Fund for the Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff!

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Fund for the Arts Showcase and Campaign Kickoff and was delighted to accept! Louisville may seem like a small town to many but we have one of the best arts scenes in the country. Symphony, Theatre, Dance, Opera, etc. Louisville has it all and is always a stop along the way for any tour that happens to be cruising the country/world.

Growing up as a dancer in Louisville, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many avenues that supported the arts. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from the Youth Performing Arts School, do commercials for Stage One, attend performances by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and get tickets to many, many shows that came to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I still take classes at the Louisville Ballet School. The arts are kind of a big deal to me.

The bigger this fund gets, 
the more arts, the more arts jobs, the more arts education 
for those living in and around this city! 
Here’s a look at the event: 

My girlfriend, Abby was there as well! 
A fellow dancer who works the Kentucky Center.

First up, a performance by the Louisville Youth Choir

“Oh Freedom” by the Kentucky Opera

A scene from The Nutcracker, by the Louisville Ballet
I was so enthralled by the dancing, I almost forgot to shoot a photo! 
Took this at the last second.

A scene from Hamlet by Kentucky Shakespeare

Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal was so much fun
when performed by the Louisville Youth Orchestra 
Actors Theatre of Louisville presenting a scene from 
Pirates of Penzance – which I hear is hilarious! 

An excellent performance by the children from Walden Theatre
And Mr. Jenkins from the Louisville Visual Art Association
who started with this: 
And by the end of the performance had this: 
Lastly, Louisville native, Andrea Davidson
And no event like this is complete without a stop to the sponsor backdrop. 
(Amanda was my date to the event.)

And we’ll just go ahead and throw in a selfie for good measure…
Lastly, I believe I’ll switch my title to “Internet Journalist.”
; ) 
To donate to the Fund for the Arts, click here
and support the connection of the 
people of this community with the creative world. 
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Fund for the Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff!

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Fund for the Arts Showcase and Campaign Kickoff and was delighted to accept! Louisville may seem like a small town to many but we have one of the best arts scenes in the country. Symphony, Theatre, Dance, Opera, etc. Louisville has it all and is always a stop along the way for any tour that happens to be cruising the country/world.

Growing up as a dancer in Louisville, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many avenues that supported the arts. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from the Youth Performing Arts School, do commercials for Stage One, attend performances by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and get tickets to many, many shows that came to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I still take classes at the Louisville Ballet School. The arts are kind of a big deal to me.

The bigger this fund gets, 
the more arts, the more arts jobs, the more arts education 
for those living in and around this city! 
Here’s a look at the event: 

My girlfriend, Abby was there as well! 
A fellow dancer who works the Kentucky Center.

First up, a performance by the Louisville Youth Choir

“Oh Freedom” by the Kentucky Opera

A scene from The Nutcracker, by the Louisville Ballet
I was so enthralled by the dancing, I almost forgot to shoot a photo! 
Took this at the last second.

A scene from Hamlet by Kentucky Shakespeare

Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal was so much fun
when performed by the Louisville Youth Orchestra 
Actors Theatre of Louisville presenting a scene from 
Pirates of Penzance – which I hear is hilarious! 

An excellent performance by the children from Walden Theatre
And Mr. Jenkins from the Louisville Visual Art Association
who started with this: 
And by the end of the performance had this: 
Lastly, Louisville native, Andrea Davidson
And no event like this is complete without a stop to the sponsor backdrop. 
(Amanda was my date to the event.)

And we’ll just go ahead and throw in a selfie for good measure…
Lastly, I believe I’ll switch my title to “Internet Journalist.”
; ) 
To donate to the Fund for the Arts, click here
and support the connection of the 
people of this community with the creative world. 
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Podcast! Fitness and TRX

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A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of joining VO2 Multisport 
and chatting with Angie Fenton for Get Fit Louisville.  
And I got to hold a microphone! 
We covered topics from TRX to climbing, 
dancing, and women in fitness.
 Listen in here.

