Friday Fish Wrap 3.16.18

Why “Fish Wrap”?  Years ago living in San Francisco I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen  While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember.  Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap.  Maybe it’s a generational thing.  At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

Five(ish) things you should know from this week

Too cool for school . . . We are excited by the generous donation of a water cooler/filter system made by two of our long-time dance dads and volunteers:  Eric Bellscheidt and Stan Voynick.  Both have spent countless volunteer hours our on productions, and now, THIS.  It’s enough to make you dab your eyes.  Why?

In the past, we have brought in cases of bottled water to make sure the 50-150 dancers in our productions stay properly hydrated.  This new water system will free up the VERY CROWDED back of house areas, eliminate the crazy amount of bulk recycling that occurs at the completion of a show, and remove two things from our ridiculously long list of things-to-do for a production.

Speaking of Dance . . .

  1. Our enrollment is higher than projected:  +7%.  This is due to increased class sizes in the pre-school age classes, and the addition of a Jazz class.
  2. New to VCD:  we have a Pre-professional ballet class.  This class is aimed at those dedicated advanced dancers who want to study dance at the collegiate level, and/or who want to work in the dance field.
  3. We are outgrowing our Dance spaces:  With the expansion of our programming, we are running out of suitable dance spaces in which to hold classes.  This is a good problem to have.
  4. We are piloting our first Ballet Summer Intensive in July 2018.  For 6 hours a day over two weeks, the advanced dancers will immerse in Ballet training, career prep, history, injury prevention, nutrition, and flexibility classes.  The outcome will be 2 new works to perform at the annual VCA auction in October.
  5. We are continuing to expand our offerings to include Social dance genres, and next, Contemporary dance.

Big Sonia . . .  This week some of us had the opportunity to see an amazing movie at the Vashon Theater called , a film directed by West Seattle residents (and personal friends) Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday.  Bonus that long-time islander Eric Frith is the film’s Story Producer and Consulting Editor.  An amazing piece of film making.  The show has given us lots of ideas.  More on that later.

The sound of genius . . . We’re looking forward to the first of a three-part music history talk by Mike Tracy called Franz Schubert and the Legacy of His Songs (1797-1828). The event is Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 pm in the Katherine L White Hall, VCA.  And yes, there are tickets available.

The big red box . . . Somebody has to have the best Fire Alarm system on the island, and our installer/maintenance guy tells us that’s us.  How do we know?  This week we did one of our periodic trainings on how the system works, how to decode all the information that shows up on the screen, how to turn things on and off, how to test it . . . all very exciting stuff and good to know that our fabulous building is so well monitored.  Note to self: smoke machines, the kind they use at rock concerts, play havoc with modern optically based smoke sensors.  Don’t ask how we know this.

Kevin Hoffberg


3 replies
  1. Judy Whitney
    Judy Whitney says:

    Thanks Kevin for writing your blog. Don’t give up. There are readers and lovers of the arts out here – and some of us used to live in San Francisco and enjoyed Herb Caen.

    So glad to be kept up to date on arts happenings backstage and onstage.

  2. Mary Lou Harlander
    Mary Lou Harlander says:

    This blog fits perfectly in catching up with things to come and to realize what was missed. It’s middle of the night, insomnia fitting. It’s in soothing color providing calm delivery so I can fall back to sleep knowing I’m informed for the next audience delight. 💤


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