Thursday, February 27, 2020

Untold Stories

I went to a preview of Untold Stories presented by Emotions Dance at their dance studio (111 N. Longwood St. Suite 201. Longwood, FL 32750). I arrived a bit early so I got to hear the music while they rehearsed and warmed up while I waited in the lobby. Larissa Humiston did much of the choreography along with Emily NunezKatie Masterson, Autumn Goetting, Brooke Shoultz, Stefan Dolbachian and Amparo Padilla. Amparo kept catching my eye with some incredibly athletic dance movements. Some moves defied gravity and reason. A great thing about this dance company as well is that the emotions expressed shine through on the dancer's faces. In all there were 14 dance routines that spanned the emotions.

Of course sketching dance is a challenge since everyone is moving all the time. Instead I tried to catch the emotion expressed in one routine while following one dancer to try and catch the proper proportions and expressive stance. At times movements repeat and that is when the pencil and pen fly. Titles of the routines hint at the expressive dance to follow, #METOO, followed by Body Love and Unspoken Loss. I focused on a feeling of loss and angst which is something I easily relate to. The final routine, The Hope Within Us, however was up-lifing, hinting that the expressive creative journey has just begun. Much was left behind, it is time to spread your wings and fly.

Untold Stories show times are February 28 and 29, 2020
at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center's Mandell Theater (812 E Rollins St Orlando FL0
Tickets are $20 General Admission
$18 Students and Seniors

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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