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06 Publisher’s Letter 08 Events Calendar LOCAL


12 Grapevine Art Project Events PROFILES

14 Elm Studio HAPPENINGS

15 2015 Summer Camps 28


20 Bob Jones Nature Center Photography Contest PHOTOGRAPHY

26 Framing Desire: Photography And Video VISUAL ARTS


28 Best of Dallas Art Fair DANCE

34 Boys on the Beat YOUTH


39 White’s Chapel Arts Academy MUSIC

42 The Silent Piano SANDWICH

43 The Renatacado FOOD

44 Wine Time


This month’s cover features a photograph by R. Kingsbury, one of the beautiful entries from the Bob Jones Nature Center Photography Contest. See more on page 20.


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PUBLISHER’S LETTER IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL APRIL full of festivals and events and there is even more to come in May! There was Art in The Square (we’ll have highlights next month), Country in the Square, The American Country Music awards, Dallas Film Festival and the Dallas Art Fair to name a few. We attended the Dallas Art Fair’s 7th year Preview Gala and have brought back to you a few pieces that we thought were outstanding! If you attended, reach out to us, let us know what you liked as well!

the landscapes it’s remarkable that so much beauty can be in our own backyard. If you are interested in learning some of their tricks, reach out to the Photography club at the Bob Jones Nature Center. Next month summer begins! For those of you with children (and grandchildren) we have selected some wonderful summer Music, Dance and Visual Art activities for them in our Summer Camp Selection. It is so important to keep kids involved in creative activities over the summer! Be sure to enroll them in something over the break, even if it is just for a week!

I said it last year and I’ll say it again, there are incredible photographers over at the Bob Jones Nature Center. We have some of our favorite selections from their Annual photography contest. Looking at some of

Modern, White’s Chapel Ar ts Academy, Weinberger’s and Plumpjack. We’ve got a great issue for you! Enjoy! David

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An exhibition at Elm St. Studio in Keller, The Grapevine Art Project, Boys Dance, The


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EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC KACEY MUSGRAVES Billy Bob’s May 1st THE WHO American Airlines Center May 2nd LADY ANTEBELLUM Gexa Pavilion May 2nd MARIACHI VARGAS Irving Arts Center May 5th ED SHEERHAN Verizon Theater May 7th LANA DEL REY Gexa Pavilion May 9th THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Granada Theatre May 13th LONE STAR YOUTH ORCHESTRA Irving Arts Center May 13th NKOTB American Airlines Center May 14th DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Gexa Pavilion May 15th MAIN STREET DAYS GRAPEVINE Main Street Grapevine May 15th-17th


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WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL Galatyn Park, Richardson May 15-17

ROBERT EARL KEEN Billy Bob’s June 5th

RACH 2 : FWSO Bass Hall May 15th-17th

CLINT BLACK Billy Bob’s June 6th

KENNY CHESNEY ATT Stadium May 16th

TIM MCGRAW Gexa Pavilion June 6th


WIDESPREAD PANIC Winspear Opera House July 8th

ST. VINCENT Strauss Square May 17th

MARCUS MILLER Granada Theater June 13th

RUSH American Airlines Center May 18th


PARAMORE Verizon Theater May 19th

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND Gexa Pavilion July 11th

JOSH TURNER Billy Bob’s May 23rd

THE FUNKY KNUCKLES Sundown at Granada Theatre Every Monday

NEIL DIAMOND American Airlines Center May 28th

JAZZ IN THE ATRIUM Dallas Museum of Art Thursdays 6-8pm

TRAIN Gexa Pavilion May 29th


CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION Gallery in Grapevine Through May 15th BENITO HUERTA Amon Carter Museum Through May 17th THE COLLECTION OF NANCY LEE & PERRY R. BASS The Kimbell Art Museum Through May 24th BIG BEND: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TERRY COCKERHAM Irving Arts Center Through May 31st BETWEEN ACTION AND THE UNKNOWN: THE ART OF KAZUO SHIRAGA AND SADAMASA MOTONAGA Dallas Museum of Art Through July 19th PHYLLIDA BARLOW Nasher Sculpture Center May 30 - August 30 RECENT WORKS BY JOHN ALEXANDER Meadows Museum Through June 28th FOCUS: MARIO GARCÍA TORRES The Modern Through June 28th

