Eat Well Wednesday!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Oh boy do I have an AWESOME recipe to share with you! Your family will love these sweet little treats that are bursting with the flavors of fall.

Serve up these sweet, whole grain pumpkin cupcakes to the kids at Thanksgiving and don’t worry adults LOVE these too. They might even choose these over pumpkin pie!  You don’t even have to tell them they are 100% whole grain, they will never know.





2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
4 Large Eggs
2 cups Canned Pumpkin
1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (You can also use Stevia baking replacement to reduce the sugar. I did and they turned out great!!)
1/2 cup Olive Oil



8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 cup Powdered Sugar



Step 1:  Preheat oven to 350
Step 2:  Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners
Step 3:  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Step 4:  In a large bowl, whisk eggs and add pumpkin, sugar (or baking stevia substitute), and olive oil.
Step 5:  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
Step 6:  Divide among the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
Step 7:  While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.
Step 8:  In a bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add the salt, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and mix well.

Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix until fluffy.

Place icing in the fridge until cupcakes are cooled and ready to ice!


Remember to eat well!



Jill Tarpey is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful.  Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health.  In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA (San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life.  Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

Tuesday Tunes!

Tuesday Tunes

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 Hi Framers! This week’s Tuesday Tunes we are doing a Throw Back Tuesday! Here we are looking at one of the greatest dancers of all time-Gene Kelly. He once said if Fred Astaire was the “Cary Grant” of dance, then he was the “Marlon Brando”. 



Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likable characters that he played on-screen.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941. He came direct from the hit 1940 original Broadway production of “Pal Joey” and planned to return to the Broadway stage after making the one film required by his contract. His first picture for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were “the kindred creative spirits” he found behind the scenes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The talent pool was especially large during World War II, when Hollywood was a refuge for many musicians and others in the performing arts of Europe who were forced to flee the Nazis. After the war, a new generation was coming of age.

Those who saw An American in Paris (1951) would try to make real life as romantic as the real life they saw portrayed in that musical, and the first time they saw Paris, they were seeing again in memory the seventeen-minute ballet sequence set to the title song written by George Gershwin and choreographed by Kelly. The sequence cost a half million dollars (U.S.) to make in 1951 dollars. Another Kelly musical of the era, Singin’ in the Rain (1952), was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry. Kelly was in the same league as Fred Astaire, but instead of a top hat and tails Kelly wore work clothes that went with his masculine, athletic dance style. Gene Kelly died at age 83 of complications from two strokes on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.


The Famous Scene from Singin’ in the Rain


Tap Dancing on Roller Skates? Of course! Who can’t do that?


Just give him a creaky floor and a newspaper…



Facts about Mr. Gene Kelly:


He was voted the 42nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Was named the #15 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.

Had a fever of 103 degree while filming the famous rain scene in Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959.

Kennedy Center Honoree, 1982.

Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

A stage version of “Singin’ in the Rain” was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 for Outstanding Musical Production, with choreography by Kelly.

Martial arts stars Jackie Chan and David Carradine both cite him as an influence.

Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna‘s song “Vogue” and was a dance consultant for her 1993 “Girlie Show” tour.

MFA Monday: …So what is an MFA anyway?

MFA Mondays

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Howdy everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it’s only four days until Thanksgiving?! Wow.

Anyway, this Monday we bring you a little post about MFA Basics!


…So what is an MFA anyway?

A Master of Fine Arts (according to the Wikipedia article) is “a creative degree usually awarded as a terminal degree in visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, dance or theatre and other performing arts. Coursework is primarily of an applied or performing nature with the program often culminating in a major work or performance.”

Other MFA factoids:

  • Programs typically range from 2-3 years
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in same area of study as the MFA) prior to admittance
  • Sample portfolio or audition performance often very important aspect of application
  • InU.S. an MFA is considered “terminal” because it is the highest degree in its field

…What programs are out there?

Here is a list of 109 MFA Dance programs around the world!

…Which MFA programs are the “best”?

SO many variables to consider, there isn’t a cohesive list of rankings. But here are a few schools that are very prestigious:



…MFA programs in Texas?

Of course! But only three…

Southern Methodist University

Texas Woman’s University

Sam Houston State University

Stay tuned for next week’s MFA Monday!


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Happy Friday Everyone!


It’s a week before Thanksgiving! So Happy Early Thanksgiving everyone! Here are some fun videos to help you get through the long-awaited weekend. Enjoy!


Partitions divide countries, friendships find a way (Thankful for lasting friendships)


Thankful for laughter! Haha!


And since Thanksgiving is only a week away…I couldn’t resist showing a scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on how to prepare a Thanksgiving feast! If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube! 🙂


 Lastly, be thankful for your incredible ability to dance. It truly is an amazing gift. 



