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Currently in Production:
A Documentary Film entitled



Director: Award Winning and Emmy Nominee Brian Thomas

Producer: Brian Rubiano












A Queer Person of Color and an Aging Asian Female Broadway Veteran joined forces to once and for all help break the barriers of the world of Ballroom competition with MALE as LEAD and FEMALE to FOLLOW? The question is, can they usher it to the next level of TRUE GENDER EQUALITY?



Can a queer person of color and an aging asian female broadway veteran defy the odds of once and for all break the barriers of the ballroom world’s  traditional gender roles of male being the leader and female as the follower?  This documentary is about the journey and dance partnership of Abdiel Jacobsen a former principal dancer of Martha Graham and Kristine Bendul a 47 year old ballroom dance newbie bonded by their aspirations of ushering an evolution and a new era of INCLUSIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE, DIVERSITY, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT & GENDER EQUALITY in the world of ballroom competition. Witness their triumphs and tribulations both on and off the dance floor to prove that their vision has its rightful place to further enhance the acceptance and recognition it deserves while realizing its parallelism and significance to our current cultural and social climate.

The world of ballroom competition only serves as the backdrop to reflect a much bigger message to our socio-cultural climate.  This is a film that looks at the subtle and not so subtle way  of our main subjects’ search in finding their own voice.  We look further into their lives outside the world of Dance and provide the audience a deeper understanding  of who they really are, their struggles, triumphs, relationships, and their professional and personal goals in life.

FollowLeadLOVE is a film whose mission is to become one of the catalysts to help start a civilized conversation not only to the Dance and Arts Communities but to a broader and wider audience such as the LGBTQI+ , Asian and African-American communities as well as the Female demographics.As mentioned, this is a  documentary that looks into the socio-political parallelism of our main subjects' mission of equality, inclusiveness, female empowerment, acceptance & diversity.  Issues that are further magnified by events of COVID-19 outbreak, black lives matter protests , racism towards Asian-Americans & threats on LGBT rights. Taking their mission on a level beyond dance knowing that all those systemic issues are now being illuminated now more than ever.

Abdiel Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul also MADE HISTORY by becoming AMERICA’s FIRST male/female professional ballroom dancers who competed as a GENDER NEUTRAL couple in a DanceSport’s Professional Ballroom Competition.  


They are FIRST IN THE NATION and one step further in taking their mission towards TRUE GENDER EQUALITY . Link of their news coverage

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***Abdiel Jacobsen blog site:



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