Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dance Alabama 2012

Student choreography from students in the University of Alabama dance program (my first alma mater!),

There aren’t that many art programs in the South where I’m from, and those that are around don’t include, which is a shame. Many people don’t realize the full benefits of dance. I’m proud to say my original alma mater (the University of Alabama) actually has one of the better programs in the South. My current school, UAH, not so much.

Dance Pundit

Dance has many benefits. Of course there are the physical benefits such as increasing flexibility and improving your posture, however did you know that it can improve your cognitive acuity and can be used as a means of therapy? Truth. Last year, one of my friends and I wrote a research proposal on using dance movement therapy as a tool to decrease prejudice in small children. Oh the power of dance!

Pole Dancing Man

Yet all of this being known, dance programs and other performing arts are seriously underappreciated and many times are the first to be cut when there is a budget crisis in schools. Unless attend a performing arts school like Julliard or NYU’s Tish, or your school has a rigorous dance major, chances are that dance or the performing arts in general do not get enough TLC.

I am very grateful that although my alma mater Colgate University did not have an official dance program, we…

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Just a fun piece posted by a friend on Facebook

Yes, I’ve been cast in Billy the Kid!

Perhaps the Lord of the Dance knew it was my birthday (the real Lord, not Michael Flatley). The cast list went up. My name was indeed on it. I will be “a cowboy” in Billy the Kid.

First two rehearsals are Friday and Saturday, and I am psyched. 

It will be my first non-Nutcracker performance with the company in almost two years.

And what made this an even more fun night? I did my best double pirouettes in maybe a couple of years, and on both sides. I did them with more consistency than I believe I’ve ever had.

And I had a feeling I would. I was able to balance well at the barre and kept the focus on my alignment and spotting during the combination that required them.

The last combination we did in class kind of threw me, but that’s OK. I was excited about being cast and my turns were finally there, so that was enough to keep a messy combination from ruining my night.

Happy birthday George Balanchine

His ballet “Who Cares” set to Gershwin. The man is a true genius.

Love this quote. Sums up how I feel when I’m dancing.

Tutus and Tutus

“Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.”

-Melissa Hayden

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Le Corsaire pas de deux

One of my favorite pas de deux’s. Couple of young friends of mine who danced with our company a couple of years ago did the pas, and it totally rocked!