Debussy’s String Quartet in G-minor is one of those pieces of music that I will listen to over and over, struck anew by the power that resides within it, its energy and originality and rich textures. The third movement, ever my favorite, seems to impart a secret message, one you must be very still and … Read moreDebussy’s Quartet and remembering Camille Claudel
Young girl live for dance Teacher say “now pointe shoe time” Finally dream come true Torture instrument Blame Marie Taglioni Romantic Era Pink, peach, all hand-made Burlap, glue, many layers Bring lots of money Freed, Gaynor Minden Feet on fire, toes squished and numb Soon blisters will form Shoe hard like … Read morePointe Shoe Haiku
I have decided to quit my weekly violin lessons, after nine years. This is a daunting prospect, but it feels like it’s time. I’m burnt out; I simply can’t continue to make time for it, keep up on the material, week after week. Years back, I’d assumed that having a child move on from elementary … Read moreViolin at risk: quitting or preserving?
It’s time once again for my annual trek to Vajrapani for a three-day silent retreat. Last year, upon my return, I penned an article for Dance Advantage about how my meditation practice paralleled, oddly, my experience in taking ballet classes. Rereading it now, I’m grateful for the wisdom I’d accrued last year and utterly, wholly … Read moreZen and Ballet: 10 Tips for the Journey