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Hey Framers!

Ms. Catalina Molnari told us one of her favorite local spots in Houston. The Jade Garden Classical Chinese Medicine. If you’ve had a stressful day/ week, this tranquil abode offers soothing teas and healing services including chiropractic, massage, bodywork, re-connective healing and yoga. These holistic classes infuse 2,000 year old traditional medicine methods that help their weary visitors reduce their stress and boost their energy levels.

Frame Dance’s Catalina says it’s a great place to simply relax with a fresh cup of herbal tea after a satisfying session in her martial arts class. Instead of heading home right after work and suffering through Houston traffic, try The Jade Garden Classical Chinese Medicine in the Heights. It must be a great place because Catalina told Frame Dance if she’s not at work or home it’s she’s at The Jade Garden.

 

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Frame Dance Productions’ Beginner Adult Workshop According to a Non-Dancing Framer

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Still not sure about attending the Beginner Adult Workshop?

 

I understand how intimidating it can be to go to a dance class and feel completely overwhelmed. You feel awkward and even slow at times, but this isn’t your typical dance class-it’s better. We weren’t just learning simplified dance moves. This class allows us to forget the mundane calculating world and just lets us enjoy being creative for a day. One of the best things about this workshop is the fact we are not only getting in shape through dance and yoga but we also get the opportunity to expand our creative minds. That’s not something most dance classes teach. That’s why I say this workshop is better. It offers a variety of things that people normally don’t find in typical dance classes.

I’m not a professional dancer so I was very thankful our first session wasn’t dancing at all. We simply walked about the room to loosen up. I could do that! We then learned about the various parts of our feet and I honestly had no idea how complex the human foot was! I found out we have outer, middle and inner parts to our heels, arches, pads and even toes. It felt great stretching each part of my foot. I felt each individual toe move as we walked and it really relieved stress in our backs as well. I enjoyed the first session. It was a great break ice breaker to get me ready for Jackie’s intro to modern dance class.

It was nice having one of the Framers teaching us about basic modern dance steps and exercises instead of having a third party teaching it. It made me feel more connected to the Frame Dance team by seeing how they dance/train and use simple body movements to create beautiful dance routines for different shows. I especially liked the fact we spent so much time lying on the floor doing stretching exercises. Who wouldn’t love that if they went to a dance class?

I loved learning new easy ways to stay in shape that didn’t involve spending a lot of money on equipment. That’s one of the other great things about this workshop! We can learn new skills that require no experience and no special gear. Jackie taught us very basic, what felt like ballet moves. Now don’t worry you’re not expected to perform Swan Lake by the end of the class. They were very simple and we did them several times. It wasn’t like other classes where they show a move and they see if you can get it by the second example. Jackie would put on fun music and we would travel across the room. The moves were kind of a mixer of ballet and basic waltzing moves. I know it sounds intimidating when putting them together but they were very easy to pick up.

After Jackie’s intro to modern dance session, it was time to move onto yoga! Yoga mats out and ready to go! The yoga portion of the workshop was very rewarding physically and mentally. As much as I enjoy doing yoga at home, I wasn’t the most coordinated person in the class, but I had fun. I felt skinnier the more we did it! Definitely worth it! I liked the idea of having a session that everyone was used to. I looked forward to that particular session because it was something I already knew and felt comfortable doing. Plus, everyone got to take a short “nap” in the dark dance studio as a part of yoga. Now that should definitely make you want to go to the workshop. Great idea Frame Dance!

After a great lunch at the Vietnamese restaurant across street, we teamed up with another Framer-Alex, who taught us fun creative exercises that expanded our imaginations during the creative writing portion of the workshop. As I stated before, these workshops aren’t typical. I thought we would just sit around, write in our journals and that was it. Nope! Alex had us walk around the room in any direction we desired and would play word association games. We were still being physically active while being mentally tested.

