screen.  My mom and grandma drove up from Orlando to support me. I only see them once a year, so sharing this success from them was extra special for me.

 

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So now here I am basking in the glow of this past weekend. I feel so grateful to Patty Phillips and Russell Sandifer, co-chairs of the FSU dance department for choosing to include our film in the talent filled concert. What a gift they gave us – the opportunity to return to the place where we grew with confidence into the art makers we are now and share our success with all those who invested in our artistic growth. Plain truth – we love you and can’t thank you enough.

Now, onto the next adventures – three days in NYC followed by two weeks in Israel…will report more soon.

Oh and those of you who asked about if you could still donate to support the film – YES! Here is the link for making a tax-deductible donation, just be sure to select Here Now Dance Collective from the drop down menu.  THANK YOU!

http://dancersgroup.org/donate/

 

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