Hey, Superman is not the only action hero with a Clark Kent side

“Dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?” — Nietsche

A dancing writer? An intellectual circus artist? Revolva is always a bit surprised — that other folks are so surprised. Musicality, timing, voice and character are basic building blocks of writing and performing, and over the years, Revolva’s pursuit of both has deepened her understanding of each.

Under her daytime alias, Revolva has written copy for big-time ad agencies, covered theater for a major city’s alt newsweekly, and worked on a freelance basis for some totally forward-thinking clients in the environmental and education fields. In 2006, Revolva left her hometown (Detroit, MI), when she beat out hundreds of other writers to become one of six graduate students chosen to attend University of Oregon’s MFA Fiction program.

She exited the program, stage left, after a year, when her gigs picked up. The decision was a no-brainer, however, as she already had one Master’s degree in English (Wayne State University), as well as a BA in Creative Writing (University of Michigan). Too many advanced degrees are redundant, and all that academic theory can really bite into a girl’s rehearsal time.

Living the good word

Nowadays, Revolva balances working the stage, with working the page — touring and performing, laptop in tow, writing for clients (or sometimes being tapped as tour blogger) along the way. She’s also developed her own cult following as a blogger, garnering nearly 20,000 hits for posts on her former blog, such as the widely shared “Do you have a job?” She even caused other professional hoop artists to cite her in their official bios when her blog’s parody “Revolvies” annual hula hoop awards posts really took off.

On her unique multi-arts path, Revolva is increasingly dedicated toward approaching creativity as one gigantic, mega-awesome pool, into which we can dive, water-wing-less, any time, and drown completely in the flow of one art form into another.

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Writing from backstage, as head blogger on the New Old Time Chautauqua Vaudeville Tour, 2010.

What the heck does THAT mean?

It means Revolva is developing workshops and presentations that unite storytelling and the movement arts. Exercises that trick your brain into forgetting everything it’s been taught about “specialization” and help you remember what it’s like to be creative with every ounce of one’s body, mind and soul. To be an adult — and simultaneously, to be a purely open child.

Fusing the scribble with the wobble, in the classroom

In 2008, Revolva first presented a class called “Ignition: Writing your hoopdance” at the international conference Hoop Convergence (Carrboro, NC). In subsequent years, she has taught it to hoopers around the world under the title “Scribble Wobble.” In the class, journaling and drawing exercises are combined with corresponding hoop movements, to erase the division between body and mind, and to help unleash a new level of innovation.

Drawing on her own experience writing in a variety of settings, Revolva is also currently in the process of shifting this “movement meets written work” material for presentations in the corporate and academic worlds. Office workers and academics of the world, get ready to hoop!

So you’re telling me it’s possible to have it all?

In our culture, “having it all” normally applies to whether or not we can work while simultaneously having children. Revolva’s version of “having it all” applies to whether or not we can navigate any path we wish (including having a family and career) while simultaneously being children. Can we maintain our sense of wonder about life? It may start with tearing down some walls we’ve built within ourselves.

Language has rhythm. Internalizing dance steps or throwing objects through space in just the right pattern makes Revolva a better author. On the flip side, dance conveys meaning, and molding a story into the perfect arc has always informed what she does on stage. With no good reason NOT to continue writing and moving, Revolva believes she somehow wound up, in her own unique way, having a more holistic existence that she would have if she’s followed society’s advice to choose a straight and narrow path, over a round one.

To hire Revolva as a writer, click here. To book a writing/movement class at your organization, drop her a line at revolvahoopdance@gmail.com.