February 14, 2016

I was teaching beginning ballet last summer and I told my dancers to hold their arms so that if they had a partner, they wouldn’t smack them in the face. A small, dramatic dancer waved her arms romantically and asked the girl next to her to be her male partner. One of...

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 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...

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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