Season’s Greetings from the White House

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Just in case this image isn’t showing up large enough, I want to explain that this is a photo-shopped image of myself (in the purple dress) dancing flamenco in the White House while Obama simultaneously checks out my ass and plays guitar.  That’s Michelle there on the left in the red dress.  

“Oh wow, Holly,” you say, “is that your new season’s greeting card?” Funny, but you see, it isn’t.  This image was actually created by a flamenco dancer in Austin, Texas whom I don’t even know.  It was posted on facebook a couple weeks ago.  I wouldn’t have even known this image existed but my long-time mentor and flamenca, Yaelisa, tagged me in the photo.  I’m not quite sure why the dancer felt the need to use my photo as opposed to say, herself or someone she knew, but there you have it.  Apparently, this image fit perfectly into her artistic montage.  Hey, I get it.  I cut and paste movements together all the time and use downloaded music for my videos with abandon.  I don’t blame her.  I just find it funny that me, a flamenco dancer named Holly Shaw, who is a white and pink Anglo-mutt from Indiana would be chosen as the quintessential flamenco image for this moment.  Perhaps this is a real statement on diversity in the White House? Huh.

It did occur to me that maybe it would have been nice to have been asked before someone used my photo, but then again as an artist, my images and videos are out there in cyber-space floating around in a million places and pretty much out of my control at this point. Besides, I reckoned, I’m sure no one asked the Obamas either;)

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About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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