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I am a dancer-meaning, I live for expressing emotion through movement and music (even if it's only in my head). My mother and her mother, and my daughter, are/were all dancers. I am also a scholar, and artist, a poet, a writer, a photographer, and a dreamer. I like talking a lot, too. Life should start with teaching our children as much about expressing oneself as one can, in as many ways, using as many tools, and in as many languages as possible. With the ability to express oneself, comes the responsibility of speaking clearly, enunciating, articulating, conveying, showing, demonstrating, and sharing what one is trying to communicate to others by practice, with the purpose of discovering truths about the world we lives in, and making what we have learned relevant-passing it on. Of course, only time will tell if we truly have something unique to say, helped any people understand the world better, or entertained anyone at all. In the meantime, we are trying to day more and become a better communicator, and blogs have a journal aspect to them, so they can be expected to have a personal slant. Mine are definitely opinionated, openly so, and one of my goals it to try to say effectively, and honestly what I think or feel keeping in mind my own ethics, as I am aware other people might read it. Minds change everyday, and feelings do too. Outside experiences shape us, and it is terrible not to write because you might worry that you would offend someone, just as it would be terrible not to dance because you want to lose weight, first.

Complete – La Bayadere – Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet – Gabriela Komleva


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La Vivandiere


La Vivandière (Kirov) – Alla Sizova – Boris Blank…: http://youtu.be/E3ZkI6XHHY8

Q&A with Martine Van Hamel 2014


Martine Van Hamel, Alexander Godunov in Raymonda – Just a fun day of ballet!


Lisa Niemi – Patrick Swayze – George de la Pena – One Last Dance [HQ]


Always makes me think, and then there is this one really moving section of sheer joy of dancing by George de la Pena, and then the romantic love. Is it in retrospect, or is this life celebrated? Or both? Hard to tell. But, at precisely that point you stop thinking and just enjoy the dancing (as it should be)….rarely in film is dancing AND acting conveyed as moving, as life, but this captures some things special-just as it should be.

Invitation to The Dance-“Le Spectre de la Rose” – George de la Peña & Carla Fracci


The first ballet dancer nominated for the Stranger’s Genius Award


A Filipina Hawaiian dancer, Noelani Pantastico, was nominated for The Stranger Genius Award. The award, run by the alternative weekly newspaper, The Stranger, selected three nominees each in five c…

Source: The first ballet dancer nominated for the Stranger’s Genius Award