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Leslie’s Play, The Panel, Given Reading by Play by Play

Lively’s Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman, wrote The Panel, a one -act play, in 2005. It was accepted for performances at the Marin Festival of New Plays and received awards for Best Play, Best Actor, and Best Director. On September 27, 2020, The Panel was read – online – for an audience, also online, as the September event of Play by Play, an organization based in Oakland that presents readings of new one acts. Play by Play was founded by Judith Offer, herself a playwright and poet.

Please see link below to watch a video of the reading. This will be available for two weeks after the reading, closing, we believe, on October 11.

Originally scheduled for a live presentation in March, 2020, the pandemic forced that date to be canceled. Leslie said, “It was great to receive the invitation from Judith to put The Panel’s reading on Play by Play’s calendar.”  The readers all gave outstanding performances even though they were seen in a small screen instead of on a stage. Here they are:


Readers from top L: Pam Wong (The Young One), Laurie Mokriski (The White Ethnic Dancer), Torey Bookstein (The Great One, and The Jive Person), Paul Harkness (The Old One), Jonathan Clark (The Film Guy), Susannah Wood (The Moderator).

The performances were fantastic. The readers created a theater within the small, electronic box and brought their sometimes troublesome, often funny characters into three dimensional life. It was an exciting event! Some comments from audience: “I loved it!” “I loved it and thought it was perfect!” “We enjoyed it!” “The dialogue is incredibly clever! Thanks for a delightful afternoon.”

Here is a link to the recording of the reading. Please remember that this is a second generation recording and the sound may not be consistent. Thank you for your interest and CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST!

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BEAUTIFUL BALLET CLASS@HOME

Margot Fonteyn, in the 1960s. After her retirement, she said that she did her barre everyday. It was “like saying my prayers.”

The Lively Foundation meets your needs to keep moving and stay fit during this time of sheltering in place. Our Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman, now offers an Adult Ballet class Tuesdays, 4 – 5 P.M. using the Zoom platform. The class is designed to use little space. It includes a thorough barre plus brief dance phrases which may be done in place or with very little travel through space. Everyone, Pros to Beginners, does barre exercises in ballet. It is the universal language. All ages, all levels of experience do the barre work daily or once a week; it is always the same. It offers so many benefits: work on your core and leg strength, breathe deeply, lift your posture, gain flexibility and self-confidence. And, maybe best of all, it is something you can do all your life.  Price:  $15 per class. Pay for 3 classes; get the 4th one free.  Contact: livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net

Lively Foundation Creates Community: Embarcadero Publishing

This article appeared in Our Neighborhoods: Mountain View and Los Altos, December, 2019, a magazine published by the Embarcadero Publishing Co., which publishes the Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Weekly, Menlo-Atherton Almanac newspapers. Lively thanks Embarcadero Publishing for recognizing The Lively Foundation as a leader in creating community and selecting us to represent our community.

The first thing Leslie Friedman notices when she enters a room is the floor. Wooden? Concrete? Tiled? Her dancer’s eye is always looking for good floors for dancing. She is also always searching  for ways her work can serve the community. She brings people together to dance, to enjoy dance, to learn about our many cultures, and about each other. Her dance succeeds at building community.
As an internationally touring performer, choreographer, and artistic director of the nonprofit Lively Foundation that operates in Old Mountain View, her deep passion for life and her art energizes her choreography and performances. She is first American dancer or artist of any kind to perform with joint sponsorship of the US State Department and host countries around the world. These “firsts” include performances in Moscow and Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia; Beijing, Shenyang, and Shanghai, China; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Poznan, Poland; New Delhi, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai (Madras), India; Bucharest, Romania; Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; Tunis, Tunisia, and more. Her performances in these cities plus London, Tokyo, Toronto, Seoul, were all given ovations and invitations to return.
She stirs up artistic presence on the Peninsula by inviting renowned dancers to teach and  perform in the annual International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley that she hosts in Mountain View.

Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman
First launched in 2012, the week long festival seeks to create performance opportunities for professional dance artists, offers intensive training for dancers and dance students, and invites the whole community to experience dance in professional performance. “Some audience members would be dance lovers, for some it would be their first time watching, for all we hope to give them the excitement and beauty of dance,” says Leslie. The Festival also attracts adults aged 15 and up to classes in a wide variety of dances and  exposes them to the new choreography created by the teaching artists.  Performances and classes include traditional dances from many cultures flourishing in the Bay Area: Irish set dancing, Salsa, Polish folk dance, Mexican Folclorico, Afro-Haitian, several kinds of classical Indian dances, classical Chinese dance. These are in addition to Ballet, Tap, Line Dances, Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballroom dances.

