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Why Youth Competitive Dance Needs To Change

The perception of dance has shifted from that of a performing art to an athletic pursuit. We think this is terrific. What we fail to understand is why, as athleticism has become the focus (and rightly so), youth competitive dance has not dispensed with its ridiculous costume and makeup requirements?

The Top Reasons Why Ballet Is Cool

Ballet is beyond cool. It is a unique expression of a story and music combined. The dancers have gone through years of practises and hours of gruelling rehearsals to be able to grace the stage. With a...
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Making Each Performance Even More Beautiful Than the Last

A cellist and I both agreed that the authenticity and emotion of an art is lost when the artist is not fully in the present moment. So what to do when the pressures of a past performance show up to haunt me? Well, this wonderful young cellist had come up with a strategy, and it has altered my approach to performance ever since. She said that before she begins a repeat performance she tells herself "make it even more beautiful."
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Becoming the Sugar Plum Fairy

Visions of Sugar Plums are dancing in my head, but not in the way portrayed in T'was the Night Before Christmas. I'm visualizing my corrections and my goals for the solo and pas de deux I perform as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Act II of The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker. I have just woken up and I am already in the process of preparing for my performance in the evening.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #6, Barreworks

When I worked near Queen Street West and Bathurst Street, I would pass a sign on my walk that advertised classes at Barreworks Toronto. The woman on the sign is SO toned, glistening with sweat and in possession of a set of abs I want, so I took the stairs up to the studio two at a time. A feat I almost used as another entry for my workout diary. Seriously. So so many stairs.
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As a Ballet Dancer, I'm Always On My Toes

I'm a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and am presently working on the role of Hamlet in a production from American choreographer Kevin O'Day. I guess one could say I'm spread a little thin these days. Luckily, that's the way I like it. The best part about being so busy is that there's no time to get nervous!