episode 32

Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 32 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles

This is part four of a seven part series in which I feature guests that are all People of Color that performed in Hallelujah Hollywood, Jubilee, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello between 1973-2016. Gayve Littles started much later than usual for a female dancer at the age of 18. With the help of her brother, and some legendary teachers such as Winston Hemsley and Rich Rizzo, she was able to learn enough to get herself into Donn Arden’s Showgirl spectacular, Jubilee!

We discuss her issues with unable to learn the choreography quick enough, her weight notices for being too skinny and being let go and then coming back two years later, as well as her move into being a line captain of the line 4 girls, formerly known as the Ebony line. She remembers those twelve years as a Showgirl as being the best years of her life. Enjoy this story as another Person of Color shares her experience in one of the largest stage shows in history! 

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 32 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles

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The filming of Rocky 4 was a big deal in the Jubilee world. Here is a music video of the scene where the spectacle of Jubilee was used as the background of a pre-fight show in the movie. Gayve shared her experience of the filming process in a story I saved for the February guests bonus episode that I share over on Patreon. Click below to hear how it went!

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 32 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Gayve Littles

A family tragedy

Gayve spoke a bit about her little sister Tara Cleveland but did not share specifics about the tragedy that caused her family so much heartache. I did a bit of research to learn more about what happened. According to articles I found online, Tara Cleveland was murdered at the age of 25 on December 17, 1994, by two men that fled the scene but were caught many years later. The story was aired on America’s Most Wanted. It took eleven years to apprehend one of the suspects and the second was caught two years later. RIP Tara Cleveland

ep 33 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 4, featuring Victor Littles

Victor Littles was a dancer in the line formerly known as the “Ebony Guys” in Jubilee. He started his dance training late, but was able to work as a professional dancer with the help of mentors like Winston Hemsley and Tricia Lee, guiding him along the way. Over on Patreon, I’d like to keep the conversation going about this episode! Share your comments about your favorite stories or questions you had during the show.

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