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yesterday i volunteered to do an improv gig for a disabilities advocacy group. it was to help train their management. it was really weird.. and people kept referring to me as an "actor" or "actress". otoh, it was really useful because i got to listen to different management styles, and how people take feedback from peergroups.

i also did shana's narrative longform class, which reminded me that yes, narrative longform is still my main love in improv. we did some mini-longform shows.. they were rather.. insane. but i had a lot of fun, and was laughing a lot. seriously, i forgot how much fun improv classes can be.. especially since it's been a while i've taken an actual "class". a lot of the ones i've done recently were 2 or 3 hour workshops.. where there's more judgement and i feel the need to prove myself. there's a chance to maybe do 2 scenes in a workshop, so i feel pressure to do well in those 2 scenes.

anyways, shana is definitely one of the most generous and nurturing improv teachers i know, and i've laughed so much in her classes.. even though i was rather tentative about it in the beginning. her and andy, their classes definitely fall under "therapy".

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antoniseb
Feb. 22nd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Shana's great. I wish I'd taken the time to attend something she was teaching while I was down there.
orangepaisley
Feb. 22nd, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
"Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
Every so often I get the itch to do Improv, but then I get horrible flashbacks to the class I took two years ago and the feeling quickly passes...

I'm willing to believe that I was just in the wrong class at the wrong time with the wrong instructor. What are the classes like now? Better male/female ratio? Less focus on games? More importantly: is there room for spontaneous ballroom dancing?
ripresa
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: "Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
how about this.. when i go back to doing tango and other ballroom stuff.. you come back to improv? :)
orangepaisley
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: "Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
Oh you're so ON! I'll take classes from Andy if you take up Argentine Tango.

And as a show of good faith, I'll update my blog subtitle right now...
ripresa
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: "Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
awesome! it may not be in a 2 or 3 months. but i'm definitely going to try another argentine tango class.
zinereem
Feb. 23rd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: "Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
If you want to focus less on games, take classes from Coldtowne. The focus solely on scenework.
http://coldtownetheater.com/Classes

That being said, I took my classes from Andy, and have never regretted it.
orangepaisley
Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: "Yes, and...cha cha cha!"
Scenework definitely interests me. I'll have to take a closer look into both options (Hideout and Coldtowne) when I get back to Austin next week

Thanks! :-)
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