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Woman In The Mirror, A Dancer's Journey: Devra Gregory

Woman In The Mirror, A Dancer's Journey: Devra Gregory

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Top 5 Things to Know:

1)The show is back and better than ever. "Woman in the Mirror" is currently slated to run from December 4 to 21 at the Horton Grand Theatre on 4th Ave in the Gaslamp District. The show originally was written and performed at the Tenth Avenue Theatre in May 2012, but was brought back that December due to popular demand. Over the years, Gregory has worked with different directors, set designers and costumers to change the show, but at its heart, she says, the upcoming 2014 show remains true to the original vision: to tell her story through the dances that have defined different stages of her life, and the transformations in her Spiritual journey.

2) "Woman in the Mirror" won a 2012 Bravo San Diego award for best solo performance. As the producer and actress, Gregory is constantly trying to reinvent the show in order to heighten the connection of her message with her audience.

3) The show has one performer. Gregory shares her talents in ballet, exotic dancing, jazz, and burlesque: each section of dance represents a different part of Gregory's career. Audience members are also treated to Gregory's most recent career focus: her impersonation of Michael Jackson.

4) The original show in 2012 was funded by a crowd-sourcing campaign. Gregory believed in her story and worked to turn her dream into a finished product. Since that original show, Gregory has gone on to perform it at the 2014 San Diego Fringe Festival, Live Arts Fest, at The White Box Theatre and at The Lyceum Space Theatre. 2014 marks the show's longest run with 11 shows during December 4-21 at the Horton Grand Theatre.

5) "Woman in the Mirror" is about empowerment. Gregory hopes that her journey in the highly competitive world of dance will inspire others to follow their dreams and spark creativity. Gregory, who is in her mid-fifties, sees her story and her continuing success as a dancer as a blueprint for others who want to pursue what others may believe is an impossible dream. Her story also follows her search for Spiritual equality from a traditional patriarchal upbringing to finding a path of feminine empowerment. In a December 2012 interview, Gregory said of the show, "I hope to inspire people to make changes in their own lives, reach beyond their fears and do their own creative work, whatever that might be for them."

Why It's Awesome

"Woman in the Mirror" follows Gregory's journey from her start as a young ballerina in California to her career on-stage. As a highly accomplished dancer, Gregory has found work as a ballerina, Las Vegas exotic dancer, a jazz dancer, and burlesque artist. For the last 14 years, she's turned her talents to Michael Jackson impersonation and is now one of the few female Michael Jackson performers. The show focuses on the creative spark and Spiritual journey that has allowed this 56 year old dancer to evolve in her life again and again.

The Local Scoop

Back for its next run, "Woman in the Mirror, A Dancer's Journey" has more shows than ever before, and it has a new home in the Horton Grand Theatre (444 4th Avenue). Tickets begin at $15 per person for students, seniors and military, $25 for general admission and are available through Brown Paper Tickets http://womaninthemirror.bpt.me. For the December 2014 run, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are a 8 PM, and Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. For each show, only 230 tickets will be sold, so each performance is guaranteed to be an intimate affair. Special meet and greets with Gregory in character as Michael Jackson are available before the December 4, 5, and 6 shows from 7:00 to 7:30 PM.

Do's and Don'ts

Do expect the unexpected. Gregory's highly personal journey through her life and career combines unusual elements during the show: from the delicate femininity of her early years in ballet to her flamboyant turn as a burlesque stripper to her gender-bending career as a top female Michael Jackson impersonator. Gregory's show is not a traditional dance performance.

Don't bring the children for these performances; due to the burlesque and strip tease portions of the show as well as the adult thematic elements, the show is suited to mature audiences.

Devra Gregory's "Woman in the Mirror, A Dancer's Journey" tells her journey as a dancer, Michael Jackson impersonator and Spiritual seeker. With elements of burlesque, jazz, ballet, and exotic dance, "Woman in the Mirror" is an inspiring, fun and unexpected show telling Gregory's unusual story.