You don't have to be a dancer to appreciate the dance sculpture jewelry of Carol Newmyer. Apparently, you don't have to be a dancer to create them, either.

Newmyer has never danced. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she studied gesture drawing at the University of Georgia, and sketched four dancers in a Hasidic dance; later she drew dancers with the Pilobolus Dance Group. "I get myself into the dance positions so I can feel where the center of balance is," said Newmyer, who added that the only thing out of balance now is her back when she carries around her collection of jewelry.

The pieces, which are sold at Saks-Jandel, Zenith Gallery, Cachet Four Seasons and Cibesi, are solid bronze, cast for her in Alexandria by Bradley Sanders from wax sculptures. "Every artist finds his own medium and mine is wax," she said. "It doesn't dry. You can leave it, go back, and it is just as you left it. You can melt it to liquid and freeze it to rock hard. By the time it goes to the caster it is as perfect as possible."

The androgynous figures all gracefully interlock and can be worn lots of different ways. Newmyer calls it "participatory art. I want people to change what I do and make them suit themselves. Even when they wear things upside down I love it. You are not supposed to look at it but have it become part of yourself."