Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Send us to foreign lands!

There's less than 2 weeks left on our Kickstarter campaign so please spare a few dollars to "back" our project and spread the link around to your friends!

We are also looking for fabulous volunteers to help our project reach more communities around the globe. Especially looking for fundraisers, event planners, marketing/publicity, administrators. Contact us at

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

APAP 2011 Showcase information

Jan. 7 & 9, 2011 APAP Conference Performance Showcase at Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway (Entrance on Chambers St).

Jan. 7 @ 8:50 pm and Jan. 9 @ 5:20 pm.

Showcases are free and open to the public. Limited Seating.

For more information about the APAP Showcases at DNA please visit:

Choreography by Alaine Handa and Dancers

Dancers performing this weekend: Ivilisse Esguerra, Sheila Klein, Laura Lamp, Tsubasa Ogawa, Lara Sofia Romero, Heather Wigmore

Prop Design by Natalia Krasnodebska

Featuring the documentary film "I am a TCK" - Directed by Alaine Handa and photography by Albert Gumilang, Rob Oandasan, and Lauryn Ishak

More Information about Chameleon:
Chameleon is a multi-disciplinary presentation about global citizens who have been exposed to several cultures in their developmental years. Exploring the notions of home, cultural identity and relationships through film, spoken word, theater, photography and dance, Chameleon draws on the insight and experience of Third Culture Kids: those who have spent a significant period of time in a culture other than their own. Home, cultural identity, and relationships in the context of multi-cultural and cross-cultural influences are explored through performance. This project is suitable for all ages and can be presented in conjunction with community arts based workshops in dance, spoken word, poetry, visual arts, jewelry design, theater, photography, and film.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Meet the dancer: Laura Lamp

real name ? Laura
hair color ? Brown, but it looks black.

Do you believe in...
yourself ? Yes
miracles ? Yes

LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED? Aila by Rinko Kawauchi

ONE FAVORITE SONG? Sarabande in Handel's Keyboard suite in D minor





If I wasn't a dancer.... I would be working in photography

Celebrity Crush... Johnny Depp

What countries have you visited? Germany, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada

Favorite Food(s)? Sauerkraut, Goulash Soup, empanadas, filet mignon

One thing I can't live without? Sun

Last book I read? Eden by Pablo Holmberg... now reading The Golden
Ratio by Mario Livio

Favorite Dancer/Choreographer/Company? The Mark Morris Dance Group

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Meet the dancer: Ivilisse Esguerra

real name ? Ivilisse
nickname ? Ivi, Bee, Squirrel

height ? 5'2 and a half (the half counts!)
broken any bones ? Only both pinky toes (let's keep it that way ;)

Do you believe in...
yourself ? mostly
miracles ? yes!
love at first sight ? No; attraction yes; but real love grows like roots.

LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED? Smartwool socks -- they're wonderful. it's like dancing on five layers of carpet.

LAST THING YOU SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON? Supersoft large sweater I'm going to live in all winter.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT WITH FRIENDS? Franny's in BK, Mas (farmhouse) and Soto -- best Japanese restaurant in NYC -- Chef Soto's plates are exquisite and delicious.

LONGEST SHIFT YOU HAVE WORKED AT A JOB? 20 hours, teaching, correcting and prepping as a humanities high school teacher

FAVORITE MOVIE? Sense and Sensibility (Andrew Davies), Rivers and Tides (Andy Goldsworthy), anything Monty Python

CAN YOU SING? Yes -- best around a campfire or a walk in the woods.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT? Yorkshire, Cornwall, Sagres ... or any small seaside village with cliffs and beautiful beaches.

If I wasn't a dancer.... I would be teach English, History and Music at a Waldorf School
What countries have you visited? Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the U.S.

How many languages do you speak? Fluent in Tagalog (Philippine), English, German; some Japanese (studied it in college but forgot a lot of it!), and some French.

Where have you lived? Manila, L.A., New York, New Jersey, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Favorite Food(s)? Tuna and yellowtail sashimi, arugula, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, cow's milk cheese and ice cream (too bad I'm lactose-intolerant!)

One thing I can't live without? Nature, art, England (born Anglophile ;)

Last book I read? Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

Favorite Dancer/Choreographer/Company? Gallim Dance Company; Ohad Naharin/Batsheva