Visions of Sugar Plums: Using a Nutcracker Workshop to Teach About Ballet

Most people might be reaching for their Pumpkin Spice Lattes right about now, but dancers know that it’s already Nutcracker time! Love it or hate it, the seasonal favorite is here again, with tiny tots and professional dancers alike heading into the rehearsal studio to perfect their performances as party guests, snowflakes, candy canes, and … More Visions of Sugar Plums: Using a Nutcracker Workshop to Teach About Ballet

“Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now

I have been juggling emotions and grappling with words since learning of the events in Charlottesville last weekend. It feels so far away, so foreign, so completely unbelievable. How, in 2017, is this happening? I realize that even this reaction reveals my privilege: I have lived a life largely untouched by racism. I can only … More “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now

Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts on building empowered dancers in the ballet studio. What is an empowered dancer? In my opinion, students who are empowered are: Self-aware and self-reliant (physically, cognitively, and emotionally) Confident and able to make their own decisions Adaptable and open to new ideas Knowledgeable about their own … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 1

Everyday Advocacy

My last blog post focused on the “doom and gloom” of the impending dismantling of the National Endowment for the Arts. But I am not a doom and gloom person. I refuse to be. I believe in optimism, in faith, and in the power of community to overcome. So in this post, I offer some … More Everyday Advocacy