Free Events Thursday!

Free Events Thursday

I think you know what happens next….Free (and cheap) Events Thursday!!


Fire and Ice Carnival at Discovery Green

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013 at 6 p.m.

1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010

The Ice presented by Xfinity opens with a spectacular event celebrating Houston’s creative spirit. Take a spin around the Ice, watch ice sculptors at work, be dazzled by fire-breathing art cars, carve your name in ice, sit in a throne made of ice and watch kids play in snow.


Houston Civic Symphony concert featuring Wayne Brooks

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Morris Cultural Arts Center at Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren
Houston, TX 77074

Admission is free.  Website:


Fresh Arts’ Eighth Annual Winter Holiday Art Market Preview Party and Happy Hour

Friday-Sunday; Nov. 22nd at 6 p.m and Nov. 23rd -24th at 11 am.

Winter Street Studios
2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

$10 general public for Friday for the Preview Party; free for Fresh Arts members. But if you go on Saturday or Sunday then the admission is free!

Check out their website for more details!


Yoga on the Plaza

Saturday, Nov. 23rd at 9:00 am

Instructors from Bayou Bliss Yoga will lead a 60-minute invigorating practice of yoga postures (Hatha). This practice focuses on building strength and flexibility through a sequence of flowing postures, followed by meditation.

Bring a towel, yoga mat, and water. The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

Rothko Chapel
1409 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006

$10 suggested donation. Go to their website and look under the “Program” tab then click on “Season by Date” and register there!


11th Annual Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market

Friday-Saturday; Nov. 22nd-23rd at 9:00 am-5 pm.

Cypress Creek Christian Church
6823 Cypresswood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379

Shop nearly 80 vendors and artists of crafts, merchandise, collectibles, antiques and food in an ambiance with a Victorian flair. A raffle benefiting the Pipe Dreams Organ Project, a project raising funds for a pipe organ in the Centrum, will be held hourly with more than 80 market items being given away. Tickets for the raffle range from $1 to $5 for 6 tickets.


21st Annual Artcrawl Houston

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 2013 at 10 a.m-9 pm.

Mother Dog Studios
712 Walnut St.
Houston, TX

The original cluster of artists’ warehouses straddling downtown open their doors during Artcrawl Houston 2013. More than 180 artists and art organizations are participating in this free event.


Mercury presents Napoleon and the Battle of Nations

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 2013 at 8 p.m

Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77002

Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm

Tickets start at $10.

Join the brave and the unprecedented Napoleon on his grand quest — and penultimate defeat — in the Battle of Nations, a program that includes Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. The concert, led by maestro Antoine Plante, features the University of Houston Concert Chorale.


Houston Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24th, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

Tickets: $25-$119. Visit their website at or call at 713-224-7575 for tickets!


SonKiss’d Dance Theater presents InTime

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24th, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Houston ARTreach Studios
1930 Scott St.
Houston, TX 77003

Tickets are $7.30 and can be purchased at
Produced by Christopher (YungChris) Thomas. InTime is a hands-on, face-to-face, intimate and inspiring experience between the audience and performers through contemporary and street dance, live painting, live music and spoken word.

Eat Well Wednesday!

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We love favorable food!

It keeps things interesting and it’s always fun to play around with different flavors to see what you can come up with.  Living in San Antonio, means that we are surrounded by tons of Mexican food restaurants. We love to cook Mexican inspired dishes; enchiladas, taco salad, fajitas; and all make an appearance on our dinner plates.

To be honest with you despite the abundant Mexican restaurants here, my husband and I are not huge fans of eating out for a couple of reasons. One because we don’t know what is actually going in the food and the quality of the ingredients that are used. And second because it can be really expensive to eat out all the time. I would rather invest that money in quality, real food that we can prepare and enjoy ourselves. Just my feelings on eating out though, I know a lot of people rely on it because of busy schedules and they enjoy eating out. I firmly believe though that doing a little meal planning and prepping means meals don’t have to be a burden and can often be cooked, consumed, and kitchen cleaned in the same amount of time as sitting down for a meal at Chili’s.

So that is a little peek into our lives, lets’ get down to business and learn how to make your own taco seasoning.

First off, take a look at the ingredients for store-bought Taco seasoning packets. Spice and coloring is the first ingredients. Coloring?!  You also have some MSG and modified food starch. Umm….no thank you.



Instead, gather these common pantry seasonings and make your own.

When a recipe calls for (1) packet of taco seasoning, I use about (4) Tablespoons of this homemade seasoning.

It is really simple.


