Monday, October 20, 2008

The Founding Members of Elements!!

Mari and I are very proud to announce the founding members of Elements, Augusta's first all Tribal Improv dance company! Please join us in congratulating:

Donna Matthews
Sandee Wells
Evadne Medina
Barbara Shine
Nicole Gutierrez
Latoya Quiles
Kimberly Huttar
Kristen McAlevy

These women performed admirably at the audition yesterday and we were simply blown away with their knowledge of Alchemy's tribal style, their smiles, their composure, and their personalities. We are excited to be working with them and we can't wait for you to meet them at their premier performance at First Friday on November 7th!

So, with a resounding zaghareet, join us in welcoming Elements!!!

If you missed this audition, no worries! We will have future auditions and will announce them here with plenty of notice.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Alchemy at Southern Mirage 2008

Check out other performances that night, too!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A request..

Hey there, everyone,

As you all may know, I've been out of work for quite a while. As a matter of fact, this Sunday will mark one year since I lost my last job. Today, I was doing what I normally do: after taking care of the kids, doing some housework, and loving on the baby, I browse the local job listings. Well, let me tell you: it had been slim pickin' for a long while. Ideally, I'd like a job where I could get off around 2PM so I only had to pay for daycare for one child, instead of Xay going to afterschool care as well as Corwin being in all day long. It really kills me to be away from my kids, especially now that I've had this long stretch being with them constantly. However, our situation is becoming desperate, and I know that even if my husband doesn't think that I'm aware. :)

Most of the jobs available that I've seen have been swing shift type jobs that would make things very difficult for my family. However, with nothing else offered, I've been applying for anything and everything. Today, thought, I was cruising and one job just popped out at me. My first thought was: I'd be perfect for that job! So, I instantly whipped up a nice cover letter and applied.

Now, to my request: I wholeheartedly believe in the power of positive thinking. In the vein, I'm asking that anyone who reads this, please keep me and my family in your thoughts. Send me prayers, wishes, good vibes, whatever you believe in so that I find a job that's really good for my family. I've got my fingers crossed. :)

Thank you!


New purse!

I made this wonderful little purse over the last week. And I love it! For more details look here and here. You'll see me with this soon! :):)


Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't vote.... unless....

Win some Handspun!

JC oveer at Garnfiti is having a contest and you coudl win some beautiful handspun yarn! Check it out and enter!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Alchemy is very excited to announce that we will be holding open auditions for a new all-improv troupe named Elements!

Elements will be an Improvisational Tribal Style amateur troupe affliliated with Alchemy. What does this mean? Well, it means you don't have to memorize any choreography for Elements, but you DO have to be very comfortable with Alchemy's style of improv and be ready to lead and follow with a spirit of Tribal sisterhood. It means you get to wear all the beautiful costuming and jewelry you've bought but don't get alot of opportunities to dance in. It means you get to peek into life in a professional troupe, without the time or other commitments. Best of all, it means that if you are interested in dancing more than you currently do, for an audience, you'll get that chance. Plus you get Alchemy's years of experience to help find appropriate, safe places to dance that will be fun and exciting. You also get the benefit of intense monthly training with Alchemy to learn new cues and movement, polish skills you already have, and get the inside scoop on local happenings.

Don't worry, Alchemy will be holding the auditions on Sunday, October 19th, so you have time to polish your improv skills in classes with Mari, private lessons with me, Jeannie, or classes with Donna or Kristin. If there is interest, we can also provide a three-hour "crash course" workshop in our cueing system to get you ready for the audition.

Who can audition? Really, anyone within the CSRA or surrounding area that can consistently commit to rehearsals and shows. We strongly encourage our students to audition and those who have prior improv experience outside of Alchemy. Even if you decide not to join, the audition process can really help you gauge your skill level and give you honest critique.

So, what does this audition entail, you ask? You will have the opportunity to dance with a small group of others who are also auditioning, ensuring that everyone has a chance to lead and follow. Mari and I will be looking at your ability to lead confidently, to lead in such a way that is beneficial to the rest of the group following, your consistency following cues, your comfort level with and knowledge of Alchemy's cueing system. We will also be gauging how you work within the group. Group dynamics are the heart and soul of ATS (Alchemy Tribal Style). We won't be releasing the song you will be dancing to beforehand because we want you fresh and giving us true improv. Please wear something comfortable, a skirt, harem pants (pantaloons) , and something around the hips is encouraged, but not necessary.

If you are interested, please email troupe@alchemydance .com. We will give you more info, including emailing you a copy of the Elements troupe contract that outlines the responsibilities expected of every troupe member. Please contact us if you are planning on coming to audition. Space is limited and we want to try to give everyone interested a chance to try.

Questions? Concerns? Please, let me know!! :)

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