* If you've seen the film "White Christmas" you may remember this one
Muze co-founder Dorit Osher channelled her inner flapper for the evening in sparkly red and feathers. Osher has had a successful career as a professional contemporary dancer with companies in South Africa, Israel, and as an independent artist in Canada and Europe. She is also an educator, facilitator, and psychotherapist, and her work as a dancer has influenced her social work practice. Her formal education (a BFA in dance, MA in Theory and Criticism and MSW) and life experience lead her to establish The Muze, "a dance and living arts hub", to have a space where she can combine her training in dance and psychotherapy.
Muze co-founder Leah Getchell (right) poses with a friend outside the studio. Getchell also has an extensive dance background with 15 years of classical dance training followed by classes in belly dancing, salsa and ballroom. Getchell completed a bachelor's and a master's degree in sociocultural anthropology, and this, combined with her dance training, and experience of living and travelling through Western Europe and Central and South America, fostered a love of cultural diversity and world music.
Osher and Getchell pose for a celebratory photo in front of their studio
I made my best attempt at "Party Hair" and figured my fringe-covered dress and 1920's Haori were period-appropriate. Unfortunately, I had no 1920's appropriate footwear.
Amber, wearing vintage silk tunic and tulle hat
Headbands, pearls, and little black dresses were the popular choice for the women; suits and hats for the men, and even the little ones brought their best style game to the party.
The little guy in the above photo wore his tap shoes - he knew dancing was the theme of the evening!
Osher and Getchell gave the guests a Charleston dance lesson which I decided to sit out, as the rubber soles of my shoes were sticking to the floor.
These three flappers-in-training were having fun with their ropes of beads
Guests were treated to a performance by local dancer (and Muze instructor) Niki Carr
Glasses were raised in a toast as guests wished Osher and Getchell great success with their new venture. If you've always wanted to dance, or are just looking for a more creative way to improve your physical and mental well-being, check out The Muze!