Slingshot Video

Slingshot Video is a Washington, DC based production company, specializing in video production, training and arts education. We offer dynamic digital presentations, In Time and On Target.
Our clients include independent, non-profit, corporate and civic organizations.


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Animation Unplugged is also an adult favorite!

Media Savvy's Animation Unplugged
Denaise Seals: videographer | educator | spread the knowledge, spread the power
This Media Savvy workshop takes your imagination from sketch to screen using applied principles of storytelling, movement, transformation and metamorphosis. Design and create flip books and other optical toys then watch your creation move across and off the page and onto the screen! All skill-set and genius levels welcome (adults too : -).

Visit We Are Media Savvy for information, activities and events.

202Creates Artist in Residence

Overjoyed to find myself among some of DC's finest creatives as members of the Fall'18 class of 202Residents.
Mayor Muriel Bowser launched 202Creates to amplify and celebrate DC's creative culture. It showcases the diversity of the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District’s thriving creative industries and has engaged residents through activities and conversations curated by the District’s creative innovators that build the creative culture in all 8 Wards.

Plugging into this brain trust has been enlightening and rejuvenating. There's a slow burn and building excitement for what's to come. I can't wait to share it all with you!

Visit 202Creates for upcoming activities and events hosted by some of DC's finest.

AniPalooza DC 2018

Media Savvy Presents the 2nd Annual AniPalooza DC
an Animation Showcase: "From pencil to screen and all things between"
@ OCTFME (Office of Cable TV Film Media & Entertainment - Satellite Office) 200 I Street SE WDC 3-9:00PM

3:00 to 3:30
Process & Ideas: sketch to print Paige Billin-Frye Illustrator

3:45 to 4:15
Dedicated to educate people in the WDC area about East Asian Culture Through Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga).

4:30 to 5:00
Virtual Reality/Shooting in 360 Sunnyside VR

3:00 to 7:00

Animation workstations: make a flip book then watch your creation come to life on screen;
Design & build a stop-motion “Animated City”; Assemble an optical toy.
Keep your masterpieces for more hours of fun! Demonstrations

Artist Alley Guests:

Joel Crooms, Artist; Screenings; Networking; Merch;
Swag & More!

5:15 to 5:45
Making the Artwork Nabeeh Bilal (NABI) Graphic Artist/Creative Director @HonestSnob @callalookidsofficial

6:00 to 6:30
“Storyboarding: Deconstruction of the Filmmaking Process” Alonzo Crawford, Screenwriter/Filmmaker
Professor Emeritus – Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications
MFA Graduate Film Program

7:00 to 8:00
Roundtable Discussion Colorful Conversations Series
Art as Messenger: Resurgence or Renaissance?
Examining media arts in a digitally globalized 21st century and beyond.
With moderator, Joel M. Crooms

AniPalooza DC 2017

Summer is here and it's going to be HOT!
Join Us: Friday, June 23rd for some animated fun, collaborations, connections and popcorn!
@ Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street NW WDC 5-8:00PM

Get Tickets Here

Celebrate the Creative Spark!

Wrapping up Spring with another look back at two great in-school residencies in recognition of Arts in Education.
In previous years I've worked in high schools. This year, fifth & sixth graders. Small program changes, huge personality shift. Firstly unlike high school students, middle schoolers love to talk - to you! Oh, you can quickly get "off topic" but it's so great to have conversation with eye contact.
The students from both Miner Elementary and Howard University Middle School are brilliant! They grabbed hold of the subject at hand and never looked back.
View highlights from our Commercials & PSAs: What is Your Message? program.
Leave an encouraging comment for our future messengers.

Animation Unplugged at Sankofa Video Books & Caf�

The Shaw neighborhood is rich in knowledge, culture and history. Experience all three under one roof at Sankofa.
We had a more than delightful afternoon with neighbors, friends and family.
Kudos to my Jr. Animators who were prepared to wear several hats for the day -- and look good doing it.
Check out Sankofa's top rate calendar of events and menu here.

Animation Unplugged at Petworth Community Library

MEDIA SAVVY returns to one of my favorite locations in all of the District, Petworth Community Library, and we're more animated than ever!

