The Soirée is Coming! Are you ready?
I’ve checked in with the Frame Dance Board and Manager to see how their Soirée plans are progressing. Let’s peek behind the curtain and check on our team:
Lydia Hance – Artistic and Executive Director
Jonathon Hance – Technology Director, Chairman of the Board
Hey, Framers! Will we see you at the Soirée?
Yes, you’ll see me (I hope) at the Soiree.
Yeah, that was pretty rhetorical, wasn’t it? In addition to hosting the whole shebang, are you hosting a table?
Jonathon and I are hosting a table.
What kind of hosts are you?
We are pretty big Frame Dance fans, so I’d have to saw we will be very enthusiastic. Sometimes people call us the Happy Hances.
I foresee sore-from-smiling cheeks on Friday. But that’s perfect. I hope that I suffer likewise. After all of the preparation and anticipation, what are you looking forward to at the Soiree?
I am looking forward to being in a room with so many people who are also passionate about art and Houston, and seeing how the audience reacts to some of the surprise elements in the dance two company members are performing…
Oooh! Way to tease the performance! I can’t wait to see these “surprise elements.” It’s so Frame.
So, Lydia, why are you a Framer?
I am a Framer because I have seen how collaboration ignites the creative spirit, and Frame Dance offers that opportunity to all. I am a Framer because I have seen people changed for the better– towards joy and healing– by the work that we do.
Total agreement. A la Soirée!
Bobbie Hackett – Program Manager, Certified Arts Leader!
Bobbie! First Soirée on the Frame Dance team. I know you’ve been busy with preparations for Thursday night. Will we see you there?
Great! Are you hosting a table?
Nope, I’m doing the behind the scenes work. 😉
So you get to be the conductor/cat wrangler! How would you describe yourself in that role?
I’m an enthusiastic Frame Dance employee and supporter.
Perfect. We will definitely benefit from your enthusiasm and coordination. What are you looking forward to at your first Frame Dance Soirée?
I’m looking forward to the silent auction, honestly. We have a lot of amazing things to offer from so very cool and generous donors. I’m excited to see what people are most interested in.
We do have the best silent auction goodies. They are choice Houstonian cultural goods.
You’ve been with Frame Dance for about six months now and you’ve known us well for much longer. With that experience, why would you say you are you a Framer?
I’m a Framer because Frame Dance lets me do my best work while also challenging me and encouraging me to do the things I’m not so good at. Best job I’ve ever had!
Happy to hear it! I look forward to how effortless you make it all look at the Soirée.
Alina Slavik – Board Member, Honorary Italian
|Hey, International Framer! Will we see you at the Soiree?
Obviously! My favorite way to officially kick off summer.
Absolutely. Are you hosting a table?
Yes! Can’t wait to have our friends join us 🙂
So, what’s your goal as a host? What are you hoping for at the Soirée?
As a host, I love helping new Framers find what they love about Frame Dance, whether it’s our film festival, performances in unexpected places, or a class for their child. As a guest, I always check out the fabulous silent auction offerings and visit the Dip Jar – the most gratifying fundraising invention ever!
Yes and yes! Anything else you’re looking forward to on Thursday night?
Hanging out with my fellow Framers to celebrate another successful year for Frame Dance.
Hasn’t it been an amazing year? And you would know, ‘cause this isn’t your first Soir-odeo! With all of your contributions to and experiences with Frame Dance, why would you say you are a Framer?
Opera singer Beverly Sills said it best: “Art is the signature of civilizations.” And it should be part of our daily lives.
Truth. See you at the Dip Jar.
Kerri Lyons Neimeyer – Board Member, Blog Writer, Questioner and Answerer/Self
Hey, Kerri! Will we see you at the Soiree?
Well, Kerri, yes you will…in the mirror! (Ba-dum bum).
Are you hosting a table?
I am! I’m excited to have the opportunity to host as I’ve enjoyed myself as a guest at Frame Soirées in the past, and I wasn’t able to attend last year, which would have been my first Soirée as a board member.
What kind of guest/host are you?
Hilarious and grateful. And like a little extra nice-looking in a way that’s fun. That’s how I Soirée. Or, that’s what I’m aiming at, anyway.
What are you looking forward to at the Soirée?
The professional company performance. It just feels like it’s been too long since I’ve seen them do their thing, and they do it the best. Also seeing the whole gang – all of the ensembles and the other folks who love Frame Dance – celebrating our accomplishments together, looking forward to good things together.
Why are you a Framer?
Because Frame Dance recognizes how powerful dance can be in a person and in a community, and it recognizes the dancer/artist in everyone. Those ideas resound with me, profoundly.
Sounds harmonious and intense, Kerri.
It really can be, Kerri. And it’s intensely fulfilling. And I’m learning to find the ease in it, which is just golden. So, you know, win win. Up and up. See you at the Soirée.