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New York, New York

Posted by on 05.10.2016

New York, New York

As I sit at my computer, another season of ballet has come and gone and I can hardly believe it.  Next year will be my 10th as a professional dancer: my 10th with Miami City Ballet.  As I look back over the year I see struggles, especially with injuries, but mostly I see triumphs, specifically those from our Spring Tour. Going on tour has always been exciting for our company.  Because we are separated geographically from the rest of the ballet world in this country, touring allows us to reach out to a whole new group of audience members.  This year we got to again visit the most educated (and picky) dance fans in America, New Yorkers.  Last time we visited the Big...

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A New Year for New and Improved Technique 

Posted by on 01.19.2016

A New Year for New and Improved Technique 

It’s January. A new year. A time for new beginnings. A time to commit to new resolutions. We are a few weeks into 2016.  How are your resolutions going? More importantly, how are your ballet resolutions coming along? If you have already given up on these resolutions, here is a reminder not to. Setting ballet goals for your year is very important. Unlike a resolution to hit the gym more often, you already know that you will be in the ballet studio on a regular basis during the year, so why not give yourself a few things to focus on that will benefit your technique? First, don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Creating a manageable list of items to focus...

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The Injured Dancer: The Benefits of Yoga

Posted by on 07.26.2015

The Injured Dancer: The Benefits of Yoga

Over the course of my injury journey my motto towards healing has been: “I will try anything.” A few weeks ago, when I had some down time from teaching, I decided that I wanted to take a yoga class. When you are injured it is easy to give all of your time and energy to one part of your body, while neglecting the rest. And the rest of my body was working tirelessly to compensate for my injury as I started back to dancing again. So it felt right to treat myself. I have taken yoga many times before, but only practiced regularly when I was in high school. I think this is partly because I have never really been able to find a studio/teacher that made me feel like it was...

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The Bald Ballerina Uses #TheTurningChallenge to Raise Awareness for Metastic Breast Cancer, and you can help!

Posted by on 07.23.2015

The Bald Ballerina Uses #TheTurningChallenge to Raise Awareness for Metastic Breast Cancer, and you can help!

Last summer we met Maggie Kudirka, also known as Social Media’s, Bald Ballerina.  Maggie is a 23 year old ballet dancer, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer a year ago.  If you have not seen her Facebook page, or don’t yet follow her on Instagram/Twitter (@BaldBallerina), you really should.  Once diagnosed she quickly decided to turn her journey into something to help others by raising awareness “that anyone can get breast cancer, even a healthy and fit ballet dancer.”  I first connected with Maggie last year, and through this interview I had the opportunity to catch up with...

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Social Media Reacts to Misty Copeland’s Promotion To Principal at ABT

Posted by on 07.01.2015

Social Media Reacts to Misty Copeland’s Promotion To Principal at ABT

As you probably already know, yesterday American Ballet Theatre announced promotions for their upcoming season and with it came news that Misty Copeland will be ABT’s first African American Principal Dancer.  (Congrats Misty!) Normally news of promotions is huge in the ballet community, but this promotion was different.  Social Media was a buzz yesterday.  Have a look at the news by the numbers: __________________________________________ On June 30th, 2015, “Misty Copeland” was tweeted about over 25,000 times and the term ballet was found in over 27,000 tweets.  (Data courtesy of topsy.com.) In terms of Social Media, it’s not just the...

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Incorporating History into Dance Education

Posted by on 06.25.2015

Incorporating History into Dance Education

One of the great things about summer layoff, is that I have the wonderful opportunity to teach and coach the next generation of dancers.  Yesterday I sat down with my students and asked them if they had done the homework I had assigned to them on Monday.  A few hands shot up in the air with excitement.  “OK,” I told them, “Let’s talk about George Balanchine.” We started with his birth in 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia and his death in New York in 1983 at age 79.  I asked them why they thought I had them research George Balanchine. That elicited some quick responses: “Because you want us to understand his style,” and “You wanted us to look up...

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