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Shakers Gonna Shake

Is it possible that Taylor Swift and I have something in common? In one of the videos of outtakes from “Shake It Off,” Taylor says that ballet is her favorite dance to “stomp my way through.” In another outtake video, she … Continue reading

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The Answer that You’ll Endorse

Drosselmeyer is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Trace back his bloodline and you’ll find Golden Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Nijinsky and Northern Dancer. The equine Drosselmeyer is named after Herr Drosselmeyer, the toymaker and … Continue reading

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Flexible Dwyer

Actor David Dwyer was very involved in the creation of the Big BBQ Bash in 2007. He was a member of the Leadership Blount class that started the annual event as their Legacy Project. My wife and I had the … Continue reading

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Ballet Royal

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen of the Camera Club of Oak Ridge graciously shared some photos she took during the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday. This was my sixth time appearing on stage with ORCBA and they’ve … Continue reading

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Morganization Chart

Leanne Morgan told me a little about her radio show and I told her a little about mine. We had a chance to visit briefly at Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, where we had our picture made with … Continue reading

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King’s Things

During the Gatlinburg Improv Fest, I had the opportunity to play a comedic king. During the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of Sleeping Beauty on April 5, I will have the opportunity to play a more serious king. The … Continue reading

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Cashdance

The sixth annual Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars was a tremendous success, raising $128,752 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The totals keep growing every year. In 2009, the first edition of the event raised $27,674, which exceeded all … Continue reading

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The Lights Are Much Brighter There

Five or ten years ago, it would not have been a big deal to schedule a Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game and a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert on the same night. I remember one winter night a few years ago … Continue reading

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Evidentiary Motion

Common Man Band got into the spirit of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s holiday party. Two of the band members had guitar straps that resembled crime-scene tape. After dinner, Emily Norris of Dance Tonight gave a swing dance lesson … Continue reading

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Mission Statement

Emily Norris and I reprised our dance routine on Monday night at the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s holiday party. The party was held at Dance Tonight, the studio owned by Emily and her husband Jeremy. The dance was … Continue reading

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A Regular Frolic Commenced

Matt Foster, who played Drosselmeyer in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association production of The Nutcracker spotted me during intermission of the Appalachian Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker on Sunday at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. “Haven’t had enough of The Nutcracker?” he asked. I … Continue reading

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On the Fritz

In The Nutcracker, Fritz drops and breaks the title character. In the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association production of The Nutcracker, my character (The Governor) cheers for Fritz when he and the boys scare Clara and the girls. When I … Continue reading

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Re-Rumba

The video of my effort in Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars has received almost 4,600 views on YouTube over the past four and a half years. Today I asked my dance partner, Emily Norris, to guess how many … Continue reading

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Stage Fight

The music from The Nutcracker is still running through my head. On Monday, I was feeling some post-show letdown after the excitement of Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. When you  have so much fun being in a production, you hate for … Continue reading

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