Crystal Bella Chen and Oscar Adrian Rodriguez perform Ballroom dance in the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, 2019

“There is a rich variety of movement styles available for our open Master Classes on the Festival’s Full Day of Dance©,” says Leslie, “We encourage everyone to do what they love and also try something new.” All the classes are mixed levels. That includes beginners and pros.
“A ballerina will have an opportunity to learn Afro-Haitian Dance and love it as a beginner in the class. A complete beginner might have a wonderful time in Line dances or find a gift for Tap,” Friedman explains. “Professional dancers can showcase their work here. It gives them new audiences, a chance  to demonstrate and develop their art.”
Through the IDF@SV, Friedman said she hopes to bring the diversity of arts of different origins while involving the community in dance. She also believes it is possible and important that everyone finds a way to move that they enjoy enough to keep doing.
“Move whatever moves, wiggle whatever wiggles,” she said. “If my work inspires someone to keep moving, wow!”
]ennifer Urmson, a mother of two boys, was happy to endorse the way Leslie Friedman and The Lively Foundation build community. She started taking Friedman’s weekly ballet classes when a friend invited her two years ago. “I had not been dancing for a very long time, and I was nervous about the idea of doing ballet as an adult,” Urmson said, adding that as a child, she was told ballet was for bodies of a certain shape. “But Leslie is wonderful as a teacher, very open and supportive. I was really pleased that after a couple of lessons, I felt myself getting stronger and improving my balance.”
Within Jennifer’s class there was a woman in her early 20s, other moms, and retirees. A few of them were organize activities for their dance class friends outside class, such as going together to attend a ballet performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Urmson said whether you attend several classes or take part in a single workshop at the Festival, The Lively Foundation seems to have a way of connecting people.
“Months after the dance Festival, you’ll hear people exchanging highlights from the event when they run into one another around town,” she said. “Even if it’s just one class, you see a different side of people. You feel you know them better.” For more information about the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net
­—Esther Young, 2019; photo of Leslie Friedman demonstrating a movement for Julie Van Gelder, private student and Festival participant, by Magali Gauthier

The Dancer’s Garden: How to buy it!

Thank you all for your queries about buying The Dancer’s Garden. Your interest is profoundly appreciated. Here is how to buy it:

Choose which edition you prefer. Both have the complete text and more than 60 full color photos by the author, Leslie Friedman, plus 10 by renowned photographer, Jonathan Clark, and one by English, actor Dennis Parks. Both are printed on fine, glossy paper. Both are hard back books.

Version A:  Costs $45. That price includes tax and mailing cost.

Version B: Costs $75. It is printed on extra heavy paper. It comes with a photographic print by Jonathan Clark. It is signed and suitable for framing. It also can fit into the book. The price  includes tax and mailing cost.

Please mail a check made out to The Lively Foundation to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941  OR  go to the landing page of this blog. You will see the PayPal button. You can  purchase through PayPal. Please add $2.00 to the cost of each book: Version A: $47  —  Version B: $77

We will send you The Dancer’s Garden right away. Thank you again!

 

GARDEN BOOK: The Dancer’s Garden by Leslie Friedman

The Lively Foundation is proud to announce the publication of The Dancer’s Garden, a new book by Lively’s Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman. It is a beautiful hardback book with text and more than 60 full color photographs by the author.

Cover photos are by internationally admired photographer, Jonathan Clark.

“Neighbors, strangers, cats, flowers, weeds, trees appear in the garden and in my memory. I meet time through lives in the garden, including my own.” Dancer/choreographer Leslie Friedman writes about her humorous, informative, piquant experiences in gardening, dance, and life.  Friedman’s groundbreaking solo dance performances have been acclaimed worldwide. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Stanford, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Vassar College. Her writing has been published in the US, France, India, and Poland.

This limited-edition book is now available from The Lively Foundation. Hard back printed on fine, glossy paper. Price: $45 (this price includes postage). Special edition on heavier paper with signed photographic print by Jonathan Clark, $75 (this price includes postage). There are now only 12 of the book plus print edition. To buy The Dancer’s Garden, contact  livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net

FULL DAY OF DANCE© CLASS SCHEDULE NOW!!

