hi! do you have many other senior ladies or like u19/u20s at maple with you? i'm looking at college in DC and right now maple looks like the best fit dance school for me but i'm not sure if i'd be in good company. thank you!
There are four of us regulars that show up for class, with three others that make it when they can because they are busy with college. We’re not a super huge group, but you’re in good company, and we have fun!
May my legs be strong and ankles not be wibbly wobbly (unless they need to be,idk). May my wig stay attached and my bedazzled dress shine with the whitehot intensity of a thousand suns. May I proudly stand upon the podium reveling in the tears of the fellow competitors I have slaughtered. Amen.
”— Mary (who is not an irish dancer but her blog is wonderful if you like superheros and cute things go follow her)
I am exhausted and my body didn’t feel like it’s normal self while dancing tonight. I currently have a lot of work stress and I’m moving in two weeks. Good thing there is a feis this weekend on top of a three hour Oireachtas practice because that is what I need right now.
1. Get a bowl.
2. Dump in a bit of broccoli coleslaw. It sounds gross but it’s like thinly sliced broccoli and also carrots and that dark purple lettuce shit.
3. Tear up leftover fried chicken you found in the fridge and add it to the broccoli slaw.
4. Sprinkle with dried cranberries that looked questionably crystallized.
5. Frozen sliced almonds? Can’t hurt. Add those too.
6. Finish it off with lite Asian toasted sesame dressing.
7. Mix it up. Clean up what spilled over the bowl. Or not. It’s late and you’re hungry after all.
When asked what advice she would give dancers today, Butler said “(What I would tell them) if they wanted to listen – and I never listened when I was young – is that they need to know that dancing is not just about the body.”
"They (the young dancers) need to know that to have a full life as a dancer, you have to get rid of this idea of perfectionism.”
"You need to cultivate your brain: feed your mind and body. You need to have that connection because when a performer is fulfilled, they have this presence which everybody talks about.”
I had a three and a half hour workshop with teams stuff and solo things. I also have this cold. I didn’t want to go expend all my energy, but my morning tea pepped me up and I wasn’t dying, so I knew I had to be there.
I armed myself with hand sanitizer (to share), cough drops, tissues, and DayQuil. I made it through teams class just fine. Or as fine as one can be when one dances the figure choreography about five times and had a cold.
Solo class was led by our one senior man who pops in when he can between shows and other projects. He is a lovely dancer. He tried to kill us. I know though if I can make it through his hornpipe stamina routine when I am not at 100% due to a cold, I will be so solid for the Oireachtas.
My energy level took a drastic downturn after that. I barely survived twice through my set, and my reels were very much a mess. When this cold is gone, I am going to have abs of steel from all the coughing.