As I had a few hours to catch breath, regroup, repack and adjust my compass, I found myself walking past a very special location. A place that has many echoes of history, of creativity, of life changing events not only for myself but many, many others. A place that’s been closed and seeming nearly forgotten already due to the “change and progress” of Harlem. As I travel the world: from Russia to Rockford, IL, I come to even more conclusions that things and people change. If you want something to have longevity and mastery of time, one must evolve, make oneself open and vulnerable and become enforced with an inner strength that’s unmeasured. I find, that if some type of formula or focus is not achieved, the changes of longevity and mastery of time and change, are nearly too low to measure at all. Looking up at the now cryptic letters and windows blocked out with impenetrable paper. I remember and try to blink back the tears. Recalling the once vibrant and unique lounge in Harlem, my heart aches still. She reminds me of reality, of new and old love. And how cultivation, respecting and knowing what love is, compassion, and evolution of Self can live and die, just as it can live on forever.
Happy Birthday to the beautiful, talented, Sultry Trailblazer Dorothy Dandridge!! November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
Greetings all. October isn’t the only time to bring breast cancer into awareness, it’s everyday. A little over 2 years ago, a very talented, dear friend, fantastic ballerina and choreographer and sister of mine, fought a long and hard battle with cancer. She lived, loved and danced her way, throughout her entire battle. I love her and miss her everyday. http://balletnews.co.uk/long-time-ballet-san-jose-dancer-tiffany-glenn-dead-from-cancer-at-age-33/
Greetings all! I apologize for my absence! Overall, I have been very well. Let’s see, where should I start. My summer was so much better an experience than last summer. Why? Stress in various locations of life, have finally, been processed. The frustrations and anger I felt, have been understood, dealt with and I am still making lots of progress, with that. I Thank God. Sometimes, life will throw us curve balls, and we either, catch them or Dodge them. lol!! I managed, to do both. Maintaining my artistic growth, which is very much connected to my growth as a woman are very closely knitted. I do recall, getting things a little confused and heading to advice from others, that meant well, but caused more harm than good. Be it on purpose or not, is no longer my concern. Allowing myself to receive the blessings vs fight them and question them, was definitely, eating me alive! So I guess, when I take long absences from the public, I am regaining my balance. Which I realize, even more than before, Very important! I thank God, my supportive parents and my awesome, ultra talented and amazing friends for their undying love and support. When things are good and when things are not so good! I love and thank you all!!
*Another thing: Dealing with Minor Injuries/Aliments while continuing to move forward!
Over the last 12-13 weeks, I found out I was dealing with Achilles Tendinitis. Very common, Ouch!! Dancers and Athletes attain very similar, if not the same injuries. So, since my career involves physical activity be it, dancing or teaching, I found myself in a deep and dark funk during the healing process. Since, I was forced to, ignore the pain, “take it easy” or to straight up, sit out. Very frustrating and difficult to do! During that process, I was blessed with opportunities to gain a couple of Certifications for Teaching. 1.
GYROKINESIS Apprentice Trainee . and 2. Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Course, level A. These will come in very handy as I continue dancing and teaching. And someday in the future: Slowing down on the dancing thing or No longer dancing. Either way, I will be involved in my field, continuing with my missions! With a Career in the Performing Arts spanning 18 years, so far,
it is clear to me, this is my calling in life. So, I anticipate, further investigating and being submerged in things related, the rest of my life. Performing, physical Wellness, Body Alignment, expression and freedom of the mind/body. In addition to these things, I have been working with my Mentor, learning, growing and healing all at once! Realized, I have been selected, for reasons, even I am just now realizing, will be again, one of the biggest influences and one of the biggest and best moves I could have ever made! In time, it all make since and fall right into place. I just need to maintain PATIENCE!! anyhow, I know this post, is rambling on and on! I just wanted to give an update and let you all know that I am well, missing blogging and have many adventures to share. In time, so please bare with me! Thank you for following and please, continue! Take care Y’all!!!
P.s. The illustration I’m featuring for this post was created by: Gigi Chen
Greetings! Today is the perfect day for research and reflection! I woke this morning to a strong desire to look internally at how I was feeling and growing very much as a woman/artist. The topics of the day are: Expression vs Perception. Expression: the process of making one’s thoughts or feelings. Perception: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Which brings me to even more realization of the reason as to why I have taken such a liking to the exploration of butoh and the further knowledge of the classical for of dance, Ballet. These two forms are complete opposites of each other. Ballet: revolves around the mastery of the strict technique itself. It is a form of art, which makes it expressive, through the technique and artistry. Entertaining the audience and playing a role, character and or a story. And butoh, A more recent form of art(est.1960s) comes from the foundation of pure and unguarded expressionism, born out of the need to break out of rules and boundaries of the body and mind. Not usually focused on there being judgement, entertainment or acknowledgement of the audience. Not at all like a tutu and or corset, or even a leotard. Interesting process for me. I will continue to explore, for it will be very useful during my process of further Creativity and Growth. In general. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, etc with me. Thanks for taking the time to read and follow. Enjoy the rest of this day!