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Tears For Fears, Friday Tunes Turning Butterfly.

It has been a rough stressful week in my life or maybe in the world space in general.  We are into Fall, the last complete season of the year, 2016. My life has been is a constant battle for sustaining life functions. I am comparing it the cycle of the butterfly’s transformation or change in shape, called metamorphosis.

Will there ever be peace for humanity? Miracles occur 24/7! Calling all Angels!

 

 

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NFL Eagles’ Team Photo 2014 Displayed at Philadelphia Art Museum.

Pretty cool.

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We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

Martha Graham

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Calvin FinleyFine Art Photographer.

I did several shoots with this innovative cutting edge photographer. We were united when I was in grad school for Dance at Temple University in the 1990’s. There was a posting for a photo shoot for dancers with strong bodies called a go-see.  I had my 4-year-old son Jordan in tow as it was snowing that day. I believe it was Sunday and got to Temple University late.  Calvin’s assistant Sally said, “So sorry, we do not have any more film left.” I replied, “Oh OK I understand.”  I proceeded to get changed in the bathroom on the 2nd floor of Pearson Hall.  Sally came in, observed my somewhat naked physique and said, ” I am going to get more film, I will take Jordan with me please stay.” Oh OK. Calvin and I did two rolls of 35 millimeter film (no digital) and got two black and white prints from that shoot. That was very unusual. But Calvin and I clicked as I was a linear choreographer/dancer.  We were both into the angles of images and Calvin’s lighting technique was very unique. My fine art photography career as a model had begun.  What a wonderful journey it was.

I believe as a person you must constantly reinvent yourself. When opportunity knocks, never be afraid to open the door.

My photos made the Cooperate Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The last shoot we did live at the International Photographers Exhibition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. I trained for six months for that gig as I was a model. I literally was jumping out of my skin, very nervous.  But I have been to larger stages as a professional dancer. Calvin explained how he lights me as I posed. It was the last professional gig as I was in my 40’s.  Calvin is not only a photographer but an amazing person.

Calvin came to my home yesterday and brought prints that I received for doing the shoots in the 1990’s.  Calvin surprised me and gave me many more prints than I was owed. One below, well, I became very emotional and cried, and praised God as I have never seen it before. Calvin asked me if I could dive. Of course as I was a Philly little girl and went to the local rec center to swim.  There wasn’t anyone in my neighborhood that could have a pool. We had cement 2 ft by 4 ft concrete yards.  Also, I became  a Physical Education teacher at Temple University and taught in the Philly school system for a couple of years.  It was a four-hour shoot in a 50 degree outdoor pool. Calvin was in an Oxygen tank  with camera below at the surface of the pool.  I dove into the pool, hit bottom, arched up with a chiffon scarf.  Calvin capture only one photo worth printing.  It is below.

I was so elated I went to my gym and brought the print. I went up to Chris, manager and also displayed it many other members. They were very impressed. Yes, I was that happy.

I now have to get them framed and lights above the photos.

God sent Calvin yesterday. God sees and hears everything.

Thank you Calvin.  Praise the Lord.

PS. Calvin, I forgot to ask you what you named this Photo below?

PhotoPlus Expo will be held Oct. 23-26, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Drive by The Cars,  Spellbound, Pulsations Nightclub, Glen Mills, PA

My first gig as a Professional dancer was at The Encore Dinner Theater in 1984, Production Spellbound, in Glenn Mills, PA.

After the last performance at 10 pm, it would one hour later, turn into Pulsations Nightclub.

The Pulsations Dancers would then perform.

Remembering Drive by the Cars as Rex, who is a Senior Lecturer, Theater Arts, @ The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, choreographed a production that will forever live in my mind. They used the same stage as the Spellbound Dancers.  The Encore Dinner theater held 850 people for dinner.  Pulsations, well lets say there was reckless abandonment.

At midnight the spaceship would make its way from the ceiling  in this 3-story nightclub and land on the dance floor. The robot, Pulsar was in a glass enclosed chamber. The robot would come out, talk, and interact with the crowd. The pumping bass speakers, risers, and  state of the art lighting were never duplicated at any nightclub I have ever hung out in.  When you are a  professional dancer and it off time, enter a nightclub, look out dance floor.  Canada to Bermuda, Las Vegas to New Orleans, Norway to Denmark, The City of Angels to New York City. St. Thomas to Puerto Rico.  You name it, was cutting edge in the after dark industry, way ahead of its time. Thanks to Barry,  Hey, where are you now Barry? You left Taylors in Cherry Hill, to go to Philly, Egypt or Shampoo Maybe, lost tract of your expertise.

I do not want to sound redundant, it was the best club in Philly area bar none!

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