Charles “Honi” Coles

Hiding in plain sight as Tito Suarez in the film Dirty Dancing, Charles “Honi” Coles was a brilliant and innovative tap dancer.

He met  Charles “Cholly” Atkins 1940 with whom he partered for 19 years. According to Wikipedia, “Coles placed tap in the world of concert art when he performed in the Joffrey Ballet‘s production of Agnes de Mille‘s Conversations about the Dance.

Coles made his Broadway debut in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949. He also appeared in Bubbling Brown Sugar and My One and Only, for which he received both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for his performance.”

But two things stick out for me. One: Coles taught dance and dance history at YaleCornellDuke, and George Washington University in the 1980s

And two, short of Dirty Dancing, I had no knowledge of Coles. Time to rectify that.

Black Women in Alabama – 2017 in review

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#bwia with Doug Jones

2017 was a hard year for everyone:  ailing elderly parents, issues with our children and/or partners, problems in work or finding it, or coming down with sometimes  illness as serious as cancer (shoutout to B).

As I have repeated time and time again: #bwia #BlackwomeninAlabama. If they could move forward in adversity, anyone can.

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Monica Bodirsky, Kristine Maitland, Rev. Terrie Brookins, Rosemary Stehlik

But the only way we can get through it is to turn to our communities (often we have more than one).  I want to take this time, perhaps again, to thank friends, old (Bridge, SCA, BiWoT, WCC, et. al.) and new, for all the help they gave me during the crisis with my mother last May, among other things.

Also, thanks to my new friends, from Women’s Drumming Circle to the #broomwomen, for introducing me to a new way of looking at my life, from the participating in the arts to the moontimes.

2017 has been a time for me make decisions as to how I will move forward as I look up closer to fifty.  Things are looking good.

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Women’s Drumming Circle lead by Veronica Johnny.