Jan 28, 2016

looking ahead

Oh, I've done it again, friends... MIA, and completely wrapped up in the hype of the daily grind. Life bolted forward at an incredible rate as soon as we returned home from vacation, not even stopping to allow a breath. School, writing, wedding planning, quizzes, rehearsals upon rehearsals... *breathes heavily* It's almost February and the spring show is underway. Three weekends and twelve shows of Sleeping Beauty, an entire novel to write, and graduation stands between me and the end of the semester. 

A.K.A., "adulthood..."

That's not terrifying. No, not scary at all... I will be dancing Aurora in five shows, Fairy of the Golden Vine in six, and the Sapphire Fairy in three with a single-show-break. It's doable, guys. I've got this... 


I will also be doing a gargantuan #throwbackthursday to yesteryear when I first learned to partner with an old friend. Nathaniel Dombek is taking a moment from his life in the big city to return to his roots as a ballet dancer in southern Maine. This will be the first time we've worked together in years.

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It's always nice to catch up with old friends. To see how far we both have come and where our lives have landed is nothing short of fascinating.

In other news, we have completed our run of the tenth annual Tap Tap Jazz. Smiles and sequins adorned the halls of the Maine State Ballet theater this past weekend. The shows (which were sold to the rafters) went splendidly and were a blast, as always. However, I'm very excited to shift gears and dive further into the core of Sleeping Beauty.

photo courtesy of Maine State Ballet

I began this post this morning and the day started out promisingly and all around regularly. As the hours have progressed, I'm afraid the gray chill outside has become representation of the turn of events. Do you ever just have one of those days? The days that practically push you to your knees and make you wonder what happened or, "why, just why?" It's been one of those days. 

I'm sorry I can't end these words on a happier note. But if this is, in fact, an online diary of sorts, it's all I have to offer.

Jan 22, 2016

and the winner is...

You commented, you followed, you liked, and now I am so pleased to announce the winner of our giveaway -- the lucky recipient of the soon-to-be-released novel, Girl Through Glass.

Drum roll, please!

The winner is...

Erika Raelyn Covarrubias - @BearikaBallerina

Congratulations, Erika! You have forty-eight hours to redeem your prize by getting in touch via email.

Thank you all so much for another successful giveaway! Check back in soon, lots going on as Maine State Ballet gears up for our spring production of Sleeping Beauty.

Jan 18, 2016

comings and closings

Hello, all!

I am home from Florida slightly tanner (if that's possible for a New England snowflake like myself) and slightly lighter. Sometimes wanderlust is a weight on our conscious and the only remedy is a deep and wholehearted submergence into something different, new, and truly magical. I've been cured!

With my return sadly comes the closing of our giveaway. So hopefully all that wished to enter got to it! I'm very excited to find out which reader will be dedicating 12 hours of their life to reading this novel (because that's how quickly you'll want to devour it). Thank you all for tagging, liking, and following your little hearts out! 

The winner will be announced on Friday so check back in to see if you're the lucky reader!

I'm hoping those of you that are new to A Dancer's Days will stick around with me and share in my journey in this online diary of sorts.

I really would like to talk about resolutions and I'm very curious to hear what some of yours are! Whether they be dance related or reflections of lifestyle, new ideas for improvement are always welcomed and encouraged. Comment below to share!

In the mean time, I'm back to the reality of teaching, dancing, and my final semester of college (Ah!) which demands of me to write a story novel in a single term and submit it for publication... How it's all going to happen, I don't know but here's hoping it does and that 2016 brings with it new experiences, lessons, and adventures.

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Ps: I can finally say, "I'm getting married next year!" and I'm loving it! 

Until, Friday, dancers!

Jan 11, 2016

{giveaway} girl through glass


Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? A Dancer's Days is hosting another giveaway!

Over Christmas vacation I read a novel. Now, firstly I must remind you that I am a senior writing and publishing major. I love words and I love books, but as I've studied the literary arts I have become a harsher critic with each passing semester. I seek out aspects that could use improvement and become blatantly bored when a section of a story disinterests me. It's a terrible practice, I know. One that often robs me of the joy of reading. It's not unlike me to put down a book midway and never pick it up again.

Then I picked up Sari Wilson's Girl Through Glass. It is a coming of age story about a young girl living in the "cutthroat world of New York City ballet--a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence."

*Read on for the full description*

I received a promotional copy in the mail and cracked it open immediately. I tore through the pages and devoured the words, reading it in a two-day span. Marking my favorite passages as I went, I now have a "personalized" copy to say the least.  As a dancer for an artistic director that worked closely with Balanchine, it's fascinating to hear tales of the times and be transported back to the classroom, standing there with the legendary Mr. B. Hearing stories from my own artistic director certainly sparks interest and my curiosity has been satisfied with this well-constructed and beautifully written work of fiction. As I mentioned before, when two of my favorite things (books and ballet) come together... It's all sorts of magical and this is no exception.

The novel releases January 26th and now you have the chance to win a free copy before it even drops!

How to enter:

1: Tag 2 friends beneath the comments section on Instagram

2: "Like" A Dancer's Days and author Sari Wilson on Facebook

*Bonus points to those who leave a comment below this post!*

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The contest is officially open! There will be a one week entry period, concluding next Monday at 8:00am. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 22nd, so be sure to check in!

I am so thrilled to be hosting this giveaway. A huge thank you to Stephanie Cooper for reaching out to me and donating and to Sari Wilson for her enthralling masterpiece that saved me from my book slump. Girl Through Glass is a wonderful addition to the world of ballet media.

Good Luck!

Jan 8, 2016

flying south

I'll be making like a bird and flying down to Florida for the week! Posts to follow the trip after but be sure to check in on Monday for a special announcement

Follow @rhiannonkpelletier on Instagram for updates and adventures.

Hoping everyone is having a wondrous start to 2016 and I will talk to you soon!

Jan 3, 2016

hello 2016

Maine has encountered its first snowstorm of the season. I can't help but enjoy snow days that boast family dinners, teacups, and Scrabble tournaments. We missed out on a white Christmas but I'll settle for a wintry white New Year.

As the weather turns up here, I and my family are preparing for a Floridian retreat to the happiest place on Earth. We've been looking forward to this for months and now it's only 8 days to departure! I remember when we first scheduled the trip back in the summer and my little brother moaned "It's so far away!". I took a moment to tell him and myself that it would be here before we knew it. Life goes by quicker and quicker each year and boy was I right for once. I'm in astonishment how quickly time flies. Does it ever just baffle you?

because what's a Maine-ah without their Bean boots?

I and a few loved ones reigned in the new year with a galactic bowling adventure. I don't care if we're all adults now, bowling, black lights, and laser tag? I'm there.

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Visits from lifelong friends, flipping through bridal magazines, and homemade brunches enjoyed by all this Sunday. So all in all, life is just wonderful. I'll be back to work on Monday with new warm-ups in hand, also gearing up for our January performance of Tap Tap Jazz which will take place a week after we return from Florida. So in between studying footage from performances past to get tap steps into my head, I've been crafting a few new jazz warm-up routines to kick off the new year. With the help of Panic! At The Disco and their song "LA Devotee," I cannot wait to get to it.

Wishing everyone a happy new year!