Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Inspiration and Being Blessed

Sometimes I feel like I just want to quit. However. I realize how lucky I am to have this gift and to treasure every moment I get to dance and entertain.

Liu Yan, who was paralyzed right before she was to perform in the Beijing Olympics shows me that things can happen and that I need to be thankful for what I have now.

I am really blessed to have gotten job offers and I hope to get another offer tomorrow. <3

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cirque du Soleil Making a Home in NYC

According to this NY Times Article, Cirque du Soleil is trying to establish itself more permanently here in the entertainment capital of the US. I am pretty excited about this.

In other news, our senior show finished this last weekend and I am suffering from post-show depression. Thus, the lack of updates.

In other other news, I have an audition with Dekadance on Friday. WISH ME LUCK!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Silliness

Here's an update on my personal life.

A few weeks ago, I was accepted into a company then my acceptance was rescinded because all of the company's rehearsals conflicted with my rehearsals for my senior concert. I emailed the artistic director a few days ago and finally received an email back stating that they no longer have a place for me. Sad face.

Good news: I still have a job waiting for me at Disney World. I would be more excited except I am scared that I will not be cast in any dancing roles. However, I will be working full time and have money to take class and I plan to audition for all the companies in the are a, so if anyone has a suggestion as to who to audition for, I'm up for it. I do everything except tap and hip hop. I even do burlesque.

Semi-bad news? I'm nervous about leaving Texas and I would really prefer to dance in a concert dance company here in the area.

Semi-good news? I get to try living outside of Texas for awhile. :D

In the meantime, this week is show week. Oi! Talk about stress!

Anyways, so that's my life. I've been emailing everyone on the planet for auditions so let's all pray or meditate that I get into a company. YAY!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Texas Ballet Theater in Trouble, Again

There are some shady things happening at Texas Ballet Theater, apparently.

According to this article, TBT has been dealing in some not-so-smart ideas since the company nearly folded almost a year ago. The company bounced back, however, and are still going strong but not without financial problems and lots of drama.

For example, in order to save money, TBT has decided to use recorded music instead of a live symphony as is custom. I will tell you now that I was very upset that I had to see Nutcracker with recorded music this year from TBT. I could have gone and seen some random ballet school's Nutcracker which probably would have been just as good and cheaper if I had known. At least I would be paying for what I was seeing and it's always lovely to support your local ballet schools. Of course the musicians are angry too. Everyone's angry. Ben Stevenson, what are you doing?

Anyways, here's a video of the protest against using recorded music at the ballet.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Disney Competes with Itself on Broadway?

This New York Times article describes a problem that is hurting all of Broadway but how it can even be worse for Disney who currently runs three Broadway shows at the same time. This essentially means Disney has to have the musicals compete with themselves for audiences.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Super Heroes = Dancers? Yes







Jon M. Chu is a brilliant man. Why? Because he has combined two of my favorite things in the world: dance and comic book heroes. You can judge all you want but I think this series is going to be interesting not to mention the idea is very creative.The official website is here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Melody Herrera's Marie Diary

Dance Spirit has Melody Herrera's Marie diary. For those of you not in the know, Marie is a ballet by Stanton Welch about everyone's favorite monarch to hate, Marie Antoinette. I personally love Marie Antoinette because I was awesome enough to have played her during my World History class's role play of the French Revolution.

However, I also enjoy this article on a different level. I enjoy that dancers are writing about their dancing. I personally have problems writing about dance. This is the main focus of this blog. This is a way to force me to write about dance because I think about it all the time, might as well write about it.

Mm anyways, enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Finished Prologue! Onto More Raunchy Readings

I finished Prologue by Joan Brady. It was a very interesting memoir but definitely only for those who like tell-all tales. I don't really want to spoil it for those who want to read it but it was inspiring to me as someone who had quit dance as a child and took it back up as a young adult.

Next on the list?
Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie ShowStriptease

Yeah, baby.

Bantown, Glitch, or Bad Ideas?

Yesterday, twitter exploded with the hashtag #amazonfail. I don't know how to describe this in a smart way so here you go:

Wall Street

Dely - The Voice of Reason

Weev - Meta Troll *See below link for explanation.


SF_Drama - Explanation of What  Meta Troll IS

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Reading List: Prologue, An Unconventional Life

Currently on the slate:
prologue

From where I am, it's a memoir about a girl studying to become a ballerina. It's by Joan Brady and Suki Schorer is mentioned as is the San Francisco ballet. I'm 3/4 into it and it's very interesting. However, I must admit that I am addicted to tell-all type books.

Pointe Magazine Changing Their Front Cover?

Behold: Feb/Mar 2009

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Apr/May 2009

[caption id="attachment_18" align="alignnone" width="160" caption="Pointe Magazine Apr/May"]Pointe Magazine Apr/May[/caption]

Logo changes are things to note. Perhaps Pointe Magazine is trying to let go of its curlicues and are onto more serious business. If only their magazine content reflected that. I mean no disrespect, of course. I have every single Pointe Magazine since 2000-something but that does not mean that Pointe Magazine should shy away from more substantive articles.