Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chicago's Bril Barrett in HuffPo and the Studio..

Nice article about Bril Barrett in HuffPo today.
This Man Has Mad Rhythm, And His Love For Tap Dancing And Community Speaks Volumes

Bril is a great guy, an amazing tap dancer, a friend to everyone he meets a real leader and an inspiration to many.  I've known him for a few years thanks to my daughter's love for tap dancing.   

Bril was in Detroit a couple weeks ago for the Motor City Tapfest where he taught classes to rooms full of tappers young and old in the Old Main Building at Wayne State and he showed off his M.A.D.D. rhythm skills during improv sessions and while performing at the Motor City Soles show at Orchestra Hall last Saturday evening.

Old Main on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan
Bril and Molly in Chicago in August 2014
So I thought I would post a couple videos. The first is from a choreography session at the Harold Washington Community Center in Chicago a couple years ago.


And here is Molly performing that solo for the instructors at the Motor City Tapfest a couple weeks ago. Bril is sitting in the front row.   This was the first time Bril saw Molly perform the solo he taught her.

Molly's Solo at Motor City Tapfest

I hope a lot of good things happen for Bril and his family and his M.A.D.D Rhythms tap crew.   

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tap Improv from earlier today.

I haven't blogged in a while but Pathteacher will reach 50,000 page views tonight, so I figured I would stop by and drop in with something new.  Many thanks to all the people from around the who have stumbled across here for no particular reason and stayed to wade through some of the 300 or so posts I left back when I did this for a hobby.

Here is clip is Molly and three of her buddies from a tap class at Slide in Los Angeles earlier today doing some improv after class.  Love! the spirit.

Tap improv session at Slide in LA on 07/24/14

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Found in the attic: 1983 World Trade Center Brochure

I found this in the garage attic earlier today in a box full of folders and notebooks from my freshman year in College back in 1983.  Some friends and I went to Manhattan for Spring Break and during our stay there we made it to the World Trade Center for a tour.  This brochure brings back some good memories but it's also like a punch in the gut.  I just thought I would share it for everyone who might be interested, especially those who weren't lucky enough to have a chance to see the Twin Towers when they stood majestically over South Manhattan.  

1983 World Trade Center Visitor Guide Brochure 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Food fight,

I once started a food fight in a high school cafeteria. All it took was a Hunt's Snack Pack chocolate pudding cup and a plastic spoon. I used the spoon as a catapult to launch a dollop of the pudding toward the general direction of whoever was sitting at the whichever table I aimed the dollop toward.  Then I recall sneaking away as the volleys of counterattacks and counter-counterattacks flew back and forth and lunch ladies intervened and classmates were rounded up for  violations of the student conduct code.

And long after I walk away from this place, I'd like to think maybe I helped start or at least helped fuel some of the conflict between the left and the right and better yet between the right and the even further right.

Only in a heated disagreement do most people say what they really think.  Make that happen on purpose and then listen and learn.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Found in an abandoned storage unit. Japanese War Drum

I happened to come into possession of this thing recently. I believe it is a traditional Japanese War Drum that was customized with the addition of exquisitely detailed dragons and the Samurai symbol.  Out there is someone who would really like to have this. If they give me $1,000,000 for it I will donate it to stopping the disaster at Fukushima from destroying the planet.       

Update: 05/02/2014

It isn't a Japanese war drum .  It is a Korean Yong Go drum.  like this one.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

On the Run

My daughter is one of the dancers in this number. It placed first overall at the VIP Dance Competition in Toledo Ohio in April 2013.  If you are not familiar with amateur dance at the very highest level, this is a great example.

On The Run. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Tale of Two Explosions..

Two stories about bombs, one had the explosive capacity equivalent to Peter Brady's vinegar and baking soda volcano bomb that made a mess in the kitchen on The Brady Bunch. The other bomb packed more power than any non-nuclear bomb in the USA military arsenal.  The small bomb hurt no one and caused no damage.  The large bomb killed fourteen firemen and destroyed a good chunk of an entire city in Texas. One of the bombs led to an arrest of the person responsible.  The other led to shrugs of "Oh well, accidents happen.."  

16-Year Old Florida honour Student Charged With Two Felonies For Doing A Science Experiment

Kiera Wilmot was a typical 16-year-old honour student at Bartow Senior High School. She’s never been in trouble, has a reputation for being nice to everyone, gets straight As, and loves science.
What’s not typical is what went down after one of these “science experiments” went all so slightly wrong on school grounds.
At 7 am on Monday April 30, Wilmot and a yet-to-be-named friend mixed aluminium foil and toilet bowl cleaner in a small water bottle, and after about 30 seconds, the reaction created pressure inside the bottle, blowing the cap off with a pop that according to witnesses sounded like firecrackers going off...
No one was hurt by the “explosion,” but later that day Wilmot was handcuffed, arrested, and expelled from school. According to the police report, she has been charged with two felonies: “possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds” and “discharging a destructive device.”..
She was also expelled for violating the school’s conduct code, which requires immediate expulsion for any “student in possession of a bomb (or) explosive device… while at a school (or) a school-sponsored activity… unless the material or device is being used as part of a legitimate school-related activity or science project conducted under the supervision of an instructor.”

And then this..

Officials: 14 Dead, 200 Injured in West, Texas Explosion

The number of people killed in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Texas still remains unknown. Law enforcement continues to search damaged homes and apartments for survivors. 
Waco Police Sergeant William Patrick Swanton spoke for the City of West early Thursday morning. "There was quite a bit of devastation," Swanton said of the blast radius surrounding the fertilizer plant. According to the Waco Police Department, homes are still being evacuated and there are firefighters still unaccounted for.
The explosion was caused by a fire at the plant yesterday evening. It occurred as firefighters were evacuating people from their homes—including some elderly residents at a nursing home. The blast gutted homes, along with a 50-unit apartment complex. The plant’s blast registered a 2.1 magnitude event, according to the U.S. Geological Service, and was felt 15 miles away are heard as far as Waxahatchie (45 miles away).

After West Fertilizer Explosion, Concerns Over Safety, Regulation and Zoning

Owner: Donald Adair has owned the West Fertilizer Co. for around seven years
 It will take time to determine the exact cause of the fire and explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The disaster has cost at least 14 lives, caused 200 injuries and has destroyed at least 50 homes. The blast was so strong that it blew out windows for miles, and even registered as an earthquake. First responders said the aftermath looked like “a war zone.”
Yet even at this early stage of the investigation, there are signs that not all was right with the plant, like the fact that it had as much as 270 tons of ammonium nitrate (which can be explosive) at the site, but no sprinklers or fire barriers. It’s also brought up questions about regulation in Texas, and whether homes and schools should be so close to industry.