GEORGE CLINTON House of Blues May 29th

MELVIN EDWARDS: FIVE DECADES Nasher Sculpture Center Through May 10th

MICHAËL BORREMANS: AS SWEET AS IT GETS Dallas Museum of Art Through July 5th

STEVE MILLER BAND Verizon Theater June 1st

LONE STAR PORTRAITS Amon Carter Museum Through May 10th

AUDUBON’S BEASTS Amon Carter Museum Through August 2nd

THE ABELLO COLLECTION Meadows Museum Through August 2nd FRANK BOWLING: MAP PAINTINGS Dallas Museum of Art Through August 2nd CONCENTRATIONS 58: CHOSIL KIL Dallas Museum of Art Through August 2nd AT HOME & AT COURT: CHINESE & JAPANESE PAINTINGS The Crow Collection Through August 15th WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ Tower Gallery Through August 22nd NATE LOWMAN, DAVID SALLE Dallas Contemporary Through August 23rd FRAMING DESIRE: PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO The Modern Through August 23rd FIERCE LOYALTY: A SAMURAI COMPLETE The Crow Collection Through August 29th


COLOSSAL Wyly Theatre Through May 3rd NEWSIES Winspear Opera House Through May 10th WIZARD OF OZ Casa Manaña Through May 10th SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Wyly Theatre Through May 24th BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Casa Mañana May 30 - June 7

DANCE MALANDAIN’S BALLET BIARRITZ Dallas City Performance Hall May 1st-2nd SOLUNA: INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL May 7th-24th TITAS: COMMAND PERFORMANCE Winspear Opera House May 16th TEXAS BALLET THEATER: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE Bass Hall May 29th-31st BALLET WEST Winspear Opera House May 29th-30th

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grapevine art project The Grapevine Art Project has been busy this month. GAP hosted a special program and two-day workshop with Bruce Peil, a nationally recognized landscape painter and teacher. GAP also held their spring art show and sale during Grapevine’s New Vintage Wine and Gallery Tour. Events like these are part of the Grapevine Art Project’s mission to support local arts and ar tists through a variety of educational opportunities, exhibits, and sales. Monthly meetings include an educational program as well as social time for members and guests to mingle and network. Silversmith Craig Vanderman is the featured presenter at the May 14th meeting. Learn how to make beautiful chain the traditional way - by hand! Next, visit the GAP booth during Grapevine’s Main Street Days festival, May 15-17 and take home an original work of art! GAP artists work in a range of mediums, including photography, painting, jewelry, fiber, pottery, and sculpture. GAP meets every second Thursday of the month at the Founders Building, 701 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX. Join fellow artists and art lovers at 6:30 for social time. Programs begin at 7:00pm. For more information about GAP and upcoming programs visit www.grapevineartproject.com.

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elm studio From weapons to watercolors...see how one artist went from a 30-year career in law enforcement to painting the delicate facets of crystal vases, teacups, and vintage quilt. This solo exhibition of Connie Logan Levsen is on view until May 30. A reception is scheduled for April 24 from 6-8pm. Connie Logan Levsen: I think of my paintings as a “moment in time” depicting ordinary objects and extraordinary people. My artwork does not take critical views of social, political or cultural issues. I strive to paint interesting objects and people using vivid colors and light, simply because I find it enjoyable and challenging. I have always loved art, but like many others I spent most of my time and energy earning a living in a more traditional way. In 2008, I retired after 30 years plus in law enforcement. Now I have time to paint…and paint…and paint. From the Gallery: Mrs. Levsen, like many other artists, is quite modest about her work. She has an eye for detail and beauty in the everyday object. Her work will make a lovely addition to a refined collection. We hope you will take this opportunity to visit Elm Street Studio to see these select pieces. 139 S. Elm Street, Keller TX 76248 www.elmstudio.co / 817-562-2323 A portion of art sale proceeds from this show will benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank


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ummer is one of the best times of the year for your kids to immerse themselves in the arts. Camps offer a great opportunity for your kids to not only spend a good deal of time learning, but often times the friendships that they make at camp will last them a lifetime. Sometimes seeing someone the same age as you that is ahead of you can be a great motivator! That certainly happened to me at the UNT jazz camps and Berklee camps when my classmates were Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, Mike Moreno and McKenzie Smith. Here are some camps that we suggest for your student.

