Yes on a World Ballet Day 2021!

Editor’s note: Thrilled to announce on September 2nd that YES, THERE WILL be a 2021 World Ballet Day event in 2021!  Here is my original post from August: Will there be a World Ballet Day livestream event in 2021? You might think it curious of me, dear reader, to lead with such an inconclusive question. … Read more

Presenting “Joy Womack: the White Swan”

Picture this. You are an American teen, utterly enthralled by ballet, Russian ballet in particular. You’re an aspiring ballerina and you’re really, really, really good. The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, having seen you dance, invites you to study with them. And not just the program for foreigners; this is the prestigious mainstream training for … Read more

Waking to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending”

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending” falls into that delicious category for me, of classical pieces I discover upon awakening. On weekdays I set my iPad alarm to an HD classical station and at 4:06am the music pierces my dreams, awakening me in the kindest of ways (until the “real” alarm blasts me out of … Read more

Music for Grace — a Top 10 playlist for dying

I thought my friend Grace had died already. This past week I was away on a five-day personal retreat without internet, so I had to go with the old-fashioned news source: one’s instincts. In our last email exchange, three weeks earlier, she’d been frank. “I’m very weak. They (the hospice care team) told me I … Read more

Q & A with author Terez Mertes Rose

I had the opportunity to sit and talk face-to-face with author Terez Mertes Rose the other day (okay so it was a mirror), about her recently released novel, Ballet Orphans, a prequel and Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series, which, through the month of April, is only $0.99, to honor April, the story’s … Read more