Daily online figure drawing sessions to support movement artists in a time of stillness.
WE WORK WITH FURLOUGHED NYC NIGHTLIFE, CIRCUS AND DANCE PERFORMERS TO CREATE LIVE ONLINE DRAWING EXPERIENCES. FILL OUT OUR REGISTRATION FORM TO ATTEND SESSIONS.
HOW IT WORKS
No recording or screenshots
No harassing or soliciting the models
Keep your camera on during the session
If you want to work with a model for a specific photo reference or are interested in scheduling an additional session for yourself or a group, please direct requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a zero tolerance policy for any form of creepy behavior
In order to be on session invite lists, fill out our registration form. You will receive a welcome e-mail within 24 hours with general payment instructions. Registration for a session opens the day before a scheduled session. We send out a general reminder email through our mailing list—to enter a session you will Follow the payment instructions in the email. Sessions are $15 unless otherwise noted, but gratuities are always appreciated.
We send out meeting links starting after registration closes. If you do not receive one, check your junk mail. If it's not in your junk mail and you don't have a link by ten minutes until start time, please reach out to us asap.
There is a brief orientation period, posing begins 5 minutes after scheduled start time. If you have any issues getting in or experience extreme technical difficulties please email us right away. We will be checking the inbox periodically throughout the session.
What to Expect:
Models are working from their homes. We are optimizing lighting and setting as much as possible. Unless otherwise specified, sessions are nude. After the session starts and initial hellos, awkward technology orienting etc. we will mute participants. People may unmute on model breaks if they would like to converse with fellow artists, or at any time if they have a question.
Artists have expressed a wide variety of preferences regarding short poses vs long poses and what an ideal session looks like to them. For now, most sessions involve shorter poses for the first hour. The second half of the session will be dedicated to a longer pose or poses.
Expect sessions to run between 2 - 2.5 hours with tech orientation, breaks, conversation and all around troubleshooting. Technology can be cranky.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
SSchedule & Models
Sundays 3PM EST
Circus with Kyla
Kyla is fortunate to have an aerial rig in her living room that she puts to good use during her sessions. The first half of her Sunday sessions feature gravity-defying poses on an array of apparatuses that will change from week to week. Expect a minimum of half an hour of short pose air time (30 second-5 minutes per pose). The aerial portion of the session will be minimally clothed for safety and comfort.
Kyla is one half of aerial duo RAVEN. Her professional dance and circus career spans more than two decades, and began with Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech in NYC. Pre-pandemic, she was a featured performer in The Devouring at Paradise Club in the Times Square Edition with her RAVEN aerial partner Sylvana, and could be seen performing at fabulous venues and special events in NYC and around the world.
If you are athletically inspired by her session, Kyla is also on the teaching staff of The Muse Brooklyn and Body & Pole. During the pandemic, Kyla is teaching donation-based and sliding scale ground classes via Instagram, Zoom, and YouTube.
Follow her at @kygwen and check out her website.
Photo Credit: Ab Sesay
Mondays 1st and 3rd 7PM EST
Pin Up Glamour with Nina
Wednesday's with Nina are all about glamour and have a classic pinup vibe. These sessions feature themed accessories and a variety of props. One week she may don feather fans and sheer robes; leather, the next. Nina's sessions will begin with quick warm up gestures, with poses of increasing length, up to 15 minutes for the first half. The second part of the session will feature two half hour poses.
"The tornado of tease," Nina La Voix is a traveling burlesque performer, MC, cabaret vocalist, and angle grinding performance artist based out of New York City. When Covid hit, she was slated to perform at Viva Las Vegas, followed by tour dates in Iceland and Australia.
Nina is also a fitness instructor and is offering free/by donation Tabata classes through her new project the Babe Farm. If you want more Nina after your session, check out her website.
Follow her on Instagram @ninalavoix
Photo Credit: Madison Hurley Photography
Mondays 2nd and 4th 7PM EST
Movement with Beatriz BB
The theme every other Monday with Beatriz BB is movement and dance history. BB will delight your eyes with her immaculate lines and articulation of form while simultaneously stimulating your mind by delving into the background of where this movement originates.