But my favorite part about the creative writing tutorial was plastering colorful sticky notes all over the dance studio with words or phrases of inspiration. But he took it a step further and made us add onto each others’ work and in the end producing a very original short stanza or poem. That was just amazing to see different people with different levels of written creativity come together and create this beautiful and coherent piece of art. It was amazing to see!

The final part was just fun. I don’t know how to describe it in any other way. Lydia Hance, one of the co-founders of Frame Dance, taught us how to take the words/ phrases we produced from the creative writing class and portray them through dance moves. We basically just built on what we learned from Alex but instead of writing, we used our bodies to convey a story.

We had four people in the final session and we each came up with a different dance move. It was incredible how many stories we could tell just by using four dance moves. Sometimes the story would be about controlling one another like puppets on strings or opening someone’s eyes to the beauty of life. All from four dance moves. Amazing. The best part was it was all from our own creativity. No one was telling us how our part should be or how our part fits into the story. We simply told stories.

All in all, this adult workshop is a wonderful idea for anyone looking to get into shape but not wanting to spend the money on a gym. It’s educational, productive and yet relaxing. This class offers the chance to expand creative minds and stay in shape in fun ways. Tap into your artistic side for a day before heading back to the black, white and gray world of responsibility and math. The Framers did a great job in coordinating a friendly and unique workshop. And it’s only $60 for the whole day! Cheap and easy! What more could you ask for? I hope to see all of you on October 25th at the MET Dance Studio. Until then, keep dancing.

 

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Hey Everyone!

I hope all of you are enjoying your Tuesday. If not, it was because you didn’t know about Danielle Garza’s Quick and Easy Overnight Oats recipe!

It’s tough sometimes trying to find something healthy in a world of fast food and high carbs. Even breakfast items! The most important meal of the day and it’s too unhealthy and can make you sluggish. Some snack companies claim to be “healthier alternatives” but in reality are actually higher in carbs than the “bad stuff.”

It really can be challenging when you’re trying to stay fit and sometimes you just don’t have time to prepare an easy meal (or your like me and just don’t really care to cook).

Well, no fear! Here is a low-carb alternative that you can put your personal spin on.

 

Quick and Easy Overnight Oats

 

  • Fill mason jar with 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup almond milk, raisins and chia seeds.
  • Blueberries and Bananas (Or any fruit you love)
  • Optional: Add cinnamon or sweetener.
  • Then put in the fridge over night and have a great breakfast ready in the morning that keeps you energized throughout a busy day! Or at least until your next meal 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

8 Lessons for Dancers in Higher Education

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 8 Lessons for Dancers in Higher Education

by Sarah Wildes Arnett

1. Dance is not a terminal field, even though the MFA is. Most dancers (and performers in general) know and accept this as truth – dancers are students their entire lives. There is always a way to improve and become better as our bodies change and as the field evolves. I accepted this long before making the decision to go back to school. What I did not realize until much later was that this applies to my creative work as well. As I went into my thesis work and now, as a professional and in setting choreography on my students, I started the process of reworking old choreography. I’ve now taken what was originally a sextet and translated it into a duet (which works much better that way) that has been reworked at least five times on different dancers, each time finding out new information about the piece. The piece has evolved from a general exploration of rhythms and patterns to being about a simple relationship to death and the afterlife. I’m pretty sure it’s not perfect yet.

2. It’s ok to beat a dead horse (figuratively). Not every piece has to be a masterpiece and you don’t have to make work about something new and different every time. Some things are worth investigating again and again. Just because you tried something once doesn’t mean you are done and that you cannot do it again.

3. Age is just a number. I went to school with people from all walks of life, including those in my MFA program and the undergraduates working on their BFA and BA degrees. I truly believe that there are things to be learned from each other, no matter what the age as everyone brings in their own experiences and ideas. One of the best collaborators I ever worked with in graduate school (and best friends I’ve ever made) was an undergraduate student, Megen Burgess. We still work together and talk weekly about dancing ideas even though we live 9 hours away from each other.

