Thursday, October 20, 2005

My blog is a dance!

I just received an email from a Masters student in Dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in Manhattan.

He choreographed a dance based on this blog (or whatever inspiration he got from this blog) and it is showing at Tisch for the next three nights! Wow, how cool is that!

I myself am not in New York right now (whether that is because I do not live there or because I am on vacation for the chag is for you to guess) but if any of my readers attend this event please report back in the comments about how it was.

I am sure that this student, Benjamin, would love to have more people come and watch his show.

His show will be performed tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm (please, Jewish readers should not be mechalel Shabbat to see the show!).
Admittance is free. The Tisch School is at 111 Second Avenue, between 6th and 7th street.

Thank you, Benjamin, for this honor. I wish I could see your show myself.

Benjamin, you are welcome to post more information about the choreography and history of the show in the comments. I did not want to post more because I was not sure how much of the information is for the public.

Now Nice Jewish Girl is not only a person, I am also multi-media!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10/20/2005 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Nice Jewish Girl said...


Thank you for your kind words. However I did not want your link to stay up because I do not want my blog to be a host to links for sites that may be inappropriate. I know that many readers might read your site and use it under "kosher" circumstances, but I cannot control the content on your site and therefore do not want to have to worry about linking to it. I hope you understand.

It is true that my blog has references to things that are usually private, but since it is my blog I am able to control how I word things.

10/20/2005 03:13:00 PM  
Blogger Semgirl said...

I appreciate you doing that, NJG. As many blogs have really tripped me up and sent me to places I really shouldnt be going to.

10/20/2005 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger Elster said...

How cool is that? First a prima scream, now a dance. All we need is a song and a poem and you are all set.

10/20/2005 05:55:00 PM  
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10/21/2005 04:47:00 PM  
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10/21/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people have nothing nice to say, I wonder why they say it at all. Come on people...

10/22/2005 03:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the dance tonight and it was unbelievably beautiful and honest. Your words were used with compassion and understanding and the movement was just stunning. I wish I could say more but the experience was very emotional and it is difficult to describe how powerful it was. I wish you could have seen it!

10/22/2005 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone tape it? Will there be future showings?

10/23/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you got to second base yet?

10/23/2005 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger Needsabetterjob said...

I believe that you have touched people due to the care and quality of your writing as well as your particular situation. I look forward to many other topics and subjects in the future. It shouldn't be too hard to find a review. How many people came to this, were there long lines?

10/23/2005 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger Lyss said...

So, how does it feel to be an interpretive dance?

10/23/2005 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Benjamin said...

First let me thank NJG for asking me to write a little about the dance. Your generousity is a testament to your understanding and large heart. I am not a blogger, but for those of you who are interested, i'll contribute what i can.

the piece may be chosen to be performed again at the end of the school year. it was very successful, so i am hopeful. If this happens, i will email NJG and post a comment. i would be very glad to have this beautiful community watch my dance.

also, thanks to the anonymous blogger who posted above. Thank you for coming to see the dance, and thank you for your kind words. They have meant a lot to me.

below is an edited version of the email I sent to NJG. i think it fully shows my appreciation for NJG and how/why i used this blog.

Dear NJG,

My name is Benjamin. I am a Masters Student in
Dance at NYU Tisch.

A couple months ago, a friend
wrote an article that sited your blog.
She was so taken by your inspired and inspiring prose
that she told me that i had to look at your blog. At
the time i was just beginning rehearsals for a large
dance piece i was choreographing at school. I am a
gay man and i grew up in a very homophobic small town. originally i was going to deal with this
problem specifically, but when i read your blog i
realized that you were asking people to think about
the same things i was, but from a very different
perspective. Suddenly my dance took a new direction,
and i let it go there.

Tonight i realized that my (or perhaps i should say
our) piece is going to premiere tomorrow night and i
hadn't found time to inform you, tell you how much
your story and honesty have meant to me, and to thank
you so earnestly for everything you are doing. i
applaud you.

I am very pleased with my dance. it is simple and
effective. a large part of myself is on the stage,
which is a step in the right direction for me
choreographically. However, i realize that if this
piece is a success, it succeeds because it transmits
your writing and your story to an audience that might
otherwise never hear it. i can only hope that i
have done it justice.

i hope that you do not feel used or jilted. in using
your text i have tried to stay true to its origin and

i apologize for not telling you sooner, and i thank
you for inspiring me with every blog entry. you are a
beautiful, kind, loving, and intelligent woman. if
everyone apporached life the way you do, this world
would be an infinitely better place.

all the best,

10/27/2005 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Harry said...

