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
Life with a mobile ten month old and a freelance dance career rarely slows down, but the last few weeks have been exceptionally whirlwind-esque. Just about a month ago, I learned that my grandmother had experienced a sudden illness. Within a few days my son and I were on a plane back home to the … More The #MonthlyMessage: Don’t be afraid of stillness
When I was 16 or 17 and facing one of those teenage crises in which the world seems to be ending but you aren’t quite sure why, my dad gave me the best advice I’ve ever received: Life is a marathon, not a 100 yard dash. This advice has stuck with me, although living by it … More The Monthly Message: Be in it for the marathon
After a little break while I was out of town, we are back with the #MondayMessage! This week’s message was inspired by a moment in a ballet class several weeks ago. I was attempting a rather complicated turn sequence across the floor when my friend/instructor Angelina mentioned that I looked really calm. As I was … More The #MondayMessage: Choose Calm
Every choreographer feels “stuck” now and again. We all go through periods where inspiration fails to come, or when we struggle to find the motivation to even get into the studio. These times can feel devastating, especially for student or novice choreographers. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to always be “on” as … More 15 Choreography Adventures for When You Need A Creative Challenge
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
This week’s Monday message is coming you a day late, and somehow I feel like that is appropriate. “Hold on to your winning moments a little longer” is actually a parenting/life mantra in our house, one which I was repeating to myself a lot yesterday. First, there was the baby who is very likely cutting … More The #MondayMessage: Hold On To Your Wins
On New Year’s Eve 2016, I set a goal of getting back into the studio on a regular basis, and ultimately back on stage. I got to work, taking ballet and modern classes, making connections with local dance companies, and reviving a duet for a performance in March 2017. Little did I know that two … More #TheMondayMessage: Celebrate Your Evolution!