Thursday, March 22, 2012


I'm the type of girl who loves makeup, but never buys any. I can never justify spending $20 on a tiny eyeshadow. I would rather spend my money on food, shoes, a movie, or, I don't know... tuition.

I intern at Ballet West, so yesterday I was able to help out with the Charity Gala at CityCreek. I was at one of the check-in posts, punching peoples tickets, saying things like "How are you", "Thank you so much for coming", "Enjoy your evening" about 500 times. I also gave them a book filled with coupons, and a $20 gift card. I worked for about an hour, then the woman in charge told us that we could leave and explore the mall with our own tickets, coupons, and a $20 gift card. That's right, I got to explore the mall early, and got a $20 gift card for working for one hour. Best. Deal. Ever.

I have been thinking about what I'm going to do with this free money I obtained. I decided to buy something that I never do, splurge a bit. I am going to hop on TRAX, go down to the incredible CityCreek and spend some time in Sephora so that I can own my way too expensive eyeshadow.

Or maybe this...

Or even this...

I can't wait.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Things I've Learned in College

I graduate in about 1.5 months, and it's so surreal. I've been waiting for this moment since I was a Sophomore and now that's it's here, I honestly can't believe it. I've been thinking about what I've learned, so I decided to put together a list, both funny and serious. Here goes.

- Dancers are a very different breed of human, in the best possible way.
- Sometimes the mistakes and the unplanned are the most beautiful.
- I've never been more proud of myself than making it through technique class some days.
- Speaking of technique class, it is very possible to dance with little sleep and a major headache, but I wouldn't recommend it.
- Going back to the basics is often times essential for growth.
- Much of the population know absolutely nothing about modern dance, nor will they ever try to understand it or see it as a valid form of education. I have learned to accept this. (Although it still makes me upset deep down.)
- I honestly believe that I have learned more about myself, my body, my relationships, and the way I handle different situations through dance than I could have studying anything else. It has opened my eyes to new experiences and challenges.
- I have learned that when you're discouraged, you must always keep going and have a good attitude about it. Your grade depends on it. :)
- Even if I could have had the opportunity, I would never dance with Martha Graham. She terrifies me.
- Nothing can compare to the bonds and friendships you make while dancing. You get to know someone on a whole new level.
- In a front attitude, your Sartorius muscle is in a concentric contraction.
- I don't know what it'll be like to not be sore or have a bruise somewhere.
- Production, music and rhythm, dance technology, and so much dance history.
- I've learned how to become a good (hopefully) dance teacher, through classes and mentors.
- Contact improv still scares me to death, but now I have the basic skills to try.
- It is normal to walk into the dance building and see people laying on the floor, walking around with no shoes on, lying in 'unnatural' positions, and dancing in a corner by themselves with headphones on.

There is so much more, but I won't bore you with more. I can't explain how much this program has changed me for the better and I'm so happy that I made the decision to be a dance major.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I'm blogging about my February on March 1. I know I know, I'm a little behind. February was a good month and I always feel accomplishment when its through. It's really hard to get through this month, sometimes. But I did manage to have a good time.

I've been working on my senior piece and it's just about finished. Almost. I have 4 more long rehearsals then it's time to perform. I'm freaking out a bit. But my cute sister surprised me and told me she's coming from NYC to see me. (Along with her husband and adorable littler girl) My other sisters are also coming so I'll give them the credit they deserve too.

I finally feel like I'm getting used to this whole teaching idea. I'm learning how to structure a class and make it flow. It's also very exciting to see my students improve. I even get hugs after every class from my 4th graders. I know I won't get that in High School, but it sure makes me feel important.

On Valentines Day I had school, work, and work at CBT until 8. It was a rough start but we had a good night. We had Zupas for dinner (my absolute favorite place). Kevin set up a little picnic in his basement which was very cute, then we had a relaxing rest of the night watching Midnight in Paris, which is a great movie. I just wish I knew the literary jokes. I am definitely not an English major.
Side note: Kevin surprised me at home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.... but I was in the shower at the time. He banged on the door while I had soap in my hair and I was a bit annoyed until I saw what he brought me. I made him some pretzel-kiss-m&m things and a CD.