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July 12, 2012
Smiting is better with jazz hands!

Smiting is better with jazz hands!

Mimes often evoke the image of a white-faced man or woman patting thin air with white-gloved hands to imitate being trapped inside an invisible box.

That stereotypical image is evolving, says James C. Hayes, the 31-year-old founder and chief executive officer of Run the Race Performing Arts Ministry, a business that teaches miming and other forms of artistic expression.

“I’ve been Gospel miming since 1998,” said the self-proclaimed “minister of mime.” “It’s taking Gospel music and bringing it to life through out dramatic expression.. It’s something crazy; its something special.”

This Friday and Saturday, Hayes of Detroit is offering a two-day mime workshop to an estimated 250 mime students, culminating with a 1,000-attendee concert at 7:14 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel LIFE Church, Williams Chapel, 3100 Elmwood in Detroit….

Hayes said nearly “every church has a mime team” and the art form is not only gaining popularity in ministries but on the street.

Hayes said using miming people can better convey positive messages to help improve the city of Detroit.

Positive messages like: “Let’s send all the fucking mimes to Chicago!”


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