Links We Like

Links We Like

When I was in Virginia, about two years ago as part of the Rockbridge Artist Exchange, I stumbled upon  an artist named Cindi L’Abbe on twitter. Through her web presence I found out about her work and interest in both community, interaction and technology– sound familiar?  She is the choreographer and artistic director of Dilettante Dance.   She is also an excellent writer, and I’m always a sucker for smart dance artists.  Her community-based work, EveryBody Dances is what inspired me to begin our Framing Bodies series.  LOVE ME, was our first chapter.  I’ve been following her ever since.  She’s our guest curator for Links We Like. Enjoy!

Dilettante Dance (Cindi, seated, Sara Ann Simpkins, standing and the shadow of David Ross (guitarist)'s head at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore MD a few years ago.) Photo by Z.Z. Handler
This one is fun. The images are quirky and cute, and the text is a score for the dances of daily life.
Dance Exchange’s interactive website is another way to see a piece, both in process or as an end in itself. I’m always curious about interactivity, process as product, and use of technology in conjunction with dance. I also love to ‘click around’.
Speaking of clicking around, this site for William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing Reproduced doesn’t really get old. Someone on my Twitter feed recently called Forsythe, “the Radiohead of the dance world”. He is pretty cool.
Artists from different mediums share their creative tools for finding inspiration.
Rumi- Those Who Don’t Feel This Love- This is one of my favorite things on the internet, ever.
I’m working (off and on!) on a new work, which is collaborative (with a visual artist), and eventually, interactive. Right now, I’m collecting images, and using those to generate movement ideas. I’m always interested in creating inroads for interactivity in my work, and would love to experiment with inviting some kind of interaction even at these very beginning stages. So, please check out my board, and think about what these images bring up for you. Feel free to comment on the images on Pinterest or on Twitter (@dilettantedance), and if you have images to suggest, I’d love to see them as well.

Cindi L’Abbe is currently an ESL teacher in South Korea, and soon to be drifter blowing in the wind. She has danced and choreographed with/as Dilettante Dance, and is interested in technology, interactivity and collaboration in the movement arts. You can keep track of her on Twitter @dilettantedance.

Frame Dance Profile: Jacquelyne Jay Boe


Q: What brought you to dance?
My mother. She enrolled me in dance as soon as I was old enough.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
Ben & Jerry’s half baked fro yo, Sinful Bakery Cranberry Orange cookies, Mandel Ginger Snaps, Investigation Discovery, & Facebook.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
Fig & Pig Pizza at Cafe Brazil
Q: What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t cut something you can untie”-Gayla Miller
Q: What is your hometown?
Omaha, NE but I am a Houstonian.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was young I got too close to a rattle snakes nest. As the story goes I am still here and the snake lost its head.
Q: Tell us a joke.
Dumb Texas Laws:
In Mesquite it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
In San Antonio it is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using eyes or hands.
It is also illegal to urinate on the Alamo.
 In Lubbock county it is illegal to drive within an arms length of alcohol including alcohol in someone else’s blood stream.
Ok so not a joke but funny right? 

Q:  How have you been involved with Frame?

I started with the Hopewerks residency program project . Then I shared my secrets in LOVE ME. I now Frame myself at the Photobooth on Montrose and next I will be in Context. Hard to believe that this is only the beginning of my second year with Frame Dance.

Q: Do you have a memorable Frame Dance moment?

Entering the stage in the dark. Lights up.  Music and the video start in the middle of the piece.
The energy on the stage was so very much alive and present.
We worked through it together. Making choices and making those choices work.

My grandparents had no idea that anything wrong had happened. Which I guess is true.

Links We Like

Links We Like

This Friday our Guest Curator of Links We Like is Jo Yost Ulrich, the woman who introduced me to Yamuna® Body Rolling, which I have written about on this blog.  After years of pain and discomfort from battling scoliosis as a dancer, it is the only practice that has made me pain free.  She is a wealth of information, and can teach us so much.


I have taken my love for movement and dance to a new realm for myself and have become obsessed and intrigued by the fabric of our body and how we can manipulate it and coax it and train it to serve us to the best of its ability.  You can find me at (shameless self-promotion).

Now it’s pretty obvious that I am going to put up Yamuna’s website as it is an invaluable tool for dancers and everyday people that dance through life. On it you will find resources for teachers in your area.  If you’re in Houston, there are four of us in the city now!

Now I have to say that there really is nothing like Yamuna® and its symptomatic approach and I encourage you to find a way to learn about its awesomeness, but…
if you can’t find a practitioner in your area there is also a great “down and dirty” video blog  that makes no nonsense out of making yourself more mobile. Granted, he is speaking to the less flexible mortals in the world, but in reality we are all mortal. He encourages everyone to become a “supple leopard” and truly feels that it is our individual responsibility to educate ourselves and take care of our bodies. You’ve got to love that.

Anatomy Trains is a way to look at that fabric and see how we are truly connected from head to toe in patterns that make sense of, for example, why someone’s knee pain might have everything to do with the way they stand in their feet. I love this stuff!

In fact, I love this study of the body so much that I am attending a course in Maine this summer that will prepare me to hopefully teach this work someday (when I grow up). The link below is to a blog of Karin who went to the same course last summer and has begun to test her wings in sharing this knowledge. I have seen her present and she is ready to fly!

I have to admit that the main reason I find really amazing things online is that my husband finds amazing things online and shares them with me and then lets me take all the credit.

Two of my favorites from Steve are from TED Talks. The first one gave me goose bumps. It is called “Minding your Mitochondria”. This doctor has used diet and nutrition to outsmart Multiple Sclerosis. The second TED Talk is something that will speak to the amazing dancers and their amazing brains out there I think: “Dance vs. Powerpoint”. Now I have to admit there is nothing on TED that hasn’t amazed me and made me think. I propose we throw out or televisions and watch one of these per night; I’m not sure we’d ever get through them all but it’s worth a try and we’ll all be better for it.

