SYTYCD

While summer means beach trips, patio drinking and sporting my excessive collection of sandals, it also means So You Think You Can Dance (affectionately known as SYTYCD) is back for another season. I should apologize in advance for the number of clips I’ll inevitably post through the season – but sorry, I’m not sorry.

Little kids that are amazing hip hop dancers? Right up there with elderly couples and Jacoby Ellsbury on the list of “things that make my heart melt”. Add in my boy Glitch and game over.

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It Takes a Village

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The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind, to say the least. I don’t think I’ve had time to actually process anything and probably won’t for awhile because things don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon (in a good … Continue reading

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

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I took this advice yesterday when I auditioned my own choreography for my dance company’s upcoming season. I’ve been dancing for forever but have zero experience choreographing. I was tired of pushing off the idea of choreographing season after season and sitting at each choreographer showcase with regret. So over the past month, with the mindset of “the worst thing that will happen is they’ll say no” and an extra push from my friend/co-choreographer, ¬†we put together a lyrical/contemporary piece to Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over”. Country music and the dance world don’t typically mix, but this song has the emotion and musicality of the more typical contemporary song choices, and it just works.

And what do you know, it got selected! After the audition, I thought the scariest part was over, but the real anxiety set in after we found out the good news. It means stepping even further out of my comfort zone and teaching dancers our moves, determining lighting and staging, ordering costumes, etc. – none of which I’ve ever done before.

So next Sunday (after running my first half – not ideal scheduling) we’ll kick off the season by showcasing our piece to the company’s nearly 100 dancers. Then begins 10 short weeks of rehearsals before the performance! I’m excited for the challenge and to see the final piece (which is currently a bunch of jumbled thoughts and moves in my head) come to life on the stage.

What have you tried lately that scared you?

2013 Emmy Award Highlights

Hands down, the highlight of the Emmy’s for me was this piece choreographed by the nominees of the Outstanding Choreography category. Is there a cooler couple than NappyTabs? I think not. The dance nerd in me lost her damn mind. The tributes also seemed a lot more emotional this year – or I’ve just become a sap.

And this clip will never cease to make me LOL.

And of course, the main reason I watch these award shows – the fashion. These ladies topped my list of Red Carpet Faves:

Kerry Washington – Has the woman ever had an off look?

Kate Mara – Just the right amount of skin showing. Love the detail, sleeves, and pockets!

Tina Fey – Smoke. Show.

Rose Byrne – This look could have been too simple and washed her out, but instead she nailed it.

What were your favorite moments? What red carpet looks did you love?