Welcome to today’s edition of “Gemini’s self-indulgence” =). I am going to talk, very personally, about a couple of groups that are coming to Compression this year, and how they got there….and GO:
I am truly honored that Unmata is going to be with us this year! There were members of Unmata with us last year, and Verbatim the year before, but this year, Ms. Sigil is coming, WITH Unmata, AND, she’s teaching workshops on Sunday, after the festival! AND, for Compression, they are doing bellydance AND fire sets! woot!
Now, we are going to take a journey in the way back machine….back in 2008, Unmata and crew invited Controlled Burn to participate in their large Fall show, the Blood Moon Regale, where they always have a fire performance the Friday before the big show. Man, did we have fun! So much so that we went the next year too. We haven’t been back in a couple years, but always appreciate the hospitality and feel-good vibe we get from Hot Pot….then, this last December, because of a break with SEEDS, I was able to travel to Hot Pot for a few weeks and take classes. Again, and A-MAZING experience. It was great getting to be a part of that. We saw Amy and crew just this last weekend at Amy’s birthday bash and Hot Pot’s Spring student showcase. They do this piece that makes me cry every time I see it. Maybe you will get to see it too….it’s centered around “Fashion”, but probably not what you think. Here’s their performance of it at Tribal Fest last year:
Oh yeah, and if you want to experience Ms. Sigil’s awesome teaching style, go to the Asha World Dancer page HERE to register for her workshops!
AND….another amazing experience for me. So, many of you know that I have a second job at “Lawlor Events Center” doing event services. A little while ago, I worked a dance competition and saw some pretty amazing hip hop. This is something I’ve seen before on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”, but hadn’t ever really seen it in person. There was this one group, from the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, and they were super good. They had all the things that appeal to me…they were a diverse group, their routine was super tight, and they looked like they were having fun! So, I contacted them at a later time, and they are going to come and play with us at Compression too! I think this will be an amazing and beneficial partnership, and I hope they enjoy it!
That’s it for now, today is definitely a “cloud nine” day, as I contemplate how awesome the festival is going to be this year!