MUSIC UNT Jazz Combo Camp Denton, TX July 12th-17th ages 14+ // $825 The curriculum includes: combo, faculty concerts (each evening), jazz history and listening, jazz theory (basic to advanced), master class instruction on bass, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone and trumpet, student concerts and student jam sessions. http://www.jazz.unt.edu Note: for teenagers serious about music, this is the best possible camp that you can attend. Berklee Guitar Sessions Boston, MA August 16th-August 21st $1990 Ensembles, classes, and clinics in blues, metal, jam band funk / fusion, classic rock, contemporary rock, acoustic rock/pop, jazz, fingerstyle acoustic, and the performing songwriter. You’ll choose your main style for ensemble and from there you can branch out in our clinics and jams. Fretboard classes will be helpful to all students in any style. Experience Boston, the creative hub of New England. http://www.berklee.edu

NATURE Hall Music Productions Summer Camps Southlake, TX Weekly Monday - Thursday, late afternoon All Ages // $225 Rock Band, String Chamber Ensemble, Keyboard Camp, Composition and Choir. Want something closer to home? Send your student for a week of music in the late afternoon to Hall Music Productions. Curriculum includes rhythm skills, ear training, reading, writing, music history and performing! http://www.hallmusicproductions.com

THEATRE The Acting Studio Summer Camps & Shows Musical Theatre - June 22-26 Dance Camp - August 10-14 Acting Camp - July 27-31 Mary Poppins - July 24th-26th Mary Poppins Auditions - June 23rd The Acting Studio is offering a variety of summer programs for your triple-threat student! Musical Theater, Dance, Acting and a full production of Mary Poppins! http://www.actingstudiotx.com

Wet & Wild Summer Camp 2015 Go WILD this summer at the Nature Center! June 9th – August 21st 2015, Tuesday – Friday 3-4 year olds: $170 per week 5-11 year olds: $210 per week The Bob Jones Nature Center will be using the critically acclaimed, and TEKS aligned, Project WILD and Project AQUATIC curriculum! Exploring the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and how humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links campers and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of this balanced curriculum, materials and professional training, Project WILD aligns with the Bob Jones vision to Education, Conserve and Preserve. This will result in campers making informed decisions, demons tr ating responsible behaviors and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. http://bjnc.org/

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FILM Muller Film & Television Education Camps The Media/Film Summer Workshop 2015 3 DAY session - July 15-17 Cost: Free Ages: 9-12 Ever thought about how much fun it would be to see yourself on the big screen? This 3-day intensive will focus on the technique and performance skills necessary for acting in front of the lens! Working on camera gives students the unique opportunity to view and critique their own work in order to help them accelerate their craft. Students will have the opportunity to learn about media skills & film/television acting technique through working with media news and the latest sides from film, episodic, and commercials. By focusing on the fundamentals of acting through the lens of the camera, young actors are encouraged to follow their impulses, searching to find truth in their work. www.filmtveducation.org (214) 932-0625 or japperti@sre.gob.mx

DANCE Summer Dance Camps, Classes & Intensives Dana’s Studio of Dance Southlake Southlake TX June-August Ages 2 ½ and up // $115-$310 Princess Dance Camps, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip H o p & Tu m b li ng C a m p s & Clas s e s, Contemporary, Lyrical & Technique Intensive, Ballet Intensive. http://www.danastudio.com Studio A Dance Summer Schedule Southlake, TX June 8th-July 30th $68-$350 A full schedule of technique classes offered in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop. http://www.studioasouthlake.com


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Epicenter for the Arts Camp Southlake, TX June-August $65-$300 Epicenter for the Arts has something for everyone. Camps are available in all styles of dance along with musical theater, acting, art and more! There will be a variety of themed camps and weekly technique classes. www.epiarts.com

VISUAL ART ART house ART camps Monday-Friday June 8th- Aug 21st Half Day Camps 9-noon and 1-4pm $40 per camp All week half day $160 Buy 4 get 1 free This summer create your own Hero cartoon painted on canvas, or baby dragon sculpture. Design a t-shirt of the car you’d love to be or a map of an enchanted land. Learn to paint a unicorn, a peacock feather, a race car, a magnolia, a horse or princess shoe. Create a t-shirt or sculpture of your favorite sports. Learn the art of printmaking, the joys of oil pastel. Make a bobble head pig or tiger. Learn the skills to create a rose, owl or car out of clay. Our instructors are artists and provide a wealth of knowledge and encouragement as you explore your creativity. A light snack will be provided. Those staying all day will need to bring a lunch. www.studioarthouse.com Sunshine Glaze Summer Artrageous Adventure Ages 5+ June-August $28 per class / $450 for the entire Summer Semester Young artists will venture into the worlds of all kinds of different mediums. Each class will be a different art experience. This expedition sets out on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons all summer from 1-3pm. www.sunshineglaze.com

