One of the Daily practices

From within: Find the stillness, acceptance, openness, calmness, strength and mobility.. #namaste​ today, as most days I began with a set focus. Throughout all of the many things going on in life be them good or bad, we must always find ways to give thanks. To balance things out. For me, I find myself returning to the mat, ballet barre, sometimes all within the same day. Like today. These valuable things, help me in various ways in life. From physically to emotionally. It all is done Spiritually.. And full heartedly. 

Rainy, chilly day in the city

Hi all. Rain, what a cleansing, peaceful, grounding thing of happenings. I love it when it rains in the city. It tends to slow things and people down a bit. The hustle and grind seem to drop in their paces, and foot steps are more carefully placed. Mindfulness, all wrapped up in sweaters, rain boots and coats. The transition between summer into fall, has happened and it doesn’t feel as if much of an ascend occurred. Or is it just me. Anyhow, I find myself in a mood of tranquility, almost melancholy like. And I’m fine with it. A day of writing, reading, stretching, meditating and more Good Will preparation. Continuing on with the elimination of things causing clutter and discomfort. Well, that is all for now. Thank you for reading and please stay in tune. Have a great day y’all!

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Breast cancer awareness

IMG_3198.JPG 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/

I dance because…

ūüĆĽGreetings all! As I prepare for round 2 of my day. I take a moment to ask myself why or even how do I dance?
Different days can mean different reasons, sometimes. I believe children are our future, I believe in freedom of expression. Surely, we’ve heard these things mentioned before. But, as I flip through so rarely caught studio/rehearsal shots. I ran across this one! This pic was taken some years ago, in a rehearsal. I was sick and ached all over. Had fever of 102 degrees, with a full day ahead of me. This was the dying swan solo Odette does from Swan Lake. So, I had fresh and ideal material to tap into, while preparing for my performances!! The pain, under a spell,heartache, ill feeling, Am I dying, This is one of the many reasons I dance! I can express, transform, motivate and Will myself to do and be anything I want to be! Ability to find myself, and lose myself all at once!! What a blessing!!! Thank you God!!

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August, holding onto summer. . .

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

Coast to Coast

Greetings all! Once again, I am  coast to coast. One of my favorite travels. The time change plus, the seasonal changes this time around, are an interesting and emotional one. I am still, very much aware of the shifting, shedding , changing, regrouping, contemplating feelings involved in this part of the year. Except, I am happily embracing the higher amount of sunlight I can have where I am, right now. versus, the Big City, where there are larger buildings to block out the light. Anyhow, I am enjoying this opportunity to venture out, once again. Have a great day fine folks!   enjoy yourself!

Expression vs Perception

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!