The Power of the People?

Word is that we have gotten Stanford’s attention!

No-posts-in-the-dance-studio update: Thank you everyone for your show of support. Within one day of mentioning this problem, over a dozen friends offered to contribute toward the solution, then friends of friends further spread the word.
But ideally, Stanford itself should prioritize a more functional dance studio, i.e., without metal posts in the middle. It now seems that this will likely happen.
Yesterday I exchanged several e-mails with the key people in the Dance Division and Drama Department, telling them about this support from concerned dancers, and it looks like it has already made a difference. Dance and Drama asked us to hold back and wait a week or so (i.e., no fundraising just yet), so they can talk to those making the final decisions. Apparently this interest, from the dancers themselves, will likely convince Development that this is an important issue. So between Stanford prioritizing a post-less studio (now the most likely outcome), and our dance community coming through if Stanford doesn’t, it looks like they will choose the construction plan without posts. Yay! I’ll let you know if we end up needing your contributions, but so far it looks like your offers alone are solving the problem.

 

So, if you haven’t contacted Stanford Dance and Drama to let them know how you feel about the posts, please do so asap! I’m working on finding a contact phone/email other than just the Roble front desk, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let us know!

Keep watching this space for updates.

Calling all Angels

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Hi guys,

First of all, the book signing was amazing. Second, Jammix was also amazing. Look for a post about that in the next couple of weeks.

Thirdly, and the reason for this post, is that Roble Gym is in need of angel donors to help us remove some pillars from the new dance studio space.  Check out Richard Power’s explanation:

I have some information on removing the posts from Stanford’s new dance studio, and it might be good news, depending on you. It will cost about $40,000 to remove each of the three posts that are currently in the middle of the studio. The total tab for the remodeling is $25M, so we thought the figure would be in the millions, but now it’s hopefully low enough that one patron saint can say, “I can help.” Last night at Jammix one such donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, offered to pay for one. (Thousands of dance students at Stanford thank you!) Two more posts to go. But we need to know now, before they choose which set of plans to use, with or without metal posts in the middle of the new dance studio. Can anyone help? Do you know anyone (friend, dot-com entrepreneur, parents) who can? Calling all angels…

If you can help, know someone who can, or think you might, PLEASE pass the word along. I’ll be keeping up with developments and we may or may not be starting a kickstarter/indiegogo campaign to try to crowd source removing the other post. That depends a lot on how long we have before they have to know which set of plans  to use.

Generations of dance students will be forever grateful if we can pull this off. This includes past generations like me, and future generations. Think of the proto-dancers!

~A

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Facebook Friday – When Boys Dance With You

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I’m going to try this new thing where on Fridays I post something that has popped up on my FB feed that pertains to dancing and made me smile. I don’t of course expect these things to be new, most will have made the circuit before, but I like the idea of having these things all in one place for me.

So without further ado, here is today’s:

This is from a blog “Just Girly Things” I don’t really go in for pintrest, and certainly not for this board, but this style of picture seems to be pretty popular, and this one in particular made me smile. It is lost in the transfer, but the original caption is “Country music <3”. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big sucker for country music, even if far too little of it is deemed worthy of dancing to by my fellow dancers at FNW. Maybe it’s time I tried WCS?

This image also makes me smile because it seems to imply that it is unusual for guys to dance with girls. One of the things I love about the social dance community in the SF bay area is that there is no shortage of guys dancing with girls. Or of guys dancing  with guys, or girls dancing with girls. We all dance with each other and have a great time of it. The image seems to me to say that it is special because it  is rare. I think it is special because it isn’t. Well, I guess what I really think is that this dance community is special because it isn’t rare for guys to dance with girls here.

What are your favorite images/memes/etc. involving dancing? Send them along and I’ll probably fall in love with them and feature them. 🙂

Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living

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This is a book that Richard Powers and Nick Enge have written together. Release party and book signing tonight before Jammix. Second book signing party on June 7th at FNW. If you are anywhere in the bay area and can make it to either event, you definitely should. I am so excited for this book!

Get more information here: http://www.waltzingbook.com/

Once I get a copy and read it, I’m sure I’ll have lots of neat things of my own to say about it, so expect posts in the vague, undefined future about it.

~A

A Peers I Actually Enjoyed?

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I’m not sure what happened, but I’m glad it did. I went to the May PEERS event (Sherlock Holmes Theme) and actually had kind of a good time. Usually I end up leaving PEERS events in tears or at least borderline, but this time, I actually kind of enjoyed myself.

I know that the last time I talked about PEERS I pretty much swore I was never going to another PEERS event. But then I learned that PEERS wasn’t sure it was able to maintain it’s events, or even possibly the rest of this season due to monetary issues. And then my boyfriend was pretty excited about the event. The combination pushed me into going despite not having much hope I was going to enjoy it.

Maybe that was the trick? Assuming I was going to have a miserable time meant I wasn’t expecting anything and so I did in fact have a good time.  I didn’t get many dances with strangers, but people I knew from FNW actually asked me to dance at PEERS this time. It was a nice change; to not feel ignored by people I would count as friends in another environment.  Idk, the thought still kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I’m willing to give PEERS one more chance though, mostly since next month’s theme is “The Doctor Dances.” Seriously, how could I pass up a Dr. Who theme’d dance? I have to resurrect my cute dalek costume though. Where’d I put my superglue? *wanders off*

I hope to see you guys there in June!

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Big Dance Montage!

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Another tradition of Big Dance is the Dance montage. At about 3:30 am, we all take a quick break from dancing, turn all the lights off and watch a video about dancing! (try not to fall asleep or let your muscles seize up on you). For those of you not crazy enough to be there for it, here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9T_oK3dsaY

Can you spot yours truly again? That probably depends on whether you have the patience to sit through the video till almost the end.

This is also a shout out to the crazy people who helped me organize that. You know who you are. I’m glad somebody got video of it. Most of us were too busy dancing to bother getting video. 🙂