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.  


Beautiful Saturday

greetings! I took a brief break from blogging. Since, the power and amazement of living life and everyday at that, has taken up much energy and time… Therefore, I can return with experiences to share! Today, right in front of my apartment building here in Harlem, there is a Block Party!! Closed off block, family, friends, love, music a little dancing and BBQ!! I look to the outside, from inward, from my window and think: It could be any given year: 1934,1976, 1965, 2001, 2012! I planning on getting out there and breathing it all in. And take a few pictures to share. See you in a few hours!



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

Hello world!

Greetings y’all! Let me just start off by saying thank you for stopping by to check me out! My purpose of starting this blog experience is to invite friends, family, supporters, possible supports, fans, fellow artists and purely curious beings into my world and experience of what we call: LIFE! I am very excited to begin this amazing journey into the known and the unknown! Buckle your seat belts, grab a snack along with my hand and I’ll show you what I am all about! bless you and thanks again, Paunika RhoShawn Jones