DAE News June 6, 2001




Hi Folks!


Thereís plenty of BIG NEWS in this edition. Here's what's happening at Dance as Ever.




Iím pleased to announce that Dance as Ever will perform on September 20-23 at the Pace Downtown Theater in lower Manhattan. Iím even more pleased to announce that we have actually managed to miss (barely) the Jewish holidays. However, if there is sufficient demand we will schedule a special performance on Yom Kippur for those who would suffer too greatly from our break in performance tradition.

Iím most pleased of all to announce that Peter Boal will rejoin us this year to perform a new solo. Weíre working on figuring out what right now.

Weíll be bringing back one work from 1996, Word Become Flesh (For those who saw that concert, itís the one with four women dancing to medieval music in front of a fence. This means Matt Mohr, our set designer, has to go dumpster diving for more wood as that fence was fireplace fodder long ago.)

The working title for the final ballet is Green. So many of my ballets have taken place out of doors, in the woods or in a meadow. Iíve asked Matt to design a green set that suggests nature but without grass or leaves, just to see what he comes up with. The music is by Franz Berwald, a Swedish contemporary of Mendelssohn and is beautiful, lyric stuff. There will also be a companion piece to Peterís solo, and Iím working on that as well. Iíll tell you more as I know it. For now, save the date!



Iíd like to reiterate a call for donations for Dance as Everís raffle. Do you or the company you work for have a product or service that could use promotion? This is a great way to help us and promote your business inexpensively at the same time. Weíve got a big following among knitters, but are actively soliciting non-knit related items as well to broaden the appeal of the auction. Ideally, the item should have a value of $50 and up. Email me to discuss.

Auction items are already starting to come in, beautiful stuff from great knitters and people you know if youíve ever been on the KnitList (and if you havenít, trust me, theyíre great knitters.)! Lots of lace, lots of cashmere, lots of shawls and scarves. You can even get lace cashmere for your feet, our resident Queen of Socks, Judy Sumner, has knitted a pair of lace cashmere socks. Iíll make an announcement as soon as the web site is fully running. There are wonderful bazaar items on there even now, check them out at http://members.aol.com/dnceasever/raffle.htm The best part of all is, no bidding. Email me, write us a check, and itís yours.



Dance as Ever has a new board, and we had our first board meeting. Itís a wonderful team, and Iím excited to be working with them. Counter-intuitively, theyíre more aggressive and confident in their goals than I am. Itís nice for them to have to drag me along instead of the other way around. In eight years of operation (!), Dance is Ever is going to start to grow up. The Board promises new activity. Iím looking for an intern to help with administrative work. Most importantly, at some point this means more performances and more work for the dancers.




If you'd like to join us, email me!

http://members.aol.com/dnceasever/trips.htm for more information.



If you've never gotten to see our concerts, and would be curious to see what all the fuss is, we have videotapes available. They are professionally filmed and edited.

If you would like tapes of our concerts (1996, 1999 or 2000), please send a check for $25 ($30 overseas, NTSC video) made out to "Dance as Ever, Inc." (NOT ME) to:


Att: Leigh Witchel

Dance as Ever, Inc.

36 West 44th Street, 707

New York, NY 10036



Assistant Ballet Master job available.

One of my friends out West asked me to spread the word that her company (a professional regional ballet company) is looking for an assistant ballet master/mistress to teach, assist at rehearsals and tour with Nutcracker. If youíre interested, email me and Iíll put you in touch.


Choreography forum on BalletAlert

BalletAlert, a web site Alexandra Tomalonis runs and I help out with, has started a forum for choreographers. If youíre interested, check it out at www.balletalert.com Ė click on "special groups"



I canít tell you how much fun this point in planning the concert is. Itís like opening a refrigerator stocked with delicacies and mulling over what to make for dinner. There are so many possibilities, so many opportunities, so much to learn. Right now Iím just trying to figure out a new project for better that best uses and extends both of our talents, and gives the audience something to pay admission for. Weíre hoping for live music. I also want it to be a real departure from last year, but the sort of departure that it would make sense for either of us to make. And then, what we decide with the solo influences what its companion piece will be. Iím listening to a few different things. For the solo, believe it or not, Iím exploring traditional Japanese music. At the same time, Iím not interested in making a Japanese dance, primarily because Iím not Japanese, and I think even the attempt would be patronizing. Still, it presents an excellent opportunity to read about Zen! If we go with that for the solo, I think its companion will be Baroque music, and a duet for men. Abraham Miha is returning from '99 to work with me, I know him and I think I know the sort of music I need for him; it needs a little aggression in it.

My life is grand right now, but my knitting absolutely sucks. I lost a pair of socks I had nearly finished. Vanished utterly to that place that socks seem to go, but usually once they are worn. I finished a pair of cashmere gloves Iím dissatisfied with (I donít think theyíll fit the intended victim) and I cast on a sweater knit on HUGE needles in the hope of instant gratification - fat chance. Three abortive attempts, with each I could tell I would run short on yarn. As with everything else, I plug along. If this is my biggest problem, life is grand.

Given that this newsletter may be viewed by some of you as falling into the category of SPAM, I offer another chapter in my continuing tales of Internet SPAM Ė Baking the "Neiman-Marcus" cookie.

When I first got on the net, I must have been sent this morality tale of a dissembling store and a customerís revenge at least 15 times. As told, a woman lunching in the Neiman-Marcus café in Dallas asked for a marvelous cookie recipe to be told it could be bought for only "two fifty". To her shock, her credit card statement arrived and it was for $250, not $2.50. No amount of pleading or threatening could budge the store so as revenge, she decided to send the recipe to everyone she knew (and millions of us she did not know, evidently). You can read the whole saga at http://urbanlegends.about.com/science/urbanlegends/library/weekly/aa071397.htm. It is also a complete fabrication. However, the cookie recipe is not!

As a public service, so you donít have to, I have baked the "Neiman-Marcus" Choc-Oatmeal-SPAM cookie. Itís actually rather good.

Here's the recipe as originally written, my comments and suggested changes follow:

(Recipe may be halved.):

2 cups butter
2 tsp. Soda
5 cups blended oatmeal**
2 cups brown sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla

4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
24 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

** measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.


Indeed, this recipe can easily be quartered rather than halved, which I did and still managed nearly 48 2-inch cookies. Itís a good, standard oatmeal chip recipe. The other changes I made were to add 1/4 tsp. of almond extract because, well, I always do! I also, heretically, bake with a good quality margarine (I use "I Canít Believe itís not Butter) instead of butter, not for health reasons, but because it rises higher with a lighter crumb than butter. I used a mixture of slivered almonds and hazelnut pieces, and a normal sized Cadbury bar. Iíd make this recipe again, but there is too much chocolate for my taste, and it can be cloying. Iíd use only 4 oz. chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped nuts and make up the balance (about 1/2 cup) with raisins.

Happy Baking as Ever!


If youíd like to be on a mailing list for my knitting writing or one for dance writing, just let me know.


Copyright 2001 Dance As Ever. All rights reserved. Dance as Ever and the Dance as Ever logo are trademarks of Dance as Ever, Inc.

Return to Newsletter Main Page

Return to DAE Homepage