Archive for November 2009

Thanksgiving...Means It's Almost Time for Nutcracker

Next week the Joffrey is traveling to St. Louis, MO to open our 2009 season of Nutcracker at St. Louis’ Fox Theater. The last time we toured to St. Louis we were there with our beloved artistic director and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, Gerald Arpino, who has since past away.  It will be bittersweet... Read more »

Why I Like Teaching

Someone asked me recently why it is that I want to teach ballet.  They wanted to know, “as a dancer with the Joffrey, don’t you get annoyed or frustrated teaching ballet to beginners, to older people, who seem to be so uncoordinated?”  The truth is, teaching makes me incredibly happy.  It’s a satisfaction I do... Read more »

Dancing in Cali, Colombia with Constelacion Latina

30 Seconds of Dance: Constelacion Latina Complete Routine from 30 Seconds of Dance on Vimeo. This past summer I was invited to travel to Cali, Colombia to film the salsa company, Constelacion Latina as they prepared for the Colombian Salsa Championships.  When I started 30secondsofdance I had it in mind that I wanted to travel... Read more »

Injuries are Just Part of the "Fun" of Dance

“Dancing is fun…it’s so great that you get to dance for a living…what a fun and great way to live!”  Yes, you are certainly right, but that’s not the whole story.  Let’s just put it this way, it’s what most consider a “fun” job with (as of last Friday) a side of a torn tendon... Read more »

A Little of My Past at the Paris Opera Ballet School

Excerpt from the documentary, Etoiles, about the Paris Opera Ballet School.  Notice me around 5:30, 6:18, and 6:53! So for my last blog I wanted to let everyone know about the ballet classes I teach throughout the city, but I, too, had to start somewhere.  I grew up in France and didn’t have what would... Read more »

Teaching Ballet in Chicago

Aside from my professional career dancing at the Joffrey, I fill much of my free time by teaching ballet classes throughout the city.   And now I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’m starting a brand new beginner class on Wednesday nights in addition to my current classes on Thursdays and Saturdays. I have been... Read more »

Nutcracker Holiday Fun

So here we are once again, getting ourselves ready for the Nutcracker season.  I would say it is the most fun part of our season, although I am certain other dancers would adamantly disagree with me.  Let’s see, I tried to do this in the last blog, but it’s anywhere from 20-40 performances a season... Read more »

Help Me Decide My Nutcracker Prince Solo

Othello finished a little over a week ago and now we are back in rehearsals for our next performance, The Nutcracker.  It is a month before we open the Nutcracker in St. Louis, and shortly thereafter here in Chicago on December 11th.  It’s hard to believe that this is my 7th Nutcracker with the Joffrey.... Read more »

We Need Art, We Need Dance, We Just Need More of it

Well Othello finished on October 25th and it was time to have some time off.  We had a week off after the show closed, but I should quickly shut my mouth because time off from the Joffrey means I get to spend far more time on all of my other projects (aka work!).  My business... Read more »