Interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

If you’re a long time blog reader around these parts, you already know how much I adore PlayhouseSquare. To be able to partner with the organization on a fun project this year is nothing but an honor for me.

During the 2014-2015 KeyBank Broadway Series, I will serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department. Since the first show of the year is up, it’s time to dive right in!

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical.

PlayhouseSquare Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical comes to Cleveland October 3 – 19 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks to the wonderful team at PlayhouseSquare for inviting me to be a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up is Disney’s Newsies — already crafting my questions, all inspired by one of my favorite movie musicals of all time!

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it’s time for a change (an update on an evolving career)

My yoga practice and teaching path might have started elsewhere, but it made its new home here last twelve months ago.

In the fall of 2012, I returned to full time employment. With going from freelancing back to a full-time job, concern worried me. How would I fit in a regular practice to this 40+ hour a week schedule? But then I got word that Evolution Yoga announced it was reopening  – and in the same plaza as my full time job — it felt like the Universe was opening up to say, “no worries, Alicia — here’s a vinyasa yoga studio and enjoy.”

In October 2013, the studio opened and I had the opportunity to audition to join the teaching staff.  I dove right in, picking up two classes on the regular schedule, trying to learn as much as I could from Sandy, the studio owner, and the other EY teachers. This new community accepted me with open arms as my previous yoga home closed it doors, allowing me to thrive in this new-to-me setting.

The past twelve months have been a journey in understanding myself: as a teacher, as a student, as a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. But in all of it, a few things kept me focused:

  • A deep down desire to serve others.
  • A need to make more space in my life for positive energies.
  • A want for more opportunities to grow my yoga career while utilizing the skills I developed an event planner and community builder.
  • A goal of accepting myself for exactly who I am.

But to do all of that, I had to change. And DRASTICALLY. It was crystal clear that it was time to do what was necessary to achieve what I wanted to become.  And lucky for me, the community surrounding me was there to help make it happen.

This month, I start as the Director of Development for Evolution Yoga School & Practice Space. I’ll be able to use all the skills I’ve learned so far in my professional career to help the business thrive. This new role also gives me the opportunity to grow as a yoga teacher (including adding more classes to my teaching schedule!) – something I’ve dedicated myself to for the past year.  I’m so excited to dig in.

To Sandy and the entire EY community: thank you for welcoming twelve months ago with open arms. You’re all about to get a lot more hugs, savasana assists and playlists filled with John Mayer slow jams.

File this one in the #whatyoubelieveyoucreate folder, kids – sankuplas (and dreams) do come true.

So maybe do me a favor if you haven’t already? Like Evolution Yoga on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @EvoYogaCLE and Instagram at @evolution_yoga. Visit the studio’s website to learn more & check out our MINDBODY page to see the schedule of classes.

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event recap: FabFest2014 Cleveland (to benefit Bright Pink)

Congrats to Joe V. – @jvalenti on Twitter — you won two general admission tickets to Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party on October 10th! You’re not Joe, you say? You can still purchase tickets at


Waking up early on Sundays isn’t too far out of my usual routine. Hopping in my car and heading downtown before 9AM is. But for a good cause and a festive event — filled with plenty of healthy living — that adjustment to my normal Sunday could be easily made.

Heading into the day, I knew Bright Pink‘s FabFest had a full schedule, jam-packed with fitness classes for everyone: yoga, barre, tabata, Zumba and more.

bright pink 2014 Cleveland schedule

 (photo source: Bright Pink’s FabFest event details page)

As I arrived at the Marriott Downtown Cleveland at Key Tower, it was neat to see how the organization used the ballroom spaces: part group activities room, the other half transformed into a Beauty and Wellness Area, with the foyer spaces around those included snacks, lunch, vendors and a photo booth. And all of it was covered in pink and ready for a fun day to celebrate the 250 people who fundraised for the non-profit’s mission “to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.”


I’m a sucker for a photo booth, what can I say?

As Nadine, Allison and I chatted, we enjoyed snacks and conversation with vendors including Cleveland Vegan (whatever gluten free baked good they served was seriously on-point for a GF treat), Vitamix (a fruit smoothie pairs with a workout so well!) and NOOMA (love to hang out with the Smith brothers whenever I can!)

I really wanted to sit down at the Paul Mitchell “braid bar”, but was having too much fun chatting it up before heading over for Jen Yuhas’ vinyasa yoga session.

Out of all those fitness activities, I only did the two yoga sessions. (#shocker, right?) As my knee slowly starts to heal itself and as I take care of it by not over-doing it, I knew Tami’s and Jen’s sessions would be the perfect way for me to partake in the exercise components day. I’ve taken both of their classes before at their respective studios, so it’s always great to have the opportunity to see familiar faces again — especially out supporting the community.

It was also great to finally meet Lori Standen (@loristanden on IG) from Pure Barre Westlake and Rocky River. What a lovely lady (with some seriously killer eyelashes!) – I can’t wait to head out West to go take her class soon.  She had her group working hard (but all with smiles on their faces) during her session when I popped in to check out her barre offering to the FabFest crowd.

Before heading out for the day, I did sneak in a chair massage from Dawn from Sacred Hour in Rocky River — it was the perfect treat to have their company there providing massages, facials, manicures and more. The participants left looking refreshed and incredibly blissed out. What better way to start a Sunday Funday?!

LONG STORY SHORT: Bright Pink‘s first Cleveland FabFest seemed to be a huge success from the POV of this event attendee. Many thanks to the organization for allowing me to join in on the fun! But non-profits like this depend on the dollars raised in the spirit of this function to really reach their goals. Consider supporting the cause — and especially now during Breast Cancer Awareness Month — by visiting the Cleveland FabFest page before October 21st.

Stay-in-the-know: Like Bright Pink on Facebook, and/or follow the organization at @BeBrightPink on Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure:  In sharing information before the event, I received a media pass to attend the 2014 Cleveland Bright Pink FabFest and a swag bag of items to share with a reader. I also received a swag bag at the event. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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