Tag Archives: dancing

Drosselflyer

It’s merely a coincidence that someone would send me a stage fall video the day after I saw a video of my friend Bean falling off a stage in Los Angeles. The video below has been on YouTube for eight … Continue reading

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Doing the Appy Dance

David Dwyer’s portrayal of Drosselmeyer in the Appalachian Ballet Company’s 2013 production of The Nutcracker inspired me to add some business on stage when I played the character in Oak Ridge this year. I was even more attentive to his … Continue reading

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Suite Dream

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen is a member of the Camera Club of Oak Ridge. She is one of several talented people who photograph the rehearsals and performances of the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. I chose a small sampling of her … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1899

Rebecca Stansfield, whose daughter Emily dances with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association, shared her excellent photos with the cast and crew via OneDrive. There are so many great photos I want to share, it was hard to choose. Here … Continue reading

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Cracker Dip

Nutcracker withdrawal is a real thing. The mother of one of the first-time dancers asked about it in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook group. My friend Pat, whose son Joey dances with the Appalachian Ballet, said that their cast … Continue reading

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Drama Nut

After hearing the Nutcracker music every day for a month, I miss it now that my performances are over. I can hardly wait to receive the DVD that my wife ordered on Sunday. At the conclusion of Sunday’s show, my wife presented … Continue reading

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Drossel-tweeter

Although it’s not even Advent yet, I will attend the same Christmas party four times this weekend. I have the privilege of playing Herr Drosselmeyer in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of The Nutcracker. On Saturday morning, Mona … Continue reading

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Ballet Selfie

The piece of music stuck in my head on Friday night was the finale of act II of The Nutcracker. For some reason, my Nutcracker earworms tend to be the parts right before my character goes on, as opposed to … Continue reading

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Nut-T Uncle

The Nutcracker cast t-shirts were distributed Wednesday night. Over the summer, visitors to the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook page voted to choose the artwork on the front. When we voted, we didn’t know who had submitted the various … Continue reading

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Sunday Drive

One of the jokes in my stand-up routine is about the police directing traffic outside large churches on Sundays. When I first started at Star 102.1, I would regularly get stuck in the backups when trying to get to work … Continue reading

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Cape Measure

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen needed to test the lighting in one of the rooms at the Dance Centre of Oak Ridge. She was preparing to take photos of some of the youngest dancers in The Nutcracker. Yvonne asked me to pose … Continue reading

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Pres-toe Change-o

The directors of The Nutcracker gave me the green light to expand the part of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Since being cast as the magical toymaker, I have been researching how other ballet companies use the character. I want to bring some … Continue reading

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Stride and True

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk traces its roots to an annual walk in Boston that started in 1984.  It got its name in 1993 when it expanded to other cities. The Knoxville chapter held its first … Continue reading

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Go Go! Gala

At the start of the fundraising gala for Go! Contemporary Dance Works, sketch artists drew pictures of the dancers. The sketches will be sold at the studio next week. The Dancetasia Gala was held Friday night at The Foundry. I … Continue reading

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