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Character notes for "Dance in the Sun"

These are the character notes for "Dance in the Sun."

Dooley Howard -- He has light brown skin, brown eyes, and short nappy brown hair with a little mustache and beard. He uses a wheelchair due to a spinal injury sustained while playing in a construction zone because his poor neighborhood had no playground. Bold and energetic, Dooley makes a good activist with interests including poverty, racism, and disability. His musical intelligence comes out strongest in rapping, but he also does a bit of scat singing and jazz keyboard. Dooley lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is friends with Tolli and Simon, and provides some of the music at their wedding.
Qualities: Good (+2) Activist, Good (+2) Bold, Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Musical Intelligence, Good (+2) Rapper
Poor (-2) Argumentative

Noreen MacLennane -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long straight red hair. She uses a wheelchair due to congenital defects in her legs, where the muscles and nerves did not develop fully and her tendons are too short to walk flat-footed. Her heritage is Irish. She speaks English and Irish. Noreen is a lesbian. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. She teaches wheelchair dancing and other adaptive dance styles, along with Irish language lessons. She is friends with Tolli and Simon, and attends their wedding.
Qualities: Good (+2) Agility, Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Vivacious, Good (+2) Wheelchair Dancer
Poor (-2) Impulsive

Barbara Allan al Jarrah -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and straight brown hair that falls just past her shoulders. She used to be a bellydancer, but a stage collapsed under her troupe, leaving her with spinal injuries that require a wheelchair. Her heritage is Turkish. She speaks Arabic, English, and Turkish. Barbara Allen goes beachcombing for raw materials to make a variety of folk art using seashells, beach glass, driftwood, pebbles, sand, and so on. She dislikes the kind of snobs who only deal in art galleries, whether artists, customers, or curators. She is a friend of the Finn family and attends Tolli and Simon's wedding.
Qualities: Good (+2) Artist, Good (+2) Beachcomber, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Outgoing, Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Dealing with Snobs

Dahlia (Lee Dagenhart) -- Thon has pale skin, brown eyes, and short hot pink hair. Facial piercings include helix, inner conch, tragus, upper lobe, middle lobe, and lower lobe on ears; a septum piercing, and snake bites on lower lip. Dahlia is agender asexual. Thon is a friend of Halley's who goes to Tolli and Simon's wedding.
Origin: A scalp tattoo led to the hair turning hot pink.
Uniform: Unisex clothes with punk/grunge and queer motifs.
Qualities: Good (+2) Grit, Good (+2) High School Student, Good (+2) Intrapersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Queer Activist
Poor (-2) Agility
Powers: Average (+2) Pink Hair
Motivation: Be true to oneself.

Various disabilities can lead to using crutches. Forearm crutches often serve better than underarm crutches. Learn how to walk with them.

Leonel Ahrens -- He has tawny-fair skin, brown eyes, and short curly hair of golden brown with a short beard and mustache. An army veteran, he uses a wheelchair due to a combat injury. Leonel remains athletic, though, and runs programming for the park service in Raleigh, North Carolina. He teaches outdoor wheelchair skills, wildlife observation, crafts, and other activities. He is friends with Tolli and Simon, and attends their wedding.
Qualities: Good (+2) Army Veteran, Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Leader, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Park Programmer
Poor (-2) Staying Indoors

Hooks (Sarabelle Hooks) -- She has chocolate skin, brown eyes, and long nappy black hair. She is slender with a heart-shaped face. She was named partly for her ancestor Bell Blair Hooks and partly for the famous writer bell hooks, and then took the nickname "Hooks" later on. Sarabelle lost her left arm at the shoulder and her right halfway down the forearm when her plane was shot down. It has left her jealous of people who can still fly. However, she has learned to use body-powered hooks and does quite well with them. Currently Hooks attends Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia near Norfolk. She has a major in English Literature and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.
Qualities: Good (+2) Air Force Veteran, Good (+2) Determination, Good (+2) Linguistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Literature Student, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Jealous of Fliers

Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks,[1] is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. The name "bell hooks" is borrowed from her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.[2]

Upper-body prostheses include body-powered hooks.

