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It was a Saturday.


I remember because I was playing in ballet class when I got the email.


It was my best friend's step-brother, trying to reach me:


"Hi Stelth. My name is Joel Kom, and I'm Jonah Poplove's step-brother. I'm trying to get in touch with you to let you know some sad news about Jonah."

It was September 23, 2017, at 5:46 PM.


I remember my heart pounding as I left the ballet studio. Dialling the number - I dreaded the conversation that was about to happen.


At the back of my mind, I knew almost with complete certainty what I was about to be told.


It was that uneasy gut feeling that just gnaws away at you that you couldn't ignore.


As just two weeks ago, I had been in touch with Jonah. On my return flight back from Seattle after several weeks exploring the West Coast of the US, I decided to send Jonah a text, asking him how he was doing.

"It's Stelth. How are you doing?"

September 12, 2017


It had been six months since we'd spoken. In fact, in March of 2017, Jonah had actually visited me in Toronto. We spent the better part of a week catching up, playing chess, going out, and even performing a concert and lecture demonstration for visually impaired children at The Canadian National Institute for the Blind.


Jonah's reply came within hours:

"Hey, not good. Back in the hospital."

September 12, 2017












Meet my awesome friend, Alex:





He's from Ossining, New York.

Currently, he dances as a Trainee with Charlotte Ballet (2018-2019)


He's a ballet dancer. (With killer abs)

We met at Chautauqua, NY in 2017:





And I love photographing him jumping.


Just look at this:




AND THIS:





AND THIS!!




Oh, did I mention this?


And a screenshot from Reminiscence - a dance production I filmed and produced with Alex and Boston Ballet Ballerina, Mia Steedle in 2017.




So in summary, this is Alex.



He's a pretty cool dancer.



He dances. He prances. He can probably jump over 5 feet if he wanted to.


And he was recently featured and interviewed on the Danseur (2018) Documentary, directed by Scott Gormley.





And yes, he's single, ladies. ;)


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Ok, I lied.

It's actually my second.


See my actual very first blog post here: "Ready Kali?! 1, 2, 3...JUMP!!



But we'll pretend this is my First Official One.

Who needs an intro anyway, right?


So! I've started a blog! I'll make this one super short.


Lots of stuff to come soon, mainly because I've found it's interesting to sit down, reflect, and document your thoughts and memories. This really connects me with my current work in photography and filmmaking, which has only been influenced by many years (25+) of musical education and performance experiences.


Still, I ask myself this constantly:



"Do artists create, draw, sing, play... for themselves? Or for an audience?"


"What does it mean if a chef creates an outstanding dish... but for no one to consume and criticize?"


"What if a composer composes a masterpiece of a string quartet or symphony... but no musicians play it?"


"What if a string quartet performs for an empty hall?"


...


"Are they still presenters? Artists? What is their art form for? Who is their art form for?"



As I progress to jot down and share some of my thoughts over the next months, I look forward to returning upon this post - and others, and re-reading some of my public opinions, and seeing how they develop.


Any friends, families, students... - STRANGERS..?! - are all welcome to read and share some of my following blog entries to anyone they wish. I've reached a point in all my work (teaching, performing, photographing, filming, directing, producing, collaborating, promoting, reflecting, etc.) that I think it would be healthy to sit down and just write. Just... document - thought journals, experiments, podcasts, and interviews that might be worthy to share with an external party.


I'll finish with this great inspirational quote I found:


Because blog entries need lame pictures and quotes. (Disclaimer: it's not inspiring)



Here's another one. Just cause.



(Above image source: Google)


(Ok, so I failed on the 'make this super short' part.


I tend to do that... most of my close friends know from reading my emails and memos. *insert familiar eye roll here from one of my best friends*)


TESS, IS THAT YOU?! FeeFeeFeee.


Ok bye.


:)


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