We dance

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“We dance for laughter,

we dance for tears,

we dance for madness,

we dance for fears,

we dance for hopes,

we dance for screams,

we are the dancers,

we create the dreams.”

~Anon

Work in Progress

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Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, a new contemporary work by a guest choreographer, as well as trying to recall our modern piece from the previous season (originally set for the college project) has definitely kept us incredibly busy this past week! Now that our long Christmas break is approaching, we are rehearsing long hours to try and put our shows together on time. We will be back onstage very shortly after we return!

*Speaking of Sleeping Beauty, I don’t think that I have revealed the casting yet. I am very pleased to announce that a very good friend of mine will be dancing as Aurora in this magical February production! I am so excited to watch her perform this role and shine her talent under that spotlight. I received the Canary Fairy, peasant corps de ballet, and waltz corps de ballet. There is so much to do, but I am super excited to see this ballet come together. I think that it is going to be a great show!

As of right now, I think I am going to sit back and enjoy this weekend… Where is my hot chocolate and fuzzy blanket? ๐Ÿ™‚ The countdown to Christmas has finally begun.

23 Days

Road TWO Thanksgiving

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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just TWO days away!

I am so thankful to spend all of this free time with my family and visit my grandparents for the week. It is so nice to step away from the everyday craziness and finally get rid of the sleep deprivation that had been haunting me for months. After three hours on the road, Thanksgiving is only TWO days away

We are on the road TWO thanksgiving, are you ready?

Snow Queen

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The feeling you get when everyone is watching you is unbelievable…

The feeling you get when you guide the audience through your adventure on an icy tale is indescribable.

The feeling you get when you take a bow as the principle dancer is absolutely incredible,

but the feeling you get when that curtain goes down for the very last time is beyond words.

I don’t even have words that come close to expressing how awesome it felt to dance Gerda. Ever since I was a little girl, it was my dream to land a leading role in a ballet, but I never thought that this dream would come true when it did. Through it all, my friends are the real reason that I was able to pull off a great weekend. From the second the cast list came out to my final bow, they were all there cheering me on… They gave me the strength and confidence that I never thought I had. This experience was better than I had ever imagined, and I will never forget Snow Queen 2017.

ARRIVED!

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The weekend, that I have been anxiously waiting for, has finally arrived. It is going to be an incredibly busy next few days!

Tonight, we are performing one 8pm show on top of a 5pm dress rehearsal… Tomorrow, we will have three shows on top of ANOTHER dress rehearsal… At times like these, I am so thankful to be double casted! My friend and I switch back and forth between Gerda and corps de ballet roles. I love having the opportunity to portray so many unique characters in a single weekend (sweet & shy, icy & evil, graceful & comforting, etc.)!

Wish me luck everyone!!

*Tiger Balm, Heating Pad, Band Aides, and Ice.

Hopefully, our production of Snow Queen will turn out “nice”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Positive Reflection

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Believe it or not, someone had something positive to say to me every day this week. From Monday afternoon straight through Friday, my entire week was lit up with positivity.ย  I could not be more thankful for the supportive environment that surrounds me each and everyday, and I am so blessed to have the ability to dance with such a beautiful community of dancers; I can’t wait to see how far they will go.

You all are amazing. Thank you for giving me such an great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Days

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TODAY…. I have 30 days until my premier of Snow Queen.

Mentally, I am ready to step onto that stage right now to feel the lights make my heart glow, unleashing everlasting rays of happiness and joy that sends the audience up out of their seats. I hope to give the audience the Christmas experience that they came for and become a memorable part of their Christmas celebration. ๐Ÿ™‚ Physically, however, my brain is overflowing with steps and my muscles are slowly transforming into noodle-like material, replacing the instrumental quality that use to guide my dancing. Despite of all of the rehearsal time, we still have tons of dances that need to be finished/started! It is 30 days away, and the countdown has begun. 30 days… Just 30 days…

Hurricane Irma

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“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase, and strengthen you…”

~Joel Osteen

When we are faced with bad situations, we often find ourselves questioning, “how could GOD ever allow this to happen?” We become angry at the Lord, as we look around at the stormy skies surrounding us. The fact is, we will never completely understand GOD’s plan for our lives, but we must remember that everything happens for a reason. Hurricane Irma may brought structural damage, but it has also washed ashore a whole new reminder that we are a team. So many people from multiple countries have come together to protect/ assist each other with this storm. Don’t ever forget that there is a very good reason for this, even if it is unclear at the moment. Be positive and safe as we continue to recover from this disaster.

“When you go through deep waters. I will be with you.”

~Isaiah 43:2

Once More…

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Recently, I have submitted a poem to the National Student Poetry Contest.ย  The chances of me winning are extremely low, but I decided to participate for my joy of writing. I will be sharing my poem with everyone soon, along with a post about my past that I finally have the strength to tell. This will all be up shortly after this weekend…

This Friday, I will be performing the Night of Variations Showcase. Then, I will be dancing in the Beauty and the Beast production this weekend. We are returning to the theater, once more. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Photo by Sophia D.