Nasher Kids Camps June 8th-12th, 9am to 12pm $125 for members, $150 for non-members Make a mess, a masterpiece or a monster. Join us this summer as we look at art, ask big questions, and get our hands dirty, all under the guidance of our talented instructors Suzuko Davis and Lynda Wilbur. Campers will learn the history behind sculptures in the Nasher Collection and the methods and materials used by these artists through stories, games and hands-on art projects, helping children discover the many ways that artists play with materials. www.nashersculpturecenter.org Arts Council Northeast Summer Arts College June-July Ages 6-12/Ages 12-16 Early bird $90/week Students receive a taste of the performing and visual arts during an imaginative and fun week-long cultural experience held in Northeast Tarrant County. Data shows that study of the arts helps children develop cognitive skills, including the abilities to analyze, reflect, make judgements, and generate new ideas of their own. During each session, professional artists and teachers encourage participation in different artistic disciplines, including visual arts, drama, music and dance. All elementary camps consist of two Visual Arts classes, Musical Theater and Set Design class. www.artscouncilnortheast.org



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Actual student - Olivia, age 5 and her wall of art (so far).

Create YOUR Art this Summer? June 8th thru August 21, 9am-Noon, 1pm-4pm, Ages 5-7, 8-12 $40 half day

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ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST Bob Jones Nature Center is hosting an exhibition of photography from around the 758-acre nature preserve April 28th-May 23rd at the Nature Center and May 26th-June 9th at the Public Library. The photos were taken as a part of a contest by locals from students to adults and novice to advanced. Categories included Wildlife Portraits, Natural Object Portraits, Nature Scenics, People Interacting with Nature, Art in Nature and Creative Interpretation. All entries are displayed. Best in Show, 1st-3rd places and special judges’ awards were based on content, technical merit, and uniqueness. For more information, contact Bob Jones Nature Center 817.499.6333 or www.bjnc.org

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Photography And Video February 21st - August 23rd

FRAMING DESIRE: Photography and Video will be on view to the public at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from February 21st through August 23rd. The exhibition is organized by Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition is showcasing over 40 recent acquisitions alongside iconic photographs and videos from the permanent collection. The museum has acquired key works by Cory Arcangel, Artemio, Larry Clark, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Debbie Grossman, Candida Hofer, Mist y Keasler, Ragnar Kjartansson, Vera Lutter and many more. The artists included in FRAMING DESIRE each use their medium in ways that transcend what the imagery literally depicts to intensify the idea of desire.


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Welcome Home.

Welcome to Carillon. Carillon, a master planned community in Southlake is now accessible from Carroll Avenue and Lake Carillon Lane. This new entrance winds around beautiful Lake Carillon into the heart of the neighborhood. Come stroll through 68 acres of parks and greenbelts, relax at the lake, or view the many sculptures and gardens throughout Carillon. Tour the Village District and its French Renaissance style Villas, or unique architecture Estate Homes in the Chateaux District.

Carillon Southlake. Indulge in Excellence.

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10AM - 6PM & SUNDAYS 12PM - 6PM 1845 Riviera Lane, Southlake ~ 817-251-5900 ~ CarillonSouthlake.com OPEN DAILY


WHAT MOTIVATES A FAVORITE ART PIECE? The seventh annual Dallas Art Fair showcased 95 prominent national and international galleries representing all forms of art, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and an array of armature pieces. Walking into such a wonderful display of artistry is somewhat overwhelming, taking in so many art pieces that in all reality represent the thought process, execution and expression of each artist’s individuality. The experience of such an art show is a visual jolt in itself, but for me personally, and said with all modesty, one painting really stood out with power as I walked into the Tanja Wagner Gallerie. The art piece is Magnetotaxis II by Angelika J. Trojnanski. The art piece was magnificently executed. The colors just captivated attention, as they were bold and vivid, and yet softened with more muted neutral tones, divided in negative and positive spaces within the main subject - a soothing combination. Angelika’s work is said to contain a certain tension within itself. Her paintings contain a relevant connection between science and the arts. The hybrid creatures, entities, and at times not distinguishable images of a living creature, or not, or perhaps just parts of one, as in the wings that are arranged in a random pattern, leaves one wanting to know more about the art piece. Her work, Tanja Wagner Gallery explains, represents the never- ending and accelerating cycle of growth and decay, progress and collapse, pursuit and failure. But, no pessimism exists in Angelika’s work; it is definitely very positive. Angelika J. Trojnaski is a talent rarely seen. Magnetotaxis II shows great maturity in using mixed-media. In this case paper, copper, oil, spray paint on canvas. The execution upon close inspection evokes the term “masterpiece”. — Lamberto™


