The Mistress of Music & Motion
Who is she?
The Mistress of Music & Motion is a furry who lives in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Mistress has been in the Dallas fur community since the mid-'90s when she moved to Texas. Her fursona is a shapeshifting skunkupine (skunk-porcupine hybrid), the skunkupine, with a cobalt central stripe, being her normal form most of the time. She's also been seen as a penguin, a grey, lop-eared bunny with black spots (one over her left eye), and other forms. She has been a professional dance instructor since 1992. She also teaches yoga and other adult education subjects. Her husband is Seismic the Badger.
Texas Furry Fiesta
The Mistress is on staff of Furry Fiesta as the Music and Motion Lead - teaching panels on yoga, dance and other physical/musical panels. She also hosts the formal (or sometimes informal) ball at TFF every year and has been teaching panels at Furry Fiesta since it first began.
Most recently she's been, quite literally, bribed to join as the only female panelist on the TFF "Match Game", where the more vulgar staff members come up with the most impossible and hilarious fill-in-the-blanks to foil the contestants. She's also been bribed to serve as one of the judges as well as "Entertain the Staff for Small Prizes".
Music & Motion
The Music & Motion department originated from yoga and meditation panels (2009-2011) into ballroom and other social dance classes and more formalized/mature dance events, appealing to attendees who desire a more structured and varied dance environment, as well as those who want to learn new moves and styles apart from typical "wubwub rooms". It has also, playfully been referred to as "Grey Muzzle Activities" as most of the panels and events it hosts are "adults only", less for content than interest and physical safety.
In the early development of its moniker, Orim Katsu (the department's DJ and very first Minion) suggested the "Music and Motion" or "M&M" department and took on the term "Minion" as the departmental staff term. Sticking with the theme her department, the Lead retitled herself "Mistress", thus making everyone in the department "MMM's" of one sort or another. Being that the department lead herself had no fursona name, she's taken her title as her fursona name. Being that the M&M department is heavily involved in dedicating their panels/events to the themes of the con, both the Mistress and her Minions frequently adopt various character names to match every year's theme, making the entire department somewhat "shapeshifting" itself.
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