July 31, 2010, The Amazing Amy won FIRST PRIZE in the Coney Island Talent Show in the Circus Freaks and Side Show Geeks category!!
May 14, 2011, Amazing Amy won THIRD PRIZE in the Highway to Health Music For a Better America Talent Competition - Adult Category - performing Techno Trance Yoga Dance!! http://highwaytohealthfestival.com/NY/NYCHighwaytoHealthResults.pdf
The Amazing Amy - now the subject of a VIDEO DOCUMENTARY! VIEW PROFESSIONALLY SHOT AND EDITED SHORT FILM ABOUT ME AND MY PERFORMANCES! (Shot March 2011)
Using humor and a love of fantasy, "The Amazing Amy" Harlib connects with audiences through performing strenuous yoga-based contortion acts in New York City.
See the project at http://mediastorm.com/training/the-amazing-amy
Amazing Amy appears on TV on Discovery's Science Channel 'Oddities' Program Season 2: The Horaffe, third segment. See it here! http://science.discovery.com/videos/oddities-the-horaffe-videos/
The Amazing Amy (Harlib) is 56 years old and proud of showing what she can do despite her age. She has spent a life time studying all forms of movement and physical theater and became attracted to Chinese martial arts, acrobatics and Yoga in the early 1980s and parlayed that into a solo performance career that took her to Taiwan and back to her native NYC environs to perform in a wide variety of venues until 1994 when injuries forced her to retire with a disintegrated disc in her spine, torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders and arthritis that necessitated a total left hip replacement in 1998. All that time Amy never stopped her Yoga and so hated not performing, that she's using her extreme flexibility and zany imagination to relaunch her career starting in Mar. 2009! Already The Amazing Amy has appeared at the Downtown Clown Revue, The Bindlestiff Family Circus Open Variety Show at the Galapagos Arts Space, The Lava Dance Co. Night of Renegades Variety Show, the Hi Christina Arts Space, the Ruby Streak Trapeze Studio's Velveteen Rainbow Showcase, Cirque Off! at Triskelion Arts Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, The House of Yes, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and The Gong Show Live! at B. B. King's, NYC!
The Amazing Amy's Yoga Odyssey was part of the ensemble show Flight 18 running Thurs.-Sun. from Mar. 6 - April 4th at the South Street Seaport.
Amazing Amy is the ONLY Contortionist in the world who has created Yoga Dance acts with special themes and characters and offers a large repertoire (all acts run approx. 6-7 minutes in length), including: YOGA ODYSSEY (pure movement, no gimmicks, celebrating the beauty of flowing flexibility); YOGA TREK: To Boldly Stretch Where Few Fifty Plus Year Olds Have Stretched Before (all Star Trek themed Yoga Act!); YOGA YENTA: My Yiddishe Yoga (What if Fanny Brice and Molly Goldberg could do Yoga? Have I got an act for you! slightly over 7 minutes of spectacular, yoga contortions with comedic flair, performed to live klezmer music and sprinkled with verbal Yiddishisms (or without speaking if you prefer); JEDI YOGA: Stretching From a Galaxy Far, Far Away (all Star Wars themed Yoga act); YOGA TANGO; TRIBAL YOGA (contortion and belly dance combined!); SPOOKY YOGA (for Halloween or Friday the 13th); YULETIDE YOGA; YOGANIME! (contortion to music from Japanese anime features); TECHNO TRANCE YOGA DANCE; YOGA COUGAR (flirts outrageously with the audience to Pink Panther theme music, hot pink feather boa included!); YOGA BLUES; JAZZY YOGA and MORE!! Some of my acts require LIVE music and I work with musicians who are guaranteed talented and their fee is included in my fee. NEW! THE YOGANEER! Yo Ho Yoga! Stretching Across the Seven Seas! Kooky Corsair Contortion! Pirate-themed comedy contortion with goofy costume, props and piratical patter to CD of music from Pirates of the Caribbean!
Also NEW! Avante Yogarde: The Leading Limber Edge of Contortion and Music (improvisational dance jams with any kind of live music - anything can happen!) AND ‘A Gift of Yogratitude’, a distinctly different style, character-driven, clown contortion act!
I am more than eager to perform my act as is or to blend it in and combine my skills with other acts to meet the presenter's needs.
Joey L. Dowdy
Joey L. Dowdy's "MADE TO MOVE!"
A Body Designed (Poem)
It's when our bodies are in motion it creates a rhythm and flow. You can get up, or get down; it doesn't matter, as long as you do so.
We need movement to feel alive and energized. Actually, there's nothing on earth like it; Chile', it's better than winning a noble peace prize.
Made to Move, it's what our bodies are designed to do. Even if you feel like you have two left feet, and don't have a clue.
MOMZ-N-DA HOOD (Barbara)
Hi everyone--we'd like to expand our community on Home4Dance....does anyone have any suggestions? It feels awfully quiet around here <smile> Barbara