Edge of Vision: Boston Ballet Leaps off the Edge of the Expected

The sweet deep voice of the cello, the feeling of heaviness on your body as night falls and tiredness overcomes you, the joy of celebration, and the sound of an Irish jig, are all familiar to us.  It is this common ground of shared experiences that makes this particular program the perfect first step off…

Owls, Senses & The Arts

Owls have become trendy over the years.  They’re cute. They’re smart. They’re  powerful and their heads turn almost all the way around.  I’ve liked owls well enough but recently I have become a bit obsessed with them for on r simple reason: presence.   Last week I saw an owl close up, in real life, not…

Episodes with Mr. B: Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound

Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound, as I mentioned in my previous post, is a three course meal.  For me, watching Episodes, was like biting into something familiar but then not quite understanding what it was. Episodes was choreographed by George Balanchine (Mr. B) and premiered in May of 1959 with the New York City Ballet. Episodes is made…

Shades of Sound: Boston Ballet Explores Shape, Light, Sound & Form in Chroma

Ballet companies, just like museum curators, symphonies, opera companies, put together a menu of sorts for their seasons.  They offer familiar favorites, seasonal treats, and, like most contemporary chefs, try to give their diners a taste of something new, exciting and different.  Shades of Sound is an interesting program.  For me, Chroma is the amuse…

Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll: Boston Ballet is at it again

Dapper men in droves, mean girls, fantasy suites, making out, hooking up, and Champagne flowing more freely than opinions on a certain striped dress, and no I’m not talking about The Bachelorette. The sex is implied (so don’t worry about bringing the kids.) The drugs are free-flowing Champagne or perhaps the intoxication is just the…

Boston Ballet’s Jewels: Three Gems

Both my children appreciate a little “fancy”.  Whether it is dressing up for a special occasion, or having just the right accessory, these little things matter.  It is the frivolous and unimportant things that are important sometimes. You don’t have to be a 5 year old girl to appreciate the twirling, dreamy, glittery, playfulness of…

Summer Camp Guide: Boston and Beyond

Summer is fast approaching and although some of you sent in cheques, registrations and health forms in between power outages and snow storms this winter the rest of us didn’t have faith that summer would ever get here.  The truth is, summer is fast approaching and camp is a great option for parents and children. …

NYC Ballet Workout Day 3: Cold toes edition

Today my body is a bit sore. I feel some of the work from abs to glutes. At the end of my workout (35 minutes) my toes are cold and my cheeks are warm. My routine this morning: Warm Up 1 : Where my toes are cold and I stand in one patch of sun….

NYC Ballet Workout: Day 1

Today is my official Day 1 of working towards getting back in the ballet studio.  I am eons away from the person I was dancing up to 40 hours a week and then still going out dancing with friends in the evening.  So I need to start small.  Very, very small.  I’m starting with 30…