I’ve always been fascinated by those who make their own way. Who make up their story as they go along. With or without support, defying conventions, following their passion, acknowledging their purpose. It shows on their faces. Wonderful faces.

FACES

| June 30, 2016

Number 8


To Live is to Dance, to Dance is to Live

Susan

Susan re-invents – her mind, her body, her art, her design, her point of view, her very being – constantly and continually through dance. The dance is cerebral, as well as physical, freeing as well as defining. She creates her space in the world and moves through it with strength, delicacy, determination…and grace.

  1. What’s your favorite word?
    Dancing.
  1. What’s your least favorite word?
    Normal.
  1. What’s your favorite book?
    Johannes Itten’s The Art of Color.
  1. What’s your favorite movie?
    Dr. Zhivago because it has themes and sub-themes, it’s gorgeous to look at throughout the entire movie and also beautiful to hear, it addresses the horror of revolution and war, one has to try to understand the differences between the Red and the White armies, an artist is the main focal point, love is always present, there is a moral dilemma that the audience is drawn into…and it’s relevant today.
  1. What’s your favorite piece of music?
    Tchaikovsky’s June: Barcarolle.
  1. What’s your favorite beverage?
    White wine, of course.
  1. What five people throughout history would you like to have dinner with?
    Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Confucius, Vincent Van Gogh, Angela Davis, Umm Kulthum.
  1. What is the one place in the world that you would like to see (again or for the first time?)
    Lapland (where the Sami live in the northern most part of Norway – reindeer country).
  1. What motivates you?
    I usually say to myself: be part of the solution, not part of the problem. What motivates me: I recognize how messy and painful life can be, but I don’t truly believe it has to be that way.
  1. What is your mantra?
    Never give up, never give up.

David

David has his own soundtrack for living. His dance influences his other artistic endeavors with movement, rhythm, sensitivity and a little spice. Salsa…that’s all you need to know.

  1. What’s your favorite word?
    Inspiring.
  1. What’s your least favorite word?
    Can’t.
  1. What’s your favorite book?
    Anything that is motivational and inspiring or can teach me something. Currently reading a few books on design & branding. Never stop learning.
  1. What’s your favorite movie?
    A Beautiful Mind because, I love an emotional story, Independence Day because, it is the first time I was really blown away by special effects in a movie, well… that and Jurassic Park.
  1. What’s your favorite piece of music?
    Todo Tiene Su Final (Everything has its end) – Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe. Always a favorite to dance salsa to. https://open.spotify.com/track/2J4ExVGT9ITiXWe0e2UeF2

    Mi Paso – Bobby Paulette:  Latin Jazz Cha Cha The lyrics are short but it sings ”Ven a ver mi paso” (Come and see my step).

    https://open.spotify.com/track/3xNSE75uQnDUkuDMjcPDTa

  1. What’s your favorite beverage?
    This changes constantly, I am always on the look out for new things to try. Currently Honest Tea. It is not to sweet but tastes natural, brisk, and clean.
  1. What five people throughout history would you like to have dinner with?
    Frida Kahlo: Her story is a beautiful one, her art is beautiful, and she is an inspiration.

    Tito Puente: A latin music legend and Icon. I had the opportunity to perform with his son Tito Puente Jr on stage,  one of the greatest moments of my life!

    Mozart: A child prodigy and a master in his time.

    Confucius: Because self cultivation is a beautiful thing.

    Leonard da Vinci: A man who was curious about everything.

  1. What is the one place in the world that you would like to see (again or for the first time?)
    I would have to say Greece. I loved the people, culture, history, food, and life. Truly one of the most epic times of my life. First Time? Spain.
  1. What motivates you?
    Motivated people motivate me, I like to pick peoples brains and discover and learn things I never knew existed. Keeping an open mind about others perspectives opens doors for me to explore life outside my own. There is always something new to learn, do, see, feel and I am always seeking the opportunity for that..
  1. What is your mantra?
    LESS IS MORE. There are two ways this works for me.First, I do not hold on to many belongings. I have more clarity without the chaos and feel more comfortable with less in my living space.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness?language=en

    Second, once a great man looked at my work and told me “He can’t breath” I stepped back and giggled (in my head) at myself of course. However, I totally understood. They were the perfect words to help me polish my designs.

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