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the masters and their dreamers

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to stand on a stage again…

where the lights are bright

and

the music echoes through the rafters.

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to feel the sensation of a pounding heart…

fueling the purest of desire to soar on the wings of muses

&

become one

with their masters

and

the

vision

which dwells

 forever

within their spirit…

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this is my ‘for always’ dream.

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inspired by ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
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February 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm 12 comments

strokes of a pen

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our eyes connected,

a few words spoken,

smiles exchanged…

for the briefest of moments

each one belonged to me.

only me.

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though our time shared was brief,

their time bestowed will live in my forever…

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a few of my prize possessions…Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frederick Franklin, Alexandra Danilova, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride

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One of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time…

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January 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm 13 comments

an autobiography

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many pairs of shoes

each a different story

chapters of a book

penned with hours of sweat and blood

a once upon a time life

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opening nights, first tour, debuts, special events – just a few

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December 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm 28 comments

dedication

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on the cusp of a dream

~ looking forward ~

beyond the threshold

where passion commands

the instrument

and

the spirit

to breathe

as

one

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once upon a time…

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December 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm 13 comments

old roads

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walking down old roads

miles and miles of memories

pieces left behind

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December 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm 10 comments

excavating

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digging through old boxes

discovering priceless treasures aplenty

resurrecting a distant past

I am alive again

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yours truly

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7 1/2 years old

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December 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm 22 comments

true love

20 years of life

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of dreams

fulfilled

~ now ~

undying

memories

of a true love,

which will never fade…ever…

ballet shoes

just a ‘few’ shoes…the extra special ones

&

my first pair of ballet tights

December 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm 19 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – The Finale

The Finale

soaring crescendos

all the dancers on the stage

Clara bids farewell

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me – Act I – center stage – before the tree starts to grow

The photo above was taken from a special souvenir photo book which was created for the 1981 Nutcracker Season.  After spending my Sunday afternoon digging through boxes, I found this gem amongst many, many other treasures.  This photo was taken in 1979.

I hope you have enjoyed my series of pieces inspired by The Nutcracker Ballet.  As a child, the holidays were The Nutcracker. As an adult, they are very special memories – ones which I will never, ever forget.  Just ask my boys….they hear the same stories year after year, after year, after year…..and it looks like y’all will be suffering the same fate!

December 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm 17 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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celesta keys strike

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dainty pink pointes enamor

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a charming classic

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The celesta, an instrument invented in 1886, gets its name for its “celestial,” tinkling sound.  It provides the distinctive music that accompanies the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard.  Tchaikovsky is considered to be the first major composer to utilize the celesta in a musical composition – his Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is the most well-known. (For the music buffs in the audience, Tchaikovsky first used the instrument in a symphonic poem – The Voyevoda in 1891 – The Nutcracker was written in 1892.)

December 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

The Nutcracker Act II Pas De Deux

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The Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier

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one

spotlight

on stage right.

they stand prepared.

he extends his arm –

she gently takes his hand

stepping onto perfect pointes.

gracefully and delicately

a majestic pas de deux unfolds…

dreams of sugar plums become her desire…..

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A long time ago.....

my first year as Clara – December 1978

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In 1974, the Cincinnati Ballet Company premiered The Nutcracker.  For two years, I sat in the audience – mesmerized.  In Summer of 1976, I changed ballet schools and that December I was cast as a party girl and bunny.  Many little girls and boys see more than just a ballet while sitting in the audience of a production of The Nutcracker – they discover their heart’s true desire.

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On a separate note, this piece of music is my favorite piece of Tchaikovsky music – of any music, really.  Each time I hear it, I cry.  Incidentally, twenty years later my son Peyton would be born to this particular piece.  (I made two ‘labor tapes’ and this was on cassette number 2).  The words written above are based on the original Marius Petipa choreography, with the exception of the last line…of course.

December 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm 6 comments

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