The Full Day of Dance© is the BEST way to do something you love and try something new. Five classes: all open to mixed levels, each one hour long, fifteen minute break between each class. You may take one or any number of classes. BEST DEAL & MOST FUN: TAKE THEM ALL!Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias: extraordinary Tap artist teaches Tap on Full Day of Dance© Saturday, May 19, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Here is the schedule for Full Day of Dance© 2019. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00    Ballet ( mixed levels, no pointe work, all adults welcome, ages 15 & up & up) 11:15 a.m. – 12:15    Pilates mat (please bring a mat or towel, good for Pilates fans & newcomers

Etta Walton leads the audience in her Electric Line Dances. Take her amazing class, Saturday, May 18, 2:30-3:30

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.       Tap (If you have tap shoes, that’s great; if not, wear shoes that will stay on.) 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.       Etta’s Electric Lines (This is a wonderful class for all ages and all dance levels) 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.       Ballroom (Waltz & Cha Cha; no partner? no problem. Partners are provided).

REGISTER NOW & receive Early Bird rates. EB rates end one month before the event. Class costs: Price per class reduces with each added class. Early Bird registration: $20 single,$36 for 2; $48 for 3; $56 for 4; $60 for all five; Regular registration: $25 single; $40 for 2; $54 for 3; $64 for 4; $70 for all five. Please send a check made out to The Lively Foundation to: The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941  OR  pay at the door (no Early Bird at the door) OR go to the landing page of this blog (livelyfoundation.org), scroll down until you see the DONATE sign. Click on that and follow directions for using PayPal. PLEASE IF you pay through PayPal notify us through email that you are doing that and which classes you want to take. THANK YOU! See you on March 18 for a great day of dance!

Contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

REGISTER for International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley NOW!

IT’S TIME TO REGISTER!

REGISTER NOW! Be sure to get the workshops & classes you want to take. IDF@SV 2018 has held on to prices from 2016. Sign up now for the best dance experiences anywhere. TO REGISTER: Mail your check made out to The Lively Foundation to The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941. Please include a list of classes/workshops you want to take, your name, address, phone number. OR if you prefer to use a credit card (1) go to the landing page of livelyfoundation.org (2) scroll down to the PAYPAL logo (3) click on it & follow directions for making a donation (4) Please send an email to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net stating which classes/workshops you want to take & your name, address, phone number. OR pay at the door with cash or check. Please note that Early Bird prices expired on May 7. Here are prices, schedules, descriptions:

CHOREO-CUBATOR©  $125 regular (after May 7) Choreo-Cubator© offers dancers and other artists whose work involves movement space and time to make new work or to polish a work in progress. Supportive atmosphere. Opportunity to perform (not required but encouraged) in Showcase Performance, June 22. Working sessions for Choreo-cubator© meet on June 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ALL kinds of dance welcome.

PHYSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP $30 for one person; bring a pal and  the second person pays $15. That’s a great deal for more fun than anyone could describe. Sun., June 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Megan Ivey, formerly of the world famous Ringling Bros., leads the Physical Comedy Workshop. Walk into walls! Fall down funny!                   AND BE SURE TO SEE Megan perform in the Festival Concert, June 23, 3 p.m.

FULL DAY OF DANCE© Meets  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.  Each class one hour long. Fifteen minutes between classes; lunch break 12:25 – 1: 15 p.m. All five classes $70. Classes include Jazz, 10 a.m.; Pilates mat, 11:15 a.m.; Tap, 1:15 p.m.; Contemporary Ballet, 2:30 p.m.; Line dances, 3:45 – 4: 45 p.m. Five movement classes, back to back, all mixed levels. Regular fees: $25 single class; $20 per class for 2; $18 per class for 3; $16 per class for 4; $14  per class for 5. BEST DEAL AND MOST FUN: TAKE THEM ALL!!!

Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias (left) teaches and performs Tap; Etta Walton (right) teaches and performs Line Dances. Their classes are on Full Day of Dance© Their performances are on the Festival Concert, June 23, 3:00 p.m.

AFRICAN RHYTHM & DANCE: Meets at 11:00 a.m., Mon. through Fri., June 18 – 22.  Dancers’ Group discount: $112.50; Regular is $125. Participants will learn a dance to perform in the Showcase Performance!  (Performance encouraged but not required).

DO IT NOW!!! Register for the best dance experiences available anywhere! Put the Heart Back in Your Art! Come Dance with Us!

Charlotte Bronte: The Bats of Haworth

The Lively Foundation is proud to announce that the Browning Society of San Francisco, a prominent literary and theater society, has invited our Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman to make a presentation on January 12, 1:00 p.m., the Sequoias, 1400 Geary, San Francisco. Admission is free. A reception with cake, coffee, tea follows the talk.

The Bronte sisters, Emily, Anne, Charlotte, painted by their brother, Branwell.

Leslie will show the video of her dance, THE BATS OF HAWORTH, which is accompanied by spoken excerpts from the writings of Charlotte Bronte, and music of Chopin. The dance is a trio about the Bronte sisters. This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights. The presentation will include a talk about the sisters and their art as well as about the choreography. Dr. Friedman choreographed and danced in this work.