Join us for 4 super fun sessions in March:

Weds., March 1 & Weds., March 8th - teens & young adults 3:30-5:00
Thurs., March 2 & Thurs., March 3 - children 4:30 - 5:30

Class creations will be screened at AniPalooza! DC Read more animated details and

register here


Celebrating 12-years in the community.
Developing Strong Voices in a Loud World

We are equally grateful and thrilled to enter our 13th year of connecting and creating with the young, old and everyone in between. Slingshot Video�s MEDIA SAVVY workshops have been presented in classrooms, libraries, rec centers, festivals and community celebrations in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area and beyond. Our colored pencils and flip books produced giggles and petit films in Burkina Faso classrooms, student projects have been included in film festivals and have been viewed hundreds of times online. Each work of art is my favorite.

A whole-hearted Thank You! to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for their continued advocacy, leadership and support. We are honored to be a 2017 DCCAH recipient of a Projects, Events and Festivals award for our Animation Unplugged series and super excited about upcoming programming!

More splendid news includes dual Celebrate the Creative Spark! residencies in recognition of National Arts in Education Month in March. MEDIA SAVVY�s �Control the Message, Control the World: What is Your Message?� workshop trains students to examine popular persuasion techniques used in advertising and apply learned principles in the creation of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and commercials. This special arts initiative is designed to meet DCCAH�s goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in both of the District�s public school systems. Art + Idea = Creative Spark!

Watch this space for upcoming events. Visit us on Facebook and YouTube and encourage the students with �Likes� and constructive comments. Better yet, join us at the table!

Banner Photos:
#1 Mayor Marion S. Barry summer Youth Employment Program with IT Computer WizKids
#2 Celebrate the Creative Spark at McKinley Technology High School
#3 Mogtedo Primary, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
#4 Art by: Rajan Sedalia

The Beat of Blossoms

The Beat of Blossoms is the creative work of Jamila Zahra Felton. Through bookbinding, collage, printmaking, and writing, Jamila explores memory, identity, love, power, and history.
Ms. Jamila is incredibly smart and so very talented.

Find out more about Jamila and The Beat of Blossoms at

Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group

experimental dance theater

Find NGDPG's upcoming events at

Coyaba Dance Theater

Kwanzaa '16 * Moving Wisdom * Coyaba Academy

No such thing as too young or too old.
Find out more about Coyaba Dance Theater and Artistic Director, Sylvia Soumah at

BodyWise Dance

Look for another fabulous season from Margot Greenlee and Co. at BodyWise Dance

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Next stop: Glenelg Country School!
Towson University Associate Professor, Sandra Perez hosted another colorful, informative and entertaining excursion to Shapesville. Passengers included some very talented second graders and Towson's TUCD Jr Pre-collegiate Dance Company.

The Forest Beckons

With Sandra Kammann of
We The Temple

Lorenzo Cardim

Tech rehearsal for Lorenzo Cardim�s art installation at Newseum Nights ACT UP!

Find out more about this beautiful artist

GLACIAL DRIFT w/Maida Withers Dance Construction Co.

GLACIAL DRIFT * World Premiere
ICEBERGS Exhibition at the National Building Museum
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:30 and 8:30 pm @ Performance at the Floating Iceberg
6:00 to 10:00 pm @ Performance throughout the ICEBERGS Exhibition

Discover more about Maida and her upcoming performances
Maida withers Dance Construction Company

Camp Ramayana

Thank you for sharing your summer with me! Summer fun at Camp Ramayana, hosted at Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts These campers are very MEDIA SAVVY and cute as buttons!

Learn more about the Institute
Sutradhar Institute

IT Computer WizKids

I had a blast working with the phenomenal teens enrolled in the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program hosted by IT Computer Wiz Kids. The students are representatives of high schools from all quadrants of the District of Columbia. These students have dreams and plans for a world we have yet to imagine.

Learn more about
IT Computer WizKids

For Love of Children (FLOC)

The Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund recognition and Awards Event. FLOC celebrated another successful year by recognizing students, volunteers, and Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund recipients with the help of our hosts and community partners at the Woman's National Democratic Club.

To find more on this great organization visit

The Kennedy Street Festival

Another great hallmark of the District of Columbia is it's wonderful summers. The endless community gatherings, concerts and festivals welcome neighbors and visitors alike.
This year I partnered with festival volunteers and organizer, Kennedy Street Development Association. There was hula hoops, jump rope, music, and art. This year featured a spotlight on Kennedy Street enterprise and opportunities. A good time was had by all.
See you next year!