To download this podcast (and the other 6 episodes) for free, check them out on iTunes

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Dance E’ery Day – days 2 & 3

So I’ve taken class every day this week so far! 
Woot! 
Experiences have varied…
Stretching is important. Fact. 

Day 2
Class was great! I went to SF Dance Center this time and it was meant to be; all the 10:00am Contemporary classes are on sale for $7 right now. Hello. I really enjoyed the instructor, the pace of the class, her choreography, AND I was having a good dance day. All good things. 
Day 3 
There was a different instructor and choreography was great! Choreography was great, however it was also WAY too long and taught way too fast for my old ass who hasn’t taken regular class in 8 years and can’t remember shit that well anyway brain to keep up with. I was way off balance today and couldn’t pick up things quickly at all. To say the least: it was a shitty class. 
Despite how much I wanted to be in class, I ended up getting really frustrated with myself (and a little with the teacher, even though it was my fault for sucking). I hate “off” days. They’re hard to bounce back from… even though it’s only my ego that takes a hit, it’s still defeating enough to ruin a morning. Over my many years of dancing, there were far less bad days than good. These days it’s the opposite. Oh well. I’ll just have to get over it. Having a sucky day in the studio every now and then won’t kill me. 
In the grand scheme of things, it’s no big deal.
 So I had a shitty morning. Whatever. 
I’ve gotten to take class 3 days this week
 and still get to take class two more days this week.
I had an awesome lunch date, 
got some work done, 
AND I get to go climbing tonight. 
 Glad Game, bitches. 
How do you deal with a poor performance days?
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Dance E’ery Day – days 2 & 3

So I’ve taken class every day this week so far! 
Woot! 
Experiences have varied…
Stretching is important. Fact. 

Day 2
Class was great! I went to SF Dance Center this time and it was meant to be; all the 10:00am Contemporary classes are on sale for $7 right now. Hello. I really enjoyed the instructor, the pace of the class, her choreography, AND I was having a good dance day. All good things. 
Day 3 
There was a different instructor and choreography was great! Choreography was great, however it was also WAY too long and taught way too fast for my old ass who hasn’t taken regular class in 8 years and can’t remember shit that well anyway brain to keep up with. I was way off balance today and couldn’t pick up things quickly at all. To say the least: it was a shitty class. 
Despite how much I wanted to be in class, I ended up getting really frustrated with myself (and a little with the teacher, even though it was my fault for sucking). I hate “off” days. They’re hard to bounce back from… even though it’s only my ego that takes a hit, it’s still defeating enough to ruin a morning. Over my many years of dancing, there were far less bad days than good. These days it’s the opposite. Oh well. I’ll just have to get over it. Having a sucky day in the studio every now and then won’t kill me. 
In the grand scheme of things, it’s no big deal.
 So I had a shitty morning. Whatever. 
I’ve gotten to take class 3 days this week
 and still get to take class two more days this week.
I had an awesome lunch date, 
got some work done, 
AND I get to go climbing tonight. 
 Glad Game, bitches. 
How do you deal with a poor performance days?
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Dance E’ery Day

I’m working from San Fran this week and while I have the flexibility in my schedule and a big city at my fingertips, I’m going to take advantage of all the great dance facilities here.  It’s hard getting out of the habit of dancing… so even though this may only last this week, I’m gonna try to get after it as much as possible. My goal is to take one class a day (providing I can still walk after a couple days of this).

This morning I took class at a place called ODC. It was fabulous, I wasn’t a hot mess, and I met some really cool chicks. The place is newer so the studios are big and really nice! I’m going to check out another place tomorrow, but I definitely enjoyed my time at ODC and may return later in the week.

