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Jessica Chiles

has been a passionate photographer since 2005. She quickly fell in love with macro photography and photographing unusual objects. Her desire is that when people view her photography they will see the beauty she tries to capture in things that may otherwise go unnoticed. Jessica is based in Austin. Her ne art and wedding work is at
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Dana Rosa Ross, my friend and belly dance instructor for many years, has been a driving force in the Fredericksburg and surrounding community for over a decade now. Bringing a erce gypsy passion to her dance and an open heart to her classroom, she has guided women of all ages to express themselves through belly dance and world dance. Dana is currently on hiatus from teaching dance while she creates a new chapter in her personal and dance life, but her dancers patiently await the day to rejoin her hips in dance. T.S. How did you get started in belly dance? D.R. In my late twenties I began teaching aerobic dance and taking dance in college,

mostly African, but also a little ballet and modern. One of my teachers also taught belly dance and convinced me to give it a try. I'd been intrigued with it for years after seeing an amazing dancer at a Greek restaurant in Houston. I was 36 before I took my rst class and found it very challenging and emotional, and I didn't feel up to it. I took amenco for a while, which I was really drawn to, but it was too hard on my ankles and knees. I went back to belly dance for a second semester, and I got hooked. I began to get serious about it around age 40, so I got a much later start than most and have had limitations because of it. Still, one of the beautiful things about this art is that women come to it at all ages. For me it came when I most needed it. It's good for me physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.



the female body and expresses our deep connection to Nature and her rhythms owering, the phases of the moon, snakes, and their cycles. Its a beautiful, meaningful way to worship our Great Mother. The movements required to shimmy, undulate, and snake your arms are muscular therapy. I had a chronic shoulder issue that snake arms completely cured, and it tones and strengthens your female organs, bladder, abdominals, gluts, and quads in the best way for women. It also awakens your kundalini and restores your sexual energy in a healthy, balanced manner. I D.R. The widest age gap I ever performed with plan to always continue my personal practice ranged from 16 to 60! It was an out of the usual of belly dance drills. choreography - "Huliganjetta" - a sort of vaudevillian cheeky burlesque. We had a ball! I think dancing with women in all phases of life increases the humor and decreases the cattiness. Young women in our society tend to be too competitive with each other in the process of developing their own egos.The active presence of mothers makes that a positive process; they encourage maidens to work together and manifest their dreams. Grandmothers who are surrendering egos have the deepest wisdom to share. Belly dance allows us to see the beauty and sensuality of all these ages, something Americans in general don't often consider.Women need to work, T.S. I've been a student of yours off and on talk, create, sing, dance, and play with other now for 10 years. Your style has evolved from a women of all ages. This is how it should be. Gypsy, Latin, Egyptian fusion to Improv Tribal Style. Whom or what has inuenced your T.S. What is your dance background? changes and growth? T.S. I love that aspect of the dance as well. Beautiful, big or small, aged or young, real women together expressing shared art and dance. It's such a powerful part of the belly dance community. When I started taking belly dance from you there were more women over 40 than youngsters, and now its more of an even split. What have you learned from the connection of female dancers across this 60 year gap? Have the different ages taught you anything in regards to dance or otherwise that have changed or inspired you? D.R. I was too shy to dance as a child.Rock and roll clubs, country western dance halls, and later discos were where I nally let loose. But I never seriously studied dance until belly dance. It takes you to a deep healing place, where many women are scarred. It celebrates D.R. The most interesting and exciting music and dance are fusions. This is the American experience, taking things and mixing them up in new funky ways. Unless an American belly dancer is of Middle Eastern descent, to me it




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seems silly for her to be a purist of any stripe. Our troupe's style had ourishes of amenco because I love all things Gypsy and Spanish. Those guitars mixed with Middle Eastern drums are so great to dance to. American Tribal Style was also inuenced by this same music, dance, and costuming, which drew me to it. I prefer group dance over solo performance, and like the folk dance aspect of ATS, but wanted to have my own dance expression too, so ITS was where I ended up.Gypsy Moon used many of Carolena Nericcio's ATS sequences, and also created many of our own. T.S. We are a short ride from Austin and San Antonio where you have taken classes and workshops for years. Who were your teachers in Austin/Central Texas? Who locally inspires you soloist, troupe, or otherwise? D.R. My rst teacher in Austin was Z Helene and I still stay in touch with her. She's a master and taught me the basics well. She's very performance-oriented and theatrical, so her styles aren't my own. I also studied with Lucila, a longtime Austin belly dancer from Columbia, who helped me develop the amenco attitudes I wanted in my choreography. I took classes from Najla at UT, and from several other Egyptian/restaurant style belly dancers in Austin. Then I fell in love with Rachel Brice and began seeking workshops and videos of tribal style belly

