World Premiere of “Silo” by Travis Magee

Travis Magee PhotographyWorld Premiere of “Silo”
A Solo Exhibition of Dance Photography by Travis Magee
Opening Night Party: Friday, November 16th from 7PM-10PM
Closing January 1st, 2013
Free Admission
Space On White
81 White Street New York, NY 10013  (212) 227-8600

In the summer of 2012, Travis Magee was awarded a residency at DANCENOW[NYC]‘s Silo facility, an 80-acre farm in Springtown, Pennsylvania where he was given unprecedented creative freedom to produce dance photography.  Over ten days, Mr. Magee brought together seventeen dancers from some of the world’s most prominent dance companies, including members of the troupes of Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Larry Keigwin, Aszure Barton, Sean Curran and others.  It was one of the only times in history that so many dancers from such diverse backgrounds had come together for one dance photographer.Travis Magee Photography

Travis Magee’s photography is based on the concept of capturing real-life kinetic movement in order to elicit complex emotions.  As a result, all of Mr. Magee’s photography is achieved in one choreographed shot, and he does not use Photoshop to manipulate or construct his images.Travis Magee Photography

“Travis Magee’s photographs are like compelling choreography. there seems always to be an implied narrative but it is up to the viewer to decipher and to decide for themselves what the hell is going on!”
Sean Curran

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SUBJECT, 2012 from James Koroni on Vimeo.

The questions that SUBJECT asks are, “Who is a subject? To what do we subject others? Is this a subject worth considering?” In philosophy, a subject is a being that has subjective experiences, a subjective consciousness or a relationship with another entity.

In SUBJECT we reveal the intimacy of human and non-human relationships, validating them as subjects, which departs from their popular assignment as objects to be subjected to human will, whim and desire.

James Koroni, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, 2012

In SUBJECT, I perform for, with and around these rescued farm animals at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and they acknowledge my presence. They are viewers. As a performer I evoke emotional responses, some jovial and affectionate and others curious and reserved. They are complex sentient being and all respond as individuals.

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Celia Rowlson-Hall

Celia Rowlson-Hall Often, when people go to work, they sometimes feel it’s as tedious as going to the DMV. However, when I, James Koroni, woke up the morning of the Robert Delong music video shoot felt as though I had planned a day on the beach with all my friends. That day I had the pleasure of working for Celia Rowlson-Hall who has done a great deal of notable creative works as a choreographer, dancer, actress, and filmmaker. She is on her way to having significant cultural influence.

I was impressed that Rowlson-Hall was very quick on her feet (pun intended), gave clear and friendly direction, and presented herself professionally. After the music video was finished I interviewed her for Enforced Arch.

James Koroni: My eyes have been glued to your work. The characters in your films are so distinct. What would you say is an underlying theme in all your work?

Celia Rowlson-Hall: Thank you James! The main theme and driving force of my work is simply my curiosity. I tend to go where I am curious to discover more about a particular feeling, image, or circumstance I can’t shake.

Koroni: Now specifically talking about your new short film, ‘The Audition’, I am impressed with this character’s/actor’s composure throughout the audition. Regardless of what is being asked, such as altering one’s aesthetic appearance, masturbation, etc. she seems committed to her craft. To what lengths do you think is appropriate for an artist to be pushed to in these circumstances?

Rowlson-Hall: Well I think the artist can go as far as she/he wants, if it is on their own terms… I say the further the better. But in the case of “The Audition”, the actor is letting herself be completely manipulated, which is what makes it uncomfortable.

Koroni: On the other hand your performance displays that actors are capable of these elements and all at a moments notice. Are you making a commentary OR are you taking a stand against it?

Rowlson-Hall: This piece actually never intended to be a commentary on the audition process. I simply thought it would be fun/tragic to create the ultimate audition over a menial role for a really bad TV show or movie, so that is what I did! But I did use moments in the film that have happened to me in auditions such as “dancing in a club”, “drink spilled on you”, changing my appearance for certain roles… which is pretty ridiculous.

Koroni: As a filmmaker, how has being a professional choreographer and dancer influenced your work?

Rowlson-Hall: My film work is entirely influenced by my dance background. Movement is my way of communicating, so I have brought that not only to the subject matter that I shoot, but also give close attention to how the camera moves, and then bring an awareness to timing and rhythm in the edit. The whole process of filmmaking is so similar to choreographing a dance.

Koroni: How have your completed works influenced or fine tuned your vision for future works?

Rowlson-Hall: Oh yes! Every time I make something, I make a tremendous amount of mistakes. I love it though because they are so valuable and greatly inform how I approach and shoot the next project. I try not to get hung up on what went well because what is the fun of doing the same thing over and over just because it “worked”?

