My Blog

18
Jan
2014
Oops! Mistakes on Stage ~ "Have you ever made a mistake on stage?" "Have you ever fallen on stage?"  These are two questions that I am often asked. Perhaps because there is a perception of ballet dancers being poised and in control as a rule, many are surprised to hear that I lost count long ago of the number of times I have done both. In fact, not long ago I found myself losing my 'poise' ...
02
Oct
2013
A Dancer’s Summer ~ With the last days of sunshine about to fade away, I am reflecting on the summer. It all seemed to pass so quickly! From the end of June until the beginning of August this past summer was one of my busiest. I attended 3 of my closest friends' weddings, I moved, parents and siblings from both my husband Ryan’s and my family visited, and the ballet went on tour. Usually during the hot days...
17
Jun
2013
Ballet in the Mara ~ Firstly I must apologize for being away for so long. It has been a busy few months with travelling and hard work in the studio. Plus I experienced a delay because of technical difficulties (or to be more honest, my own computer idiocy). I also wanted to make sure that I took the time to properly tell the following story. It is about an experience that will forever be a highlight in my life. I hope...
18
Feb
2013
Stories from Tour - Washington DC ~ As a young ballet student one of the things I looked forward to the most about the career I was working toward was the chance to perform around the world. The idea of travelling to exciting cities and dancing in front of new audiences in beautiful theatres sounded so glamorous. I heard stories of The National Ballet of Canada leaving on tours that lasted weeks across Europe, Asia, and the United S...
11
Dec
2012
Diary of an Injury Part 5 - The Comeback ~ I awoke in a panic. The dream, although full of ridiculous events, had seemed so real. I dreamt it was my first show back from injury, and due to various crazy occurrences I was a half hour late for curtain up and not in the right costume or warmed up. It doesn't take a genius to analyze that one!   It was coming down to the moment of truth. I had started back at rehearsal on October...
08
Oct
2012
Diary of an Injury Part 4 - Getting (Ballet) Specific ~ Since last I wrote, I have had some much appreciated breakthroughs with my healing. I am no longer wearing my brace, I almost have full range of motion, and the swelling has decreased enough to allow my muscles to start firing properly. I have also gained strength in my injured leg, and  it is now almost as strong as my healthy one. I have also suffered a big disappointment. In a week and a...
16
Sep
2012
Diary of an Injury Part 3 - Mind Games ~ The mental aspect of injury is more difficult than the physical. It is the mind that dictates how successful a recovery is, and there are so many daemons that can derail that success. I have seen fellow dancers recover badly from an injury not because their bodies did not heal, but because they were never able to get over their mental hurdles. Having seen this happen, the first time I had a major ...
22
Aug
2012
Diary of an Injury Part 2 - Staying Strong ~ I am happy to report that I have been given a new knee brace that allows for a little more movement. It blocks how much I can bend my knee, but after 2 weeks in a full leg brace that kept my knee completely straight I’ll take it. The reason for the restriction was explained to me on Wednesday Aug 8th by orthopedic surgeon Dr Ogilvy-Harris. Apparently the small ligaments that would have torn ...
08
Aug
2012
Diary of an Injury Part 1 - What happened? ~ On Friday July 27th I dislocated my kneecap. It happened at the end of the first rehearsal of the day in the last 2 minutes. There was only about 16 barres of music left to go. According to my osteopath Penny Flemming it was a fluke, as I wasn’t doing anything really strenuous or a range of motion that I had never done before, and I was in shape even though it was only the Ballet’s fir...
07
Jul
2012
Me? Give Advice? ~ A few months ago I received an email from the Student Council President at the National Ballet School. She asked me if I would be willing to give a speech at the upcoming graduation ceremony for the class of 2012. I was honoured to be asked, but also shocked that I have been away from the school for long enough to be asked to deliver some words of wisdom. After getting over the fact that it has be...