What happens when you hear that Beyoncé's choreographer is coming to town and will be teaching at a dance workshop? You get yourself together and get there, praying you will to be able put in the work and keep up, that's what!
Yesterday, as the nation celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the WonderTwins presented a full-day dance workshop called "Sauce, Slay and Service" that featured classes taught by professional choreographers and dancers. It wasn't just a day off, it was a day ON! Proceeds went to victims of Hurricane Matthew and we also brought nonperishable foods to the event to donate. What a wonderful day of service it was... full of terrific energy and talented movers. I told myself I wanted to make more time for attending dance classes this year and this was a great first class to start 2017 off with. The last time I took a class this challenging was in 2011, only months after I had moved down to Carolina, when Willdabeast was dancing with T-Pain during Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. Tour; and he and Tre Holloway taught at Studio RUSH in Charlotte, NC. It was my first advanced-level class, but I remember leaving feeling inspired by Will's words to me, "...KEEP DANCING!"
What a jammed-packed Labor Day Weekend (LDW) with friends and family - FRAMILY! My cousin, Shadlyn, spent her vacation paying me a visit, so I tried to make sure we had a good balance of things to do. It was a great time hosting and showing her pieces of my life while also venturing out to enjoy other parts of North Carolina. This post will be a complete recap of our weekend, starting with Sunday (the day before she headed back to Baltimore).
We slept in and did not make it to our scheduled morning church service or community yoga session, but the sleep was very needed. When we finally rolled out of bed, we fixed breakfast and watched 21 Jump Street (I'll only say "I've seen better"). A little after noon, I pulled out a blouse that urgently needed to be stitched, so I did that quickly and we got ready and were off to the Durham Civil Rights History Mural (DCRHM) Project wall. Shadlyn had expressed to me prior that she was upset I signed her up to paint, but I found it necessary that we put in a few volunteer hours in our schedule. In the end, she said that she had a great time helping out on a mural for the first time. Below, find some flicks in the slideshow of the site's progress!
We headed straight to my sister's house to visit her family afterwards. They had fried rice, peppered cajun seafood, and drinks waiting for us. SCORE! While there, my brother in law ran out to buy some fruit that I agreed to help him carve into a "wagon". More visitors came and we had a great time bonding with each other. It wasn't until close to midnight when we headed back home to get some rest. We all had a splendid time and I'm glad we convinced Shadlyn not to hit the road until early Monday morning. It's a blessing to be people rich.
This month has had its obstacles. I am finally past them and hope I can learn from them and continue to grow as a freelance artist and illustrator. As I spent my weekend wandering around Durham after a couple of long workdays, I found myself living in the moment. I put all of my worries aside and just went with the flow, which was needed. This Third Friday, the Carrack held the Red Dot Community Art Exhibit. I donated a few pieces and joined for an evening of food and festivities with a group of happy, art-loving people.
Saturday, Ashley and I met up at Mercury Studio to view the art installations now on display dowtown as part of the Durham Storefront Project. It's a lovely space, I must say (that was my first time visiting). We did not let the daunting rain clouds or the periodic drizzle stop us. We even got to enjoy the beauty of a setting sun and rainbow in the sky before splitting. Ashley headed off to the Carolina Theater for the showing of Inequality For All, and before I could reach my car, the sound of live drums caught my ear. The sound was also coming from the theater, which happened to be the location of the African American Dance Ensemble (AADE)'s Home Show the night before and something was telling me to walk in. Of course I had to buy a ticket first.
I'm back after a little creation hiatus, which was the result of attending a mini-conference a couple months ago. It was the Creative Entrepreneur Expo held at the Durham Arts Council (DAC) on May 16, 2013. My intention by going to this expo was for inspiration, but I did not expect it to have an opposite effect on me. The two speakers you see pictured above shed some great knowledge and helpful tips for creatives. The number one tip I took to heart was, "If the process you are using is working for you, then great." That is... if it is getting you clients that are satisfied when you deliver their work and growing business, keep at it! "If it's not, PIVOT!"
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