MEDIA SAVVY photos: Kennedy St. Festival

MEDIA SAVVY returns to Petworth Library as

LibraryCon 2016
Galactic attendees were treated to graphic novels, animation, 3D building, anime, fantasy and fur.

A big thank you to our wonderful hosts at The Petworth Library. In a city of libraries, Petworth Neighborhood Library is among the best. Check out their calendar for more site programs and events!

This MEDIA SAVVY program was funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We Are Washington DC!

Go For the Gold - READ!
DC Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff

The Petworth Library hosts an afternoon of storytelling, writing workshops, crafts, photo booth and ANIMATION!
Join Us!

Labels are as dangerous as weapons.

The student produced PSA, "STOP SAYING" premiered during the 4th Annual Summer Program Open House hosted by McKinley Technology Education Campus Librarian, Ms. Sarah Elwell.
Select vendors publicized summer internships, community service, academic support programs and activities that help youth in DC. The offerings were vast and varying and these students left no stone unturned.

The screening was well received in that over-scheduled, 3 more projects, 2 papers and 4 days 'till graduation/summer vacation kind of way. This is understandable. Fortunately, I had the student accolades and gushing part covered. I am so proud of what this remarkable group accomplished and so very grateful to be invited to Celebrate the Creative Spark!

We Are Media Savvy We Are Media Savvy

Celebrate the Creative Spark! 2016 ~ McKinley Technology High School

I am both honored and giddy to accept an in-school residency at McKinley Tech H.S. This year�s initiative involved a 3-visit cycle - extended from a single visit in 2015. DC Public and Public Charter Schools across all eight wards of the city were invited to participate in celebration of National Arts Education Month in March.

My media offering, Public Service Announcements and Commercials was consumed as eagerly as the tasty treats provided by McKinley Tech Librarian and Super Educator, Sarah Elwell. Students discussed, debated and developed the insightful and very personal PSA against stereotyping, �Stop Saying��. What this crew produced in only 3 50-minute sessions reassures me there are wonderful things happening in D.C. public schools � Every. Day. These students are so MEDIA SAVVY!

Watch this space for residency highlights and the world premiere of student produced PSA, �Stop Saying��

This program was gratefully funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We Are Washington DC!

Woman with Sword com programming is part dance, part lecture and full participation. View the promotional reel for their newest work, Woman with Sword presented at Joe�s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Md. and the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. View Woman with Sword promo.

Top Honors

Voted Best Dentist by readers of the Washington City Paper, The DCDentist offers 100% ECO Friendly Dentistry to a totally devoted clientele (of which I am one). Be sure to visit their web site at often to follow office & staff events and lectures. Fitness Fridays are not to be missed! View quick, excerpts from Dr. Victor�s informative presentation at the 2015 Green Festival DC.


The amazing Sandra Perez brought this wonderful story back to the stage with help from some very talented movers from Towson University�s Community Dance Jr. Collegiate Dance Company. Different faces, same brilliance.

Welcome to SHaPEsViLLe! (c)

"It's not the size of your shape or the shape of your size, but what's in your heart that deserves first prize."
This lovely book is about self-acceptance, diversity and learning to appreciate our differences as individuals.

Sandra Perez, Associate Professor at Towson University created a dance based on the story featuring students of Towson University and the Chesapeake Arts Center in Maryland.

View SHaPEsViLLe trailer.


February 2016 marked another graduation class and I could not be more proud. The Theater Tech Program at Joe's Movement Emporium Joe's Movement Emporium offers young participants a unique, full-on introduction to the many fields of technical study in theater and digital media production. Joe's is a constant BUZZ of energy, creativity and fellowship. The top-of-their-game program staff not only inspire me to step up my teaching artist chops, they make me regret I've aged-out of admission into their classes!
It was a pleasure working with all, betwixt snowmageddon & storm warnings. I look forward to incoming updates of productions, screenings and other life achievements.

View Spring '16 highlight reel. We Are MEDIA SAVVY!

