Dancers After Dark

"The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and dance and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment…

Weekend in Little Rock

Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas wasn't exactly the most thrilling of experiences. I spent the majority of my teens plotting my escape, and my present day visits are fewer and further in between than either of my parents would like. It's a sleepy spot in a forest-covered state caught somewhere between a town and…

Ballet vs Dance Competition

Ballet dancers and competition dancers have always had a strange, often strained, relationship. Over the years there's been a bit of snobbery on both sides since the requirements, training, and short-term goals so greatly differ. Since So You Think You Can Dance began gaining popularity, the gap has been bridged to an extent. It's forced…

Working With Gymnasts

A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the local gymnastics coaches asking if I'd be interested in working with their junior olympic team. It seems that the new floor routines involve far more traditional dancing than there has been in recent years. Basically, they need to become more "graceful." I've had…