Enjoy the Ride

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“Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump or you can throw your hands up in the air and enjoy it.”

~Unknown

After a hectic road to get here, I am so pleased with how the performance turned out last night. I choreographed two separate dances within an incredibly short time span, and they both turned out so much better than I had ever imagined. I was faced with many challenges and issues that caused me to completely rework my initial vision, but I quickly recovered and my dancers pulled off an exceptional performance. I danced a few ballet variations and contemporary group pieces as well, and I am content with them. Of course, they were definitely not perfect, but it made me absolutely elated to have been approached by audience members after the show. It makes me so glad to know that they enjoyed witnessing my contribution to this beautiful art. I always remember how fortunate I am to dance under those lights, and I thank The Lord for giving me the opportunity and ability to do what I do.

Dance.

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The Greatest Showman

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Phenomenal… Outstanding… Touching…

My new favorite movie.

I had been wanting to see this for awhile, so I was so excited when my friend invited me to go see this with her a few days ago. The Greatest Showman was very well done, and I think it is one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. Aside from the film, the soundtrack is amazing, and the songs have such great meaning. I will definitely be watching this again, and I highly encourage you to experience this yourself!

Have you seen this already? What are YOUR thoughts?

 

Swan Lake… Flying Fast

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It is absolutely crazy to look at the calendar and be able to say,

Swan lake will be onstage exactly two weeks from today…

Time has managed to escape so quickly, and we are racing the clock to finish all of our choreography before our upcoming performances. With all of the snow and ice taking away precious days of work, we have officially reached crunch time. It is going to be a chaotic next two weeks…

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”. 😉

Studio Scoop

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Are you ready for the latest update on Snow Queen??

After a full day of rehearsals yesterday, we are officially 98% completed with the entire ballet. Knowing that we will be in the theater in less than two weeks is quite nerve wracking, so we are all taking advantage of every rehearsal that we can get (there aren’t many left!)

Most ordinary people don’t realize how many hours of hard work goes into a performance, and they don’t know how much sweat we wear to give them that magical experience. Every step… every breath… every lift… every pair of pointe shoes… Despite of it all, it is an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I enjoy every moment that I have to dance this incredible art form, because it doesn’t last forever. Even though our bodies eventually stop loving ballet, the love in our hearts lasts a lifetime…

*My friend took this photo during yesterday’s rehearsals.

Snow Queen Casting!!!!!

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I am extremely humbled to share that I have received a principal role in this year’s Christmas production… I will be portraying a girl who looses her brother to the almighty Snow Queen and goes on a frozen adventure to return him home. I Am Gerda. This will be my very first main role in a ballet, so I am incredibly honored to have been trusted with this responsibility.

*This weekend, you will find me in front of the television watching the movie and getting a better understanding of the plot… I know that the ballet may change a bit, but at least I will have the general idea. To be completely honest with you, I have never heard of the Snow Queen until now, so I think that it will be helpful to have at least SOME background knowledge (whether it is 100% accurate or not). Aside from that, I think that it is going to be neat to see how the movie and ballet will differ… Have a great weekend!