Blog Posts

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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Beauty from Pain

Remember your very first pointe class? How perfect the pointe shoes looked...how excited you were to finally get to stand on your toes? how relieved you were to be done sewing ribbons on the shoes... I chose to forget just how painful that first class was. It was...

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How’d we get here, Skeetch?

I feel like I've told everyone a million times how I started off in ballet at age 9. My mom knew I would be tall and wanted me to stand up straight and not embarrassed by my height, and she knew that the best way to do that was through dance. What she didn't know,...

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Life with dancers

My kids like the camera. And the camera really likes them. They're big fans of my Always A Dancer pictures, and they always ask why I don't include them in the shoots. I'm trying to explain that they need to get stronger so they can pose better, but they pout and tell...

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Dance Mom

This is a normal scene in my house: kids in their dance clothes, frantically trying to finish dinner so we can get out the door for their classes. Dance mom. I never imagined taking on that role. Though, it really shouldn't be a surprise. Dance was such a huge part of...

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