When Did It Begin

When did I first start dancing? According to my mother, it all began in my highchair. Apparently, whenever music would play on the radio (which would have been often, as my entire family loves music – but then, who doesn’t) I would, at the ripe old age of (2?), begin to bounce in my highchair…

Flashback To My First Company Photos

There we all stood, costumes on, hair up, lips painted red. Our bodies already getting cold in the small photo studio, we waited for the photographer to readjust his lights. Again. It was all too familiar to me. I’d been through this before, back when I was first training to become a professional ballet dancer…

These Shoes Are Too Hard – Now They’re Too Soft!

I began yesterday’s rehearsal with a brand-new pair of Russian Pointe shoes, hard and un-molded to my feet. After a warm-up at the barre for 45 minutes, one run-through of Snow, Flowers, and Sugar Plum variation, they were almost too dead to get through the fouettés in the coda.  But, I asked myself, is it…

Never Stop JAMMING! The Wee Trio in L.A. with Ballerina Badass

Hey Dancers and Dance Fans! Or should I say, JAM FANS??? I had to make a video featuring my good friend Dan Loomis and the badass jazz band “The Wee Trio” since they were in town performing for their latest album release “Wee + 3.” My husband (@moovieboy) and I braved the torrential Southern California…

3 Days Away From The First Anniversary

The first anniversary of my mother’s passing.  Is it weird that I feel guilty about feeling happier today than I did a week ago?  Meaning, even as this year has been one of the saddest of my life, the first year without my best friend in the whole world, my mother, at the same time,…

Crunchy Munch’ems

As the New Year approaches, and I begin to prepare for company auditions, I am becoming a tad more mindful of the food I am eating on a regular basis. If I had my druthers, I would live on nothing but Coca-Cola, potatoes in all forms, macaroni and cheese, filet mignon, sushi by the platter-full,…

How To Fix Blisters – Quick Tip with Ballerina Badass

Hey Dancers and Dance Fans! Whether or not you dance, you may have experienced the joy of getting a blister on one of your toes (or one of your fingers, if you play guitar like I do – soooo much fun). I made this video to offer my personal approach to fixing a toe blister…