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4. Not every rehearsal has to be in a studio. Megen and I created an entire duet (and mind you, a very physically challenging duet) without managing to spend but maybe a total of 4 hours dancing. Sometimes you just need to have rehearsal at El Carreton. Sometimes you just have to draw a dance.

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5. Write everything down. I cannot tell you the number of brilliant ideas (and I mean brilliant – I should be Trisha Brown by now) that I have forgotten because I didn’t write them down. Continue reading

Free Events Thursdays

Free Events Thursday

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light

November 22, 2014 – February 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Time: Dusk-11pm

Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010

Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation will be exhibited along the Brown Promenade and will be illuminated at dusk until 11 p.m. daily.

Price: FREE!!!

 

Let’s Get Organized!

Saturday January 24th

Time: 11pm -4pm

At an IKEA near you!

 

The New Year is a great time to get organized, start new habits & get ready for a great year ahead! And there’s nothing like learning from the pro’s on how to create an organized a clutter free home.

Join us for G.O. Day (Get Organized Day), a day clearing out, gearing up and getting organized!

We’ll have secure document shredding, clothing donations and electronics recycling on site to accept your donations, workshops where you’ll learn from Houston’s Professional Organizers (members of NAPO – The National Association of Professional Organizers) and storewide specials on the items you’ll need to get off to an organized and efficient year ahead.

So bring a bag full or a trunk load and get rid of those unwanted items, then stick around to learn from the pros on topics like: getting started on organizing, making the most of your “Junk” drawer and getting your stuff to fit your space.

*Workshop space is limited, so arrive early to ensure admission!

Price: FREE!!! 

 

Tai Chi

Saturday, January 24th

Central Green Park in Katy

Time: 8:30 am

Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise perfect for all levels– beginner to advanced. This Chinese exercise system uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation.

Price: FREE!!!

 

Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 15

The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross Houston, TX

“Experiments With the Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence,” now on exhibit at The Menil Collection, is the first ever visual arts exhibition to examine Gandhi’s philosophy and ethics of nonviolence — that is, his satyagraha. It includes the famous photograph Gandhi’s Last Possessions, which shows what the great man owned at the time of his death: two pairs of sandals, two dinner bowls, eyeglasses, a prayer book and a few other small items.

Curated from a wide range of museums, galleries and private collections, the pieces on display include paintings, sculpture, religious icons, texts and photographs that document Gandhi’s life and legacy. “Experiments With the Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence” marks the 145th anniversary of his birth.

Price: FREE!!!

MFA Monday: Surprises of Grad School

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MFA rightBiggest Surprises of Grad School

 by Amanda Diorio

 

I would make friends

I thought when I went back to school to get my MFA that I would be entering an uptight academic environment.  I was so preoccupied with the idea of school and relocating my life that I forgot I would be entering a community of like-minded peers. In undergrad, even among dance majors, I was considered the “dance nerd,”   In grad school I was surrounded by not only dancers but specifically  “dance nerds,” people who wanted to explore, dissect and reveal as much about the art as I did.  This community turned out to be a vital support group throughout the process of completing my degree.  Having others to bitch to, socialize, laugh, and share my fledgling art with became essential for my survival during this stressful time.  These bonds were not only a lifeline during the process but created many long lasting friendships and an excellent network that stands strong long after graduation.

 

The teacher/student relationship has evolved

When you enter a graduate program you have already passed a test in the eyes of the faculty.  You have already completed one major academic step and have decided to continue onto another. There are fewer grad students for them to keep track of and you yourself are probably a much better student.  For me this reduced a lot of the intimidationI felt with my undergraduate professors.  Continue reading

Tasty Thursdays

Blog Holidays Tasty Thursdays

 

Whether you are having a Christmas Party, impressing the in-laws, planning a romantic dinner or simply looking for a fun place to dine with your closest friends, Houston has a wide selection of amazing restaurants perfect for your special occasion!

