Nutcracker Casting 2018!

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A few days ago, the casting for this year’s production of The Nutcracker was released. My friends and I had been discussing the possibilities for weeks now, and we had all been anxiously waiting to find out if our predictions were accurate.. I have been cast as a maid, the snow queen, and marzipan. I had never imagined that I would have been selected for these roles, and I am incredibly thankful.

The enchanted forest of snow has always been one of my favorite scenes out of the entire ballet, and I am absolutely honored to have been cast as the queen. I had always hoped that I would perform marzipan someday, but I never expected it to be so soon…

My very first rehearsal is Tuesday. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Grande Finale

This weekend, we took our final bow for the 2017-18 season, and it was a very bittersweet moment… This season was filled with so many incredible opportunities that I never imagined I would ever receive, and it is crazy to think that it is already over.

Heartwarming memories from my very first principal role from Snow Queen overwhelmed me…

The 4 Little Swan choreography from Swan Lake washed over me…

Flashbacks from Canary Fairy in Sleeping Beauty made my feet start fluttering…

I remembered how proud I was to see my very own choreography about HOUR LIVES take that stage…

I recalled wearing the bubbly head pieces from a mixed rep show…

Dancing as a poppy in the Wizard of Oz was an experience that I will never forget…

Thank you to all of my followers and supporters who have been there for me through it all! It was a great year. 🙂

God’s Message

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“She believed she could so she did”

~Unknown

Today, I wanted to take a second and reflect back to exactly ONE week before Snow Queen. I will never forget this day, because I think God was sending me a message of encouragement 7 DAYS before my big moment…

Long story short, it was the first Friday of November, and I was spending some time with my best friend. We decided to enjoy the weather (while it was still warm) and went shopping at an outdoor mall for awhile. Believe it or not, every single store that we visited had an item with this quote that caught my eye. Shirts. Coffee mugs. Poster Boards. Notebooks. This quote was everywhere… At first, I didn’t think much about it! I remember thinking, ‘this must be a popular quote the season’, but I soon began to think that maybe God was trying to tell me something. What could it be? My friend was the one who reminded me that Snow Queen was exactly one week away, and that was when I finally understood the message that was being sent! God wanted me to see this so that I would believe in myself. He wanted me to know that He was going to be there with me the whole time. He wanted to me to have the confidence to shine under those lights, and He wanted me to know that I was not alone. I kept this quote with me, and I started believing it. It was no surprise that when my big weekend arrived, this quote proved to be true!

*God communicates to people in many ways, and I think that this was His way of speaking to ME that night… Some people might argue that it was just coincidental, and they might be right! However, I find it to be quite odd that EVERY STORE that we visited had that quote on an item somewhere that just happened to catch my eye <hidden or not, it always ended up in front of me>…In the end, you can make your own conclusion, but I have enough faith to understand that this was more than just a coincidence. This was exactly what I needed to to make it through that weekend.

As a result, I have no shame to tell you that

I will never forget the night that I received God’s Message.

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.

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. 🙂 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…