dance because there were no teachers in Austin. I took two intensives from Rose Harden, one with Rachel, and one with Mardi Love. Angela Nations is the only tribal dancer in Austin I know, and I took classes with her a while. The scene has grown since then, but I haven't kept up. One summer I danced with a strict ATS troupe called Joined at the Hip. They've come a long way since then - tight improv down to the details and awesome costuming. T.S. Who would you like to dance with still? D.R. I've been through a terrible tragedy and haven't had the heart for much dance, other than as a discipline. But I sometimes think it could be back in my life on a lesser scale, along with a little bit of the joy and passion it gave me. If so, I would want to dance with you and my former Gypsy Moon troupe members. T.S. What music has greatly inuenced you as a dancer? D.R. First, Im a rock and roller. I have to rein that in for belly dance, but I do think that it informed my dance and the choices of music I made. If its fast tribal belly dance - the music has to rock. Then, I love amenco guitars, gypsy violin. When those get amped up, punked out, and primalized by groups like Gogol Bordello, you have music that inspires you to dance like crazy, and takes belly dance to whole new places. The whole world fusion thing - African, Balkan, Caribbean, Celtic - has given much life to old music and dance forms. Then the dubstep, trip hop, crunk stuff - bands like Beats Antique, which my son introduced me to - love all that being mixed with Middle Eastern rhythms. Equally, when dance is more slow and introspective, the



fusions make it much more interesting. I've been blessed to have lots of experimental, creative young people in my life like my daughter and you who have turned me on to so much great music. Your choreography to my son's very experimental piece "MOMM" is a perfect example of how music can stretch belly dance into whole new realms of execution and expression. I love this! It keeps it relevant so this art form stays vibrantly alive, and keeps women moving like goddesses!

transcends the divisions of urban/rural, left/ right, black/white.And there's been a wonderful advantage to dancing here - it's inclusive!The competition in the cities and the professional dancers often intimidate the novice and reduce the opportunity for everyone who wants to dance. Belly dance was rst a ritual dance of worship, communion, and prayer for safe passages, so it should be open to all women who are drawn to it. We have that here in Fredericksburg, and it's a beautiful thing. Its so important to me that you younger T.S. Which dancers are pushing the boundaries woman keep it going. and inspiring you right now? D.R. Again, I haven't been involved at all in a year and a half. I did go to a Beats Antique/Zoe Jakes show, and when she was on stage she owned it! In America its hard to get people to pay attention to dance for more than a minute. The way [Beats Antique] put it all together is a stroke of genius just on its own. Then with their super originality and consummate talent it's a force to be reckoned with. I enjoyed it T.S. What advice do you have for someone thoroughly, but Im not personally inspired. I want to play a supportive role in the generation looking to get into belly dance? coming up. And possibly teach belly dance as a feminine discipline for health and wholeness. D.R. Don't really have anything specic to a small town, just for beginners in general. Learn the basics by: Watching - your instructor and T.S. How has living in a rural community in the dancers you love; Listening - to verbal Texas affected your pursuit of dance? instructions/descriptions and to your own D.R. There is some judgment to contend with, body; Drilling - in class and at home - at least 10-15 minutes two to three times a week in as there always is in provincial places when women express their feminine power. But that addition to class. Most of my students over the certainly hasn't stopped us. Teaching is what I years omit at least one of these. It's really important to observe closely for a moment most love, and my classes were usually full before attempting your own execution of a with women of all ages and from all walks of move. And... get to know your own body and life. Women yearn to dance together, to which muscles you're working to achieve a commune in non-verbal ways, the way our movement. And... ask lots of questions!! ancestors did. The appeal of belly dance




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The rst time I met Mica McCook was on the set of a Tavia Morra University of Texas student lm that we were both cast in. Mica was playing a mad scientist, searching for the perfect man part to make her dream robot come to life. A few months later when I needed an unconventional murderess for an Alamo Drafthouse Bloodshots horror short, I was excited when Mica decided to come on board.

JPS When did you rst get involved with acting and standup comedy? MM Acting has been apart of my life for the past 13 years! I began acting when I was in middle school and it became more than a hobby in high school. Come senior year, I knew that I wanted a career in theatre. Standup on the other hand is new in my life. I tried it once a few years ago and bombed! That performance Mica is the ideal actress and comedienne left me scared to try standup again and I didnt great at emoting, a pro at taking direction, pick it back up until just this past year when I comes from a strong theatre and improv started taking Sam Coxs class, background, and most importantly, has spot on Comedy Gym. comedic timing! Mica is currently performing at open mics around Austin and is gearing up for JPS You do both lm and live performances. Is the Austin Standup Comedy Slam at Hyde Park there one platform you like more? Theatre at the end of September.




