Final Performances of 2018

As 2018 winds down, the curtain just closed on my last performance of 2018. I finished out the year with my one company’s annual Nutcracker Tea – an abbreviated version of Act II of the full-length Nutcracker. Guests are invited to eat sweets and pastries as they drink tea and coffee and watch the main company and the student company perform. It was so much fun, and I enjoy performing the Nutcracker for all of it’s magic and for the beautiful music.

This tea is most suitable for young kids, as we also have “fairy makeovers” available to them before the show, and they have the option to sit up front and close at the children’s seating right in front of the black box stage. Their eyes are usually so excited and curious as they watch everyone perform. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’re inspiring young kids, and I imagine this is similar to what people working at Disney feel like. I would still love to work for the Disney company one day. 

Other than Nutcracker, I performed in the gala for another company as their season opener on December 1. It was more of a wine and dine event for donors and patrons, but we performed a short, groovy dance for the attendees which was located at a really cute NYC dinner theater on West 72nd street. Lady Gaga apparently performed at this same theater before she became super famous, so it was kind of cool to think about that while having my own experience at the venue.

I have a few performances lined up for the new year already, as well as some auditions!! I’ll be performing a solo I’m choreographing at a showcase in March (which will be my first solo EVER!!), and I think we are going to be rehearsing for a full-length Cinderella ballet for May/June. The second week of January, I also have auditions for Disney World Orlando, and Royal Caribbean. They are open calls, so I’m expecting to be waiting a while as there are usually 400-600 people who show up for open calls. I will be re-auditioning for the Rockettes’ Summer Program in January or February as well, and hopefully more opportunities will be available soon. I can’t wait!

Related: Rockettes Mini Intensive – I Was Invited!

Voices of Dance Festival  The Tank Theater NYC
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2018 was filled with many successes, adventures, leaps of faith, and new experiences. Although checkered by heart break and some failure, I’d say for what it was, I made 2018 the best I possibly could given my circumstances. I am looking forward to burying 2018 in the past, and moving forward into 2019 happier, healthier, stronger, and way more excited for the future.

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American Dance Festival Scholarship Update!

Hello lovely followers!

On Friday, I received word that I was awarded a Staff Assistant Scholarship to the American Dance Festival!!! I will be completing an arts administration work-study in their PERFORMANCES office! I AM SO EXCITED I CANNOT CONTAIN IT!

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I wrote previously that I’ve been selling product on my Etsy to help fundraise my expenses for the festival. Along with my Etsy, this scholarship is going to help me tremendously afford my summer experience in Durham, NC and I cannot be more grateful or excited for this opportunity!

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I grew so much in one week last year at the Dance Professionals Workshop, and I can’t imagine how much I will grow over the course of 7 weeks this summer while I am taking full-time dance classes, and gaining hands-on experience in a dance performance arts administration setting!

Don’t forget to browse my Etsy shop for cute hair accessories and homemade eye makeup! Any sale helps me towards my summer goal! Thank you to all of my followers for being so supportive over the years of JLoF and my dance dreams!

xoxo love and light to all!

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First Professional Performances – I Can’t Believe This Is Real Life

Hi ladies and gents!

This summer, I have had the opportunity to dance in my first professional productions and dance concerts. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had, and I cannot wait to see how my career develops over the rest of this year! Anyway, last week I finished a performance series with Introspective Movement Project – a Philly-based contemporary-jazz dance company. Introspective Movement Project (Let’s call it I.M.P. for short) hosted the That Which Connects Festival – a dance festival in Camden, NJ that celebrates the dance community from the the greater Philadelphia and greater New York City areas.

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Three days leading up to the festival, we also hosted a summer intensive for dance students. The intensive allowed the students to train for three very long days in various dance styles. For the students, each day culminated with a three hour rehearsal where my lovely director set a new piece on the students to perform in the festival showcase. This gave the students an opportunity to perform alongside all of the professional companies who were performing in the showcase. That Which Connects attempts to bridge the gap between pre-professional and professional dancers, which I believe is a beautiful convergence.

As a company, we were at the theater everyday rehearsing for a few hours, and we also had the opportunity to take whatever classes we could fit into our day (after rehearsals of course). It was a very exhausting week of traveling, dancing, and rehearsing, however, it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! It was my first real taste into a professional dance career and lifestyle, and it was awesome!

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I.M.P. ladies – Photography by Marla Wolfinger

I can’t wait to see what is next for I.M.P., and for me as I pursue some other dance opportunities. I really hope I can get more work for the fall and winter season, as I’ve now realized I love the craziness of a professional performer’s life. Each day in rehearsal for the festival, I thought to myself. “I can’t believe this is my life”. Imagine the dream you’ve always had coming true, and multiply it by 10 and that is the awe I felt the week of the festival.

If you asked 17 year old me if I was going to be a professional dancer one day, I would have told you “Maybe, but I don’t know if I’m good enough or if that is what I want”. Now 5 years later, I am officially a professional dancer, and am proud as hell to tell people, “Yes I dance for a living!”.

Never stop believing in the possibility of your dreams because literally anything is possible if you want it bad enough!! ❤

How has your summer dance season been? What performances did you dance in or see? Let me know!

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