The #Monthly Message: Find a Rhythm That Enhances Your Life, Not a Routine That Stifles It

As dancers, we tend to love routines. Plie, tendu, degagge. Warm-up, progressions, combo. Pre-show rituals. Post-performance commemorations – mine was always a cheeseburger and Coke! Routines are necessary to our dance training and can make performances special. But in our daily lives, routines can easily become stifling. With my son rapidly approaching his first birthday, I … More The #Monthly Message: Find a Rhythm That Enhances Your Life, Not a Routine That Stifles It

The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

My son went through terrible sleeping stage recently. He’s never been a good sleeper, but  it at least felt like we were making progress for a while. Then, at 8.5 months, WHAM! We were back to 4+ night wakings, fighting bedtime, erratic naps, the whole deal. I know sleep regressions happen, but this one was … More The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

The #MondayMessage: It’s All About the Small Changes

You might need to bear with me for this week’s #MondayMessage. It’s a little bit out there: You see, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. Life seems to be coming at me at 1000%, and while I’m grateful for all of the opportunities, I’ve been feeling like I’m always in overdrive. When that feeling takes … More The #MondayMessage: It’s All About the Small Changes

Summering and Simmering: 10 Rules for Creativity, inspired by the sea

My favorite times are the ones spent by the sea. Beach life is full of simple sweet pleasures: early morning walks by the ocean, jersey peaches fresh from the farmer’s market, big belly laughs over board games and terrible jokes, and luxuriating in the salt air on the porch at night. I have known since … More Summering and Simmering: 10 Rules for Creativity, inspired by the sea

Cruelty Is Actually Not Needed: My Humble Rebuttal to “A Letter From Your Dance Teacher”

Okay, I have to chime in on this letter that many of my dance teacher friends seem to think is so fantastic. I think there is a lot of truth to it, I really do. Yes, today’s students are empowered (and entitled) like no generation before. Yes, many are coddled by parents, coaches, and teachers. Yes, … More Cruelty Is Actually Not Needed: My Humble Rebuttal to “A Letter From Your Dance Teacher”