Dear Dr. McMains, I recently read your book Glamour Addiction. It took me all of a few paragraphs for my eyebrows to go up, and all of five pages to grab a pencil, defacing the margins with comments like “YAASSS” and “yes this!” Allow me to explain. We have similar back-stories, Dr. McMains. I started … Continue reading Glamour Addiction
Hello internet--it's been a busy few weeks. I am currently sitting at home in a haze, still riding the high of the show last night. What show, you say? The Syracuse Ballroom Showcase, of course. The path to producing this show has been a long and interesting one, and I thought I would take today … Continue reading Syracuse Ballroom Showcase: Things I Learned
Hi Internet! So by now you all know that I'm a dancer. And a choreographer. And a do-er of things. And in just two weeks one of my largest projects ever is coming to fruition. It is.... the SYRACUSE BALLROOM SHOWCASE! This is going to be a super cool event--the first of it's kind in … Continue reading Syracuse Ballroom Showcase
Hi internet--here is a slightly garbled collection of thoughts about scheduling and time management. Proceed with caution if you are expecting coherence. I learned a lot from my time in the ballet company as a youngster--and beyond just technique. Very quickly it became obvious (to me) that talent alone was a poor substitute for dependability. … Continue reading Scheduling, Time, and a Lack of Both: a Holly Rant
Hi internet--I know, it's been a while. To be honest, the reason I haven't written is because there's only one thing I've wanted to write about, and I've not been able to write about it for reasons of not counting eggs before they've hatched. WELL. THE EGGS HAVE HATCHED. ALERT THE DINO-KEEPERS. Er. Ok. The … Continue reading IT’S REAL
Hi Internet, So those of you how know me IRL will know that I have a particular love for music with a strong, syncopated beat--and by that I don't mean Swing, I mean Samba. And Reggaeton. Obviously Samba is originally Brazillian, and has been in the Ballroom musical lexicon for many years. Reggaeton is newer, … Continue reading Feminist Reggaeton?
Last week I had the pleasure of guest-teaching an intermediate-level ballet class at a local studio. It's been a while since I taught ballet, and I was nervous I would forget the correct terms/tell a dumb joke to a crowd of teenagers/generally make a fool of myself. But luckily, it went rather well! And in … Continue reading Thoughts from A Guest-Teaching Gig