Don’t Call it a Comeback …

It’s been nearly two months since I last wrote, probably the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started doing this four years ago. But as you loyal readers know, I had a bit of a blip in my dance career in September, so I took a brief time-out to catch my breath.

After the incident, I seriously considered taking time off. I thought a mental and physical break from dancing would do me good, given the amount of stress I had been under with dance and everything else. Clearing my schedule a bit would be a good thing and I could come back refreshed sometime in 2015. Apparently the flamenco gods were having none of that.

I’m not kidding, the day I made up my mind to go on hiatus, I got a call from the legendary Juan Talavera, who had been referred to me by another dancer. He was looking for additional dancers for his big upcoming show (not a student recital) and asked if I might be interested in auditioning. Wha?!

I’d seen Juan perform with Rina in a couple of shows, so I was familiar with his work (plus he’s just very well known in the L.A. flamenco scene and beyond) and I was honored to receive his invitation. He’s phenomenal! I thought about it all for a minute … then decided it was pure serendipity that he called on the very day I was about to temporarily throw in my flamenca towel. I had to accept the opportunity, right? Long story short, I’m now rehearsing with him and the rest of the cast every weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for the show in March!

What I love is being able to say to friends, “Yeah, I’m dancing backup for J.T…”

Not this J.T. (Justin Timberlake)
Juan Talavera
THIS J.T. (Juan Talavera)











I’ll be sharing more about J.T. and the show in the coming weeks/months, but for now, save the date!

Juan Talavera presents FLAMENCO BRAVO!
March 28, 2015
The Colony Theatre
555 N. 3rd Street
Burbank, Calif.

I haven’t been in classes with Rina due to some end-of-the-year schedule issues, but I’ll be back with her soon, too. I miss her classes … I miss my tribe.

There’s another aspect of divine intervention to this “comeback” story, but I’ll get to that in another post. The main thing is, I’m still dancing and can’t ever imagine even considering stopping for any period of time, ever again, EVER.


P.S. This (the inspiration for the title of this post) has been running through my head for days. Guess I’m back in bad-ass mode …

3 thoughts on “Don’t Call it a Comeback …

  1. Wow! Me and Justin Timberlake???? I like the way he dances very much, but I’ll stick to Flamenco. Marissa, so glad you didn’t stop dancing!!! It’s a pleasure having you in the group! Thanks for the plug.



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