Saudade: a shadow puppet play by, Wit's End Puppets

It was a true pleasure spending time with puppeteer & playwright Cecilia Cackley and her outstanding crew & cast of this moving exploration of the immigrant experience in Washington, D.C.

This full production on a miniature stage informs, delights and reminds us all, there's no place like home.

Reserve tickets now for Saudade's DC Community Tour - March 2016.
FREE and Pay What-You-Can performances!

View Saudade trailer.
"Based on interviews, Saudade is a wordless puppet play for adults. Intense and emotional, with moment of humor and warmth".

View Saudade trailer.

What's Going On

I had a chance to witness auditions for the very first Dance Place production, "What's Going On".

Directed by Vincent Thomas of VT Dance Company with choreography by Sylvia Soumah of Coyaba Dance Theater and Ralph Glenmore, former dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Audition Highlights HOT!


A mid-summer meet & greet culminated in a plate of shared french fries lots of discussion and video shoot with some of the best teen tutors a child could ask for.
REACH Curriculum & Creativity Coordinator, Lori Pitts is bright, delightful and full of MEDIA SAVVY plans for the upcoming year.

Reach Incorporated develops confident, grade-level readers and capable leaders by training teens to teach younger students, creating academic benefit for all involved.

Check back to view fun REACH videos!

The Independent Artist Trust: an audience building exercise.

Be One of the 1,000. The brainchild of Independent Artist, Sheila Crider or Washington, DC.
The trust is "based on the theory that in the 21st century, artists can be serious and successful outside the gallery system and that anyone who wants to be, CAN BE, an artist' patron.

Images from our day shoot on the steps of The American Art Museum.
View Sheila's Declaration of Independence

Human Landscape Dance and Slingshot Video in FRANCE!

Separate arrivals and a lost favorite jacket at Charles de Gaulle,unusually cool temperatures, rain and a flat tire marked day-1 of three more days of 5:30 a.m. crew calls and 8 people sharing a space housing a single bathroom.
It was a blast!

View Human Landscape Dance Videos at Human Landscape Dance

Congratulations TTP Class of 2015!

It was another great year! Spending time with this group of young people was both uplifting and inspiring. The best of luck to each of you.

Commercials & PSA's - awesome in action.
What is Your Message?
View here

Interviewing: The art of asking questions
Take a look

"TALK" video by SHEILA CRIDER: Independent Artist
Transposed from Honfleur Gallery, 2014 Artist's Talk.

Visit Sheila's blog at

What's Going On - auditions Part 1

I had the opportunity to experience a dance audition without the pressures of actually having to dance - or audition and still I was hand-sweaty nervous!
Dance Place recently hosted Marvin Gaye Project auditions. A brainchild of Board Member Richard Pilkinton. Choreographers Sylvia Soumah, Ralph Glenmore and Vincent Thomas put dancers to the test. It was an honor and privilege to witness the first stages of what's sure to be an incredible project.

Anticipated premiere: September 2016
Keep an eye open for The Marvin Gaye Project.

Human Landscape Dance

Prepping, tweaking and fine-tuning with Human Landscape Dance.
Images from "Swans" & "Coppelia". Paris, here we come!

Ward 4's Family Fun Day 2015

We were, once again, a favorite among "The Presidents". Today's visitor, Teddy.
Food, games, music, cotton candy and popcorn are great under any circumstance. Sharing these things with a neighbor makes them all, just a little better.

Kudos to event organizers, it was a wonderful day.
Special thanks to Fun Day host, Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember and Dolly Turner, Mr. Todd's Deputy Chief of Staff and Scheduler.

We had a ball and look forward to seeing you all at next year!

Join MEDIA SAVVY this Sunday at Ward 4's annual Family Fun Day!

In addition to the awesome flip books and optical toy making, there will be food, games, bingo, music, face-painting and activities for all ages! You don't want to miss this!

MEDIA SAVVY'S Animation Unplugged
Sunday, June 28, 2015
3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.

Kingsbury Day School
5000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

"We made this together."

See you there!

MEDIA SAVVY @ DanceAfricaDC '15

MEDIA SAVVY at DanceAfricaDC '15
This festival is one of my favorites in the DC area.
The dance and music are show but the children and families are the heart.

After many years of documenting the activities, I've become one of the festivities. Needless to say, I had a blast. The parents are phenomenal, the children are brilliant. Dance Place is the place to be.

