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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Cheer (and All That Jazz)

I love the holidays! Now that the excitement of Christmas morning is now a fond yet still palpable memory, we have the New Year to look forward to. Thank you, dear friends, for all your support throughout 2009. Let's welcome 2010 with open arms and work hard towards our dreams!

(About the photo: I miss those New York City days when I danced theater jazz. There's not much work that calls for Fosse style dancing around here. That detached, slinky, and utter cool that is Fosse embodies my brief NYC experience. And, gotta love the the signature bowler hat! Although, my finger placement could be better.)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

How the Grinch Stole my (limited) Flexibility

With the winter comes colder weather, and hot cocoas and wonderful get-togethers with friends and family. However, it also means very grumpy muscles! Lately my body doesn't seem to want to extend in any way. Most noticeable is how my back doesn't want to bend. At all. This casual photo was taken in the studio after I'd warmed up, and yet my back still doesn't want to cooperate. My legs are slightly less complaining (only slightly). They say ginseng helps, but I'd say continual stretching and more sleep would be the ticket. I'm good on the first, not so good on the second count. Will Santa give me a more flexible back for Christmas? Ha, only hard work will do!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


This is another from the recent photo shoot. The photographer told me to look like I'm dreaming, so I thought of cherished memories of times I've treasured with people dear to me, and how I long to have those times once more. I feel this all the time, but especially at Christmas, when all the songs you hear are of spending time with loved ones. The holidays are my favorite time of the year, and yet it's easy to find myself wistful, the sweet pang of yearning swirling about me like the beautiful music I hear.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Checking Light Levels

Recently I had a photo shoot with 3 photographers, and it was fascinating to hear them discuss how to achieve the best lighting with the placement of lights and levels. One of the photographers captured the other taking a light reading. It does make an interesting composition.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fans -> Leafy Greens

Rehearsals are well underway for upcoming performances, and some new costumes should come in fairly soon, which is always exciting! For Chinese New Year I'll be dancing "Jasmine" again, which is pictured here. The fans are beautiful when opened, but when closed, they resemble Chinese green vegetables. Don't you think so? After a couple of hours or rehearsal, I always wanted to eat green vegetables!