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text 2017-08-22 15:05
Mark Tompkins Sec on Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is an expressive dance style that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet, contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation. Contemporary dancers like Mark Tompkins Sec strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. Most artists are dedicated to harnessing the discipline necessary to realize their most daring, far-out ideas.

 

 

Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music and it is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dancers like Mark Tompkins Sec believe that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings. That’s why contemporary dance developed in a rebellion against the hierarchy and restrictions of 19th-century classical ballet. It was conceived as a heightened, kinetic form of self-expression in which each artist was at liberty to determine his or her own creative path.

 

From the 1970's onward, before contemporary dance existed, we had the postmodern dance (1960-70's) and, prior to that, modern dance (1920's-1960's). The big shift in dance technique between ballet and modern-dance lay in the use of the torso, body weight, and the use of the floor as a valid surface to perform on with the whole body, not just the feet. These aspects shaped dramatic alterations as to how the dancer’s body was trained.

 

The torso was used with greater flexibility and the center of gravity of the body was worked lower to the floor through deeper knee bends, giving modern dance styles a more grounded presence than ballet. But as soon as these modern dance styles became as codified as ballet, the move was on again to challenge the modern dance establishment and discover new territory for the creative impetus’s of dance as an art form.

 

After all these years of research and work, Mark Tompkins Sec is now glad to share his understanding and professional experience. His goal has always been to gather the tools, information, and experience that would allow people like him to make a living out of dancing.

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review 2017-08-22 08:10
Audiobook Tour - Leaning Into Love

 

TitleLeaning Into Love

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #1

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrated By: Seth Clayton

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: August 16th

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Friends to lovers, surfer, white collar, San Francisco, bisexual

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Synopsis:

 

Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend. Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.

 

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Excerpt:

 

Zane refilled my glass and returned it to me with a naughty smirk. “You get kinda corny when you’re tipsy, Schuster. It’s cute.”

 

Cute?”

 

Yeah. You get goofy. Your ears turn red and it makes the freckles on your nose stand out. Then you do that thing with your hair where you swipe your hand through it so many times that it looks like you just rolled out of bed.”

 

Uh…okay. That’s embarrassing.” I searched for a reflective surface as I attempted to pat my unruly brown hair into some semblance of order. “I was going for debonair and I got bar mitzvah kid chic,” I grumbled.

 

Zane leaned forward and gave me an intense look I didn’t understand.

 

You don’t have to be anyone but yourself with me, Eric. I like you just the way you are.” He sat back again and cocked his head. “So let’s talk about this stupid engagement party. What’s the dress code?”

 

Um… it’s probably dressy casual,” I replied with a furrowed brow. I wanted to back up a sentence or two and analyze his words and dissect the meaning of “I like you just the way you are”.

 

The usual oxymoron,” he snarked. “You are going with me, right?”

 

Sure. If you want.”

 

I want. It’ll save us both the trouble of finding some poor unsuspecting sucker to drag to a fancy shindig.”

 

True. Speaking of suckers, don’t you have a date tonight?”

 

Zane glanced at his watch and then stretched his legs out on the bench so his shoe nudged my thigh. “I’ve got time. Talk to me. What else have you been up to lately? I noticed there’s a new exhibit at the Modern Museum. Have you gone? I think it’s a midcentury retrospective with Motherwell and de Kooning. I know you like the scribbly art and…”

 

His conversation was easy. The gentrified version of his former surfer dude accent had a lilting quality I could have listened to for hours. I felt myself truly begin to relax and let go of the invisible hold I’d had on my emotions, like a swimmer grasping onto a ledge who finally realizes he can reach the bottom of the pool. Being with someone who knew quirky details about me and accepted them without judgment or reservation was a gift.

 

I treasured all of my friends, but Zane was special. Our friendship was rooted in geography and history and now time. He wasn’t making a romantic advance when he asked me to attend Nick’s engagement party with him. That was latent wishful thinking on my part. Zane was simply being who he always was. My oldest and best friend.

 

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Leaning Into Love (Leaning Into Stories, #1)Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eric & Zane have been best friends who are fighting an attraction to one another. Maybe taking a chance will be a good thing. Zane has wanted to take things to another level for a while, and now here is the chance.

As far as short stories go, this one is hawt. The narrator has a good grasp of how to make different tonal nuances for the different voices. I knew he was speaking in whose character right away. And the gravelly tone was really fitting for this book. I am very excited for the next book in the Leaning Into series.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.



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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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review 2017-08-22 07:00
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Lick - Kylie Scott

 Evelyn had plans for Vegas.  She was going to find a hot guy and lose her virginity all over again.  That is not exactly what went down.

 

David has been through a lot.  As a famous rockstar, he gets what he wants.  Only this time, what he wants may walk away.  

 

This is a great story about true love and how is can happen quickly.  I loved the characters and their interaction.  Even the other characters in Stage Dive series are funny and worth reading.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-08-22 06:50
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The Real Thing (Sugar Lake) - Melissa Foster

Willow & Zane are the best of friends.  He just has no idea how she feels about him.  They have some seriously hot history.  Now he needs her to help him out.

 

Zane tricks Willow into being a part of a charade.  Be fake-engaged to me?  Sure, like it is hard to pretend to be crazy about a guy she is head over heels for.  

 

This is such an achingly sweet story with a real sexy twist.  I absolutely loved it!  I feel like this is the author's best work so far.  I am excited to read more from the new Sugar Lake series.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

 

 

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review 2017-08-22 06:40
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In this Breeze (Lake Shore University Book 1) - Kathleen MareƩ

Breanna is best friends with Ethan and Jason.  Though to her, they are just Eth and Jase.  She tends to have all sorts of nicknames they come up with.  Bree and Breezy as the most common.  She doesn't really care.  She is just glad to have such good friends.

 

Eth has been in love with Bree and does not know how to tell her.  They do everything together.  He cannot imagine a world without her in it.  

 

Jase lives a much harder life.  Things do not always go his way.  He is afraid of the danger his life could bring to her.  He knows he must separate himself before something goes wrong.

 

This story is a deep and compelling tale of young love, mixed choices, and consequences that can happen.  It is a start to the Lake Shore University series that jumps right out of the gate with a bang or two to get you going!  I am eagerly awaiting the next title.  This is character angst that I cannot wait to read more of.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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