This program was generously funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Summer Reading Kickoff at the DC Library

It was all that and a bag of multi-colored chips!
We had a great time at the Summer Reading Kickoff presented by DC Public Libraries and hosted by Petworth Library.
Adults, teens, children and special guest Abe L. started the reading season with super heroes and animation. Let the page-turning begin!

View highlights of MEDIA SAVVY @ Petworth's Summer Reading Kickoff
#SummerReading #IHearttheLibrary

This program was generously funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Every Hero Has a Story

Human Landscape Dance ~ video premiere

An evening with lovely people and great Dance on Screen. Human Landscape Dance premiered Aurora's Dream, Persephone & Demeter and presented Cinderella on the big screen.
It is awesome to be a part of a team that works and plays so well together. I am counting the days and charging the batteries for our next 2 productions, Coppelia and Swans - scheduled for Summer '15 in Brittany, FRANCE ooo, la, la.

View Human Landscape Dance Videos at


MEDIA SAVVY at Joe's Movement Emporium
Digital Media - Three hands-on, build it from the bottom sessions and Joe's Theater Tech Program participants are ready to assemble and add panache to commercials written, produced, directed and edited by them. Stay tuned.

Celebrate the Creative Spark!

I am elated to be a participant in the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities� initiative, Celebrate the Creative Spark. The program delivers workshops in DC Public and Public Charter Schools as part of a celebration of the arts during National Arts Education Month, March 2015.
MEDIA SAVVY�s , �Commercials & PSA�s � What�s Your Message?� workshop is included in the month-long celebration.

View Video

Much appreciation and respect to Social Studies teacher, Emory (Akinyele) Calhoun for his kind invitation into his classroom in the *historic, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
The bright and wonderful students of Dunbar�s 9th Grade Leadership Academy embraced the task of incorporating persuasive techniques used by advertisers in the making of a 30-second commercial.
The grab-bag styled exercise wielded wall hooks, generic Air Bourne tablets and a lollipop as �The Product�. What happened next was combustible! (see video) Finally, students presented their personal one-word message to the World , yielding surprising, insightful and reassuring disclosures.
Special thanks to the DCCAH and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for partnering in this creative skills-building initiative, with our students in the District of Columbia, Celebrating the Creative Spark!

*First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America�s First Black Public High School, by Alison Stewart .

Midtown Fun!

We are ready for you.

Presented by Thurgood Marshall Center for Service & Heritage
Please Join Us - This Saturday, March 28, 2015 12noon - 1:30p.m.
Families that animate together, have a really good time!

Animation Unplugged

I am very fortunate to know young women like Stephanie and Ife. These young Swans-in-Training are smart, inquisitive, unstoppable and very Media Savvy.
Join us for Week 2 of Animation Unplugged @ Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage.

March/April Animation Workshops

March is National Arts Education Month
Celebrate! Animate!


The spacious front hall and reception desk of the original 12th Street YMCA, seen here in 1912, have been restored to their former elegance, as have other historic rooms in this fine Italianate building, now the home of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage.

The Thurgood Marshall center for Service and Heritage occupies the historic Italian Renaissance-style building of the former 12th Street YMCA at 1816 12th Street, known after 1972 as the Anthony Bowen YMCA. It was the first African American YMCA in the nation, formed in 1853 by Anthony Bowen, a former slave who became a civic leader in the nation�s capital. This YMCA met in various places for decades until it raised $100,000 to build this structure between 1907 and 1912. The architect was W. Sidney Pittman, one of America�s first African American architects, and the son-in-law of Booker T. Washington. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1908.

Animation Unplugged: an introduction to animation
Presented by Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc.

Every Saturday in March

I have attended many marvelous events at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage. Every one uplifting, informative, awe inspiring and heartwarming.
And every one encased in a finely polished, silent witness to history that is its structure, the historic 12th Street YMCA. I could go on but better to find out yourself. First by linking to Greater U Street Heritage Trail

Then by attending a MEDIA SAVVY workshop hosted by Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage!

See you there!

The first MEDIA SAVVY workshop of 2015 began with a bang!
Evidenced in the flip book "WOW" in which an unsuspecting island meets it's fate.

