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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
5:02 pm - Dateline: Tehachapi, California
At Rainbow's End for a visit...

My little family, 2013

My little family.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013
3:07 pm - Step we gaily, off we go...
...to mt ballet peep Yvette's wedding!

Some photos from my ballet buddy Yvette's wedding!

Some of the ballet gang
That's Carole on the left, or Mrs. Stahlbaum as we like to call her for the next two months. We car-pooled, and I signed the guest register "The Dr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum" and then we signed our real names! WHEEE!

Here is professional goofball Mindy, with her husband Joel, who is learning the ways of Mindy...

Joel and Mindy, goofy

And OMG! Kindra of the perfect posture!

Mindy and Kindra

And Theresa, with her boyfriend, Lincoln! ("Get my shoes in the shot!" Theresa said...)

Theresa and Lincoln

The bride, my pal Yvette, with her Maid of Honor, my partner Christine!

Yvette and Christine with the train

Carrying the train

Yvette and Christine

Much of the wedding party, including my partner Sammy, second from left, all somewhat patiently being directed by the photography team...

Bridal Party

Yvette was so wonderfully, deliriously happy. It was a joy to watch her first dance with Justin, later. They both radiated happiness.

Sunset photos

Then my battery died, dammit, and I had no spare. The End.

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
11:33 am - Okay, that was a good ballet...
Well, Hidden Language is in the can. We ran eight pieces, including several moderns, a flamenco/pointe shoe fusion, a straight flamenco, and a couple of story ballets. It was a lot of work, and months of rehearsal, but quite fun!

Here are a few photos... First up, my old partner Christine, a Reindeer in Peer Gynt, and I, the Thief from Parade...

Christine and Patrick

And here are the American Girls from Parade. I got to jump into their line and do a bit of dance with them! They had the sweetest character number, about eight minutes or so, total, and they just nailed it. This is the up-and-coming new A-Team at the studio, and they are coming on strong.

The American Girls and The Thief

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Natalie Baldwin, Robert Garcia
Natalie Baldwin and Robert Garcia in Sixth Sense, choreography by Robert Garcia and Scott Anderson

A few more from Sixth Sense...

Natalie Baldwin, Robert Garcia

Natalie Baldwin, Robert Garcia

Hannah

Natalie Baldwin

Lois Ellyn, company owner and Artistic Director of Nouveau Chamber Ballet, insisted on using some of my scenery from Parade out in front of the theater before the show...

The Lonely Ticket Seller

She's a genius!

Here are a few from the tech rehearsal, where dancers have different costumes on because there's never enough time to change before you're called back to run a prior piece again...

Haley Grant, ballerina and now modern dancer:

Haley Grant, dancer

Haley Grant, dancer

Haley Grant, dancer

And Hannah Hayes, ballerina and modern dancer...

Hannah Hayes, dancer

More to follow soon-ish!

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Friday, April 19th, 2013
11:36 pm - Photo dump...
Well, haven't posted since the Holidays, and I don't mean St. Patrick's Day, so here goes...

Emma is painting some details on the Chinese Conjurer's "Saw A Woman In Half" box that David Froberg and I built for the next ballet...

Emma and the Dragon

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
3:50 pm - A Tehachapi holiday...
Here's an update from our several days so far in Tehachapi, California at my in-law's house, as told in photos...

Today is Holly's birthday!

Birthday girl!

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
1:04 pm - More photos from The Nutcracker...
Here's a photo of my daughter from the ballet, that I shot from the stage...

Emma and Amber

She's training the other spot operator in how to select colors on cue...

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012
12:11 pm - The Nutcracker is over already!
But luckily, I shot some photos during rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and the two shows...

In 2006, the first year I danced the role of Dr. Stahlbaum, Sasha was the Little Girl, who appears first onstage as a tiny child staying up past her bedtime. Six years later, Sasha was my daughter Clara!

Clara and the Nutcracker
Sasha as Clara

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11:56 am - It's been a while...
...but at my sister's request, I've remembered to start posting here again!

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Monday, October 15th, 2012
8:08 am - Old-timey...
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plkGb0XEOSc&feature=youtu.be

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012
10:12 am - It's almost Sunday!
Sorry, we're back!

Porter Road, September 2nd

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10:11 am - Tuesday's sunset...
...was all the rage on the local Twitter-verse and FB for a few minutes...

Tuesday's sunset...

The clouds were all twisty and absolutely etched into the electric-blue sky. Photos just can't capture how stunningly beautiful this was...

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm - Reposting some well-reasoned words...
...on the Chik-Fil-A thing.

Here's a link to Wayne Self's blog article, unfortunately titled, but the gist of the article is simply very well written, and expresses my own feeling pretty exactly.

http://www.owldolatrous.com

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
12:33 pm - Photo shoot...
For the poster for the next ballet performance, I got to model with Christine as a painter, and his model!

Artist and model...
It's my Christine! She gets to be on the poster!

The next show, in September at an outdoor amphitheatre, is called Ballet en Plein Air. Lois decided I looked like Van Gogh. (I was voting for Degas, but Lois always wins. That's why she's the Artistic Director.)

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
11:09 am - I got a new cellphone!
New cell phone

It's virtually indestructible!

In other news, I saw a bird!

Turkey vulture

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
12:40 am - Theresa in rehearsal
The opening for Elgar's Enigma Variations, this is Theresa Knudson dancing Lois Ellyn's choreography to variation IX... Theresa is amazing.



Here's the link if embedding still doesn't work. http://youtu.be/bV4VbE1gDAs

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Monday, September 26th, 2011
10:53 am - Last Call scene...
I'm in for a donation!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmyak/last-call-by-tim-powers-film-a-scene

If you'd like to make a donation to help M. Yanovich film one scene to use to pitch a larger version of Tim Powers' "Last Call", here is your chance. Kickstarter will accept donations until Tuesday, OCtober 11th. The goal is $35,000 to film one telling scene from the book, and the project is a bit over halfway to that goal, at a bit over halfway through the pledge period. I'm happy I could make a pledge!

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Friday, August 12th, 2011
12:28 pm - Shostakovich modern rehearsal...
Almost an entirely new crew! This is going to be fantastic!

Shostakovich rehearsal

I hope the new orchestra is working as hard as Lois' dancers...

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
11:19 am - We're back this Sunday!
Porter Road, August 7th, 2011

Come on down and help us out of, or into, more trouble!

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
10:08 pm - Free to GREAT home...
The Least-Feral Kitten Ever

A feral kitten, abandoned under my mom's front porch deck, that she has been handfeeding and generally spoiling. We brought him home to Orange County today.

8 weeks old, vet approved, all shots current as of July 5th, 2011, this little baby will not be on the lot long before some lucky owner snatches him up!

Please hurry and contact me. It's mewing at me in a most appealing manner, and we have a cat already who has not adapted well to a second cat in the past, and we don't want Tip to lose his personality again...

Please, save us from teh kewt. This guy was born to be a housecat. He has already been lounging around on the bed with my wife... He rode over eight hours in the car today, and the only noise he made was a purring that could be heard above the idling engine at one of our coffee stops...

He's really a good kitteh...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
10:27 am - I saw a fish!
The tiny little pas I do with Christine is getting smoother, and prettier!

Practice Fish!
Fish catch practice...

Run-through Fish!
Fish catch in rehearsal, at speed!

This is SO FUN!

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