We could have a reality show with our Blisstory. Instead, we'll lay it all out right here for you. Enjoy!
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2021
How did the title Precious Gems come about? We have a story to share with you.
Artistic Director, Cassie Begley, was working at the Hotel Los Gatos & Spa as an Executive Assistant to the Sale & Marketing Director and Convention Services Director. One day, a delivery man approached Cassie’s desk and told her that he loved Asian women - beautiful women; “They’re like precious gems.” In the wake of this remark, Cassie felt unsafe, disrespected, and dehumanized. Cassie’s anger and fear simmered inside of her until it boiled over the next day while in conversation with her directors. Cassie was being teased by them about her musical preferences when she started screaming at them, “Just because I’m different than you doesn’t make me wrong or less than!” Cassie was still raw with emotions from the comments of the day before. She was especially feeling her Asian-ness and minority status as her directors were both White and in power. Cassie’s directors stopped teasing her as they realized something was wrong. Obviously, It wasn’t about music. Cassie explained her encounter with the delivery man and her directors immediately took corrective action by reporting the delivery man to his company. Additionally, they made sure he would never be allowed on the hotel property.
The way Cassie’s directors handled this situation made her feel seen and understood. However, the damage was done. The misogynist comparison of women and precious gems stuck with Cassie for a long time. In 2014, Cassie decided it was time to take back the power of those words and that moment. She decided women are, in fact, like precious gems - multi-faceted and beautiful within the depth of their complexities. After speaking with some of her fellow Blissters, the resulting show combined three true stories into one. In Precious Gems, one woman (danced by Senchal Burks) explores four different worlds representing four different facets of her inner womanly spirit - Diamond (purity), Ruby (passion), Sapphire (mystery), and Emerald (erotic).
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Duets is an original Bliss Dance Company production that revealed the hearts and souls of our company dancers. In typical Bliss fashion, Duets told six different stories that came directly from the members of Bliss, who used the art of dance to express their truths. Bullying, breast cancer, and infidelity were just a few of the topics in this extremely vulnerable production.
“Dealing with my mothers breast cancer and feeling that she didn’t want me around was very difficult for me to express in words. Choreographing a piece in Duets and expressing my reality through dance was extremely therapeutic and powerful.”
BDC Dancer/Choreographer (2010-2014).
Dancer shown: Cassie Begley
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 4, 2021
Let’s take a look back as Bliss turns 18 this year! These six fierce women are the foundation of Bliss Dance Company. Our OG “Blissters” were led by founder and artistic director, Cassie Begley, who brought women’s issues to the forefront through dance. This took courage and strength during a time when they were continually challenged for dance built on developing feminist values. Cheers to our OG Blissters for paving the way for the rest of us!
Photography: Derik Poquiz Photography
Dancers: Lindy Armstrong, Cassie Begley, Jana Chapeton, Stella Lo, Christy Murray Kiuchi, and Danielle Perez.
Photography: LuLu Photography
Dancers: Cassie Begley, Senchal Burks, Jana Chapeton, Delma Ivonne Hernandez, Joshua Jimenez, Corrine Leon Dictor, Bernard Mamuyac, Felicity Muñoz, Amit Patel, Danielle Perez, Heather Pitruzzello, Janis Valencia, Claudia Hernandez-Villasenor
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 18, 2021
Bay Area National Dance Week is a nationally celebrated week of movement and dance. Dance communities everywhere invite the public to come experience the rich culture dance has to offer. Bliss Dance Company loves to participate in Bay Area National Dance Week which creates an opportunity to share their passion for dance with their community! From holding workshops to being a part of massive flash mobs in San Francisco, BDC is always there ready to move and express ourselves with those who are new and experienced to the art of dance. Bliss plans to host a virtual workshop this year. We hope to see you there!