Joyce Yost Ulrich, former dancer with the Houston Ballet,  PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher and Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner, introduced YBR® to Houston in 2001, sharing this unique modality with dancers, athletes and computer warriors alike.  She teaches Pilates and Yamuna® to the students and company members of Houston Ballet as well as  to the public at her own studio, Pilates Treehouse.  She shares the Yamuna® work in workshops at NIAMoves, Pure Body Studio, The Hope Center,and CenterAlign.

Yamuna® Body Rolling is an amazing tool for injury prevention. It creates space in and between the joints for greater range of motion and ease of movement. YBR® uses a small ball between 6 and 10 inches and your bodyweight, stimulating bone, lengthening fascia, and regaining the body’s natural and most effective posture which is lost through gravity’s effects on our habitual postures and movements.

Exciting News


Happy Hump Day.  Make sure you check out the articles guest curator Mary Grimes gave us in the post below.  There’s some great stuff in there.

I have some exciting news.  I have been chosen as co-curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival.  Dance-f0r-camera is a genre I am passionate about, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be curating a dance film festival that is moving forward with so much momentum.

Third Coast Dance Film Festival celebrates the intersection of contemporary dance and the moving image with a screening series of short dance films.  Currently entering its third season, Third Coast is an annual dance film festival based in Houston, TX.

The 2011 festival featured 13 short films, including international films from Canada, Russia, Germany, and England, as well as four films from local Houston dance film makers.  The 2011 festival is currently on tour and will be screening in the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Slippery Rock University on April 26, 2012.

I am eager to step into this curatorial role. Filmmakers, keep your eyes peeled for this year’s call.

Last year’s poster:


Links We Like Friday

Links We Like

You lucky ducks, you!  Guest Curator Mary Grimes has found some great links for your Friday.  Check these out, and read more about Mary Grimes below.

An interesting stance on the long standing debate of nature vs. nurture

Both brilliant in their own ways – always nice when you see something so clearly from up close and then see something completely different from a distance.

While perhaps somewhat obvious, still an interesting perspective on choreography.

As always, thank you Mr. Cage.

Something that’s been on my mind for while now – my own personal thoughts on life during and after the MFA process

Who doesn’t love to watch Jiri Kylian’s work?  Just a reminder of how beautiful simplicity can be – a concept that I know I’ve lost time and time again in my dance making.

Mary Grimes is a dancer, choreographer, writer, teacher, and working artist living in the Bay Area.  Since receiving her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College, she has started working as a dance writer and critique, writing for such magazines as Dance and Dance Studio Life.  She has had to opportunity to work with accomplished choreographers including Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Molissa Fenley, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph.  Her choreographer has been presented nationally.  In the future, Mary hopes to continue her work as a dance writer and is excited to see where this path will take her.

Frame Dance Profile: Brit Wallis

photo by Ted Viens

Q:What first brought you to dance? 

My mothers awareness of my need for movement and her desire to get me out of her hair. Ha.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

The Carpenters.

Q: What is your favorite meal?

Bacon with a side of bacon.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

Q: What is your hometown?

Alief, TX

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?

People know most things about me.

Tell us a joke.

Two peanuts walk into a bar.
One was a salted.

Q: What Frame projects have you been a part of / How have you been involved with Frame?

I’m a first-timer-framer!

Q: Do you have a memorable Frame Dance moment?

The first “Framed! At The Photobooth.”

Fieldwork News, attn: Houston Choreographers


I write about Fieldwork quite a bit on this blog.  Here’s some exciting news.  Houston choreographers, take note.

Fieldwork, Diverse Works, and Dance Source Houston have entered into a partnership.  The famous 12 Minutes Max! show,  held at Diverse Works (in which Frame presented an excerpt of Mortar last year) will now be made up of new, risk-taking choreography made in the Fieldwork workshop.  Fieldwork choreographers are eligible to be considered to be presented in 12 Minutes Max!.

Interested choreographers are encouraged to attend the Fieldwork Showcase on April 15, 2pm at Diverse Works to hear more about the partnership.


Also, feel free to contact me at our website:, or leave a comment here.  I have been the Fieldwork Facilitator since 2009.

— Lydia Hance

Frame Dancer Profile: Kristen Frankiewicz

Kristen Frankiewicz
photo by Ted Viens
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

Laying out on a cool or breezy sunny day…which I’m trying not to do, unless I’m coated in sunscreen and cover my face with a shirt…? Is that dermatologist approved or still a no-no?

Q: What is your favorite meal?

Compilations of plain sliced chicken breast mixed with fresh vegetables like spinach, sweet potato, green onion, etc. Throw in some edimame, chick peas, bacon, red grapes, feta cheese and anything else needed that day. Perfection in a mixture.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m one of 6 kids, and I’m a twin…but people are starting to know that part by now I think. Ok, Cassie and I were featured artists since infancy because our unsupervised crayon/marker murals on the walls of our house existed in their original form until our senior year of high school. Love my parents.

photo by Lorie Garcia, Studio 4d4

Q: What Frame projects have you been a part of / How have you been involved with Frame?

I’ve been with Frame since the project Dancing Diana. (editor’s note: the entire existence of Frame Dance Productions)

Q: Do you have a memorable Frame Dance moment?

Most memorable would be the dreamlike experience performing Points and Coordinates live at the CAMH with Alexandre Soares and Lydia Hance. I still remember some of the emotional immersion and total physical freedom of that performance. Total joy I’m grateful for.

Kristen Frankiewicz by Lorie Garcia, Studio 4d4