Monthly archive February, 2012

I Love Adele

Everyone has music that inspires them and really pulls at their heartstrings. Right now for me it’s Adele hands down. I realize I’m not exactly alone in this; Adele seems to be everywhere I turn and you know what? I LOVE it! When I was getting out of my car in a parking garage the...

The Woman Warrior

I am currently enjoying two college writing classes: one in which I am beginning a manuscript of dance-related (sort of–I am taking a long leash on the theme) memoir essays for my senior thesis which I hope in another six months will become a complete book and another in which I will be writing experiential...

Pina

Yesterday was the Academy Awards…Yes, I know this day well.  Having grown up in Los Angeles, with a family working in the film business for generations, film has always played an important role in our household.  And the Academy Awards were always an important event, not only because of our collected love of films, but...

Documenting Melissa Anduiza

  Melissa is a natural. She moves instinctively. Her laugh is contagious. There are people who you become friends with the minute you meet them and Melissa is that kind of person. The moment she walked into the studio I knew she would be great in the documentary because she doesn’t hold anything back. On...

Meet Riley Watts–Dd’s Newest Contributor

I am so very thrilled to introduce our new contributor! Meet Riley: dancer with The Forsythe Company/fellow Walnut Hill alum/Juilliard alum/artist/intellectual/inspiring lover of life/so much more. I know you will enjoy hearing from and sharing with him as much as I do. Read on to find out some fun facts about Riley and stay tuned...

Content, Concepts, and Conveyance: Rebecca Hadley’s Thesis–a guest blog

I was inspired to write my senior thesis for dance on choreographers Ralph Lemon and William Forsythe after reading an article by performance and media choreographer Johannes Birringer (Dance and Not Dance). He discusses his dissatisfaction with certain pieces performed at a 2004 dance festival in Nottingham, England; these pieces involved little dance movement, falling...

The Artist

He told me he had no idea what a sophisticated level of intelligence I had, because well, I’m an artist.  This was said to me by a boss the other day at work after I unveiled my sophisticated intelligence with my knowledge of demographics and geography.  I want to stress that he wasn’t being passive...

To Boulder I Go! Adventures in Grad School Shopping

I’m at a strange point in my life. Since I was a skinny little tween, all I’ve wanted to do was dance. I spent most of my time in the dance studio and would geek out on ballet videos with my fellow bunheads on the weekends. No one could deter me from my lofty ambitions…I...

Documentary Aesthetic

Last week, I wrote that I would introduce the dancers in the documentary this week, but I as I began choosing pictures to include I realized that I hadn’t discussed the aesthetic of the film. I know the dancers are much more interesting, but I hope that you can bear with me. As a filmmaker...

That was then, This is now

  I still look like a ballerina. I’ve come to terms with this and no longer rue the fact, but there was a time when I railed against this identifying marker of my past – it felt so constricting, so haunting – a crushing reminder inducing feelings of failure. The events that led me to...

Map of Broken Glass (Atlantis)

  I went to Dia:Beacon for the first time this past Saturday and I am still thinking about this sculpture by Robert Smithson. The photo does not do it justice, it is really worth a trip out there to see it in person, not to mention all of the other iconic work on display there....

Give Love

As another Valentine’s Day comes to a close and I reflect on all the wonderful people I have in my life, I am reminded of those who have less. So, as you eat the last of your chocolate and your roses begin to wilt away, I ask that you take a moment for something invaluable and...

Meet Kristin Storey: Dd’s Newest Contibutor

I am so excited to introduce another new contributor to Dd: Kristin Storey! Kristin has been a close friend of mine since our days at Milwaukee Ballet. She has always been the little sister I never had and I love her as one of my family. Her quirky spirit and unique nature continually inspire me...

Last Minute Valentine!

I think a lot of people have the wrong idea about Valentine’s day.  In my opinion, it shouldn’t just be about boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives.  I think it’s a good time to spread the love to friends, co-workers, teachers and family.  I mean why not?  I find that giving a little love in all...

Dd Entrepreneur School, Edition 1!

    Greetings Dders! Aaron and I and the Dd team felt—in the true Dd spirit of innovation, education and new possibilities—strongly that we should share with you what we’ve learned while starting our new business, Barre. Over the course of the past year or so, we’ve certainly had so many lessons, some large and...