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VISUAL ARTS Magnetotaxis II - Angelika J. Trojnaski



I was excited to get Lamberto’s feedback as he is much more well versed in the visual arts than I am. It’s always refreshing to get an expert perspective on a medium (I speak music). The Art Fair is a great experience. Locally, we are used to seeing works directly from artists themselves at Art in The Square (which we’ll highlight next month). With the Dallas Art Fair, you have galleries that have sifted through more artists than we have at our festival, selected their best works, and then brought them to the fair for display. I’m a veteran of the Dallas Art Fair, if you will, and there aren’t many exhibits that come through town that I don’t see. I’ve had the opportunity to see many works of art, and usually within the first glance of a piece I decide instantly my opinion of it, just a natural reaction. Last year we highlighted the Joseph Raffael watercolor from the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC. Interestingly enough, a buyer from London read Southlake Arts review of the piece and reached out to us last month to ask if we thought he should buy it (this particular piece cost $125,000.00 USD). southlake ARTS

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Control Room, Kelenfold Power Station, Budapest, Hungary, 2012 - Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

THIS YEAR THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS THAT STOOD OUT BUT TWO THAT CAPTIVATED ME. The first one I almost missed (it’s a lot of work seeing 90 world class dealers). Luckily, at the preview Gala was Andrew Clugston (Financial Advisor - Morgan Stanley, Violinist - White’s Chapel Orchestra). He insisted that I see these photographs that he was mesmerized with. And as you can see, he was right to be!


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This photograph (above) is by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, two young French photographers who have a shared interest in ruins. It’s on display at the Tristan Hoare gallery in London (and has sold). www.tristanhoare.co.uk

“During our visits to ruins, we always try to focus on remarkable buildings, whose architecture embody the psychology of an age and a system, and we observe the metamorphosis of the process of decay.” Over the past twelve years Marchand and Meffre have developed a rigorous approach to their work which has produced staggering results. Shooting with a large format, custom-made camera, taking advantage of natural light and using long exposures, the images embody the unique atmosphere of each location. Their photographs retain a formal quality and are conceived as a document, giving the viewer a glimpse of a building’s former glory. “Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension” The second piece that stood out to me came from Eiseman’s artful display of contemporary jewelry. Glimmering in the light was a beautiful opal and spinel cuff by SUTRA. This SUTRA cuff features nearly 28 carats of Ethiopian white opal to create the center flower, surrounded in a halo of 8 carats of pink spinel, which sits atop nearly 20 carats of brilliant and brown rose cut diamonds. “Designer Arpita Navlakha often pairs old world romance of antique cuts with contemporary style stones to create a modern day high-fashion appeal”. I’m a new fan of SUTRA (based in Houston, started in 2008). You might have seen their jewelry worn by celebrities like First Lady Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kate Beckinsale, Kim Kardashian and Mila Kunis to name a few.


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BOYS ON THE BEAT story by Barbara Milhizer

admit, I always wanted a girl for two reasons: to braid hair and attend dance recitals. Luckily for me, fate thought better of it because 1) according to all of my friends with girls, hair braiding is completely overrated and 2) I get front row seats at dance performances without the bother of tights, glitter and safety-pin emergencies. I didn’t start out a dance mom, but a historic cousin’s talent show at the lake proved I had a budding dancer on my hands. And my son, Gus, isn’t the only one. Drive by Dana’s Studio of Dance on any given weeknight, and you’ll see plenty of them among the leotards and tulle.


