Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Performances for January 2015

Here is a list of the performances I have coming up for the month of January. Wishing everyone a wonderful  holiday season and see you all next year!


                                                                January 16, 2015
                                                                It's Boob Thirty 
                                                   Columbus Burlesque Collective
                                                                    Ace of Cups
                                                                  Columbus, OH

January 27, 2015
Raw Artist Showcase: Visionary 
Shadowbox Live
Columbus, OH
*I will be performing modern/contemporary dance pieces
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Performance Diary: Orbit

Of all of the numbers I have performed this is one of the most personal ones to me. The song is entitled "Orbit" and it is by a band named [embassy]. They are long time friends of mine and surrogate big brothers; this number was in remembrance of the lead guitarist Trevor. It is an emotional number, yes but it is also my way of coping with his death as well remembering the person who had the biggest heart of anyone I know. If anything of these experiences I learned to treasure those we hold dear and to live each day to the fullest. With this number, I would like to raise awareness about organ donations and know Trevor will continue to save lives...just as he did mine.

See me perform this January 27, 2015 at Shadowbox Live

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beginning Process. Picking Music.

Some have asked how do I go about picking music for a number? I know some artists like to use their favourite musician or genre of songs. For myself, it is more if the lyrics speak to me in one way or another. Even if I do not like that particular musician if he or she has a song in which I can fully relate to the lyrics/song more than likely I will or can make a number out of it.

For the showcase next month I selected two songs which are very important to me personally and as a performer.

Today will talk about "The Enemy" which is performed by one of my favourite bands Of Verona

This song has come to develop a meaning for me in the sense it helped me get through a time in my life and career as a performer which was very difficult. Over time I can to think of this number as my way of "speaking out" against bullying not just towards myself but for others. We all have ways of expressing ourselves and for me dance has always been my voice.

The choreography for this number was inspired by "Revelation" performed by Svetlana Zakharova

So this is a little sneak peek of what I will be working on for the Visionary Showcase on January 27!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those Who Inspire Me to Dance

Pina Bausch. She completely revolutionized modern dancing and her Rites of Spring is probably my existence artistically.

Maria Tallchief. She was considered America's first prima ballerina and is Native. Being Native American myself she always gave me inspiration and was my hero while studying ballet.

Svetlana Zakharova. Her performance "Revelation" inspired the piece I choreographed "The Enemy" 

I find inspiration in many aspects of life but these are the dancers who primarily inspired me to be creative in my voice when it comes to modern dancing. I say inspiration is wherever you find it...but mainly it is in your heart. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

New Beginnings

Dance. It has been my passion since the age of 6. My Mum took me to see Giselle around that time and I remember looking up at her with wide eyes and told her " I am going to do that one day". Sure enough, ever since I was obsessed with ballet and it was my delight to begin classes. Most girls were outside playing in dirt, or chasing puppies I was in the basement dance studio my parents made; I would spend hours in there practicing dance and coming up with my own numbers. It became a part of me ever since and in my mind I knew; I knew that there would be two loves in my life: whomever I decided upon as a partner and dance.

 Flash forward dance is still a huge part of my life. Even after my car accident and made the decision to go back to dancing. It has been the one thing in my life that has been constant. So yes, one could say that dance is important to me and always will be.

The past couple years I decided to try burlesque because I love dancing and love entertaining people. Few know my true story with burlesque but it opened my eyes to the world and the performance world. Don't get me wrong, I still have so much respect for the burlesque ladies but what this all has taught me: I am not a burlesque dancer...I am just a dancer. My vision of what dance is and should be is entirely different than what most burlesque performers and troupes expect.

Who knows, maybe there is a different way to approach the two yet no, I don't belong in the burlesque world. That is perfectly okay and I accept that I always accepted it. What was worst in the situation was that I was selling myself short and remember getting upset when one of my best friends told me "Why are you even performing burlesque"? "You need to be doing ballet or modern that isn't you". She literally told me those words. Yes, I was upset at first because burlesque to a small extent will be a part of me-it's grown with me for the last two years.

Bottom line the story is: be true to yourself and what you believe in. Don't allow others to sell you short of your potential. For two years I allowed people to tell me what I was or wasn't instead of just listening to that artist living inside of me. I'm not saying I am better than any burlesque performer because I am just isn't my world. I think it was because I felt like an outsider and hoped it would be a world I would fit into. Even with just wasn't me.

So next month I have a chance to do what I was trained and used to performing arts, modern dance. My Mum always said she saw me as a modern dancer one day on stage performing.

Boy, was she right.