"Broadcast" on Time Warner Cable channel 17 (the Arts Channel)
In 1980 Billie Mahoney started a program in New York City on the cable access channel she called "Dance On." Jon Hutcheson was her producer. She continued the program for years with a break in the late 1990's. In 2011 she re-started the program with me, Mike Strong as shooter, studio maker and editor.
The local cable channel 17 from Time Warner Cable carries the program through the University of Missouri Kansas City. UMKC's staff in the arts building first carried the programming for Time Warner. In late 2013 the equipment and the control was transferred to the Comm studies programin Haag Hall, with the video server and computer uploader in Haag 102, the location of the Comm Studies television studio and lab. The change over caused a disruption of programming for several months.
Billie Mahoney in the conference room at Kansas City Ballet's Bolender Center ready to do a "Dance On" interview set
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Setting Up "Dance On" at Kansas City Ballet
Since April 2011 I've been shooting a television program with Billie Mahoney shown on Time Warner Cable called Dance On. It runs 29-min 30-sec. Billie started this program in 1981 in New York City. She interviews guests who are dancers, choreographers and others related to the field.
From the biggest names to the smallest she shows every guest is awesome and has a great deal to contribute. Dance is hard labor: hard physical labor and hard mental labor and dancers are very thoughtful and very articulate and very enthused about what they do and what it means to them.
For a long time I've promised that I would turn my cameras on me to show what I do to turn the conference room at KCB into a "television studio" and a (very tiny) sense of what the show looks like. Maybe later a sampler from the show with a set of brief extracts, depending.
The music as an old piece of generated music using Sony's Cinescore set to create klezmer music. It is really a tad too fast for what I intended but YouTube flagged my first choice ("Istanboogie") so I pulled that and substituted this one, which I could only find in an abbreviated version as the background music from a 2009 Fringe show with dance stills where I shot in the music and then edited to music (see it here) in a bit called "The Miniature Housewife" by Danielle Conover.
The title,. "A Little Day Gig," is a bit of a play on me as most of my gigs are at night, usually in very dark places. I've gotten so used to night gigs where I can't see a thing that last year when I was shooting a wedding for a friend, in Loose Park, I went out for two weeks to practice shooting again in the daylight. Really! Getting used to the light that nearly every other photographer shoots in and which I used to shoot in all the time.
This video was shot with a Nikon D-7100 DSLR. Sony FX-1000 3-chip cameras are used to shoot the program itself.
And, yup, that is me in there, not a super model, though I realize you've already made that mistake (ha!)
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Billie Mahoney and Margo Sappington
Billie Mahoney and Christina Burton
Crossing Paths, interviewees, Bobby Ray takes a pictures of his sister with Ronald McFadden
Billie Mahoney and Betty Tillotson
My car, unpacked onto my cart, ready to roll into the Bolender Center of Kansas City Ballet -
On the bottom are lights, and cables in plastic crates, lighting equipment in the long box with tripods
and light stands on top packed with two high stools, still cameras and laptop computer.
Billiie Mahoney and Lonnie McFadden
Billie Mahoney and Christine Colby Jacques
Billie Mahoney and Bruce Wells
Billie at the Dance Notation Bureau in NYC (110 John St) - standard keepers of Labanotation for dances over decades
Kevin Mullen in the UMKC's Haag 102 television room contol panel where Dance On is sent to cable. Karen Brown is showing on the monitor
Billie Mahoney with Luis Torres who was in to set a piece with KC Ballet
Billie Mahoney with Christopher Barksdale shortly after his retirement from KC Ballet
David Ollington with Billie Mahoney December 2014, a month and a half before showing a piece at Modern Night at the Folly
Bilile Mahoney and Andrea (Andi) Shermoly Fall 2014 who was in town to set one of her pieces on KC Ballet
Billie Mahoney and Nicole English - who did one program on her and one on her mother's career
Michael Simms - video capture
Jamal Story - video capture
Billie Mahoney and Angel Mercier of JCCC
