Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pups on pointe

Florian graduated with his Master's of Fine Arts in dance this week, wearing the traditional dancer's graduation regalia of all-white Miami Vice-style duds and a flowing leafy gown. I'm so proud of him. 

With the university out of the way, and with a certain amount of career-centered anxiety, he thought it would be good to start volunteering at the shelter. 


That way he can maybe pick up some new career skills while being around the relaxed four-pawed people who never bother him about hegemonic logocentricity or the semiotics of gendered discursive metanarratives.

He loves it. Twenty years of professional ballet training, teaching, and performance, and he is like a pea in a pod when he leaves his white tights in a drawer and dons his volunteer T-shirt to hose down shelter stalls. 

But no matter how he tries, he still can't seem to get the dance out of his system.  

Get out your tutus, shelter pups! Stretch those metatarsals! Practice your port de bras! You'll be on pointe in no time.


  1. I can see that he brings joy and smiles to everyone who works at the shelter along with the furry residents. Way to add culture to everyday life, Florian! Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment!

  2. Congratulation to him! Too funny, every pup better get out their dancing shoes!!

  3. I think he's wagging his tail bone. And did he graduate barefeet too? lol. Congrats Florian :)

  4. Congrats to Florian - what an accomplishment! I am sure those pups will have a blast dancing with him at the shelter (there is nothing cuter than a pup in a tutu)!

  5. Congratulations on the big milestone. I hope Florian finds volunteering at the shelter a nice break after all the academic work.

    Can't wait to see all those Dog-abesques. :)

  6. These photos are just too cute! Congratulations to Florian on his graduation! That is a lot of work and is something to be very proud of. I hope his career anxieties fade soon!

  7. Congratulations to Florian. I'm sure he will touch the inner ballerina of some of the puppies.

  8. Congrats to Florian! I now have a mental picture of him teaching all of the dogs to dance and putting on a recital.

  9. Congratulations Florian!
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