Your Host: Asher Taylor-Dawson (@danseurignoble in all kinds of places)

Asher in arabesque at Burn Voyage, 2015. Photo by Marge Ely.

Photo © Marge Ely, August, 2015


Modern gonna mod.


Just hangin’ around.

Ohai! WordPress made me an Annual Review!

Ballet, bikes, circus arts, music, and writing. And I also really like cats. And dogs. And horses.

Dancer, Aerialist with CirqueLouis

Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Indiana University, 2015, with High Honors (GPA: 3.926/4.0).

General Facts:
Femme queer boy. Intersex(y). Dancer. Budding (if half-baked) choreographer. Cyclist. Artist.

Homemaker. Perfectionist. Radical Screw-Up. Spiritual seeker. Avid believer. Boring weirdo. Exercise in contradictions.

Stereotype. Defier of Stereotypes.

Ecstatically married to the love of my life (he’s a physical therapist; I’m his worst patient).



I study ballet at Louisville Ballet School and with BW at Dance 502 in Louisville, KY; modern with at LBS and with Theresa Bautista of Moving Collective; and aerials at Suspend Louisville. When I’m in Chicago, I hit class at The Joffrey as often as I can.





From our June, 2016 dress rehearsal at Suspend. Photo by the amazing Kevin Spalding, © 2016. Original here.


Whoa, Gravatar History!
When I updated my Gravatar recently, I noticed that it shows all of my Gravatar images so far at the bottom of the page.

Turns out that it’s a pretty good representation of how I’ve evolved between 2010 (when I was an unhappy boy trying to live a life that didn’t really fit) and now (when I’m becoming, rather gloriously, myself).

So, here you go — a look at the evolution of Your Humble Author through the eyes of Gravatar:

I've come a long way (though all my images are still G-rated) since 2010!

I’ve come a long way (though all my images are still G-rated) since 2010! Also, I keep shrinking.

  1. Hey there! 🙂 Thought I’d trundle over here and say hello as well and be neighborly here on WordPress.

    Since you’re also into the pro cycling scene, will you be posting about the Tour once it gets underway? It’ll be great to read your thoughts about the stages and the riders.

    Oh, and good luck with the races! If you’re a newbie racer, I’m a newbie on the single bike, period. Just learned how to ride last year.

    • Wow, congrats on getting started riding!

      I haven’t posted on the Tour in the past (because I am usually woefully bad at keeping up with what’s going on in the world in general), but I think I will this year. If nothing else, at very least a weekly ‘Voigt Report,’ LOL.

      Speaking of Mr. Voigt, Radioshack-Nissan looks like a pretty strong team. Also, it cracks me up that if you look at the Riders’ List on the official TdF website, RNT includes one ‘GALLOPIN Tony.’

      He must be pretty fast 😀

      (Okay, okay, so I know that’s just his surname, but it still struck me as pretty funny.)

      • Hey, I need my weekly Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal reports as well (but I’m partial as a Garmin fan)! Too bad about RSNT and the recent in-team drama. I wonder now if Leopard and Radioshack would’ve been better off not merging, considering the resulting fallout.

        I only hope that RNST manages to hold themselves together in the Tour. The Schleck – Bruyneel soap opera couldn’t be good for their morale, esp. with Andy now out of the Tour.

        I’m doing better on the bike, but I still don’t have the skills to do hand signals. My left side (arm, hand, and leg) is weaker than my right, and I can’t control the bike when I try to lift my right hand to signal a right turn. I’m working on it, though.

        I subscribed to your blog. Look forward to your ride and Tour updates! 🙂

      • I will make sure to keep track of the Garmin Guys as well 🙂

        It does seem that merges sometimes lead to conflicts. Also, it’s somehow really weird to see only one Schleck brother riding, kind of like Super Mario Brothers without … I dunno, is Andy Mario or Luigi? I always kind of thought of him as “Player 1,” but that might only be a question of alphabetical order.
        LOL, the “Schleck-Bruyneel Soap Opera” made me think, “All My Cyclists.”

        Maybe that’s what I’ll call my Tour series 😀

        Thanks for the follow!

        Oh, btw — until you get your right-hand signal down, you can use the old-fashioned “stick left arm out, then bend to 90 degrees” signal. That’s still the “technically correct” one according to many states (based on the notion that if you’re in a car, your right arm is invisible), though many drivers don’t seem to grasp what it means anyway. But it’s a decent stop-gap, and I sometimes find myself using it when unexpectedly fumbling with water bottles.

      • Well, you know there’ll be plenty of “polemica” (love that term) once the race goes underway. Most likely between riders of diff. teams whining about dirty tactics or whatnot. “All My Cyclists” would have to be your pet name for Le Tour. 😀

        TBH I’m glad that the Schlecks are separated. Frank, I know, can ride well for himself, but Andy tends to be – for lack of a better term – creepy clingy toward big bro. I don’t even know if Andy’s achieved anything significant without Frank there shepherding him around (or lending moral support). It’ll be interesting seeing how things play out in the race this year.

        Sucks to be them, but having the usual odds-on favorites (A. Schleck and Contador) out of the race makes for a really exciting open race. I’d kill to see dark horses spoil the party while the media fawns all over Wiggins and Evans. 😀

        Thanks for the tip on the hand signals! I’ll try that one. Oh, and you might have to break hubby’s heart regarding Jens’ retirement. I think this is his last Tour?

      • Jens cannot retire.


        It could be his last tour, though. He has been making noises about getting older, and I suppose he is like twice the age of half the field (I’m sure there’s a maths joke in there, somewhere). It would be sad to see him retire, but OTOH I’d like to see him go out strong rather than sort of petering out over the next ten (thousand) years. Plus, if he retires, maybe he’ll become a commentator and write inspiring and funny articles about pro racing. And maybe he’ll be able to come to my next birthday party! (Okay, that might be a long shot.)

        It would be really great to see a herd of dark horses take the yellow jersey and the polka-dot jersey … and … erm … all the other jerseys!

        You have a good point about Schleck-the-Younger. It will indeed, also, be interesting to see what Schleck-the-Elder does without him around.

  2. Hello Asher! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  3. Hi Asher, thanks for following my blog and I look forward to following your thoughts on yours. With best wishes, Phil Stanfield

  4. chainbreakercorporation

    How can i not follow? Both your art and your writing is phenomenal!

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