52 Strangers Project | Strangers #8 and 9 | Oakland Lifestyle Photographer

Feb 24, 2021

Girl in park

Dancing In The Park

On a recent weekend, my husband and I were taking a stroll in Berkeley. We stumbled across the campus of the Pacific School of Religion.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, and there were many people out taking advantage of the weather and open space. It was here that I met my next strangers.

As we explored the campus, I noticed a couple dancing. I’ve shared how difficult it is for me to approach complete strangers, so you can imagine how I feel about dancing in public. I was in awe of their bravery and I asked if they were just having fun or practicing for something. It turns out they were practicing for a performance.



Strangers #8 & 9

Shaina and Willie are members of The San Francisco Neo-Futurists. According to their website, they are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who premier new works onstage every Friday and Saturday night. Since Covid they’ve been doing virtual performances.

Maybe you’ve seen a video of the Boston Dynamics’ robots busting a move to “Do You Love Me?”. It turns out that Shaina and Willie were learning the dance for their next performance.



As we stood and watched, something about Shaina caught my eye. She was rocking an 80’s rattail! Ok, here’s a little known fact about me. When I was a teenager, I too, rocked a rattail!


You can catch their show on Friday, February 26th at 7:00. Here’s a link for tickets.  I’m definitely going to tune in to see how they do.

Thanks Shaina and Willie for chatting and being strangers #8 and #9.

Be sure to follow along to see who I meet next, and drop your comments below!


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