BEDS 18: Thoughts on an “off” day

This post was actually tabled over a year ago but since I’m behind and need to find a way to make up the days, I finished it and it’s going to be my BEDS post for today. Enjoy!   Today was not a good class day…   I did what I normally do. I got…

BEDS Day 9: Starting over yet again

Yesterday marked my first day at a new teaching gig for a performing arts program for children. It’s the first time in over a year that I’ve taught kids and even though the first day went pretty much without incident, I’m still nervous. As I mentioned in my “What I’ve Been Up To” blog post…

BEDS Day 8: quick blogs

Hi everyone– I’ve been planning to do BEDS (Blog Every Day of September) this month. Traveling and getting back into the swing of things at work placed me behind, so to make up for my delay I wanted to do 8 quick “blog-lets” to get me caught up. These will be mainly updates/commentary on my…

Thoughts After My First Heels Class

So if you pay any attention to my Instagram (@dancetopiablog, follow me!), you know that Tuesday night, I finally endeavored to take my first heels class. Here’s some video evidence: View this post on Instagram Yes that’s me attempting to get my life in my first heels class! Click the #linkinbio to listen to my…

Dance World News [August 17, 2017] – Yes, really

It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you, with out some dance news to step to…. I’ve been spending the past few months figuring out this professional dancer with a job thing. But now I’m back and focused and ready to bring you some dance world news! Where in the World is Carmen de…

[SPONSORED] My Date with the Stickeebra

This is a sponsored blog post, from time to time as opportunities arise I will do those. You, my lovely readers, are free to ignore these posts. NOTE: I will NEVER sponsor or post about something I haven’t tried first. I was recently introduced to a new bra called the Stickeebra and I wanted to…

Changing Ballet’s Perception Means Embracing Black Bodies

It’s 2017,  y’all, come on. But since people still haven’t stopped telling Black women about their bodies and how right they are for dance…It gave me material for another Clyde Fitch Report article. Click here to read why you shouldn’t tell Black women (or anyone really) that they have the “wrong” body for dance.

An Ode to Dance Moms

For living in your cars amidst the smell of old dance shoes; For living room rehearsal sessions, going over movement cues; For tuition, for costumes, for fees you didn’t disclose; For venting about the life of a dancer and all of its many woes; You’ve been my cheering section, my toughest critic, too; And I…

More Women in Ballet Must Go From Pointe to Power

Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, Jerome Robbins. What do all of these names have in common? They’re all ballet choreographers, and they’re all white males. It’s 2017, why is this still a thing?  I recently wrote an article in The Clyde Fitch Report for The Marbury Project examining the logistical, artistic and personal reasons for the…