Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Dec 25, 2016

merry christmas

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas! Drink eggnog, hug your siblings, thank your parents, and remember that at the end of the day, this is what matters most.

Dec 22, 2016

going nutty

Life is too short, guys. How does it go by so quickly? I'm not really sure where to even begin, it's been so long.

I suppose Nutcracker is always a promising place to start.

Maine State Ballet took a pass on the usual stress of a fall performance this year, and we plunged headfirst into our favorite holiday tradition. This marks my fourteenth Nutcracker, fifth year dancing the role of Dew Drop, eighth year in the Snowflake corps, fourth as Sugar Plum and I am even onto my third cavalier. "They're dropping like flies," I laughed when the fact was pointed out to me. Each partner has brought something unique to the table and Nathaniel is no exception. He is an actor through and through which makes peering at him from across the stage both fun and reassuring. Those quick moments in a pas de deux that you have to connect with your partner and not necessarily see the Nutcracker Prince standing in front of you, but your friend, makes the dancing infinitely easier.

This year I felt stronger than any other, and I think that has to do with the amount of rehearsal time we were given. Maybe skipping out on the fall production wasn't such a bad thing!

... And as usual, Nutcracker left as quickly as it came. Eight shows, three dress rehearsals, and four months of work gone in a blink.

Christmas is practically here and with it comes a welcome break - a sigh in the middle of life's craziness. In January I will be starting a new job working for Maine's own Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, which I am very excited about. I'll touch more on that later. For now, I'll take my time and enjoy wedding planning, ugly sweater parties, early nights of falling asleep on the couch, watching Christmas movies, and spending time with the people I love most. That's what the holidays are for, right?

Thank goodness for Blue Elephant Catering. They make wedding planning too easy.

Jul 16, 2016

thirty day blog challenge {day 4}

day 4: discuss your views on religion

Now, on this blog, I'm not sure this topic would be entirely relevant or if anyone out there would even care to listen to my thoughts on what might make the world go round. So, instead, I'm going to do a little update on what's happening in this silly little life of mine.

Yesterday, Maine State Ballet began their six-week summer intensive training program, for both students and company members. Every day from 9:30-2:30, we undergo vigorous training that not only gets us in shape for the summer ballet, but I believe keeps us strong all the way through the spring. Without this intense period of non-stop dancing, our bodies wouldn't be able to hold up against the performances we do.

We are so blessed to have Leigh-Ann Esty (former Miami City Ballet dancer and is now joining her twin sister, Sara, on tour with An American in Paris) here in Maine to teach for a handful of weeks. Her positivity, humor, and challenging repertoire that she teaches make the long hours of the day go by in a snap. And now we get to learn from her wonderful boyfriend, Andrei Chagas, of Miami City Ballet, too!

So we are done with week one and I am just barely walking... Stiff and sore, but so happy to be back dancing. I'm enjoying every minute.

This week, we learned a variation from Ballo Della Regina. Oh, Balanchine, how you bruise my toes! Check out this video of Megan Fairchild, who I'm pretty sure defied gravity in this variation. Eager to see what's in store for next week.

Jul 9, 2016

thirty day blog challenge {day 3}

3. what are your pet peeves?

Rapid fire, people:

1. Sickled feet

2. Society's version of the "ballet bun"

3. This                   

4. Being stabbed by a hairpin

5. When any of my students say this:

6. When I or others are running late to class

7. ... And this you just get use to!    

What are your pet peeves?