I survived getting into my costume, fixing the armbands and putting on my makeup and I’m now waiting backstage. There is a small space for which I unfurl the veil I have chosen to enter the stage with and see how it will behave. I am pleased that the veil is behaving; there doesn’t seem… Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 4 – Competition Day – The Performance and the Aftermath
After hours of practice and planning, competition day has arrived and there are a few things to consider and/or keep in mind before you step on stage. Your dance bag, change room and backstage etiquette are three important things to manage. The Dance Bag First thing to consider for any dance bag is being compact… Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 3 – Competition Day and Backstage Etiquette
Work-Life-Dance Balance - Chapter 2 - The Pandora’s Box of Choosing to Compete I have made the choice for a new adventure in dance. I have made the choice of putting my belly dancing more at the forefront so I can experience a competition the right way; prepared. I have experienced doing a competition unprepared,… Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 2 – The Pandora’s Box of Choosing to Compete
Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 1 - Choices When I was growing up I lived out in the countryside outside of Ottawa. It was a beautiful area with forests and farmer fields. My sister and I ran around free and created adventures around our backyard, in the forests, the large ditches on the side of the… Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 1 – Choices
I’m sure many of us have heard the phrase “work-life balance” thrown around and are often trying to figure it out. In my full-time job we hear this phrase more often as we deal with stress of deadlines and/or when we work more hours than planned. Having a job where I’m sitting for extended periods… Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Prologue
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether or not you celebrate it there are so many media messages and “Hallmark” type quotes that float about our daily lives. One line that comes to mind is “feel the love”. I have no idea where it came from but that is what popped into my… Continue reading Feel the Dance!
Life does not wait for us to write down and/or capture every moment we have in our lives, but there are moments that we will not forget. These moments will bring up a variety of emotions from happy to sad, from frustration to anger, or a mix of all emotions together. In our dance community,… Continue reading Remembering and Dancing for Causes
Dance Goals and Dreams! This year has been a year of pondering what I wanted to do next with my dance. It doesn’t seem like really any other year, as I’m really a goal oriented person in some ways; okay I’m a planner. I have seen posts for planning events, both dance focused and entrepreneur… Continue reading The Planning Dancer
Back to Classes! At this time of year we often start see advertisements for back to school deals and start to think what kind of classes should I take and/or try this year. Students and teachers alike start prepping for the upcoming fall classes to begin and dance students/teachers are no different. For myself, I… Continue reading Ottawa Dancers Blogletter – Back to Classes!
The summer is in full swing and although there are fewer classes happening around town during the summer, it doesn't mean that the dancing stops. If you're missing your dance class, and don't feel motivated to dance alone, then might I suggest calling up a dance friend and arranging a dance date with them. Whose… Continue reading Get your Dance on!