Koroni: Aside from your obvious mediums of expression; dance, choreography, directing, acting and styling, what also is a powerful tool for you when you are in your creative space?

Rowlson-Hall: When working on projects, a powerful and necessary tool for me is to have collaborators that I trust and who share and honor my creative space. I have been very blessed to have so many wonderful friends and collaborators who have helped bring every project of mine to life.

Koroni: What have you come to rely on to keep your active and sometimes unpredictable lifestyle manageable for you?

Rowlson-Hall: Yoga!

Koroni: I admire you for being vegetarian and it makes me curious, what’s so damn interesting about vegetables anyway?

Rowlson-Hall: They provide one with all the nutrients one needs without wreaking havoc on the earth’s resources!

Koroni: What artists currently are influencing your work?

Rowlson-Hall: I can’t get the Rineke Dijkstra exhibit at Guggenheim from this summer out of my head. Perfect.  Pina Bausch will forever be an inspiration.  And the genius that is Mark Rylance, best actor I have ever seen.

Koroni: What book are you reading?

Rowlson-Hall: Half the Sky.

Koroni: What’s the best movie you have seen in the past year?

Rowlson-Hall: Alps.

Koroni: What was the last song that made you loose your shit on the dance floor?

Rowlson-Hall: “motion sickness” by hot chip. But the dance floor was my living room…

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Food Waste Walking Tour

Kathleen Stansell, artist, activist, and avid food rescuer airs on the Sex and Politics Radio show from Brooklyn College every Friday night between 8PM & 9PM. In her weekly segment, Kathleen discusses her personal experience with dumpster diving, shares locations from which to find fresh produce that has been dumped in the trash, and contributes to the listener delicious recipes made from the rescued food.

This week Kathleen will be discussing the Food Waste Walking Tour that happened last Thursday. Tune in to the live airing at

Food Rescue tour #2, Kathleen Stansell

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Alien Of Extraordinary Ability – Bettina May

Bettina May, The Couch

If you missed Mover, Bettina May on The Couch this morning it is a must see. She is an inspiration to us all!

More of Bettina May HERE!

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Kathleen Stansell

Kathleen Stansell

Kathleen Stansell has been dancing since the age of three and continues to pursue her passion of dance as a teaching artist, performer, and choreographer. She teaches a variety of movement skills including gymnastics, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and creative movement. Kathleen graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with Honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Choreography. She is currently using her performance skills with Upaya, Catey Ott Dance Collective, and her own company, Move for Change. Along with her friend and colleague, Dan Kinch, Kathleen is the Co-Artistic Director of Move for Change and the Brooklyn Culture Jammers, an artistic collective in support of Occupy Wall Street used to bring awareness to issues such as food justice and a myriad of other social issues. For Kathleen, dance comes secondary to aiding the advancement of character of both her students and her audiences.

“It is important to me to be as socially responsible as possible in my daily life so I may contribute to the happiness and peace of others. This means restraining the use of any animal products, reducing the output of wasteful materials, and doing work that is for the benefit of other people’s health and well-being. Dance and acting are the creative outlets of which I am most talented and passionate about; therefore, I use those talents as a gentle approach to communicating issues surrounding food waste, the monopolization of food products, excess, and human rights. I move for change.
-Kathleen Stansell

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History Of Flamenco Dance

The music, song and dance of Flamenco is said to have originated in Andalusia, in Southern Spain. It’s influenced by traditional music of Romani, with elements traced back to northern India, and even Greek, Moorish, and Jewish cultures. Influences can still be seen in the Indian Kathak dance.

The core of Flamenco dance is based upon Flamenco Dance, Enforced Archpersonal improvisation and spontaneous expression. It is renowned for its emotional intensity and proud presence; and can be easily recognized by an expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.

The role of the dancer is to interpret the words of the singer. It is made up of song (cante), guitar (toque), and hand clapping/dancing (baile), and although not from traditional dance, the castanets are often widely used in the dance. It involves a rhythmic collaboration of foot tapping, stomping, intricate guitars, and hand clapping with beautiful traditional song. Singers of Flamenco are known as cantaores, and are the most important element in the juerga (informal, spontaneous gathering similar to a jam session).

In the 18th Century the art of Flamenco dance was learnt from other performers, not in schools. But the guitarists went through rigorous professional training. Today, however, there are more Flamenco academies in Japan than Spain!

It was largely part of the Gypsy community but as this became less segregated it was possible for the community and the dance to be seen more publicly. Originally the Cante (song) was the core element of Flamenco, the guitar and dance came much later.  It first became a public performing art in the second half of the 19th Century, when Cafés Cantantes became popular in Seville 1842, and was known as Opera Flamenca.  

From the 1850s, it became a more professional dance. Performers used wooden platforms, but soon singing overtook the dance spectacle.

