Final thoughts.

This grant has offered me quite a few extraordinary opportunities. I have met a slew of fantastic artists from different mediums. Our Pinellas arts community is brimming full of emerging artists and established artists, to be able to stand in a room that has twenty on Thursday for the exhibition was lovely. The energy was electric. 

My mentor experience with Victoria Jorgensen allowed me to cross into the St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa film community and begin to brainstorm as to what dance can become on film.

With my personal career as well as with RogueDance, I am able to move forward knowing how to attack different obstacles with a new set of goals with a different outlook as to how to achieve them. A heart felt thank you to all who was involved in the process, you have certainly made an impact in my evolving artistry.

Say Something.

Most of the time when I construct a new piece I layer concepts until the meaning is only recognizable to myself or the performers. It is one of the joys as a choreographer to hear the audience member's interpretation of the work. My goal in creating is to evoke feeling without dictating, to make you laugh, cry and sit on the edge of your seat. That is its sole purpose.

For the Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist exhibition I chose differently. 

Zelimkham Bakaev is Chechen pop star that left his home in Moscow to visit the capital, Grozny, for his sister's wedding and never returned. It is suspected that authorities of the Chechen Government arrested, tortured, and killed the 26 year old as apart of an Anti-Gay crackdown. There have been reports that this anti-gay campaign has affected several hundred men.

In a world that most of the time I feel very powerless my art give me a voice. My performance at the exhibition is my small protest.  

If you don't like how the table is set, turn the table over.

Looking back at all of the roads I've taken, my gut feeling is usually right but not everything ends the way it was anticipated. Sometimes the end product is total garbage, because not every piece will be a masterpiece. Unlike my YMCA soccer team, not everyone gets a trophy.

A majority of my millennial peers use this trophy example as a negative connotation.  "I can't believe society preprogramed me to believe that I will be rewarded in everything I do."  Its time to do a rewiring. I'm sure the season wasn't empty. You made friends, you spent time outside,  you learned how to work with others, and unknowingly tested different basic analytical and strategical skills. Why can't the trophy be about the process? 

Stop complaining, look at things from a different perspective, and find the positive.

Your uber driver is probably working on a hot new start up and we used to smoke in airplanes. 

Flip the table.

Feast.

Hunger is good discipline.
— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Feast or famine is typically how my creative mind works. This summer I have found myself behind my computer screen developing business strategies and five year plans, brainstorming ideas of how to educate the public about modern dance and build audiences, and finding how my professional voice interacts with my creative self. I've felt akin to a bear in hibernation, dreaming of new ideas and concepts, although unlike the bear I did keep a few projects to snack on.

NEW // IN PROCESS  Before The Demolition presented as a work in process on 7/14 to be premiered 9/21 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Fl as apart of their Uncharted Series. Collaborating artists Cassia Kite (Soundstitching) and Elizabeth A. Baker (New Renaissance Artist) Dancers from Left to Right: Helen Hansen, Kellie Harmon

NEW // IN PROCESS 

Before The Demolition presented as a work in process on 7/14 to be premiered 9/21 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Fl as apart of their Uncharted Series. Collaborating artists Cassia Kite (Soundstitching) and Elizabeth A. Baker (New Renaissance Artist)

Dancers from Left to Right: Helen Hansen, Kellie Harmon

This week Elizabeth A. Baker and I sat down to begin working on a new score for a solo work to be premiered in September and screened in October, I begin working in the studio with Helen Hansen French to revisit Before the Demolition premiere in September, and next week I start rehearsals with RogueDance creating two new works; one for Our Trail: A Traveling Dance Tour of the Pinellas County Trail premiering this fall and the other for Beacon Performance Series at the Palladium premiering in January 2018. 

September in a gown.

September in a gown.

I typically don't juggle choreographing and performing in a great multitude of new works at the same time, but it is an exciting challenge for which I have been craving. The opportunity to work with wonderfully talented collaborators has provided me with endless amounts of inspiration.

October in sequins.

October in sequins.

The idea of an artistic feast can seem like a daunting mountain of decadence, but when you are a grizzly bear emerging from a darkened cave after hibernation in to the warm glow of the Spring time sun, you're utterly ravenous and ready to devour everything in sight. 

Kellie Harmon

Kellie Harmon is a powerhouse of athleticism paired with the artistic sensibility for nuanced isolations. Her choreography has a unique ability to bring the audience on an emotional, educational and spiritual journey that causes them to question the boundaries of expression through the body. Kellie has choreographed and taught master classes for Santa Fe College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus. Kellie’s experiences outside of Florida have inspired her to bring her signature voice to the local modern dance community by founding Rogue Dance. Beyond her own company, Kellie is also a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and seeks to curate professional dance in the Southeast. Kellie has studied in Paris and holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida. She has performed works from Jacqulyn Buglisi, Doug Varone, Marina Mascarell Martinez, Paul Selwyn Norton, Rosie Herrera, Stephanie Batten-Bland and Doug Gillespie.