my eyes closed, the familiar strains washed over me: bum. bum, di dum …. my heart fluttered a little bit.  it was a brahms piece, sonata for cello and piano no. 2, specifically – the adagio. my favorite. i had used the selection in my thesis concert, in a solo i called “a recognition”. the sonata … More listening

saying yes

recently, i came across this article by tina fey about her “secret to success”. those who know me well, know how much i adore tina, most especially her iconic character liz lemon on 30 rock (some might even argue that i am the real-life embodiment of lemon – not sure if that is a good thing!). … More saying yes

nutcracker reverie

today i taught my first ever nutcracker workshop, at new chicago dance studio. eight excited students, boys and girls age five to twelve or so, many decked out in tutus and other “fancy” dance gear, spent the afternoon learning the “ballerina doll” and “toy soldier” dances from act 1 of the ballet. at the same … More nutcracker reverie