If you don’t already have these spices on hand, I suggest checking out the bulk spice section at your local grocery store. Spices can be expensive and while they don’t really go bad, it is so nice to be able to buy only what you need. There are a lot of times that I only pay .20 cents for a new spice I want to try in a dish or one that I don’t use very often and don’t want to spend $6.00 on a whole jar.


Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 6 teaspoons Cumin, ground
  • 4 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 teaspoons Black Pepper

Combine all of these spices in a jar or small container and mix well.

When a recipe calls for (1) packet of taco seasoning, I use about (4) Tablespoons of this homemade seasoning.

Use to flavor your taco salad, fajita meat/ vegetables, soups, anything really!

Do you use pre-made spice packets or do you create your own spice mixture?  

Leave a comment below!



0-1Jill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well-balanced eating for your busy lives.

Tuesday Tunes!

Tuesday Tunes

Hey Framers!

Happy Tuesday!

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Every Tuesday look forward to music recommendations from professional dancers, choreographers, and artists! They will give you an inside look into what tunes get their creative juices flowing and what songs they absolutely can’t live without on their iPod. Excited? We are too! This week we bring you Rosie Trump!

Photo from Rosie Trump's MFA project

Rosie Trump holds a M.F.A. in Experimental Dance Choreography from UC Riverside.  She is a choreographer, dance filmmaker and educator.  Her teaching credits include Seton Hill University, Mt. San Jacinto College and Rice University. Trump is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival and has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is a Frame Dance Productions board member and “Tuesday Tunes” was originally her brainchild – we are so excited to have her kicking off the series!


 Music That Moves Me

What music inspires you the most in the classroom; in the choreographic process?


In the classroom, I live by Ray McNamara.  He has two albums Ray To Go and Ray to Go 2 Odd Times—run don’t walk to buy these albums here!  I have been teaching to this music for over five years and still find it fresh.  It’s indispensible for modern, creative dance, improvisation and choreography classes.

For choreography, I like to create and rehearse to music that has little to do with what I will eventually make.  I am a big fan of Motown.  I also like to shift between poppy dance music like Scissor Sisters and sad indie ballads from Iron and Wine.

When I am ready to set choreography to music, I usually have a few go-to artists like Múm, The Books, Colleen, and Matmos.


What are your three favorite tracks to teach a jazz class to?

Melody Gardot’s– Who will Save Your Soul191b8289c6b11fe6b62c3c72d5af0

Chris Issac’s– Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

James Brown– It’s a Man’s World


What are your top tracks to get the rehearsal process going?

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s –Mapsamywinehouse300

The Dead Weather—60 Feet Tall

Amy Winehouse—Rehab


Pick 5 tracks that should be on every dancer’s iPod?

James Brown—Soul Power

Michael Jackson—The Way You Make Me Feel48669857-michael-jackson-news


Adele—Rolling in the Deep

Aretha Franklin—Think




Do you have a ‘secret weapon’ song or artist when you need go-to inspiration?

Four Tet’s music, especially the albums There is Love in You and Rounds, always helps me out of a rut.


Stay tuned for more musical musings next week! 

Are you a dancer/choreographer/artist with musical tastes and advice that you would like to share??? Contact if so because we’d love to feature YOU on our blog! 

MFA Monday!

MFA Mondays
MFA right
featuring Sarah Wildes Arnett! 


Going into graduate school, I always thought of an MFA as the desired end result. In reality, the journey to the MFA became much more important than attaining the MFA itself. Here I am, one year post-grad, and what I wouldn’t give to be living that journey again. I’m not saying that it’s all roses and butterflies, but the four years I spent working on my MFA (yes, FOUR!) were the most rewarding and selfish years of my life. When I say selfish, I’m referring to a number of things – for one, my time was completely devoted to dance in all forms. I spent hours upon hours dancing, choreographing, writing, reading, teaching, thinking, talking, performing (etc.) to the point that I probably spent less than 8 hours a day at home (sleeping) and it didn’t even phase me.

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Having a significant other, or even a pet, can be tough during this type of selfish study. Because it can be so draining and taxing, having some support system outside of your colleagues is important, whether it be a person or a pet. But be warned – they will get sick of you being gone! In order to do grad school (and I mean really do it) it requires an extreme level of sacrifice on the people (or animals) you are living with (maybe a dog isn’t the best grad school friend – go with a cat, they could care less about you anyway!). The key to successful support is communication and understanding.

Even now I struggle with communicating within my own support system, something I think many artists find. How do you explain an MFA in a meaningful way that is both accurate and understandable for people who aren’t in the arts? Something most people do not understand is that the MFA in Dance is a terminal degree, which puts it at an equivalent to a PhD for many fields. For academic jobs in dance, the MFA is the preferred degree, though many do have a PhD, but they are in areas such as education. My friends and family understand my job to some extent, but I still get called a “dance instructor” when being introduced to other people and its something I just have to either get used to hearing or get used to explaining how I’m not that different from other “professors” out there, I just get to enjoy what I’m doing a little more.

