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Earlier today, I posted my newest article for, a review for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance’s Spring Soiree.  At the show, I ran into a well known NYC teacher. He thought it was wonderful that I was doing so much writing these days and asked if I am still dancing. Of course I am! He found it curious that I was able to continue my performing career while writing. This got me to thinking about several things. First of all, most of the freelance writing I do is non-dance related, so I guess I never really considered how my writing would affect my performing career. Then I found myself getting rather self-righteous. I’m sorry, but as a dancer am I not allowed to have an opinion? And am I not allowed to voice my opinion? Would this really make me a less appealing hire as a dancer?


Luckily for CLD and myself, I loved the performance and found it easy to write flattering things about Lavagnino’s company and choreography. Yet, I like to think I have the freedom to write honestly; express how I truly feel about topics. Do I need to censor myself to continue working in my profession? I’m just thinking out loud here.

Dancer Ramona Kelly from CLD Photography by Ella Bromblin



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Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.