July 3, 2018

What is dance and how do we define it? Thesis before have attempted 

Dance is the use of self-objectification to produce art. We objectify ourselves to craft a product, or living idea that has emotional value. Since the choreographic process begins as an internally...

February 28, 2016

Right now, most dancers in my department can be found scurrying about with applications and scholarships for summer intensive programs. From the day we enter, we’re reminded that connections are everything. Someone once told me that Robert Battle was stalked by a dance...

February 7, 2016

Pictured above: The Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble in Amman, Jordan with the Bedouin people of Wadi Rum 

Back home, my old dance company would take Wah Lum Kung Fu over the summer to supplement a Kung Fu/Modern dance fusion piece we had in our repertoire. I reminis...

January 31, 2016

You’re going across the floor in ballet with a Grand Allegro. The teacher stops to explain the combination and makes a variation for the men and women. She tells the men to go last and adds a fabulously daring tour for their finale. The women are instructed to do a sim...

December 27, 2015

Well, it’s almost the start of a New Year. Now is the ideal time for change and a fresh start. So here goes another list of hopeful resolutions I’ll half-heartedly attempt in the new year (or at least the first week and a half of January.)

1. Look Presentable
Countless...

December 22, 2015

Let me begin by saying that I published this a bit early in the week to respect the good tidings and cheer that I might otherwise ruin with another feminist rant. So in the name of Scrooge and the Grinch himself, I’d like to address the renowned Rockettes and they’re C...

December 13, 2015

I was four years old and my mom dressed me in my Christmas sweater and sparkly red shoes so we could walk across the street to see my sisters’ debut in The Nutcracker on Ice.

During the first act, my sister Anna created the first mishap of the show. She was a mouse but...

December 6, 2015

Just young dancers engaged in their craft as always 

Over Thanksgiving Break, I people watched amidst the 80+ dark haired, Lebanese people cooking faux-American food with slips of pita bread and feta cheese subtly placed into every dish. I was enjoying our rendition of...

November 27, 2015

 Pictured are true friends in our natural habitat (nursing old injuries we previously failed to acknowledge) 

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d give a Hallmark worthy shout-out for some of the reasons I’m thankful to have dance in my life.

1. Artistic Amn...

November 15, 2015

When people think of dance, their minds frequently revert to the classic “bun head image.” Whenever I see a prima ballerina with her hair gelled to perfection I have flashbacks of a six-year-old mini-me being screamed at for my untamed “wispies.”

I liked the wispies tho...

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