The best way I’ve found to tackle this is by having conversations and by convincing my family and friends to come out and actually see what I do in the professional world. They are almost always surprised that I do not do what they thought I did. It is not always easy to do, but I’ve found that getting in touch with what people do know and enjoy has been one of the best ways to start conversation and gear it toward what the larger dance world is all about. Many of my friends watch television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and if I can start conversation there, they’re much more open to trying to understand what I do and how it relates to the commercialized dance they enjoy watching from home.

A huge advantage of a full-time faculty position is the funding that is available for presenting work, given that the university and its budget supports it. I have been extremely lucky that various grants have been available to fund my travel to the different festivals I’ve participated in with my company, SWADanceCo. Because many university tenure and promotion documents have been revised to include creative work as scholarship, I have been able to continue choreographing and performing as a professional with the monetary support of my institution. Without this support, I would not be able to go out and get my work seen and share my art with the world. My colleagues have been brilliant supporters as well and I’m in a readily made environment conducive to active collaboration and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Support comes from many places and understanding how to build the net of support from all aspects of your life is extremely important. Without all walls supported, there are bound to be cracks in the foundation.


IMG_0155Sarah Wildes Arnett is Founder/Artistic Director of SWADanceCollective and Assistant Professor of  Dance at Valdosta State University in Georgia. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in  American Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah’s interests are interdisciplinary as she enjoys integrating her talents  in film-making, photography and music composition into her choreography while also expanding boundaries of genre and style. She continues to perform professionally with various companies and artists in the southeast. Most recently, she has performed and shown work at the MAD Festival (Atlanta), Alabama Dance Festival (Birmingham), NC Dance Alliance Annual Event (Greensboro) and RE:Vision by Forward Motion Theatre (NYC).

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In honor of Veterans’ Day this week. Thank you.




Hosting a party? Try these awesome recipes!




Cheesy Swiss and Bacon Dip




  • 8 slices center cut bacon, chopped
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 rounded teaspoons prepared Dijon style mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, available on dairy aisle
  • 3 scallions, chopped


  1. Brown bacon in non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Drain crisp bacon bits on paper towels.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon, Swiss and scallions with cooked bacon.
  3. Place mixture in a shallow baking dish or pie pan.
  4. Place in microwave for 3 minutes. Stir.
  5. Place under broiler until top is browned.
  6. Or you can bake at 400 degrees bake until golden and bubbly at edges, 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Serve with crackers or bread.




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Free Events Thursday!

Free Events Thursday

Guess what day it is….Free Events Thursday!


Starbucks: Buy 1, Get 1 Free!

November 13-17 2-5pm (Sorry! Had to put this up! It’s free…kinda)

Lunch + Look “Favorite Highlights” at Museum of Fine Arts

Friday, Nov 15 at 1:00 pm

Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

(713) 639-7300 ( I don’t know how much it is so here’s their number if you need it. Or you can look on their website)

Explore some of the best-known and best-loved works in the MFAH collections on this 45-minute tour.

Jazz Orchestra with Terence Blanchard

Friday, November 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Moores Opera House

3800 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

It’s $12 to attend

The Music of Terence Blanchard: World renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist joins forces with the Moores School Jazz Orchestra.

HTX Bike Fest

Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:00 am

Market Square Park
300 Travis
Houston, TX 77002

Hosted by Black Gold Cycling, this festival brings cyclists and bike enthusiasts from all over the city to celebrate their favorite mode of transportation: bikes! The event kicks-off with an all-day swap meet boasting more than 50 vendors focused on the bike friendly lifestyle and will feature a variety of demos from various bike sports such as bike polo, bmx/fixed gear freestyle, various cycling contests, a huge obstacle race course and sprint contests presented by Texas Gold Sprint’em.


 Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Reliant Park
1 Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

Register here:

Second Annual Mediterranean Film Festival

Friday, November 15, 2013 – Monday, November 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Rice Cinema Film Auditorium Rice Media Center
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

This year we return with the second annual festival of films from around and about the Mediterranean Sea. All of last year’s nations – Greece, Turkey, Israel, Turkey, France, and Italy – will again be represented, plus several new entries, Slovenia and Croatia. Opening night and reception will be November 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

For a schedule of films please visit:

Shepherd School of Music

Tea for Two: A Chamber Music Tea with The Shepherd Society

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Call 713-348-3492 for more information or please visit


A delightful afternoon of chamber music, tea and scones. 

‘Music From Vienna: Early, Middle, and Late’
Program: Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, Op. 39; Haydn String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77 No. 1