We are switching gears at the studio as we begin to prepare for our February production if Alice in Wonderland. The Nutcracker, snow, and peppermint offerings have been replaced by a giant Cheshire cat, mushrooms, and small cups of tea… Right after the busy weekend in the theater, casting was released, and we started to learn the first few dances of this ballet. I am looking forward to performing as Alice’s sister, maid, and deck of cards lead. I am so proud of my friend who was cast as Alice, and I cannot wait to watch her shine on that stage. It is going to be a great show, and I am excited to watch this magnificent story unfold.
“She believed she could so she did”
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.
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.
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…
I could not help but to share this… The Piano Guys truly gave this song life and magic; I loved every second of it.
*It IS possible to tell a story without saying a single word…
I hope that you enjoy this beautiful, Friday Find as much as I did! 🙂
Yesterday, I took a trip down memory lane and visited all of the beautiful memories that this year has blessed my family with.
“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!”
~Joseph B. Wirthlin
I am so thankful to have such incredible parents, who have given me such wonderful opportunities this year. I love them both more than words could ever express…
I took a trip down memory lane…
The floor is the canvas, and my feet are the paint
Creating an artwork that opens the gate
for a million stories that simply await.
We are almost finished with WEEK 3 of the intensive! I am shocked at how fast these past few weeks have gone, and I am so thankful to have learned as much as I have within this short amount of time. It is going to be great to go home soon and see my parents again, but it’s going to be hard to part with these INCREDIBLE instructors. They are so hands on and focus on a lot of important technical aspects that are so important. I am going to soak up as much as I possibly can as I go into this last week. 🙂 Happy Dancing!