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

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

2017

I am a sucker for new beginnings. Growing up, every September offered a desperately-welcomed chance to reinvent myself in the eyes of my peers. The start of summer dance intensives marked a time to renew my commitment to the art of ballet and the pursuit of it’s perfection. Seasonal changes continue to offer the chance to … More 2017

2015: The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy

The holidays are, if nothing else, an excellent chance to practice your small talk. At annual get togethers with friends, family, family friends, and the like, the usual opening question goes something like, “So….How’ve you been?” Not a terribly original questions, and not one that is particularly easy to answer casually over cocktails, either. There … More 2015: The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy