Sunday, April 20, 2014

So this is Saturday....

 "Welcome to Saturday!"

Mr. Branflake said as we sat down at the incredible Arties in Virginia for their coveted chicken and waffles with a bourbon bacon syrup that will have you asking your waiter for a vat of it with a straw.

That was just the start of my first Saturday off this year. 

After chicken and waffles, I met Kristen for a gelato tour at Dolcezza Gelato Factory.
We had gelato fresh from the machine. It was heaven.

We then went to a Franciscan monastery and took a fascinating tour.
They basically constructed a replica of Jerusalem. 
And their grounds were covered in bright tulips, so we spent a good half hour outside taking pictures.
This photo is crooked but I am too lazy to learn how to fix it.
I'm sorry. 

Then we ate empanadas at the fabulous Union Market in DC.
So many hipsters, but still a lot of fun.

I went to a birthday party next, so bought some flowers at the market for the birthday girl.
Aren't they gorgeous?

My friend, Niki, made this almond sour cream and cardamom cake with mango curd and mango buttercream, aka heaven.

And that was my Saturday. 

How was your weekend? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Magnolias in DC

 I love Magnolias.

In eighth grade, our very English, very proper teacher would take us out on walks after lunch. She'd point out the trees and flowers we passed and tell us about them. It must have been a funny sight to see this woman leading along eighteen boys and girls in their sailor outfits, going on a nature walk and stopping at every plant. Yes, I went to a private school and had to wear a sailor outfit. I don't know how they made that legal.

Anyway, she would teach us about these flowers and I remember loving Magnolias the most. I still do. They are perhaps the most elegant flower with the prettiest shades of pinks gradating throughout. I've tried to capture them on camera many times before, but this is the first year I actually liked the photos that came out. They're still not great- I mean, how can you really capture such a beautiful thing? But I couldn't wait to show you all the beauty out here in DC.

How are the magnolias where you are?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artist, Interrupted

Hey all! I'm performing in a few weeks and would love for you all to make it. It's at the Visitor's Center at the Washington DC LDS Temple. It's going to be a fabulous evening of dance, music, and art by some of DC's finest. Oh, and there will be a lot of BYU alumni for all my Utah peeps.

Artist, Interrupted is an organization that supports women who've had their artistic careers somehow interrupted by family, work, or life in general. I'm honored to be a part of them.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Cherry blossoms in DC. I really have no adequate words.

And that's all she wrote.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Life Lately at The Washington Ballet

1. I got new shoes! My old shoes had about thirty holes in them and the duct tape holding in my feet were getting pretty ratty. When I walked in to my Teen class with my new shoes on, they all said, "Nooo!! We were going to buy you new shoes!" Haha! I didn't realize they were that bad.

2. I get to meet Misty Copeland on Monday! She's coming to the school to speak about her incredible life, including how she didn't take her first ballet class until she was 13, becoming the first African-American soloist at The American Ballet Theatre, and her new memoir she just wrote. I am beyond thrilled to meet such a legend and beautiful dancer. 

3. The school is offering professional modern dance classes taught by Company E, one of DC's greatest dance companies. They're free for the month of April and $6 per class starting in May. Classes are Wednesdays and Friday at 10 am. I've taken company class with them before and it was fantastic!

4. Washington Ballet is putting on Peter Pan at The Kennedy Center. I can't wait to get all dressed up to watch this world premiere- I've heard such wonderful things about it already.

5. I found out one of the teachers I teach with used to be in Alvin Ailey. In fact, he was one of the men in the Revelations film I grew up watching. So naturally I made him teach me the opening sequence. For those who know Alvin Ailey, you'll know what an iconic, life changing moment that was for me. 

6. I get to meet Misty Copeland. It's worth mentioning twice. 

Happy Weekend, My Peeps!

*Disclaimer: I am not a representative of The Washington Ballet. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I know you all know this, but I just wanted to make sure there isn't confusion about my role with the organization. I am a faculty member who has a personal blog and loves to share my love of dance with the world.

*photo of me by Susan Yee

Thursday, April 10, 2014


This quote was originally seen on Mohadesa's post,
A Letter To All Women Who Have Been Told To Quiet Down, Speak Softer, and Be Less Angry

Here's why:

~She's immune to marketing schemes 
that want her to spend money to be prettier, happier, skinnier, fitter, more acceptable.

~Her heart is pure.
Her intentions are honest, as are her emotions.

~She'll do things out of love, and not obligation or self-interest.

~She can fulfill her potential without looking back in apology
or sideways in criticism.

~She lives by her passions.

~She is thoughtful, with a strong mind that's not easily swayed or distracted. 

~She can withstand peer pressure.

~She is independent of those trying to pull her down to their level 
and away from her goals.

~Her potential is unknown.

~ People will follow her.

Do you feel you require validation?
It's honestly something I've always struggled with.
I'm getting better, and trying to gain a stronger sense of self has helped.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Ideal Day Off

Last Friday I had a day off, which, with all the extra rehearsals lately, was a bit rare. I woke in the morning and ran, went grocery shopping, skyped with a dear friend, wrote a bit, and invited some friends over for a nice, hearty meal. Here's what I served:

Spaghetti and meatballs
Roasted asparagus with lemon and parmesan
French bread
Baked brie with honey and almonds
Cream puffs with ice cream, chocolate, and salted caramel

*I've been making the same spaghetti and meatballs for the last eight years. One day I'll type that recipe out and share it. 

Cover brie in honey and almonds.
Bake in an oven-safe dish in a 350 degree oven for fifteen minutes.

Roast asparagus tossed in coconut oil, salt, and pepper
in a 400 degree oven for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Cover with shredded parmesan and lemon zest before serving.

Sorry for the low quality photo. There was little light left in the house when I made these.
Bake choux dough (recipe here), cool, fill with ice cream, top with melted chocolate, and drizzle with salted caramel.

What's your ideal day off?
I cannot thank you all enough for those who read, commented, sent messages, Tweeted, and Facebooked Monday's post about being childless. I swear you guys are the most articulate, thoughtful, and loving people in the world and it was an honor to have that conversation with you.