NOT a dancer but a wanna-be, and fool that I am, I’d created a theatre piece where I was gonna have to do just that! Dance. Pamela Michael to the rescue! She made herself available to me at the drop of a hat, and with such warmth and joy for my exploration. Once together, Pamela intuited my fear, and knew my idle chatter was a form of procrastination. Wisely, she suggested we listen to the music a few times, let it wash over us. It calmed me down. I felt so heard. She came up with something on the spot and so on target. Her choreography was clever, charming, within my serious limitations, but also featured my strengths. Such good taste, she knows what will pique/titillate an audience and how to tell a story with movement. I became so enthralled in her elegant moves, I lost my self-consciousness as I shadowed her. She really is a sister. Gentle, I felt safe in her guidance. Not to mention, she doesn’t waste time, or rather, didn’t let me fritter away our time together with insecurity. Remembering this experience now, I’m conjuring up excuses to work with Pamela Michael again and again! Her love for the art form is just that infectious!
Alessandra A. (writer, actress, solo-artist)
New Orleans, LA