Triple Birthdays

January 22nd is a very special day. Three very special people in my life all share this day as their anniversary of their birth.

My adorable niece, Emmaline

And fellow dancers and friends, Heather and Devin!

Yah for Birthdays!!



Favorite Images from 2010

from personal photos to my photoshoots, here are my favorite photos from last year.

There are so many more images that I love from this past year, but of course I couldn’t put them all up. Can’t wait to see all the images that are created out of 2011.

RDA Part 3: Performances

This year at RDA our company performed Travis’ “Dearly Departed”, my “A Day in the Life of a PrimaDiva”, and Luis’, “Ensuenos.” I thought we were very well represented; we showed that we could do contemporary, theatre tap, pointe tap, classical ballet, and neo classical. I was very proud to be a representative for BAHBT.

The cast of “Dearly Departed” minus Travis (he was busy doing his hair!)

My Piece closed Act II of Emerging Night and it was one of the best times we had ever done it. I was so happy with the way it went and was so proud of my cast.

This is clip of the number when it was performed at our Adjudication in February.

On Gala night, we performed Ensuenos next to last in the show. I was extremely nervous… I don’t know why though… anyways, the number went so well and we (including Luis!) were all very pleased.

Here’s a pic of Heather, Dev, and Cara backstage getting ready.

RDA Part 1: Calmes

A few weeks ago, I emailed Richard Calmes, the RDASW photographer. I’ve blogged about him before and as most of you know I’m a big fan of his work. He was very sweet in his reply to my email and I was ecstatic when he asked if me and a few friends wanted to do a photoshoot with him the day before festival started. We were all so excited!! So Wednesday afternoon, Dev, Cara, Heather, Travis, Aaron, Max and myself went to a few different locations in San Antonio and got some beautiful shots. Meeting Richard and his wife, Holley was the absolute highlight of my trip.

Focus Comparisons

Today I was feeling well enough to go take barre for day class. My doctor told me I can do what I can but when I get tired, I need to sit down. Once plie’s started I could already tell; things were going to be hard to get back into. I’m quite determined though!

So after barre I sat myself down in the front and began to watch center. Naturally I pulled out my camera and started taking some photos. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I find watching dance classes just as fun as being in them. You can learn so much just by watching. As I clicked away on my camera I listened to the corrections and comments Mr. Luis made. I turned my camera to him and started to take pictures of him as he talked. What he was saying went something like this, “Not everything happens the way we want it. That’s why we always have to fight it. It’s all matter of focusing. If we continue to focus on what we want, we will get it.” As he said this it I started thinking about the comparison between dance and photography. Just like Luis said for dance, in photography its important to focus. By focusing on the selected objection, the image wanted is created. If I were not to focus on the object properly, I won’t get that image that I want. Instead I’ll get a blurry photo. With dancing, if we don’t focus on the way we should execute a step or position, the chances of what we want happening are slim to none. Even if the image isn’t fully in focus or the dance step isn’t fully perfected it is still enough to encourage us to try again and focus some more.