MM Nothing can compare to a live audience. The energy is such a rush and epic historic moments can happen unexpectedly.Its exactly like runners high! JPS I know it can be intense getting on stage in front of people. Do you occasionally get stage fright? And how do you overcome it?

JPS Writing is a big part of many creative processes and can be really tricky sometimes! Do you write your own material, stand-up or otherwise? What is the process behind getting the material from your head to the stage?

MM I do write my own material. My family and childhood background are some inspirations for material. I talk a lot about my mom and what it was like growing up as a biracial child. I MM I have been in theatre for over 13 years and I still get stage fright! It never goes away. I am a storyteller. Sometimes I will record myself telling a story to my friends (they dont know always get stage fright right before I get on stage. Its weird. I am calm, cool and collected this!) and later I will listen to it. Ill nd points where I got the most laughs and what I was right until they call my name and then my heart jumps right in my mouth! My background doing or saying that got the laugh. A lot of the in theatre has helped me control my nerves and time Ill just start talking out loud when Im hold it together. The most important thing I try alone. Ill record myself and I will just improv to remember (and accept) is that I probably will my way through the joke. mess up, but as long as the audience doesnt Another thing I do is I test the jokes on people I know about it then who cares?! If you let the audience know that you just screwed up then it talk to. Im lucky enough to have a day-job where I interact with a lot of people during the will be hard to get them back onboard with you. I also think its important to take an improv day, so I test my jokes on them and see how class or a workshop so that you will know what they react. They dont know that Im testing my jokes on them. If sober people will laugh at to do in case of an emergency. your jokes imagine how a drunk person would react! (grins) JPS What are some of the other challenges you face when writing and performing? MM It was hard to learn how to write a joke. I have a ton of funny stories, but no jokes! The real challenge was turning those funny stories into jokes. It was also challenging to keep my material genuine and authentic. With standup I have learned that if your audience doesnt believe what youre telling them, then you might as well say, Thank you and good night! JPS You also occasionally do behind-thescenes tech theater work. Does this contribute to being onstage? MM Not really, but I enjoy doing tech work! Its the easiest way to get involved in the theatre community in Austin.




JPS What other creative projects or hobbies do you like to do? I think its important to have alternative ways to engage that energy, sometimes in part so as not to get too attached or too burnt out on a project. MM I am very much into photography. Its never been anything that I have wanted to pursue as a career, but I do enjoy it very much. Im currently updating my online portfolio. Im also a playwright. I have written several plays, and when I was in college it was something that I wanted to focus on primarily. I am a runner. I have been running for a year now and have completed two 5Ks, one 5-miler, one 10K, and one 10-miler. I am training for a halfmarathon as well. I have a blog that I write on,, and it is just my way of documenting my experiences and training.

mother. She is the source of 99.9% of my material. JPS What words of advice do you have for those wanting to get into the performing arts? MM Get your butt up and get started! Start thinking about what kind of stuff you want to perform and then nd out who is already performing it. If youre looking to get into comedy, then I would suggest taking Sam Coxs Comedy Gym class and buying The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter. That book has been a great help in learning, and Sam is a great teacher as well.

JPS And nally... what projects do you have coming up that we can see you in?! MM Right now I am hitting up as many open JPS You have been involved in the Austin mics as possible. Im entering in a contest at acting/comedy scene for at least the past three Hyde Park Theatre for amateur comedians, rst years because thats when we rst met. What place wins $1,000! Check it out! is your take on it? Any pros or cons? MM The comedy scene is a lot more gracious than then acting scene! When I was pursuing an acting career in theatre and lm, I found that For more Mica McCook, check out there werent a lot of roles available for women or visit Micas Facebook. For info about the Austin Standup Comedy like me. I couldnt really nd my spot in that Slam and Hyde Park Theatre, visit community. It was discouraging. But with the The ASCS preliminary standup comedy scene, I have found that this is a better calling for me. I havent been around round is September 23-26, the seminal round long enough to make any fair comparisons, but is September 30, and the nal round is October 1, 2012. The contest is open to all for a $15 so far the comedians I have met have been cool and welcoming. No matter what your size entry fee. All shows start at 8pm with a $10 cover at the door. Cheer Mica on or showcase is or what your skin or hair color is, the only thing they care about is ARE YOU FUNNY?? your own comedic chops!

JPS Who are your biggest career inuences? And who are your biggest personal inuences? MM George Lopez, Gilda Radner, Phyllis Diller, and the biggest ones being Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby. Personal inuences? Denitely my

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