She is a professional dance artist from Brooklyn, NY - She is a classically trained ballet dancer, NY nightlife performer/choreographer, a lifelong student, and dance nerd (ahem--enthusiast). She grew up in competitive dance, musical theatre, and ballet school. Eventually studying choreography at CalArts in Los Angeles, where she grew an interdisciplinary practice rooted in the transformative power of labor and self-expression tied to cultural identity.
Beatriz has since been a contemporary dancer in NYC, resident performer/choreographer at House of Yes, and an internationally touring artist/clown with Blunderland Variety Show and Fou York! Beatriz enjoys yoga, painting, cooking, drag, and demolishing the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy.
Follow her on Instagram @beatriz_bb_nyc and her website beatrizbb.com
Photo Credit: Matthew Echleman
Tuesdays 7PM EST
Chiaroscuro with Sylvana
If you love high contrast lighting and moody serpentine poses, Chiraoscuro Tuesdays with Sylvana are your session. As a photographer, Sylvana has a professional studio set up at home and knows how to use is. As a lifelong dancer, she excels at creating sculptural poses. Sylvana's sessions will begin with quick warm up gestures, with poses of increasing length, up to 15 minutes for the first half. The second part of the session will be either a 2 half hour or a 1 hour pose, depending on what the majority of participants want.
Sylvana is the other half of aerial duo RAVEN. Pre-pandemic, she, along with Kyla, was featured performer in The Devouring at Paradise Club in the Times Square Edition, When Covid hit, she cancelled a run at The Box, a duo act in an upcoming production of Carmen and performance dates in Italy,
Now in quarantine, she is pursuing her love of photography and creating incredible self-portraits that test the boundaries of Instagram's "community standards."
Please follow her on IG @sistertothesun
Photo Credit: Sylvana Tapia
Wednesday 7PM EST
Wild Card with Joy Fully
Joy's sessions will begin with quick warm up gestures, before she settles into four 25 minute poses for the remainder of the session, She creates a thoughtful setup and pays particular attention to composition–these sessions feature three cameras, so artists will have their choice of angles to work from. Joy is a very experienced model working with artists since 2008.
Joy, is a versatile artist with many different interests and passions. She is a Performer and Costume Designer and loves to create characters and a variety of acts. When Covid hit, she was booked for an early summer European tour with the renowned Blunderland variety show, a principle role in an independent feature film that had just been funded and was cast as an ensemble member in a brand new Broadway show slated for fall opening.
Follow her on IG @lovelivingart or lovelivingart.com
Photo Credit: Jim Morton
Saturdays 3PM EST
Caturday with Cat
New York Cat (they/them) studied dance since they could walk. Performing in NYC since the age of 15, they studied intensely from a young age with Mia Michaels, Dan Karaty, Suzi Taylor, Terry Beeman, Finis Jhung, Daniel Catanach, Debbie Allen & numerous others. At 17 Cat moved to NYC to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, travelled to Africa to study West African dance with the Ghana National Dance Co. and performed immediately after earning their BFA from NYU in many National Tours and Regional Musicals.
After a hit-and-run left them with 4 herniated discs, a concussion, a handful of other injuries and unable to perform 8 musicals a week, they shifted into straight acting. Cat can be spotted on Broad City, High Maintenance, Incarnate, The Bridge, Law & Order and several other film projects. And they became a personal trainer, certified by former middleweight champion Michael Olajide Jr, to help others with spinal and shoulder injuries like themself.
Gogo Dance, Performance Art + Aerial entered their life 8 years ago and since then Cat has become a resident performer at Henrietta Hudson, NYC and House of Yes, BK. They also perform for Hot Rabbit, Bad Habit, Femme Party at Club Cumming, with Share Gurl on Fire Island, the Modern Gypsies, at Diamond Horseshoe, Secret Loft, Elements Festival, Envision Festival & many more. They regularly perform Aerial- Cage, Moon and Cube as well as Lyra, Cat’s solo apparatus of choice!
Cat’s been teaching a flexibility class at 305 Fitness, NYC since 2017 and has continued teaching flexibility and mobility classes during the pandemic over Zoom (every Tue + Thur at 4:20pm ET). They have also taught lyra classes and workshops at Gravity Aerial Arts and Denver Circus Collective.
Follow Cat on Instagram @Newyorkcat
Photo Credit: Brendan Burke
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