NJG, your innocence is refreshing. This is just the beginning. When the NJG band releases its first album ahead of its coast-to-coast tour, you'll know you've arrived.
And then when the exclusive NJG line of perfumes and designer bags hits the stores, that will be great. You'll be an institution. :)

On a more serious note, I think you're terrific, an inspiring, genuinely spiritual person. I wish you all the best. Your blog is a bright light in a rather bleak landscape of insipid, narcissic bloggers. Kol hakavod lach.

May I suggest that you change the description "About me" at the top of the blog to "Hardly ever been kissed"? Not only is it more accurate, it's more interesting!

10/27/2005 09:48:00 AM  
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10/29/2005 05:52:00 AM  
Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Your blog is famous all over. We talked about it at the shabbat table this week too, and we didn't know about the show!

Keep up the good work, love reading your posts.

10/30/2005 04:02:00 AM  
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10/30/2005 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger HaJew said...

I have been inspired to write some poems based on your blog, from what is maybe your perspective. I'm more joking in my style than then Benjamin, but really this is written because I like the way you write and like the idea of making art based on your writing - even if mine may not be so high level.
(These can be put to music, I imagine the first as a slow ballad type and the second as a fast dance number)

Nice Jewish Girl Theme

My heart's no longer like a stone,
And I'm feeling less unknown

I once felt crushed from my depression,
Until I learned of self expression

I now share secrets on the web,
Along with Dov Bear and Ren-Reb!


Nice Jewish Girl Dance

Kiss me on my neck's nape
Help me with my great escape
From Myself
From Myself

Haven't been with no boys
Only with electric toys
By Myself
By Myself

Don't think I'm a bad Jew
How'd you feel if it was you?
I'm By Myself
All By Myself

10/30/2005 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Nice Jewish Girl said...


thank you for making me laugh.

10/30/2005 03:35:00 PM  
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10/31/2005 05:01:00 AM  
Blogger The First Date Chick said...

Congratulations on the media addition!

I'm still so happy for you for the joy you felt for your kiss.

10/31/2005 03:55:00 PM  
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10/31/2005 08:54:00 PM  
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11/01/2005 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous brooklyn said...

NJG, it's time for you to post an update. I know you're planning on being more private from now on but the people need to know something.

11/01/2005 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Semgirl said...

Absolutely, Brooklyn.

We would really appreciate an update. Hope you are still in that great rel-ship. You deserve to be happy!!

11/01/2005 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger Emesdik said...

I read some of your posts. You write with such emotion, its moving. Very insightful to a topic few single girls are willing to talk about. I dont know what anyone else commented and I didnt want to read them in order not to corrupt my own opinion. But S.N. is a nutshell easier said then done. Its easy for the 20 year old to say they were S.N., but for someone whose dated a long time and is hitting 25 I would think they would be in your state of mind at one point or nother. Anyways, much hatzlacha, I hope you find your zivug soon.

11/03/2005 05:52:00 PM  
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11/08/2005 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benjamin, i think it is beautiful that you put njg's blog into a dance. I missed the performances , but i would love to see it repeated elsewhere so others could see it.

11/14/2005 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been a while since I came back to this blog... a lot of posts have been put up since then.. anyway I just wanted to let you know that you arent alone.. Im 25 with no marriage prospects in site.. I know this would seem ridiculous to some but where I come from I am already on the shelf. I look at 30 or 35 year old unmarried girls, in my community, who are bitter and lonely and realize that the time in my life is not so far off for me. I remember seeing an episode of scrubs where they made fun of a guy who is so physically removed that even the slightest accidental touch sent him into ecstasy.. I dont feel that much different right now. I have kissed two(equally inexperienced 20-something) boys in my life and both times was about as exciting as cleaning the toliet. I dont think they were very good either. I think religion screws us up sometimes... I dont know what I will do about it.. but thats my thoughts on the topic right now.

11/20/2005 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Better to be frustrated and holy with hope than frustrated daily by an unholy action.

7/17/2006 08:30:00 AM  
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