I spent January with some members of the Dance Place Energizers Jr. Staff.
They keep me on my toes and I always leave with thoughts of returning - soon.

Click here to view workshop highlights and Flip Books

Thank You Dance Place!

Coyaba Dance Theater celebrating 18 years.

Presented at Dance Place, Washington, D.C.
Here's to 18 more years!

View the finale HERE.

I am delighted to collaborate with Washington, DC artist Sheila Crider on her online presentation of �TALK�.

In a timeline of 11 minutes Sheila recites poetry she�s written, presents art she has created and delivers a monologue in which she asks, �Is every thing art?�.
Follow Shiela Crider�s personal challenge � � to go further in dialogue with the viewer��
Read the Washington Post review of Sheila�s Volume: presented last month at Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392.


Sherry Tillman attended an Animation Unplugged workshop in Spring 2014.

I love all of my classes.
I adore eavesdropping on exchanges that happen when parents pick up their children after class. Even better are the instances where the child says, �I just have to finish this last thing�. Last year I hosted mixed-aged and family friendly classes. If you want to witness fun, put children and their parents on equal ground. Equip them with pencil and paper. Tell them to use their imaginations then set them loose. What happens then warms the heart and produces giggles, smiles and wonderful shared memories. Oh, and some of the greatest flip-books ever made!

Sherry Tillman and guests were one such case of creative family fun. Sherry was the perfect student. She asked the questions others wanted to ask but didn�t. She selected her topic and set to work. She also assisted, encouraged and celebrated her guests, other members of the class and their works.

Sherry recently shared her MEDIA SAVVY experience in a generous and kind note in which she writes,

�� I hope to attend another of Denaise's classes in the future as I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this one. So to those looking to take some art classes, meeting new friends, Denaise animation class may be for you! I guarantee you, you will enjoy it!...� read the entire letter HERE

Thank you Sherry! I hope to spend time with you again soon. I�m happy we (re)connected.

MEDIA SAVVY is happy to return to Dance Place to present Animation Unplugged to members of the Energizers Junior Staff Program.
The students assist in Dance Place's business operations as well as take part in free weekly arts elective and life skill sessions.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
ZooLights is a DC's attraction which stayed on my to-do list too long.
Until now.

I and thousands of others took advantage of the final night of ZooLights at the National Zoo. It was a very impressive display. Kudos to Pepco, DC area's electric service provider. Thank you for a dazzling evening.

Happy New Year!
All the best to you and yours in 2015!

Season's Greetings!
From our home to yours.

Highlights of some of the people, places and events that made my 2014.

Click on camera lens to view video.

It was a very good year.

Capital Press Club Celebrates 70 Years.

It was a wonderful evening with some of the most notable players in mass communication.
Names, faces, people I've read and viewed on screen for years, together in one room lamenting on past, present and future challenges in news and journalism. The room was buzzing!

Honorees included Simeon Booker, pioneering editor from JET Magazine; Dr. Barbara Reynolds, founding editor of USA Today; J.C. Hayward, anchorwoman with WUSA; April Ryan, White House correspondent with American Urban Radio Networks; Richard Prince, columnist with the Maynard Institute; Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer; Paul Brock, journalist; Joe Madison, radio talk show host on SiriusXM Urban View and Roy Lewis, photographer for the Black Press.

Tis the season of fairies. The Lilac Fairy makes an appearance in Human Landscape Dance's AURORA's DREAM.
View excerpt below

and our numbers are growing!

I am so grateful to be a part of an arts community which educates to, encourages, and supports such a diverse, rich arts experience in the District of Columbia.

Thank You! D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

I'm in the company of some of Washington's finest. So Cool.

Check back soon for the schedule of upcoming MEDIA SAVVY animation workshops!

Joe's Movement Emporium's Theater Tech Program (TTP)

On Howard University Campus

So proud to accompany this smart young group on a tour of my alma mater, Howard University.

It was a grand experience all the way around. Dynamic presentation, gorgeous campus, informative and available university representatives and noted in a post-review, a crazy number of cafes, diners and various food selects to choose from.

Sign me up! I'd do it all over again.

Training is under way!
Theater Tech Genius, Adriel Wood presented tech theater 101 courses: ladder safety, cable wrangling and advanced mopping techniques. Necessary basics for all theater technicians.

