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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 and she often brings me to that beautiful place: crying and laughing, laughing and crying.

We are now living on separate coasts, connecting again over feelings that are very similar, though our experiences have been very different, post full-time dance career. I choose to introduce her to you all in this loving, familiar way as she will be blogging for us in a new style (at least for Dd). Kristin will be taking us into her world, weaving back and forth from the past to her real-time transition as she she charts her professional, emotional, and spiritual transition from dancer to non-dancer to student to wife to mother to loving dance and loving life and all the hardship in between. I hope her candid nature will provoke us all to think about these ties that bind us, as dancers but also movers and shakers, and get us into a lively discussion/debate about it all–the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Enjoy her Dd Survey:

1. ART: Performance or visual? What place does art have in your life?

Both! Living is an art form.

2. CRAFT: Knit or Crochet or Other? What is your craftiest project to date?

Crochet, but I want to learn to knit! My craftiest project would have to be the neck-warmer I made for my husband. It is bright blue and dark brown and joins at the collar bone in a sophisticated v-shape. Unfortunately the man runs hot and never wears it!

3. DESIGN: Classical or modern? What designer or architect inspires you the most?

Jesi Haack, of Jesi Haack Design – she takes ordinary people and expresses them in extra-ordinary ways on their most important day. She has worked hard to build her business and delights in her role of wife, friend and mother.

4. FOOD: Salty or sweet? Do you know how to make your favorite dish? (If so, please tell us in a blog!)

All time favorite = Green Curry. I do not make it – that is probably one of the reasons it is my favorite!
Favorite thing I make = Dishpan Cookies from fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com. These are the most indulgent, most amazing cookies ever!

5. THOUGHT: Fiction or Nonfiction? What form does the bulk of your own reading and/or writing take?

Nonfiction, because I am bent on improving myself. (I went through a pretty intense self-help stage.) I’m trying to reconnect with fiction now because it is so good for my soul. The Hunger Games are my current fiction read – very enjoyable!

6. FUN: Where in the world do you want to go or be stranded? What five things would be in your bag?

Ireland (in its warm season) because there are a few pictures from there I’ve collected on pinterest that look downright magical. I’d let my hair down, wear a long skirt and my bag would include: a blanket, tinted lip balm, crunchy almonds, a camera, and space for me to put my shoes so I could walk barefoot.

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.