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
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!
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 Dance?
This weekend, I had two separate casual conversations with friends that ultimately dealt with the idea of body image, and they got me thinking. Like many dancers, I have long had a complicated relationship with my own body. At present, I have mostly come to terms with it, but at times I feel as … More On SuperWomen and Body Image
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
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”