Grounded, but lifted

Ongoing musings related to dance, memories, love, life, and Jesus...

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kinaesthetic capital


After my (early) dinner break at the crepe truck today, I saw two musicians with their cello cases strapped to their backs walking to the music building and I had a small but keen observation/realization: Musicians have their instruments. A visual artist has his or her tools and mediums. The thing…

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Every time you share your eyes with the audience, it’s a gift.

Joellen Meglin

Found this quote in my dance journal from my composition class last semester. I also found a smiley face I drew the day she brought us Girl Scout cookies.

(via bellepepper)

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I love the arts and I love to be in the arts. I love performers that stay true to the inspiration that speaks to them and I aspire to be a performer that meets the audience in acknowledgement of the universal sentiments we all experience. I love when the device of technical skill platforms the raw…

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Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;


Being onstage is curiously reminiscent of seeing a majestic mountain range or a breathtaking sunset. Sometimes the words aren’t quite there-save a sense of vitality, adrenaline, and awe. But each new moment of a performance or experience with nature has its unique fingerprints on it. Dance, as a…

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Inching by


I felt it today. I moved energetically and fluidly. Was I clumsy at moments where I shouldn’t have been? Yeah. Did transitions get more and more jagged and incomplete the more fatigued I was? Absolutely. But still, it was wonderful. I was dancing. My heart couldn’t keep up and yet; in that moment…

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Working Through ‘The Artists Way’


Remember that in order to recover as an artist, you must be willing to be a bad artist. Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.
When I make this point I teaching, I am met by instant, defensive hostility: “But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play?”
Yes… The same age you will be if you don’t.
So let’s start.

- The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron, p. 30

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I’ve decided that I’m done worrying about whether or not my body type is “acceptable.” What does that even mean, anyway? I’m not going to assume anymore that a choreographer doesn’t want to work with me because of my size and shape. I know that the more comfortable I feel in my own body and the more I embrace my bulky muscles and curvaceous figure, the better my dancing will look and the more it will help my technique. I have a lot more appreciation for what my body can do and less and less concern about how it looks. My priorities are strength, endurance, and versatility, not measurements. Now is a fantastic time to dig deeper into what my facility has to offer.

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