Having a strong dance program is one thing, maintaining one, which interests boys in a football town, is another. Dana Bailey, owner of Dana’s Studio of Dance took a very mindful approach when establishing a boys’ program. Her studios are deliberately free of pink. “Boys have to feel comfortable coming in the door. It’s important to me to have classes with strong, male role models as teachers, and the choreography is purposefully hard-hitting.” She says it’s the reverse process than what girls typically experience. “Boys start with attitude - breakdancing and hip hop, and then we layer in the technique as they find out what it’s about. Girls instead build up from the basic ballet technique.” southlake ARTS

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BOYS ON THE BEAT Dana’s offers classes in hip-hop, breakdancing, popping, contemporary, and tumbling, as well as traditional dance technique. At Dana’s, the boys have their own auditioned companies, which perform at competitions, half-time shows and local venues. The boys’ numbers are always crowd-pleasers. Go to any of the performances, and you’ll see why, as the choreography is fast-paced and requires full-out athleticism. It’s not unusual for company dancers to also be football players, baseball players, or martial artists. The cross training is often complementary as dance improves flexibility, agility, and stamina. Says Bailey, “We typically stage shows with the opening and closing numbers being boys or co-ed. The crowd doubles when the boys perform. People stop to watch and are amazed. I always get compliments and questions afterward.”

After a recent competition, I caught up with some of the boys from the Junior and Senior Boys Company. I asked them how they got into dance and why they stay with it. Most of the boys started with Dana’s in elementary school with hip hop and have continued into middle and high school, diversifying into other styles. Davis Correia says, “my motivation is performing and meeting new friends and choreographers from all over the world. It makes me happy.” All boys agreed that their friends and family think it’s “cool,” and that the long hours of practice are worth it for the performances. “People we don’t know high five us after the shows and tell us how awesome we were.”

DSOD boys who dance have gone on to work professionally! Here are some of the jobs that they have landed. • Glee • Orlando Ballet • America’s Got Talent • Dancer for Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood & Taylor Swift • The Academy Awards • The Emmy’s • High School Musical 3 • Dancing With The Stars • So You Think You Can Dance • Broadway show-Cats • Choreographer for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and Dallas Mavericks

Among the Keller, Southlake, and Coppell studios, Dana estimates she has 75 male dancers, from ages 4 and up. “The stigma has definitely lessened with shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. People definitely see it as a physical endeavor as well as an art form. It’s also not lost on the teenage boys that they could spend time in an air-conditioned studio surrounded by girls, as opposed to a sweaty locker room.” Bailey also notes that there is access to so many opportunities to pursue dance as a career now. “You hardly see a commercial or musical act without male dancers. It’s just part of the norm.”


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As for Gus, he’s been breakdancing for 6 years and in hip-hop for 4. To him it’s a physical challenge, as well as a mental one, “learning the combos quickly and performing them with confidence takes some intellectual skill. It has even helped me with my rhythm in piano and percussion.” Judging from the sequences he’s constantly running in the kitchen, the grocery store, and in any given parking lot, it’s infectious. His favorite is freestyle because “it’s creative; everything you do is made up on the spot. It changes every time. You get to do things you don’t see every day.” And being a hit at the bat mitzvah doesn’t hurt either.

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It’s a cool spring day. The door opens and the dull murmur of kids in the distance begins to swell. A few steps further, the click of a camera. Another step, the smell of cinnamon in the air. A few more steps down the hallway a door bursts open and out comes a collection of children with glitter on what seems to be everything BUT their art project. You’ve just walked into a normal Tuesday afternoon at the White’s Chapel Arts Academy.

White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas offers arts classes to students in the community. The WC Arts Academy is an after-school program consisting of different classes designed to grow interest in the arts with a spiritual foundation. With everything from dancing, acting, writing, cooking, and even a Legos class, students can enjoy a fun after-school activity in a safe, inviting environment.

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YOUTH For the past three years the WC Arts Academy has offered classes for various ages. From dance classes for four-year-olds to full on musicals with 4th-7th graders, the WC Arts Academy offers something for everyone. The Arts Academy is focused on growing children spiritually and artistically. We understand that not every child is a painter or a dancer. We offer a variety of classes that will help children figure out what they are interested in, and learn to collaborate with others in a grace-filled environment. White’s Chapel has been a pillar in the community for over a hundred years. Dr. John McKellar started the revitalization of the church in the ‘90s, and has spearheaded the rapid growth the church is experiencing with a fresh outlook on community outreach. Dr. McKellar is quoted saying, “I wish there was something like this for my daughter when she was growing up.” Because of this, the church and its leadership team have been remarkably supportive in growing this ministry. White’s Chapel hopes to be a place where members and non-members may come to experience what it is like to feel God’s love. Each semester culminates with a showcase of talents at the end. This year, the Academy will be presenting Willy Wonka Jr. on May 7th and 8th at 7 p.m. in The Bridge on the White’s Chapel campus. The musical is family friendly, and FREE of charge, so invite a neighbor and we’ll see you on a trip of pure imagination!!!