One note of mention, every one of the students climbed to the top of the 12 ft. ladder and either placed or removed a gel within a frame. Easier said than done.

Cinderella: A Story of Transformation
A Human Landscape Dance Production

Watch now.

Production involved 2 states, 3 seasons and a bit of poison ivy.
I could not have had more fun!
It is always a pleasure to work with HREF=""> Human Landscape Dance

I am happy to announce my new collaboration with Joe's Movement Emporium's
Theater Tech Program.

Denaise, Shonique, Brooke
My new role as Digital Media Specialist offers many new opportunities to spread the savvy -- MEDIA SAVVY that is!

On location in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Human Landscape Dance

The 7-day itinerary included a lot of car travel, 3 scheduled days of on-site filming, one "in car" lunch "break", 2 workshops, more car travel and a performance. I had a ball!

See (many) more photos of My Adventures with Human Landscape Dance.

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On location with Human Landscape Dance. Santa Fe, NM.

I had a wonderfully productive time with Junior Staff members of Dance Place�s Energizers Creative Arts Camp. The young men and women are smart, mindfully engaged and super sweet.
MEDIA SAVVY's Commercials & Advertisements Workshop: Control the Message, Control the World.

Control the message, control the world.

What is Your Message?

The skies of Virginia Beach
Hampton, Virginia

Virginia Beach Neon
Hampton, Virginia

On Location at the University of Maryland (far-end, behind the parking lot)
Recording the final segment of Cinderella. Another terrific morning with Malcolm and Alex. These guys give their all to "the dance". It's really a joy watching them work.
Find out more about Cinderella and Human Landscape Dance

Our Spring session of Animation Unplugged was a smash and a great reminder that personal interaction still reigns supreme.
Studio21 Gallery is the perfect venue
Flip book storylines include peach trees, royalty, spring blooms and a pesky squirrel.

Studio21 Gallery served as the perfect venue with April's exhibit by photographer, Jack Gordon. We rolled open the big door and basked in the sunshine and spring air.
Animators make for great company!

View some of the wonderful moments had at Studio21 Gallery.

We had another wonderful time at Studio21. The day was bright and beautiful.
Family, old friends and new created flip books together, ate popcorn
and sang a few Disney animation favorites!
I look forward to doing it again.
How about next Saturday!?

Animation Unplugged: an introduction to animation.
at Studio21 on Monroe St. Market N.E.
Join Us THIS Saturday, April 19, 12:30-2:30


On Location - Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, Virginia Human Landscape Dance

Easily Accesible

MEDIA SAVVY's Animation Unplugged returns to Studio21
Sat., April 12, 12:30 - 2:30
Sat., April 19, 12:30 - 2:30
Just in time for Spring!

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Every Week of Winter
a story told with words, dance, music and imagination.
Created and performed by Margot Greenlee of BodyWise Dance

Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. presents:
Phenomenal Seniors 2014
February 28, 2014
One candidate from each of the 8 wards in Washington, DC were honored.
Special recognition was given to Mrs. Cecilia Marshall.

Phenomenal Seniors

View highlights from Phenomenal Seniors 2014 program

Animation Unplugged MS Card

Animation Unplugged a Studio 21 workshop
View excerpt from Jan. 18 workshop

presented by: MEDIA SAVVY
Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:00-4:00
Saturday, January 25, 2014 2:00-4:00

at Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at

View Jan. 18 Flip Books

View Jan. 25 Flip Books


MEDIA SAVVY @ Studio21 was a huge success!
Old friends, new friends and popcorn were aplenty.
Thank you to all who came out and shared your time, stories and wonderful works of art.
Special thanks to Carla Perlo, Dance Place and St. Anthony Catholic Church & School.

Let's do it again!


This two-part workshop is suitable for would-be animators of all ages and artistic levels and is designed to stimulate understanding of hand-drawn animation and its cinematic application.

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View Animation Unplugged Workshops

Studio 21 Workshops are hosted by Dance Place, Art on 8th.

Bladensburg Port (2001), a site-specific workshop for mixed disciplines.

View archived web pages: photos and journal from event.

View final video presentation of the Bladensburg Port project (2001).

Scenes from Cinderella
With Human Landscape Dance

University of Maryland Campus

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