Slow Going

It’s been a bit rough here at TEF Ballet Central.  We’ve been so busy at the studio with my sister’s dance camp and all the visitors and my wedding plans that we haven’t had much time to play with ideas and such.  Right now I’m on the edge of getting all the major stuff finalized (ceremony, reception, guest list) and after that I’m free and clear.

Where we’re stuck is finding the time to write letters to the various artists who are on our musical wish list.  We’re going for a different feel on this one and looking at artists who have more of a contemporary sound.  Mostly I want to do justice to the designs and stories that have come in already.  I feel like we’d be compromising the intent of M&A’s creations if we don’t go for something really special.

So much to do!  Designs, fundraising, auditioning local dancers, scheduling rehearsals… none of this can happen until we have the music.  Makes my head spin sometimes.


Inspired by…

one of my Little Sisters, who is also in the Forest.  I think you’ll recognize the artist’s style.


I’ll just leave this here.  Don’t drool on it, we need it.

And to the artist… you have an incredible soul and a magnificent gift.  We’re blessed to have your talent in our little project.

We’re baa-aack…

The recital was incredible (as usual, pictures and video to come on the Dance Project site) and we’re in full-on Forest mode!  We’re still trying to find good music, so if you’ve got a recommendation, post it here.

My wish list… David Arkenstone, Troika, Al and Amy, Vollenweider… anything that evokes a sense of peace and beauty like that of the Forest.

We need costumes, set ideas, t-shirt and poster designs.  I’ve been talking to Builder Dad (who made an amazing battery-powered artificial campfire on wheels for the recital) and he’s ready for anything the Forest Community can think of to throw at him.

Best idea so far for set design came from Sewing Mom, who suggested we get big red umbrellas with white spots on for the Mushrooms.  Yes… Dancing Mushrooms.

So if anyone is feeling brave enough to design Dancing Mushrooms…


for the Masquerade!

Imagine it.  Stars and Moons.

“My Deerest” is going to be beautiful.  Lovely does in pretty skirts and handsome stags dressed in their forest finest dancing and prancing trying to win the hearts (or at least attentions) of the girls.  I thought of capping this at 8 deer, but after much thought I think we need more more more!


Good Morning!


Okay, got it.

First thing this morning, I see this:

and the story of “Forest Games” falls into place.  Imagine the Playground, with a whole mess of deer jumping about and being loud and happy.  Off to the side, a stag is trying to sleep, but the noise keeps waking him and he doesn’t want to go anywhere else because he was there first! and if anyone should clear out it’s those crazy kids.  Grump grump grump.

And just as he’s getting up and preparing to storm off and complain to the Twin Gods about all this ruckus, a fawn comes and he relents… and soon he’s jumping around the rocks like a kangaroo.  LOVE THIS.

Music for “Forest Games” includes Andreas Vollenweider, “Enchanted Rocks” from the VOX album.  Give it a listen.

Mr. Red, you grump, you have won my heart.


Woohoo!  Here’s the first Fawn costume, complete with accessories.  This is a good creative day.  First a new dance idea, now a new costume.  Thanks to Kassy’s human for this lovely little design!