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Ghosts in the Theater

My troupe mates and I went to check out a potential new space for our dance studio. It’s an historic building, and old theater…. and it’s magnificent!

There are two spaces that we are currently hoping to get (I would really be happy in either space).
The first is an old ballet studio – excellent wood floors, mirrors are already up, big enough to hosts classes, workshops, and events.
The other is the theater.
There would be some work to be done if we got it. Floors would need to be installed, mirrors, etc. It has space for an office, storage, and there is a room large enough for private lessons that could double as classroom space (not dance class, but actual lecture/homework-type class).

The Our Dancing Daughters program would really benefit from either studio. We discussed the potential for having the girls usher, run concessions, or handle ticket sales (supervised, of course) while plays/shows/events go on.
And having non-KCDC/ODD/belly dance events would certainly help supplement income. It is a theater.

While we were touring the building – and getting super excited – we stood on the stage looking out toward the seats. It’s a large enough theater to have big events, but not so large to be intimidating.
While Tasha and the caretaker spoke, something out toward the front of the room caught my eye. It wasn’t much, a flash of…. light? No, it wasn’t bright enough to be light. A shapeless form that, at first glance, looked like it may have been a reflection off some of the hanging decorations. I stood there, staring, looking for it to happen again, but it didn’t.

Tasha and I talked about the space in the car, on our way to the coffee shop for a post-theater meeting with the others. She saw it, too, and definitely felt like there were more than just the 3 spirits for which the building is known. Oh? Didn’t I mention that? Yeah; the place is haunted.

I only saw the one thing, but I felt the others, for sure.

Not once did I feel uncomfortable.The theater was inviting and warm.
I really felt like we belonged there.
Like we could spruce it up and make it magical again.

I think the little girl, Mary, would love to see the ODD girls dancing.
I think she would like to learn, too.

Like I said, I would be happy with either space.
But I kinda really want the theater.

Truth

Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love.

–Lois Hurst

“Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.”
Havelock Ellis

I’ve been busy helping out in wardrobe (and a bit of crew) with Al-Bahira’s production of “Ifrita Helwa” the last two nights. It’s a lovely experience, and I enjoy every minute of it.
The cast and crew are truly wonderful people.

Seriously, how beautiful is this?!
 

Today is the last day of the play. I only get to stay for the first half, then I get to rush home so hubby and I can scoot off to Turtle Lake, WI for a mini vacation. 🙂
I am super excited for this… I really need the downtime.

We’re doing a small beer fest-type get-together. One of our friend’s friends does some home brewing but, outside of that, the group is made of of small-town WI boys who drink pseudo-domestic, watered-down, light lagers.
We are bringing a large cooler full of micro-brews, local favorites, and specialty imports that we think will broaden some horizons.

I cannot wait!

Peace to you all.
I’ll see you when I get back!