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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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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