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Person of the Week: Pole Dancing teacher

December 3rd, 2010 by master

By Becca Prashner

This past month, quite a few readers chimed in with comments when they heard the former comedy-club Giggles might become a strip club called “Jiggles.” The site is across the street from University Child Development School.

The reaction, however, when Robert Orr opened his pole dancing school, Free Movement Zone, in 2007 was quite different. The University of Washington took FMZ seriously; in 2008, they invited him to teach. Robert started teaching courses at the Experimental College, which offers not-for-credit classes for both students and community members.

Photo from Free Movement Zone

The pole dancing school, though, isn’t eroticism, Robert says.

“I’ve been pole dancing since 1997, and they didn’t teach men. They still don’t… They don’t accept men because most schools are selling erotic dance, or strip aerobics. I just teach pole tricks.”

Robert wanted to create a school where men could learn pole dancing, too. Men started asking him how to pole dance, and he started giving lessons in 2000. It wasn’t long before students wanted to pay Robert, inspiring him to open Free Movement Zone seven years later. 

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Person of the Week: U-District Farmers Market's Bill Whitbeck

November 26th, 2010 by master

By Aina Nadia Mohd Rafee

“These mussels have just arrived on shore this morning!” said Bill Whitbeck to his customers.

On an early Saturday morning, Whitbeck from Taylor Shellfish Farm is one of the many farmers who keep coming back to the U-District Farmers’ Market.

With food on the minds of many this week, we’re profiling Whitbeck as our Person of the Week.  He, along with many others, will be at the U-District Farmer’s Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Northeast 50th Street and University Way.

Whitback has been working with Taylor Shellfish Farm, a locally-owned business based in Shelton, WA for over seven years now. Whitman said that the reason why the business loves to come back to the market every week is because of its community feel.

“Everybody knows everyone.” said Whitbeck.

The most valuable asset to their business is their relationship with the customer. After being a part of the U-District Farmers Market for over seven years now, Whitbeck knows all the regular customers.

Taylor Shellfish Market has grown shellfish in the bays of Puget Sound for 130 years now, said Whitbeck. Today, the business has expanded to Samish,Willapa and Quilcene, WA. Their specialties includes fresh supply of scallops, clams and geoducks.

This fresh, local food can be accessible to anyone. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamps) can be redeemed at the Farmers Market as well.

In addition to the Farmers Market, Whitbeck arranges deliveries of the seafood supplies to the restaurants.

Known to his colleagues as “Oyster Bill”, Whitbeck’s work requires him to not only oversee the business at Seattle Farmers’ Market but also manage orders from local restaurants.

“We supply our product to some of the best restaurants in Seattle,” he said.

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Person of the Week: U-District Farmers Market’s Bill Whitbeck

November 26th, 2010 by master

By Aina Nadia Mohd Rafee

“These mussels have just arrived on shore this morning!” said Bill Whitbeck to his customers.

On an early Saturday morning, Whitbeck from Taylor Shellfish Farm is one of the many farmers who keep coming back to the U-District Farmers’ Market.

With food on the minds of many this week, we’re profiling Whitbeck as our Person of the Week.  He, along with many others, will be at the U-District Farmer’s Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Northeast 50th Street and University Way.

Whitback has been working with Taylor Shellfish Farm, a locally-owned business based in Shelton, WA for over seven years now. Whitman said that the reason why the business loves to come back to the market every week is because of its community feel.

“Everybody knows everyone.” said Whitbeck.

The most valuable asset to their business is their relationship with the customer. After being a part of the U-District Farmers Market for over seven years now, Whitbeck knows all the regular customers.

Taylor Shellfish Market has grown shellfish in the bays of Puget Sound for 130 years now, said Whitbeck. Today, the business has expanded to Samish,Willapa and Quilcene, WA. Their specialties includes fresh supply of scallops, clams and geoducks.

This fresh, local food can be accessible to anyone. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamps) can be redeemed at the Farmers Market as well.

In addition to the Farmers Market, Whitbeck arranges deliveries of the seafood supplies to the restaurants.

Known to his colleagues as “Oyster Bill”, Whitbeck’s work requires him to not only oversee the business at Seattle Farmers’ Market but also manage orders from local restaurants.

“We supply our product to some of the best restaurants in Seattle,” he said.

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Person of the Week: Evan Woodle and his “Racer Sessions”

November 19th, 2010 by master

By Ryan Alexander Dunn

Seattle may not be particularly well known for its jazz scene, but thanks to the best efforts of Evan Woodle and company, it might not be that way for long.

Evan Woodle is a Jazz Studies student at the UW, a talented drummer and the co-creator of something called “Racer Sessions,” a weekly jazz-inspired experimental music improvisation night at Café Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

This week, he is our inaugural “Person of the Week,” a column we hope to post every Friday. Each week, we’ll take a look at someone doing something interesting in this neighborhood. If you know someone who meets these criteria, let us know at udistrict@dailyuw.com.  

Woodle’s Racer Sessions are every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Each one is unique since a different curator performs an original piece based around a particular theme. Recent themes include the “regenerative, elastic properties of melody,” “process and expectations” and “contour.” After the piece is performed, any musicians who would like to join participate in a guided-improvisation session, based around the themes in the performed work.

“There are a lot of cool sessions in town, but not a lot based around free improvisation and experimental music,” Woodle said. “It’s an underrepresented genre in this city, and we wanted to find a way to make it more sustainable and exciting.”  Continue reading at the “more” link below.

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Person of the Week: Evan Woodle and his "Racer Sessions"

November 19th, 2010 by master

By Ryan Alexander Dunn

Seattle may not be particularly well known for its jazz scene, but thanks to the best efforts of Evan Woodle and company, it might not be that way for long.

Evan Woodle is a Jazz Studies student at the UW, a talented drummer and the co-creator of something called “Racer Sessions,” a weekly jazz-inspired experimental music improvisation night at Café Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

This week, he is our inaugural “Person of the Week,” a column we hope to post every Friday. Each week, we’ll take a look at someone doing something interesting in this neighborhood. If you know someone who meets these criteria, let us know at udistrict@dailyuw.com.  

Woodle’s Racer Sessions are every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Each one is unique since a different curator performs an original piece based around a particular theme. Recent themes include the “regenerative, elastic properties of melody,” “process and expectations” and “contour.” After the piece is performed, any musicians who would like to join participate in a guided-improvisation session, based around the themes in the performed work.

“There are a lot of cool sessions in town, but not a lot based around free improvisation and experimental music,” Woodle said. “It’s an underrepresented genre in this city, and we wanted to find a way to make it more sustainable and exciting.”  Continue reading at the “more” link below.

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