Do you know that feeling when someone starts talking, and you can immediately tell that they’re brilliant, and you’re instantly captivated? This feeling doesn’t happen very often, but it’s a wonderful surprise every time it does.
BREAKING NEWS: it's not always great to be a woman. Shocking, huh? I could make a list of a quite a few things that tend to make womanhood seem more like a curse than the blessing.
I wanted to find out why the University Salsa Club opted for an all-female dance premiering at its upcoming Salsa Showcase. I sat down with Claire Poumerol and Jaqui Arechiga to ask them and to explore how Salsa Club balances the sensuality of dance with consent and safety, and how it promotes body positivity and confidence. The University Salsa Club is a student-run contracted independent organization at UVA in Charlottesville, VA.
Nicky: So guys. Get in here. Introduce yourselves. How long have you guys been a part of salsa? When did you join and why?
I’ll admit it: I bought a comfort colors Bicentennial shirt. I took one of those free clear bags with the "200" logo emblazoned on the side. I like the idea of being a part of something that’s been around for so long, in a place of education and discovery, with peers who are as interested in knowledge as I am. It’s easy to buy into the huge celebrations UVA is hosting. The Bicentennial launch ceremony was obviously a success, with the huge turnout, and the long, impressive set list that performed that night.
Here at Iris, we strive to be a provocative magazine for thinking young women. That means we want to make you think, and give you things to think about. Here are some things you might not know:
With support from Miller Art Scholars and the University Award for Projects in the Arts, I had an amazing opportunity to travel alone this summer and work on an artist’s book. Over the course of June, I backpacked from Madrid to Rome. My project takes the shape of a travel journal and is an attempt to capture the strange, inspiring, and occasionally frightening experiences from my travels.
Dean Rachel Most’s job and accomplishments affect my everyday life at the University. Despite that, I had little idea who she was, until I saw her at the Women’s Center Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award reception.
Kirsten Hemrich works on both large scale oil paintings and mixed-media based artists books. Her work is influenced by post painterly abstraction. She is interested in visually exploring the transient nature of life in her paintings.
More of her work can be found on her website: https://kmhemrich.wixsite.com/mysite.