Monthly archive March, 2012

So many shows….and only 1 ticket to GIVEAWAY!

Beginning tomorrow, I am going 3 for 3, combining my evenings with dance shows around NYC. Thursday night: Paul Taylor at Lincoln Center Aureole | Troilus and Cressida (reduced) | Beloved Renegade | Promethean Fire   Friday night:  Sidra Bell’s ReVUE at Baruch Performing Arts Center     Saturday night: New Chamber Ballet at City...

By Annie Dillard in “The Writing Life”

When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You...

The Possibilities of Dance Engaging Science

I have been fortunate enough in the past year to meet with an eclectic group of academics with each a vested interest in dance. The Forsythe Company has given rise to a four-year project called Motion Bank, which serves as a broad context for researching choreographic practice and creating a platform for digital scoring of...

Documenting Traci Gilchrest

Putting Traci Gilchrest into words isn’t easy. It doesn’t seem to be enough to say she is friendly and a great dancer.  At times she is extremely confident, but she can also be surprisingly shy. Editing her interviews will take the least amount of finessing because when she says something she is precise and succinct....

Einstein

In the fall, I delved into the concepts of collaboration, human interactions, and technology’s role in society as I used Dd as the platform for my LEAP senior project. This Albert Einstein quote came across my plate – well my smartphone – via my favorite early Sunday morning readings Maria Popova’s Brainpickings. I wish I...

For All of You Multi-Taskers Out There

I can’t exactly point fingers and say, “Hey you!,” unless I’m pointing a finger at myself. I’m as guilty as the next ‘texting while walking, while eating lunch, while sending out e-mails, while checking off my to do list’ person. However, I read this recent article titled “The Magic of Doing One Thing at a...

Sidra Bell’s STELLA (we have a ticket for you!)

In the world of Sidra Bell Dance New York and their new production of STELLA, fantasy often morphs into the grotesque and the grostesque breeds fantasy. The androgenous dancers spew a highly kinetic and gestural movement language, with their capable bodies and at times overtly cirque-like prowess,  at warp speed to a beat I hoped...

welcome back jesus!

Apparently Jesus used to live here. He used to live here, in our apartment, on Westside Costa Mesa. We know because we received a promotional coupon to the local Ford dealership saying “Welcome back Jesus!” The flip side was addressed to one Jesus Robles, apartment F. Living in suburbia, as I do, there are very...

Musical Inspiration: Goyte

Lately, I’ve been obsessed (and I really mean obsessed) with Belgium born, Aussie raised singer-songwriter Goyte (pronounced “gore-ti-yeah”). His single “Somebody I Used to Know” is my subway jam, my writing jam, my dancing around my room jam, really it’s my anytime/any place jam these days. Then, I checked out his music video and thought,...

And the Winner of the Ideology Giveaway is…

Wait for it, wait for it…. The winner of the Macy’s dancewear line Ideology giveaway is: VANESSA! Vanessa please email me [sugrplums@gmail.com] so I can tell you the next steps to take to claim your prize. And to everyone else that entered, thank you so so much for participating! Hopefully we can continue to have...

Dd Entrepreneur School: Lesson #2

How to be comfortable admitting you have no clue what you’re doing! When Aaron and I first decided to contract out the manufacturing of our Barres (for various reasons, such as restricted space in our tiny galley kitchen, total lack of time, and cost-effectiveness, to name a few) we made some calls to local nutrition...

Modern Day Philosophers

For the next several months, I’ll have my nose wedged into the “great literary works of all time.” Ha, it’s sounds rather heady and highbrow, but it’s for my LEAP class Critical Perspectives I. At first, I moaned and groaned about reading the works of Plato, deciphering through Gilgamesh, taking the time and patience to...

Retreat

I am teaching Pilates on the BodyTonic Pilates and OM Yoga Retreat in Tulum. I can’t believe it is almost the end of the week. It has been so nice to be here with my mom and a great and diverse group of yogis and Pilates enthusiasts. Amazing food, best sleep of my life (to...

Columbia University SURVEY–Help a friend out

A friend of mine passed this survey, for current or retired professional ballet dancers, on to me. Someone at Columbia University wants to better understand the lives and issues of professional ballet dancers, so let’s help them out! Click here to take the Survey.

Ideology Dancewear Giveaway!

HI friends!  I am so excited to announce that the good people at Macy’s are having a super cool contest in honor of the launch of their new dance line, Ideology. Cheryl Burke, of Dancing With the Stars fame, is the face of the brand but this gorgeous line of active wear is perfect for...