Blog Posts

Tooting Your Own Horn

For some people, it's as natural as breathing to talk about their passion. It seamlessly fits into every conversation and they become known for the thing they do. For the rest of us, though, it feels like we automatically become a used car salesman if we...

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Hurdles

I have a draft of a blog post, all about how I've decided to push myself to a new and scary goal: to get to a full split. I intended to hold onto it until I got to the full split, at which point it would be a huge celebratory post about how you can achieve...

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Simple Beginnings

I bought my daughter a tutu when she was 1 1/2 because all toddler girls should own a tutu. She adored it. She wore it all the time. Then when she was 2 1/2, she got a leotard, skirt, and ballet slippers for Christmas. She adored those, too. So when she was 3, we put...

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Making a New Start

It's summer. Most of us are taking a breather from the chaos of dance schedules, though summer intensives and master classes keep us fresh. It's also a time when we may be preparing for a new experience in the coming year. Whether you've just moved to a new town (or...

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Grace

As dancers, we know the importance of grace. Even in a "grounded" dance form like tap or hip-hop, there's still an element of grace. I'm coming from a ballet background and it's all about grace (and strength and control), but I love that it permeates all styles of...

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Turning the Camera Around

Self-portraits are tough. Trying to get the focus just right when I'm in front of the camera is a problem I have every time I try to pull it off. But in spite of that, now that I'm back in pointe class, I really wanted to get an opportunity to get in front of the...

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Hanging up your dance shoes

It's the end of the school year. It's time for recitals. Not only is it a celebration of all we've learned in the past year, it's also a time to re-evaluate. My kids are talking about what classes they want to take next year, trying to decide which ones they want to...

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Disney Dancing

We all know Disney has its own kind of magic. But as I started looking through the eyes of a dance photographer, I realized it's a goldmine for dancing! There are three ways to experience dance at the parks: Dancing in shows, Dance-like movement, and guest...

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A Dancer’s Bucket List

Dancers, you eat sleep, and breathe dancing. You've likely started coming up with a list of things you'd like to accomplish in your dance career. How many of these things are on your list already? 1. Attend a breaking jam. (I don't know if it's because I'm in FL and...

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Dancers who Overcame

This morning, a friend shared a link on my wall about a ballerina (Alessandra Ferri) who's still going strong in her 50s. Not only did it encourage me, who feels like I'm doing something pretty "out there" by starting back into pointe on my 40th birthday a couple...

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I know

The feeling of worry when you get hurt and wonder if taking time off of dance would speed up the healing, but you know you'd rather push through the pain and not risk losing your momentum. I've been there. In fact, I'm just coming out of that time. The tension of an...

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