I asked this on my Fitness Facebook page earlier: 
What are you doing to ignite your passion this week? 
It’s only Monday, you’ve got time to figure it out : ) 
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Awesome Videos

… Because this is all I got right now… 
Who doesn’t love cute animal buddies? 
A Fabulous documentary about what young dancers go through: 
And the BEST “support gay marriage” video I’ve ever seen. Hilarious. 
“Because gay guys will marry your girlfriends.”
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SYTYCD

These two pieces from So You Think You Can Dance
last night are so brilliant. 
I almost can’t handle it. 
So here they are, if you didn’t get to see them. 
(If you want to fast forward to the performance, go to the one minute mark)
Tyce Diorio’s piece:
(I took his classes growing up. And while I don’t care for him much as a person, because his head is as big as this stage, he does really good work. And his real name is “Keith” just so everybody knows.)

Mia Michaels’ Piece:
She is sheer genius.
That’s all I have to describe her choreography

Eliana and Chehon, you are my jam.
Looking forward to watching you win next week.
; ) 

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And we danced…

One of my new year’s resolutions (I make several) was to get my ass back on a stage this year. I grew up dancing, but I hadn’t performed in 6 years. My roommate, Tamara is a co-founder of The Moving Collective, which is a collection of choreographers that get together, stage pieces, and hold performances twice a year. She’s been trying to get me to join for a while now and this year I decided was the time to get after it. 
It’s nearly impossible for me to commit to a dancer’s rehearsal schedule with my busy travel schedule, but she decided to set a piece for just the two of us and we were able to rehearse whenever we could fit it in. Tamara and I met and danced together at our performing arts high school, (yes, like Fame) and it’s been 11 years since we last shared a stage. 
Even though I was only able to be in this one piece,
 it felt so good to be on stage again 
AND even better to be sharing that stage with T. 
Here are some photos of us in her piece. 

 

New Year’s Resolution, check. 
New Facebook photo, check. 
Do you have a passion that you haven’t connected with in a while? 
It’s hard to get back in the habit, but once you do it’s feels like coming home. 
I recommend it. 
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Ballet: Getting back on the horse…

Or I guess I should say, back to the barre. 
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I am a fitness instructor, but first and foremost: I am a dancer. 
I started dancing when I was 8 years old because my mom wouldn’t let me play softball. I ended up falling in love with ballet and eventually other forms of dance as well. I went on to dance at a performing arts high school, (yes, just like FAME) and then onto a college conservatory. After so many years of too much movement and not enough rest, my body turned against me and my heart fell out of love with dance, especially ballet… well maybe not out of love completely, but the spark was definitely gone…
… and that’s where fitness began for me. 
Although I’ve been able to enjoy a career of movement and helping others, I still really miss getting to dance every day. And not performing in the last 6 years has been weighing on me a lot lately. I’ve had my mind on ballet a ton the last few months and it was awesome that the Louisville Ballet School had an online deal for 11 classes. I scooped it up immediately, but was really scared to get back to class. I’ve taken only jazz classes for the past few years because it’s safe, fun, less daunting, and I was just too intimidated to get back to ballet. It’s still dance, but there’s just something different about ballet class. 
The discipline. 
The focus. 
The heart. 
It all needs to be there to have a successful class 
and I just didn’t know if I had it in me anymore. 
But I finally got my ass to class last week (TWICE) and had the most amazing time. Aside from the 3 horrendous foot cramps I experienced… I wasn’t as bad and out of shape as I thought I’d be, (thank you, fitness career) And even though my feet and calves weren’t as strong as they used to be, my technique was still there and it all came back to me quickly… like riding a bike. Being at the barre, jumping and turning in the centre, and floating across the floor: Yes, my legs were shaking. Yes it was harder than it once was. But I was home
It was the most amazing feeling I’d had in a while. I don’t know why I waited so long to get back to ballet, but it definitely reignited the spark and I can’t wait to start taking class regularly again. One of my goals for 2012 was to perform again and to do so requires me to get back into the routine of taking class. I told myself to dance at least once a week this year, more if my schedule allows, and I’ve done pretty well so far. I just need to keep at it. I hope to perform with my roommate’s dance collective at the start of summer and this is just what I need to get my ass back in the game… or my feet back in the shoes. 
Is there anything you guys use to do that you’ve longed for lately? 
Happy Wednesday! 
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