Maida Withers created the dance based on her experience of falling down on the front steps of her home as her shoe laces got stuck in the door that was hurriedly slammed as Maida rushed out the door on her way to work. Dancers are select students of Maida who were studying dance at George Washington University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The performance was part of the Spring Dance Concert, April 24 and 25, 1998 in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Washington, DC. The text featured falling stories by some members in the cast and friends invited to tell a falling down story. The audio was compiled by Gilbert Nash. Many of these dancers have continued professional careers in dance.

Later, Maida created a trio titled, Pitfalls...Nose to Cement and Tales Told on the Way Down, for Sarah Slifer, Reggie Crump, and Giselle Ruzany, that toured to three cities in Brazil.

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