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May 31, 2018

For centuries, Bulgarian dance has celebrated life's important moments, and connected people to their cultural values--even when they are dispersed to many other adopted countries. Zharava (Burning Embers) brings authentic Bulgarian dance to the world, and we are thril...

May 30, 2018

My filmmaking friends might enjoy hearing about the unusual way this movie is being made.  Each of our dance groups are in different locations, and each location has its own characteristics.  Because we are shooting in a short (4 to 4 hour) time period, we need to be r...

May 28, 2018

Producer of Dancing Joy, Kate Tsubata, was a guest on a radio show in WV.

May 24, 2018

Fran Ichijo was one of the early supporters of our film, Dancing Joy.  As the founder of Hope Garden Ballet, and a longtime supporter of artistic education and production, she knows the power of dance to transform lives.  The vision of the film resonates with her own v...

May 23, 2018

 May 19, 2018 Minbuza

Despite months of effort to find a good outdoor location suitable to the Japanese folk dancing of Minbuza, we were glad to have an interior location at Bridgeport International Academy as our shoot day was in the pouring rain.

Led by artistic direct...

May 22, 2018

Katy Dillon's West Virginia Highland Dancers look like normal

 girls...until they start dancing.  Then, they seem to defy the rules of physics.  In graceful unison, they seem to barely touch the ground.  Their colorful kilts flare out as they spin and leap.  Small wonde...

May 21, 2018

The Gallaudet Dance company dances with American Sign Language, combining meaning and movement, and representing the Deaf culture. They were the first group to be chosen for our film, both to honor Beethoven's accomplishment in composing this masterpiece while profound...

May 21, 2018

Our second morning in Elkins, West Virginia, rain was tapping a beat on the pavement, and our hoped-for exterior location was unusable.  We ended up on semi-circular outcrop of the large porch at Halliehurst Mansion for to shoot the Appalachian Ensemble of Will Roboski...

May 19, 2018

Heading into the mountains of West Virginia, our four-person crew anxiously monitored the weather, which was promising thunder and lightning.  It seemed this did happen, but before we arrived in Elkins, so crews were removing felled trees from roadways, and the outdoor...

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