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MUSIC that acoustic piano through headphones and not disturb anybody around you,” Speir said. What this technology means is that when this function is activated on the piano, the hammers of the instrument will no longer hit the strings that produce the normal sound heard on all other pianos. “Instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module,” according to Yamaha’s Silent Piano web page. According to Speir, silent pianos have been around in their current form over the last few years.

THE SILENT PIANO story by Rich Romero

ave you ever just had the desire to jump Darren Speir, president of Metroplex Piano in on the piano bench in your home and Keller, says that the popularity of the instrument play to your heart’s desire at 3 a.m. while the is at a recent high. rest of the family slept peacefully? Simply the thought of this idea would have been “Surprisingly, our stock is low right now because preposterous a decade ago, but luckily today, they have been extremely popular,” Speir said. piano maestros across the world can rejoice in the latest tool in the acoustic instrument According to Yamaha’s website, the Silent Piano arsenal, the “Silent Piano.” is a beautifully crafted acoustic piano that includes Silent Piano technology that enables the Produced by instrumental headliners Yamaha, piano to be played silently via use of headphones. this gorgeous instrument brings the two worlds of bold sounds and peaceful silence together, “It’s the beauty of having an acoustic piano, a and all at the press of a button. real acoustic piano, and then being able to play


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“The technology has been around for quite a while; but in the last few years, Yamaha has really refined it. There are several different adjustments that have been made so that when you engage the silent system it doesn’t change the feel of the piano. That was crucial to a lot of artists. In early models, you would engage the silent system but because the hammer was no longer hitting the strings, it didn’t feel natural. And so Yamaha engineered a new action so that when that was engaged, it no longer feels any different than when you played it when it was a regular acoustic,” he said. The Silent Piano comes in two forms of the instrument, the Silent System SH, and Silent System SG 2. These systems come installed with features of pre-installed styles and sounds, recording ability, and connection to apps and mobile devices. To watch the Yamaha Silent Piano in action, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LhLB8fb3CE Or scan here:


THE RENATACADO Sometimes, sandwiches are born out of our customers’ suggestions. The RENATACADO, is one of those sandwiches. The Creamacado is the early version of this delicious sensation. Beginning with a complex bread that has an immeasurable amount of flavor, a pumpernickel roll unlike any you have ever tasted, it has a rich body that screams savory, yet has a sweet aftertaste. What sets this sandwich off is the combination of flavors going from mild, to savory, to creamy, to sharp, to sweet, and then back to somewhat savory sweet. Confused? Just let your taste buds be

the judges. A rich cream cheese is covered with a honey-smoked turkey breast. Now the fun begins. A little salt and pepper to get the turkey flavor to pop! Creamy mild avocado to compliment the turkey, then a sharp bite from red onion. Yes, you need to trust me on this: you need the bite and you need the crunch. To help with the red onion, we use our own style of Russian dressing to blend with both the avocado and the onion. Finally, we top it off with farm-grown beefsteak tomato. Topped with the pumpernickel roll, you have the perfect summer sandwich.� southlake ARTS

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2010 Estate Cabernet Thomas Alexander, Sommelier for Kirby’s in Southlake describes it as “a dark, rich and powerful Cabernet, showing off Napa Valley’s Oakville terroir and its incredible structure and minerality. Reduced blackberries and cooked dark cherries coat the mouth with rich tannins, as bright raspberries introduce refreshing acidity, bringing with them both balance and complexity. Following the fruit core are oak notes of creamy vanilla, and a cinnamon toast as elegant tannins hang on for a long mouth coating finish.” Plumpjack Winery describes its impressions as “a dense, opulent wine that honors its Oakville terroir with great structure and balance. Notes of blackberry and cherry on the nose carry over onto the palate, and intriguing threads of black pepper, mint, vanilla and spice throughout the aromas and flavors enhance the wine’s complexity.” This 94-rated beauty is only found at Kirby’s. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025 The reserve was given a 99 by Robert Parker, who says it stands out for its expressive, supple personality and floral perfumed finish. The reser ve, alas, is only available through winebid.com or at 25-100% markup price from online stores. There are only a few half-bottles left however.


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