Choreographing CANDIDE

Rare and valuable are the projects, where, in their midst, one is aware of how much they are learning and growing. My recent experience as the choreographer on the FSU Opera CANDIDE has been one such project. I because involved with the Opera through a classic case of "you know a guy who knows a [...]

How Long is Too Long?

Hi Internet. It's been a while, I know. The life highlight is this: so long Syracuse, bye bye Boston, felicitations Florida. More to follow. Let's move on to something I've been tossing around in my brain for the past couple weeks. Before I left Syracuse, I had a conversation with a couple dancer friends about [...]

Vampire Video!

So once upon a time I directed and produced a Showcase. And in that process I had the pleasure to collaborate with a Michigan-turned-Syracuse fellow by the name of Andrew Banas. The story of how we came to work together is convoluted, but needless to say it was a good time and resulted in that [...]

A Day at Jacob’s Pillow

HI Internet--it's been a while, eh? Long story short --> Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston, Syracuse, back to Boston. Leaving for Florida in less than a week. (!) More on that later. Yesterday I voyaged across Massachusetts to see dance haven and curatorial powerhouse Jacob's Pillow in real life. Long I have heard tell of this [...]

Glamour Addiction

Dear Dr. McMains, I recently read your book Glamour Addiction. It took me all of a few paragraphs for my eyebrows to go up, and all of five pages to grab a pencil, defacing the margins with comments like โ€œYAASSSโ€ and โ€œyes this!โ€ Allow me to explain. We have similar back-stories, Dr. McMains. I started [...]

Syracuse Ballroom Showcase: Things I Learned

Hello internet--it's been a busy few weeks. I am currently sitting at home in a haze, still riding the high of the show last night. What show, you say? The Syracuse Ballroom Showcase, of course. The path to producing this show has been a long and interesting one, and I thought I would take today [...]