Home= Harlem!

Greetings! I am just getting in from attending the Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival! Back in the day, it was the very first time for me, right out of Miami, FL and New World School of the Arts, to be showcased and present all that Ive learned and perfected while training Intensely in NYC! I not only got to relive those very special moments but, I also got a chance to reconnect with those mothers that took me in during the first few years and onward, Ensemble Members that I worked with when I rejoined the Ensemble a few years ago and former Company members from when I was apprentice to Principal in that final Company under the direction of Arthur Mitchell! My heart sang and wept as I looked upon their faces with smiles and questions as to what is it that I am doing:NOW. I did explain a few things and I also, left a few things to silence. Since, I feel I am still defining what,who and why. . .

DTH will and is still considered, home for me. A place to remind myself, a place to come to place my hand on the horizontal barre and find bits of myself, again!!I am planning to attend a ballet class on Tuesday morning. Since, it has been a number of months since Ive taken anyone’s ballet class. Which, includes Bikram Yoga that is located right down the street from there!! I am in need of that reconnection that ballet class brings me! Gigs come and go, as money does too! But, staying in tune and in shape: PRICELESS!!

In addition to these amazing events of reunion, I realized that Misty Copeland had attended as well. Right away, I figured to stop by and say hello. And I did. Also gave her my information, since I’d delight in speaking with her very soon. Why, not only are we Ballerinas that are American here and now but, in reference to the T shirt stating I AM NOT MISTY that Terrenceo and I did on the streets of Harlem a few weeks ago(Profile Picture) and the rest of the series. I plan on keeping you posted on all that and the rest that is to come. Be well and God Bless you, Paunika

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