Irish dancer and teacher Joseph Manning with Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney with Marc Wayne, dancer, teacher, choreographer
In New York City for Luigi project (June 2013) L-R, Jon Hutcheson, Christine Colby Jacques, Billie Mahoney
In Luigi's studio, Studio Maestro, 43 west 68th Street, NYC, Billie heads into one of the studios past an early picture of Luigi (Eugene Facciuti)
Peter Pawlyshyn - as KCB school director 2011
Dr. Will Adams, ballroom teacher, KC schools ballroom classes and long time professor at William Jewell in Liberty with Billie Mahoney
Michele Hamlett-Weith standing in front of her picture on the wall of the Bolender Center, emulating the pose
Lonnie McFadden - tapper, horn player, vocalist
Puppeteer Paul Mesner with Billie Mahoney in the conference room
The Drs. Klinginsmith, DC - chiropractors to dancers, Dr. Bonnie Klinginsmith and Dr. Don Klinginsmith with Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney and Molly Wagner, ballerina with KC Ballet, graduated from UMKC in 2005
Billie Mahoney and Travis Guerin, KC Ballet Dancer
Billie Mahoney and Vickie Allen Reid, Broadway, KC Ballet
Miss Shirley Weaver, dancer, teacher
Billie Mahoney with Danny Dialo Hinds, dancer, teacher
Billie interviewing Ronald Harvey (capoeira) with wife Sonia sitting on the floor to the right
Sonia Duncumbe-Harvey (Capoeira)
Billie Mahoney with jazz singer Toni Oliver
Vickie Simon for her second interview 32 years after her first Dance On interview, in town to set a Balanchine piece on KC Ballet, with Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney with tango teacher and ex-Russian ballet dancer Victor Golub, just before he and his wife moved to Florida.
In NYC walking through Lincoln Center returning from the NY Public Library for the Arts in the
west end of the center, where her programs are archived - Christine Colby Jacques and Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney and Steve Short, former Broadway and show dancer and owner of Kansas City Costume
Vickie Zachary and Billie Mahoney
Roxanne Higbee, Dancerz Unlimited
Billie Mahoney and Stephani Schrimpf former KCB dancer and
owner with husband Juan Pablo Trujillo or Kansas School of Classical Ballet
Billie Mahoney, Eddie Villella, Nicole English
Francie Huber and Billie Mahoney in the background as Francies two children watch them on the video monitors
Devon Carney, KCB Artistic Director, with Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney with Juan Pablo Trujillo - former KCB dancer, owner with wife Stephani Schrimpf, Kansas School of Classical Ballet
Changing the schedule for channel 17, making changes to the week's schedule for that week's two Dance On programs - Ben Gruber and Nicole English
You can view the row and column grid with the schedule, showing a day at a time. Just above the monitor is the media server which sends the
actual program to Time Warner which broadcasts it through the TWC system. Just above the media server is the storage for the programs and
a small monitor showing what is currently being sent out by Time Warner Cable.
Billie Mahoney with Jenniver Tierney (center) and Kristopher Estes-Brown (chair at right), the owners of the
American Dance Center and directors of the American Youth Ballet in Overland Park, KS.
Behind Kris is Jessica Brown, his sister and a ballerina with Ballet Met (Columbus, Ohio) as well
as one of the adults dancing alonside the Youth Ballet in the role of veterans/mentors/examples.
Billie Mahoney with Jeremiah Enna - Storling Dance Theater in Olathe
Billie Mahoney interviewing Katrina Warren
Billie Mahoney with Paramita Chakraborty, Indian dancer
Cristi Capps, Ballet Master KCB, with Billie Mahoney
Luigi with Christine Colby Jacques and Luigi's partner Francis Roach in their apartment on west 68th St, NYC - June 2013
Christine Colby Jacques (left) and Billie Mahoney (right) with John Sefakis (Dancers Over 40, NY Access TV - [see FAY kiss] )
meeting in Serafina's at 210 w. 55th St (55th and Broadway) NYC
Sean Duus (left), Lauren Wright (right) and Billie Mahoney
Billie Mahoney - November 23, 1927 - January 31, 2022, age 94
Union Station, Nov 19, 2016
Dance On from 2011
National Tap Dance Day 2014
At Union Station for Armed Forces Day 17 May 2014
National Tap Dance Day at The Arts Bar 25 May 2013
Tap Jam at the Arts Bar 7 Feb 2013
Tap Jam at The Arts Bar 2 Aug 2012
Legacy Award from Dancers Over 40 in NYC
Senior Quest 2009
Senior Quest 2008
Billie Mahoney Dance Troupe 2007 preperatory to NYC trip
Tap Dance Day May 25, 2000
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