Thursday, October 21, 2010

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Every now and then we all need a little "pick me up", something that ignites a spark within us and inspires us to keep pushing and striving towards our goals. You can find inspiration anywhere, a song, quote, performance, or a book. No matter how old you are or how far along you are in your career its important to get and stay inspired.
     For one of my dance education courses we were assigned to read an article which truly brought about some inspiration and hope. A young eleven year old girl named Amiya who is in love with dance wanted to find a way to teach under privileged children. She thought of a clever idea to teach dance classes out of a bus that would travel around and give free lessons. Amiya told her mother and even made sketches of what she wanted the bus to look like but she knew it was just a dream. Her grandfather was so supportive of Amiya that one day he surprised her with a real life "dance bus". It was an old school bus painted in pink with ballet barres instead of seats. Her grandfather is the bus driver and they travel around to schools in her area where they pick up children for free classes. She can fit up to 12 students at a time and offers 30 minute classes in hip hop, tap, and ballet. She calls her students her "rising stars" and has found this bus to be a great success.  
      I found this story to be completely amazing and moving. What a brilliant young girl she is for coming up with this idea and for offering her time like this. She inspires young kids to dance and inspires the rest of us to keep hope alive and follow our dreams. Anything is possible. Don't ever give up <3
Take a look at the fabulous "dance bus" below. Enjoy :) 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Birthday Baby!

Hey twinkle toes the month of October has been crazy busy and lots of fun. Last weekend I turned 22 and had a night out in NYC and then spent some time gambling in Atlantic City. Thought I'd leave you a few fun photos. x0

Monday, October 4, 2010

3rd Avenue Festival

Yesterday I spent the day performing on the streets of Bay Ridge for its 38th Annual 3rd Avenue Festival. After weeks of intense last minute rehearsals the girls of Beyond Dance and I put on a great show for the Brooklyn community. I have been performing at this event since I was a little girl and it's always one of my favorite performances of the year. Theres nothing like dancing on a stage in the middle of the street. It was a chilly day here in New York but tons of fun. I even got to take a shot at pole dancing in the street! Heres some pics below and a link of the performance put together by some of the senior company girls of Beyond Dance. Enjoy!