Each time I decide to wear my high heels I will document and share my experiences with you; from the different genres of dance classes I take, to the physical and emotional responses I feel, and the reactions I get from others. I intend to use these experiences and my own self-discoveries to inform the choreographic and creative process with my various dance partners on this subject. This is primarily a movement study based around the use of high heels in dance. Because dance is an artistic and thus emotional expression, I feel that it is important to understand the social connection to the subject as well, since that in turn has a significant effect on the emotional development. For this reason, I will also be wearing my high heels outside the dance classroom in the social settings of everyday life.
|Posted on November 23, 2020 at 5:40 PM||comments (121)|
When you are forced to take a break no matter how uncomfortable or even painful it can sometimes be (the pause, the silence, the isolation) it always allows for deep reflection to spring forth. During my recent hiatus I came to an important realization.
My whole life, since infancy, my gender identity was questioned. People would constantly ask my parents, sisters and myself, “Is that/Are you a boy or girl...” I knew from a ver...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:20 PM||comments (107)|
When I first started this project it was out of sheer curiosity. That simple question from my female student that initiated everything, “Well you should try dancing in heels…” stirred so many thoughts in my brain towards the history of high heels and the wonderment of being in them. Out of this curious state begun my journey wearing high heels and absorbing the feelings and sensations physically and emotionally around them.
That journey soon shifted from cu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM||comments (1)|
This week will be the inaugural congress of the LA Hustle Movement founded and led by Shay Dixon. There will be performances, competitions, master classes and social dance parties throughout the weekend from Sept. 27th-29th. People from all over the country are gathering to celebrate Hustle partner dancing. There will also be salsa and west coast swing dance genres integrated into the weekend program.
I am in SoCal at the moment prepping all of my students and amateurs comp...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 30, 2019 at 7:10 PM||comments (2)|
Reflecting on this day, 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that paved the way for the gay rights movements, I can't help but to think back on how it all began. Recently watching the documentary, "The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson" and "Stonewall Uprising: PBS American Experience" brought tears to my eyes as I cringed to the societal oppression that systematically discriminated and tortured the LGBTQ community. The amount of propoganda spread about homosexuality as a "mental illn...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
I took a hiatus from blogging but have not taken a break from my high heels. To the contrary, I’ve been actively performing and choreographing in high heels ever since. From the social dance floors of hustle parties and competitions nationally and internationally to the concert stage performances such as Jacob’s Pillow, Cape Dance Festival and The Martha Graham Theater, my heels have been gracing the floor of every venue it has entered. In fact, with the awareness I’ve been ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 31, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (2)|
"Elevated" is a short dance film conceived and choreographed by Kelsey Burns and I that gives a new perspective to latin/rhythm ballroom dance. Both the male and female dance in high heels and both have legs exposed and legs covered together at the same time, yet all while keeping the traditional gender roles as male-leader and female-follower. It's a concept that celebrates the latin/rhythm ballroom expression while challenging its current state and traditional aesthetic; a su...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 19, 2016 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
My dance partner, Kelsey Burns, and I began rehearsing together both in ladies latin ballroom high heels (3.5 inches to be exact) for the first time in June of 2015. My journey with her has created new discoveries in my body and helped me gain a whole new perspective on how we relate to each other. So many feelings to share with you.
The latin and rhythmic ballroom technique is tough physically no doubt. It takes a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 18, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments (1)|
The guts it takes to dance in high heels must weigh more than that of an elephant's and yet you can still look so light and poised as a flamingo. How is that possible one might ask? Practicing a technique that takes a ton of tenacity. And yes, there is an actual technique to dancing in heels. I think we've all been there at some point where you've seen a girl at a club who doesn't know how to actually dance in heels, looking like she is going to fall at any point and hurt herse...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
This is what goes down on Monday & Wednesday nights at Broadway Dance Center in Cecilia Marta's Latin Jazz class! I posted below a combination of chroegraphy from Cecilia Marta that I did in my latin heels for the first time. I even had a fellow male dancer join me in high heeled enlightenment. Thank you Henri for joining in!
I've taken her class in stilletto boots before as you have seen earlier in my journey, but dancing ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
If I made it to heaven, this is what it looked like. Shoes upon shoes of what seemed to have been some kind of immaculate conception of each designer and constructor of divine intercourse. From the ornate to the understated, the classical to the avant-garde, the sleek to the vulgar and erotic, there was no end to the spectrum of this elevated expression. I had wore my new pair of stilettos (black patent leather 6.5 inches) geared up for my trek into footwear enlightenment.Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:15 AM||comments (2)|
I can’t help but to fixate on the scene in the movie “The Bandwagon” in the last big dance sequence where Fred Astaire stumbles into a night club with mobsters and gangsters when he catches the attention of the the alluring Cyd Charisse sitting at the bar. She undoes her jacket revealing her seductive red sequin dress and saunters to Fred with that piercing gaze. He grabs her and the alarm goes off. With a kick there and a twist here, her legs are on fire! I j...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (3)|
Pelvis touching pelvis, body rolls, undulations, whips and dips and hair flying; these are cues of when you know you are probably caught in a Zouk frenzy. Originating from the "forbidden dance” known as Lambada, Brazilian Zouk is not at all for the reserved or conservative. It epitomizes freedom and sensuality with the spine loose and expressive and the hips girating. There are several styles of Zouk dance but the one I've been most exposed to is the Brazilian Zouk which ...Read Full Post »