Flamenco occurs in four settings, in the juerga, in convert venues, in the theatre and in small-scale cabaret. The juerga and cabaret performances are informal settings, while the concert and theatre settings are formal. A traditional concert is very different to a juerga, as there is only one singer and one guitarist.

In theatres, Flamenco has become an extended dance in its own right comparable to ballet, and professional Flamenco companies such as Maria Pagés encourage and nurture professional Flamenco dancers.

In the mid 20th Century, Flamenco dance became popular again and was integrated into Ballets Flamencos, which were a mixture of traditional flamenco and new modern ideas. Concerts became less traditional, too, meaning that instead of just one guitarist and singer accompanying the dance, you’re more likely to find a Flamenco band consisting of three guitars, including a bass guitar, a piano, flutes or saxophones, and a cajon, a traditional wooden box drum played by hand (so without drumsticks). There are also more singers in this more modern setting, who often take turns to sing solos.

The main influencers on the evolution of Flamenco music include classical Andalusian Orchestras of the Islamic empire, Andalusian regional folk forms, Punjabi singing from India, Persian Zyriab singing, Jewish chants used in the Synagogue, African influences from slaves of New World Caribbean, as well as Central and South American colonies, Arabic Zayal, and Mozarabic forms such as Zambra and Zarchyas.

This variety of influences has also played an important role on the evolution of Flamenco dance styles, and modern influences and changes are shaping the way of Flamenco to this day.

The article was written by Move Dancewear, providers of dancewear for ballet, jazz, Flamenco and tap. Move are enthusiastic about dance, and aim to provide resources and inspiration to dancers of all dance varieties.

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Ashani Mfuko Is Unstoppable

Ashani Mfuko, Inside NYC Dance

Her heart is full for the dance community which is why she is launching a new television series entitled “Inside NYC Dance.”

Since the launch of her radio show “Let’s Talk Dance” in 2010, Mfuko has gained a following of more than 20,000 listeners and launched more than 60 episodes and YouTube features. Active in the online community, Mfuko’s weekly #LetsTalkDance tweetchats are often among the top trending topics on Twitter, weighing in with questions and commentary around current trends and artist needs. Listeners and followers tune in from around the world. Mfuko provides tips and tricks as well as educates the dance community in regards to marketing, branding, utilizing social media and developing media to increase exposure and online presence. The addition of “Inside NYC Dance” will further increase community engagement to dance news and reach a new audience through MNN’s subscriber base of 620,000 in the Manhattan area.

“This past year we’ve really seen the popularity of dance TV shows take off, but there’s no real representation of what’s happening in the center of the dance world, in New York City,” says Ashani Mfuko. “This TV series is a much-needed boost to the Dance Community. Not only does it provide larger community exposure to dance visionaries but will also highlight upcoming dance events to drive community interaction.”

The weekly show premiered last Friday night at 10:30 p.m. on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Culture Channel (Time Warner Cable 67 | RCN 85 | FiOS 36) and continues each Friday for twelve episodes.

Inside NYC Dance

This coming Friday we can expect features on The Young Choreographer’s Festival, Exec. Director of The Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, Michele Byrd McPhee, and Media Relations Specialist, Amber Henrie.

Where can I watch “Inside NYC Dance?”

Residents within the five boroughs of New York City can watch the show through their local cable network (Time Warner Cable 67 | RCN 85 | FiOS 36). Viewers outside of NYC can watch the show’s live stream at The show will air every Friday night at 10:30pm. For additional information and details on each upcoming episode follow the show on and, or visit

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First Steps to Weight Loss

PART TWO: Eat Salad Every Day

Kale Salad

Image credit Gena Hamshaw

Leafy green vegetables, especially dark green ones, are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. That makes the act of eating a salad one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall well being and maintain a healthy amount of body fat. As long as your salads are done right (see below), eating more of them will both decrease the calories you take in and increase the nutrients you get. This means salad consumption is very helpful for both weight loss and health gain.

Healthy foods are nutrient dense, meaning they have a lot of nutrients per calorie. Micronutrients are a class of nutrients that are crucial for having a long, healthy life. They keep your body in running order, including your bones, soft tissues, eyes, and immune system. Getting lots of them also significantly reduces your risk of many diseases, including certain types of cancer. Calories are what give you energy. Since you only need so much energy per day, you’re better off getting as much nutrition as you can along with those calories. Most people eating Western diets get too many calories and not enough micronutrients. This almost always leads to too much body fat and ill health. That means most Westerners need to eat more foods that are more nutrient dense, like greens.

