Archive for February, 2010

Green Eyes In Africa

Gina Hernandez’s Dance Unlimited will be performing Next Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Galena High School Theatre and will be showcasing all of their 2010 Competition Dances to help raise funds for Green Eyes in Africa. Show begins at 7pm, minimum $5.00 donation is suggested.

Green Eyes In Africa is an orphanage founded five years ago in Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa by brothers Patrick and Ryan Hansen of Sparks, NV.

Ryan, who is an alumnus of Dance Unlimited lives in Africa at the orphanage and runs the program on the ground, while brother Patrick operates the “business” side here from the US.

Both Patrick and Ryan will be on hand next week to raise money and to share their five-year journey much of which is documented on the blog at their website.

Here is a YouTube Video they published of the Nutcracker the children performed at their recent Christmas Feast:

more about “The Nutcracker by Green Eyes in Afric…“, posted with vodpod


Hafla Photos

I’ll have more to say about the Hafla on Saturday, but in the meantime we’ve posted a few of the snapshots that were taken by our cohorts at the event. Had my camera with me, but only managed to grab three shots!

SO grateful that others were more reliable. Check out the slideshow at the dAdima SEEDs website.


Foreign Aid

One of my favorite newspapers ran a story today about how American and other foreign dancer/instructors are keeping – and paying to keep Oriental dance authentic. Sad really, but read it in full for the current cultural analysis, and catch the short video.

I know its become a tiny industry here for promoters to attract students to immersion studies abroad, but somehow it comes off as sketchy. What do you think?

Jiri and Otto Bubenicek

Presenting brothers Jiri and Otto.  Perfection.

Ballet will always be my first dance love. 1000 years old, and no technique left, I still love watching gifted dancers.

more about “Jiri and Otto Bubenicek“, posted with vodpod

The Big Picture

The Boston Globe has a feature on their online site called The Big Picture that I’ve been following for a while, as they share news stories in photographic format.  A 1000 words and all that…  Some of the captures are very beautiful and I particularly like the large sized images.  This is one of my favorites and it IS best seen large.

There are two Dance Galleries:

Dance Around the World I

Dance Around the World II

🙂 :: Original Image Source: (REUTERS/David Gray)

My Psoas, Your Psoas!

We all love our Iliopsoas!

Just found a really good article by Nichelle Strzepek over on the Dance Advantage blog titled “Introducing the Iliopsoas” that is well worth sharing. It’s not a very long article, and as we’ve been talking about this group of muscles in class, I thought it would be a good place to begin the search.

We spend a good portion of time in hip work and drills, and have added strengthening exercises of the Psoas for better technique and to avoid injuries.

Go read the whole piece at Dance Advantage, it will really help you understand why. She has a cute intro too!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Ema Compilado Lausanne 2010

18 year old Argenine boy, Cristian Emanuel Amuchastegui wins the ballet competition in Switzerland. 18! and an amazingly gifted dancer.

more about “Ema Compilado Lausanne 2010“, posted with vodpod
🙂 :: Americablog


Don’t know who these folks are but the work is amazing!

more about “Tango“, posted with vodpod



Love good tap! The UK’s Sky1 TV Televised Adam Garcia and his pal Chris in an amazing tap-off against a DJ’s spinning deck. Wowza!

🙂 :: Sky1 –


I’ve ordered a pair of Rosewood Castanets!

Img Source: Getty Images


This is simply beautiful. Love the music, bboys, and the amazing choreography.

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🙂 :: More info over at Physical Response

On Wings of Love

A Fundraiser for Wing and A Prayer Modern Dance Company

Flamenco at 5:15

This Oscar-winning film is a visual and emotional thriller. It is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. The film shows the beautiful young North American dancers–inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana’s extraordinary energy–joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture.