let’s hear it for the negative

  • To the negative reviews and comments: for teaching me that not everyone will always like and approve of me or my words, and that’s ok, and I’m still ok.

  • To the negative bank account: for giving me the opportunity to realize that I’ll still exist and I still have value regardless of what the numbers say.

  • To the negative mood: for reminding me that boundaries are important and alone time can be medicine.

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is dance technique overrated?

“Spell your name in a dance, across the floor.”

They gave us this prompt at the audition for Oakland Ballet and I nearly froze in fear.

Improvise?! Perform something random that I create, that is not following exact choreography?! Nooooooo!!

That was 19-year-old me, and oh man was I stuck in the technical pursuit of perfection, without any sense of creative expression or me and my own voice.

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