The presentation is free and open to the public, Jan. 12, 1:00 p.m., at the Sequoias, 1400 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. You may enter through the buildings Post St. entrance, sign in, take the elevators to the top floor. For more information, please contact Dennis R. Parks, 415/668-0332 or dennisrparks@yahoo.com  or find the Browning Society on Facebook.

International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley:2018 Dates

International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley announces its dates for June, 2018. Now is the time to get it on your calendar! The Holiday Season sweeps in soon; your visions of sugar plums, candied yams, turkey, pies…may take your attention away from planning the Greatest Possible Dance Adventure: IDF@SV Season 7.

Polish Folk Dance on Full Day of Dance© 2015

Workshops, classes, performance opportunities are available for advanced/professional dancers, for those who want to try a class or two, & for beginners.

Remember: a great ballerina may still be a beginner at tap dance. She could take Audreyanne Covarrubias’ tap class and have the most amazing time.

Choreography workshop, technique workshops, Physical Comedy, and the Full Day of Dance©; all this AND performances by the gifted artists who will bring the best in dance to our ever growing audience. Don’t miss this!

All events and classes take place at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Here are the dates:

Sunday, June 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Physical Comedy with Megan Ivey--she’s the professional clown from Ringling Bros. This is more fun than anyone can describe. Fall down, spit water, walk into walls–see what I mean? You have to be there.

Megan Ivey leads Physical Comedy

Choreo-Cubator© Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, June 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Supportive atmosphere, chance to work on something new or polish a work in progress. Perform your work on June 22  (performance not required).

Guest artist from Berlin, Germany, Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, performing the premiere of Letters Like Feathers, Festival Concert 2016, choreographed by Leslie Friedman

Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Full Day of Dance© Take your pick of 5 different dance/movement techniques. Tap, Pilates mat, Etta’s Electric Line Dances, contemporary, and a special surprise. Price of classes reduces with each added class: Best deal & most fun: TAKE THEM ALL!

(L to R) Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias teaches Tap; Etta Walton teaches LIne Dances; both perform in the Festival Concert

Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m., FESTIVAL CONCERT, the gala closing event of Season 7. Watch the artists you’ve worked with in class–and maybe perform yourself. This is always a stunning performance featuring premiere works and thrilling dancing. CELEBRATE! IT’S TIME TO DANCE! SAVE YOURSELF THIS TIME TO DANCE; THE SKY’S THE LIMIT. For more information, contact The Lively Foundation, watch this blog, friend the Festival on Facebook at facebook/international dance festival silicon valley

Lively Foundation Artistic Director Leslie Friedman

CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION at IDF@SV 2017

INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL@SILICON VALLEY invites choreographers to submit a work in ANY dance form. Dances should be no more than 8 minutes long. Choreographers must be adults ( 18 years & up & up). Deadline for submissions is May 20. $25 entrance fee.

BE SURE TO SEND US AN EMAIL OR CALL TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE SENDING AN ENTRY. THIS IS SO THAT IF WE RECEIVE, FOR EXAMPLE, A YOUTUBE FROM YOU WE WILL KNOW IT IS AN ENTRY FROM YOU AND NOT SPAM. livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.com OR 650-969-4110

With your submission please include information about yourself: name, street address, email address, phone number, how long have you presented your work in public? what style do you work in? Name of dance, music (if any) for dance. Number of dancers. Ages of dancers (preference will be given to adults, 18 years old & up. Younger dancers will NOT be eliminated). Has this dance been presented in public performance before? Do you intend to perform it in the Bay Area on dates close to IDF@SV (preference for dances which will not be seen on other concert dates near dates of the Festival a preference, NOT an automatic out.

AWARDS: 1st prize winner will perform on the Festival Concert program with acclaimed artists, July 1, 3 p.m. 2nd & 3rd prize winners will perform in Showcase Performance, June 30, 6 p.m. These performances are in Mountain View and both are open to the public. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners are offered free time & space to rehearse and will receive cash honoraria.

ELISABETH KINDLER-ABALI, visiting artist from Berlin, premieres “Letters Like Feathers,” by Leslie Friedman, IDF@SV Festival Concert, 2016

Please send your DVD or youtube to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941   OR   email to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net    Submit the dance you intend to perform.

Entrance fee check made to The Lively Foundation and mailed to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941 PLEASE email us to let us know that you are sending your dance through email or US mail so that we will not think your video is a spam. THANKS!

???Questions???please email The Lively Foundation.