English Literature
The central strength of Christopher Newport’s programs in English is the study of literature. You’ll choose courses in American, British and world literatures, as well as study a single author of your choosing. Through upper-level writing courses you will develop advanced rhetorical and composition skills, while linguistics and film studies courses enrich and expand your understanding of texts and language. Finally, you’ll bring it all together in a capstone seminar, producing an in-depth independent project with the guidance of a faculty member.
As an English major, you can concentrate in literature or writing.
English, BA
• ENGL 200 - Literary Foundations I: Ancient through 17th Century
• ENGL 201 - Literary Foundations II: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
• ENGL 202 - Literary Foundations III: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
• ENGL 308W - Literature, Theory, and Culture
• ENGL 490W - Senior Seminar
• Select one:
o ENGL 250 - Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
• Select one:
o ENGL 423 - Major Authors
• ENGL 309W - Creative Nonfiction
• ENGL 324 - Vampires: Representing Power, the Self, and the Other in World Literature and Film
• ENGL 345 - African-American Literature and Culture
• ENGL 346 - Black Presence and Presentation on the American Stage
• ENGL 351W - Fiction Writing
• ENGL 352 - Poetry Writing
• ENGL 381 - The Roaring Twenties: Film, Literature, and Drama of the Jazz Age
• ENGL 410 - Southern American Literature
• ENGL 412 - Multicultural American Literature
• ENGL 462 - Community Storytelling & Documentary

Women's and Gender Studies, minor
• IDST 255 - Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies
• COMM 330 - Gender Communication
• ENGL 320W - Studies in Women and Literature
• HIST 305 - History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States
• LDSP 380 - Women in Leadership

Alyssa Lyndon -- She has pale skin, hazel eyes, and long wavy blonde hair. She is slender and graceful. Alyssa lost the use of her legs in a car accident, and has been withdrawn and melancholy since then. At Tolli and Simon's wedding, Shiv coaxes her to dance with him.
Qualities: Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Graceful, Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Observant
Poor (-2) Melancholy

See Alyssa's wheelchair gloves.

Brayden Eastridge -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair. He is nine years old. His dexterity and focus make him excellent at computer games, and he wants to learn computer programming. However, Brayden has autism, which makes it hard for him to learn things from other people.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Focus, Good (+2) Intrapersonal Intelligence
Poor (-2) Interpersonal Intelligence

Apollo Kazan -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short chestnut hair. He is tall and lanky. He is the older twin brother of Artemis. Their heritage is Greek. Apollo speaks English, Greek, and Spanish. He enjoys looking for interesting things above eye level, which most people miss, and shooting pictures looking downward. He has a clear idea of what makes a good picture. Apollo also enjoys games that rely on speed. However, he doesn't always get along well with others and has a confrontational streak.
Origin: He was born with his superpowers.
Uniform: He wears casual boy clothes, usually dark neutrals.
Qualities: Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) High Places, Good (+2) Introvert, Good (+2) Photographer, Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Confrontational
Powers: Good (+2) Twin Link
Motivation: To see the truth.

Artemis Kazan -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long dark brown hair. She is tall and slender. She is the younger twin sister of Apollo. Their heritage is Greek. Artemis speaks English, Greek, and Italian. She enjoys looking for interesting things below eye level, which most people miss, and shooting pictures looking upward. Artemis has a good sense of her body and plenty of stamina. However, she can be critical and isn't always careful about how she phrases it.
Origin: She was born with her superpowers.
Uniform: She wears casual girl clothes, usually light neutrals.
Qualities: Good (+2) Introvert, Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Low Place, Good (+2) Photographer, Good (+2) Stamina
Poor (-2) Critical
Powers: Good (+2) Twin Link
Motivation: To make great art.
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