 

Don’t forget to make a reservation!

 

024 Grille 

 

A modern twist on classic American cuisine. Our culinary team crafts a unique menu, with an emphasis on local, seasonal fare, including Texas prime steaks and seafood from the Gulf. Located in the prestigious 024 zip code and in the heart of the Memorial City District, adjacent to the thriving Energy Corridor, 024 Grille additionally offers four intimate private dining rooms, a sophisticated wine list and a signature cocktail menu.

(Check out their Holiday Menu!)

 

Buca di Beppo

 

Buca Di Beppo is the Perfect Party Venue for all Your Special Occasions. When it comes to celebrations, Buca is known as party central! Our hearty Italian dishes are served family-style, making them perfect for sharing. Plus, the eclectic décor, lively music and engaging staff, all add to the fun. From a communion, anniversary and holiday party to a prom dinner, military event and retirement banquet, throwing a great party is what Buca does best!

 

Eddie V’s

 

Seafood is what we’re known for, but our specialty is excellence. Fish arrive daily from pristine waters around the world including Swordfish from Block Island, Scallops from Georges Banks, and Yellow Fin Tuna from the Caribbean. USDA Prime steaks are hand cut and specially aged for over 28 days to ensure peak flavor. Devotion to excellence is the guiding principal in all that we do. From making fresh tortillas by hand daily for our lobster tacos to including a full half pound of Jumbo Lump crab meat in our crab cakes, we strive to go above and beyond in every step of preparation.

 

Fleming’s

 

Founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen, the first Fleming’s opened in Newport Beach, California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef.

In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, our founders focused on an exceptional selection of wines for Guests to explore. The Fleming’s 100® — our award-winning collection of 100 wines by the glass — was born.

 

Seasons 52

 

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides our guests with a fresh dining experience. Our restaurant offers a seasonally inspired menu, an award-winning international wine list, knowledgeable and approachable service and a casually sophisticated ambiance that feels comfortable and inviting.

 

Wellness Wednesday: The Holidays!

Blog Eat Well Wednesday Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Here are some fun recipes to help you get ready for the holidays!

 

8 Hanukkah Recipes For A Happy, Healthy Celebration

http://www.blisstree.com/2012/12/08/food/happy-healthy-hanukkah-recipes-celebrations-food/

Traditional Hanukkah recipes - dessert doughnuts

 

Looking for fun and quick dishes to make for that upcoming Christmas party or family gathering?

Check out this amazing site full of appetizers, cocktails, desserts and more!

 

http://www.freefunchristmas.com/christmas-recipes/

 


 

 

 

Eat Well Wednesday!

Eat Well Wednesday

I love me some Almond butter! I even think it surpasses peanut butter and I have been known to be a big fan of pb.

It is too bad that Almond butter can be anywhere from $6-16 at the store. YIKES!! Good news is you can make your own for a fraction of the cost! Just add different flavorings such as coconut, vanilla, and chocolate, and it takes very little effort to put together.

Today we are going to make
Coconut Vanilla Almond Butter!!

 

 

Gather these 5 ingredients and you are on your way!

2.5 cups of Raw Almonds, unsalted

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds

 

 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Step 2: Place a single layer of almonds on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring once.

Step 3: Let the almonds cool and then place in food processor

Step 4: Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. This can take a few minutes so don’t get discouraged. You will also need to stop it every so often and scrape down the sides. This is where a Vita Mix, or super-duper powerful blender comes in handy. That baby can whip up those almonds in a about 2 minutes.

Step 5: Store your delicious, homemade almond butter in a glass jar and keep in the fridge. You are going to want to spread this on everything, toast, pancakes, apples, or perhaps just by the spoonful.

 

 

Enjoy and happy blending!

Be Well!

 

Jill Tarpey Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful.  Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health.  In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA (San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life.  Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well-balanced eating for your busy lives.