Salad is high in many nutrients, including fiber. Eating fibrous foods such as vegetables, beans, and fruit fills the volume of your stomach and makes you feel full and satisfied. That leaves less room for food that is less healthy. And so, one easy step you can take to reduce the amount of calories you eat while increasing the amount of nutrients you get is to eat a salad every day, preferably before a big meal like lunch or dinner. Some people even base an entire meal on salad by adding other yummy ingredients, like the ones below.

Aside from green leaves, there are many more tasty and health-promoting foods you can add to your salad. Here are some:

-greens: romaine lettuce, spinach, mixed greens, arugula
-other vegetables: bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, artichoke hearts
-fruits: diced grapefruit, apples, figs, berries, and any dried fruits
-nuts and seeds: pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed
-herbs, fresh or dried: cilantro, oregano, mint
-legumes: black beans, red lentils, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, sweet peas
-whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, barley, millet, wild rice, corn

The more ingredients you add from the vegetables, legumes, and fruits categories, the more nutrients your salad has per calorie. And when you include fruits, herbs, and other delicious foods, the tastier your salad becomes and the less dressing you might want to add.

Adding foods that are low in nutrients but high in calories can destroy the health status of a salad in no time. Meat, cheese, and oil are common examples. If you add these foods, they should be in small amounts (the smallest amount you can muster). Croutons made from white bread are another example of a low-nutrient food often added to salads.

Many salad dressings are based on oil, which is one of the least nutrient dense foods around. Even olive oil, which has been heavily advertised as a health food, is actually very low in nutrients aside from fat, from which it gets 100% of its calories. That means that the more oil and oil-based dressings you add to your greens, the less health-promoting the salad becomes. And the harder it will be to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight.

If you are buying a salad dressing, one of the first ingredients in the ingredient list should be some kind of vinegar or water, not oil. One trick is to just buy vinegar on its own, such as balsamic, apple cider, etc. You can also use hummus, tahini, salsa, and hot sauce as great salad toppings that can be mixed in to add a lot of flavor.

There are lots of recipes for healthy salad dressings, but here’s a simple formula you can use to create your own: Pick a vinegar, a nut butter or seed butter, an herb or spice, and a citrus fruit. Put these ingredients into a blender and add enough water to blend. Keep adding water until you have the desired consistency and flavor power. Lots of vinegar will take lots of water and other ingredients to mellow out. The more nut or seed butter you add, the more calories the salad dressing will have. Athletes needing more calories can be generous with the amount of nuts and seeds their salads–and any meal–include.

Part 1: Stop Drinking Calories!

DISCLAIMER: The author is neither a nutritionist nor registered dietician. Information contained herein was gathered from many sources and can be found in the literature of such organizations as the World Health Organization, the American Dietetics Association, the American Council on Exercise, National Institutes of Health, and others. Consult with a physician before making changes to your diet or exercise program.

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Cynthia King Presents FRAMED

Cynthia King Dance Studio, Enforced Arch

Brooklyn, NY – This October marks 50 years of dance for acclaimed CKDS Artistic Director and choreographer, Cynthia King. To celebrate the occasion, King offers audiences FRAMED, a unique, fast-paced assemblage of pieces incorporating a diverse collection of performers — from aspiring young dancers to professionals. FRAMED will include original dance works ranging from the thought-provoking to the joyous, from pure camp to pure catharsis.

October 6, 2012
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Box Office: (718) 488-1624
Tickets can be purchased at

FRAMED will continue the CKDS growing tradition of staging innovative productions performed for and by adults and children at Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, NY. Says King, “I am excited to present this dynamic collection of works that truly represent many facets of my career in dance, and address the issues that I am passionate about.”

Cynthia King, Enforced ArchCynthia King has danced professionally in New York and with touring companies. A Brooklyn devotee and fixture, she has taught at local schools and frequently hosts and participates in community and political events. She is a passionate animal advocate, producing Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers-the only prêt-a-porter vegan ballet shoes available on the market, and has served on the boards of various animal welfare organizations. Her studio has trained dancers in Brooklyn for over ten years.

Select pieces will address serious political and ethical issues, ranging from the objectification of girls and women by society to animal rights, interspersed with light-hearted jaunts, for a compelling evening spanning a spectrum of emotions. King will dance with CKDS faculty, current students, and alumni. Special guests from the New York City arts community have shared their talents by composing original music, and designing sets and costumes. Dynamic Rockers will perform and drag queen activist Honey LaBronx will be our vivacious Master of Ceremonies.

Cynthia King Dance Studio, Enforced ArchAbout Cynthia King Dance Studio
Since its beginnings, CKDS has brought excellence in dance to the Brooklyn community, inspiring the best in students of all ages. For more than a decade, CKDS has continued to prioritize technical training, innovative performance, and community involvement to create a unique and personally rewarding experience for all of its dancers and their families. Learn more at our website:

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