Day 308: Eleven.Nine.13

My student’s dance performance at Bullis went so fast. All of the nine weeks of teaching and planning and yelling for a room full of high school students to be quiet… all of it was over in what seemed like just a matter of minutes. They did a really great job.

It’s crazy how quickly this temporary teaching gig became just a part of my routine.

And now, it’s over.

I don’t know how it happened, but I was completely blindsided by the ending.

What happens now?

Here’s to another day of creativity…


Day 305: Eleven.Six.13

My teaching stint is coming to an end.

Today was tech for the Stevie Wonder tribute show the students will be performing in this weekend. I have been working on this show, with these students, for the past nine weeks, thanks to my awesome friend who runs the dance program and brought me in as a guest teacher/choreographer.

I didn’t realize how awesome the show is going to be until I was sitting in the audience watching it all come together. Don’t get me wrong, it’s high school-quality performing. But the overall production is so well done. Not that I’m surprised that she would pull this off. It’s just, I had been in the middle of it so long I didn’t realize it was all happening around me. From the blending of the jazz band and the dance company in shared pieces, to the costumes and video… it’s going to be one hellofa night.

I’m also realizing how much I am actually going to miss this teaching thing.

In any event, this has been exactly what I have needed and I’m so glad my friend realized it – way before I did.

Stevie Wonder Tribute Show Tech

Stevie Wonder Tribute Show Tech

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 247: Nine.Nine.13

Day 1 of return-to-dance-teacher-life:

I’m not as prepared as I would like to be. Seems my affinity towards procrastination is a hard habit to shed.

I’m sweating. Embarrassingly, profusely sweating. The kind students make fun of behind teacher’s backs while walking in the hallways to classes. ‘Did you SEE Ms. Emily’s sweat circles??’

I’m wearing sweats to work. And that’s ACCEPTABLE.

I’m listening to music. And moving. And the lovely students are listening to the music. And MOVING.

I have a lot to offer this group of young, aspiring dancers. I’m delighted to be working with them.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 71: Three.Seventeen.13

When I was living in Philadelphia and working (extremely hard) in a middle school, I felt fulfilled in a way I hadn’t before. But I also felt I was missing something. The creativity piece. I complained (mostly to myself, but also a good bit to my family and friends) that I didn’t have time to dance, to create, to work on my vision of owning and operating my own arts organization.

I don’t have those excuses anymore. I’m not living in Philadelphia, nor am I working in a school. And yet, here I sit, about as far away from realizing my dreams of creating and being surrounded by art as I was then. (Well that’s actually completely a lie – I did take the plunge and quit my job and move, so there’s that.)

It turns out, just the absence of the thing you say is standing in your way doesn’t mean you will actually stop standing in your own way. So now, it’s time to figure out how to two-step around myself.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 67: Three.Thirteen.13

Some dance inspiration that came my way today. Which I am now passing along to you.

We are always so quick to want to inspire younger generations – to impart our wisdom on them. But sometimes, it’s important to step back and realize just how much they can inspire and teach us. Case in point, this video. Let’s be clear that BOTH of these young dancers did their thing. But man oh man, this little lady sure did own that stage.

And these photos, courtesy of my dad, who recently returned from a trip to Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires Street Art - Dance

Buenos Aires Street Art – Dance

Buenos Aires Street Art - Dance

Buenos Aires Street Art – Dance

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 4: One.Nine.13

Tonight I danced. Well. Taught really. I have been teaching a ballet class at Sculpere Studio for the past few months. It’s nothing fancy. Some stretching and barre work, a few exercises in the center. A new offering at a studio that specializes in a blend of yoga and ballet conditioning. It was the first down to earth place I found in Philadelphia. I have been so grateful to take classes there, and to have developed a friendship with the owner, Cristina. The studio is cozy and inviting and the ladies who come are wonderfully sweet. Tonight was actually my last class – bigger and better things are about to pop off in my place. But it’s been a nice way to ease back into the dance world and I am happy for the opportunity. Tonight, in the spirit of saying goodbye, we got a little crazy… I threw some unconventional combinations at them. And they just smiled and nodded and went along with my slightly delirious self.

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I look forward to the next time I will be hitting the studio to get my dance on…

and you can be sure I will record it here.

If you are in the Philadelphia area looking for yoga or a dance workout, or both, you should check out Sculpere. If you are anywhere in the world and do yoga or pilates or any type of mat classes, you should check out Blake Brody shoes (what I’m wearing in the above photo.) They are awesome. And bonus, they are eco-friendly.

Here’s to another day of creativity…