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
For a little while now I’ve been questioning why I do what I do for a living. The doubt is actually a huge part of the reason I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, but not the kind that is easy (or pleasant) to put on paper (or screen). First, … More At times like these, Why?
Lately, this article by Alexandra Villarreal has been circling around the internet, as have many angry responses and annoyed posts bemoaning everything from the author’s ignorance about the dance world, to the fact that HuffPo published it, to the very idea that Dance Moms continues to be a thing. While I think the primary thesis … More We Created Maddie Ziegler
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
A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of attending and presenting at the 2014 National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference, held in Chicago. I spent an amazing few days attending sessions on dance and neuroscience, eurhythmics, Language of Dance, dance archeology, and more. Personal highlights included demonstrating for a ballet class led by … More In the Middle of Something Great: Using Collaborative Dance to Engage Middle School Students
It’s been a while since my last post – 5 months and 4 days, to be exact. When In Defense of the Dance Major went viral back in April of 2014, I was shocked, humbled, and a little overwhelmed. My tiny wordpress.com site was visited by thousands of people internationally, many of whom left kind and … More Dance in the Digital Age (or, Why It Took Me So Long To Write This)
Several months ago, I heard two interesting reports from NPR’s Planet Money team that focused on college majors and jobs – why people decide to pursue particular tracks of studies and the careers they hold as a result As might be expected from a program entitled “Planet Money,” both of the these reports focused heavily … More In Defense of the Dance Major