Harlem Shake - Colorado Ballet Edition

Here it is… Colorado Ballet does the Harlem Shake! Any guesses on who’s underneath that mouse head?

Sean And Cara Get Down (Geddan ゲッダン)

A soldier mouse takes his anger out two unsuspecting Colorado Ballet dancers in, “Sean And Cara Get Down: The Ballad Of The Soldier Mouse,” a video from Dancing Outside The Bun.

Neglectful Parent

I’d like to welcome everyone to the New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season, I sure do know that I did! So, I know that I’ve been neglecting Dancing Outside The Bun the past couple months. A big sorry to everyone. I didn’t know that people actually paid attention to my blog and actually missed it while I took some time away from it. So once again sorry for that.

The reason I took time off from DOTB was because I went crazy and decided to start a new YouTube channel and Facebook page called Dancing Kpop Style.

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I know that just about all of you don’t follow Kpop music, but I think all of you should check it out! There, I review and give mini dance tutorials for some of the top Kpop hits. It provides the same banter and silliness that DOTB has. The best part of all of it is that I’m pretty consistant with it, every week I put out a new video for all of you to enjoy. So why not tag along, watch fun videos, and learn some new dance moves! Hey, maybe you’ll “LIKE” it and want to “SUBSCRIBE” on YouTube! Here’s a few links to get you started.

So there you have it! Don’t worry, I’ll still update DOTB with new content, and I’ll make sure to keep it just as fun and entertaining as always. Sorry again that I’ve been a neglectful parent to DOTB, but I hope you’ll stay with me and follow me along with all of my adventures. Thanks guys XOXO!

And to those that would scream, “Get a real job!” to me, I say to you: This is a real job. This is something I spent years studying to perfect, and that happens to bring a lot of people great joy. In other countries where culture has a higher value among the general population, artists are very well respected and treated as if they are contributing to society, which they certainly are. And I would argue that if more Americans were taught to value the importance of the arts, this would improve our lives, our attitudes, and even our economy.

Jennifer Rivera - Opera Singer And Blogger

Despite your political views, Jennifer points out a few things that we should continue to take into consideration. Check out the rest of her article, "Why Anyone Who Values The Arts Should Care About This Election."

Left Behind
Someone was munching on Animal Crackers in the guy’s restroom, but it looks like our secret stall snacker left behind three of his little friends. It’s a sad thing that they will never make the voyage into neither a mouth nor a toilet.

Left Behind

Someone was munching on Animal Crackers in the guy’s restroom, but it looks like our secret stall snacker left behind three of his little friends. It’s a sad thing that they will never make the voyage into neither a mouth nor a toilet.

Mustachio Man

With the run of CB’s “Sleeping Beauty” underway, the challenge for all of the company men to maintain their facial grooming for a whole month has once again come around. However, just because it’s a mandatory task, it doesn’t mean they all can’t have fun with it. Check out this photo series from Corps dancer, Rylan Schwab. Here he shows us all of the steps he takes to get to a clean shaven face. I’m not really sure what look he was going for with the Derpy face, but whatever, Derpy faces are always fun.

Puss In Boots Style - Gangnam Style (강남스타일) Parody

Dancing Outside The Bun and the dancers of Colorado Ballet present, “Puss In Boots Style”, a parody of PSY’s “Gangnam Style”

Open (Free) Happiness

It’s always seems like when I want a soda from a vending machine, I never have cash or pocket change on me. It’s so frustrating! If only we had a few of these Coke vending machines that accept the execution of a few dance moves as payment for an ice cold Coke in return. If you can’t perform the moves, you don’t get the beverage, which might mean that you probably didn’t need that Coke in the first place. Maybe we should get a few of these in the US. Sadly though, this machine exists only in South Korea… Sigh.

Twenty some years ago, I went to the opera house in Tulsa, OK for the first time because my second grade computer teacher took it upon herself to organize a field trip to the Marriage of Figaro. Tomorrow… 2000 kids [will] see the Sleeping Beauty, most visiting the theatre for the first time and many coming from 2+ hours away, and I know we will change some lives as mine was. I’m honored to see this production knowing the impact of arts and arts education in our community, knowing our beautiful, hard working dancers, and (hopefully) knowing what I’m doing.

Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet Director Of Education

While kids may not know about everything that goes into the production of a ballet, it is always a great reward, for everyone, when you see the smiles of children as they watch the performance or when they leave the theatre. All of us should continue to keep pushing forward to promote the arts in our communities, to further benefit and enrich the lives of everyone.

Breaking The Seal - Hot Blooded

A little while ago, I ran into this recipe for a jalepeño and blood orange whiskey cocktail on a fellow CB Company Dancer’s FB page via Domestic Fits, and ever since then (a few months now), I’ve been wanting to make this drink. I think this weekend is gonna have to be the time to do it. Yeah, I know it’s another whiskey drink, but what can I say… It’s fall, and fall just makes me want brown liquors, hot or cold. Anyways, here’s Hot Blooded.

Hot Blooded (Serves 1)

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Agave
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 medium jalepeño, sliced

In a cocktail shaker, combine the juice, agave, and whiskey, and stir until combined. Add the jalepeños, top the cap, and shake away. Pour over a highball glass filled with ice, and enjoy! It’s up to you if you want to keep the jalepeño in the glass or not.

I love a spicy cocktail, and I think this one will be great with the transitioning weather. I hope all of you enjoy this spicy and bittersweet cocktail. Try it out (I sure will be) and let me know what you think. Cheers!

Chu Chu Chu Chillin
The weekend is almost upon us… Here’s something to help you get over that last hurdle of the week. I wish I could snuggle up with Solist, Asuka Sasaki’s dog Pippa, that is, sans the old pointe shoes, of course.

Chu Chu Chu Chillin

The weekend is almost upon us… Here’s something to help you get over that last hurdle of the week. I wish I could snuggle up with Solist, Asuka Sasaki’s dog Pippa, that is, sans the old pointe shoes, of course.

Nowhere To Roam

Cellular reception over at the CB Studios is horrible, it’s like entering back into the 70’s or 80’s. I guess that’s why we still keep the lone standard telephone on the second floor; it’s always funny whenever I see someone using it. We’re always debating why the reception is so sucky, but it always just turns into an argument about which cellular network provider is best or who makes a better cell phone.

I think this thing is older than me.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter what provider you have, it’s gonna suck majorly if you’re hanging out with us over at CB. According to this map from OpenSignal, CB just happens to be right at the center of cellular nothingness, in Downtown Denver.

At CB your phone is stuck with nowhere to roam

I like to think it’s because our Company Pianist, Natasha, is scaring away all of the signals every time she plays music from The Nutcracker or when she plays off tempo; both of which she does every day. Sigh, I just want to post my top score from Angry Birds online.

Breaking The Seal - Apple Bourbon Hot Toddy

Breaking The Seal is back on DOTB! Just like before, every Saturday, I’ll feature a drink to celebrate the weekend; something that I’m feeling that week or something that relates to what’s going on at CB. Cheers to the weekend!

Fall is slowly creeping into Denver, and with that dip in temperature comes the need for a great hot toddy to lift my spirits and warm my insides. Here’s one that combines bourbon with the sweet and crisp flavor of apples. Check out the Apple Bourbon Hot Toddy.

Apple Bourbon Hot Toddy (Serves 1)

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • Hot apple cider

Add honey, cloves and bourbon to a mug. Top with the hot apple cider and stir. Make a kid friendly version just by omitting the bourbon.

We hope all of you will enjoy this sweet and warming drink. Try it out and let me know what you think. Cheers!

Cuban She Wolf Ballerina

I saw this picture of Cynthia Cosentino’s “Ballerina Wolf” on Tendus Under A Palm Tree’s FB Page, which made me think of Shakira’s “She Wolf” MV, which made me think of Corps Dancer, Luis Valdes, which made me think of a picture of Ballet Mistress, Lorita Travaglia’s dog, Isabella resting on him while he was asleep during a break. I’m pretty sure my use of commas is totally incorrect, and I probably created an awkward image, in your head, if visualized as written.

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Your sense of purpose is what will give you courage and power as an actor. It grows from your respect for your own talent, your love for the specific material you are performing and your desire to use both to serve your audience. It is this drive to be at service through your art that finally overcomes the self-consciousness of your ego and carries you beyond yourself, giving you a transcendent purpose from which come dignity, fulfillment, and ongoing artistic vitality.

Robert Benedetti - Three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer

Actor, dancer, musician, or whatever… Any performing artist should take note of this.