How Long is Too Long?

Hi Internet. It's been a while, I know. The life highlight is this: so long Syracuse, bye bye Boston, felicitations Florida. More to follow. Let's move on to something I've been tossing around in my brain for the past couple weeks. Before I left Syracuse, I had a conversation with a couple dancer friends about [...]

Vampire Video!

So once upon a time I directed and produced a Showcase. And in that process I had the pleasure to collaborate with a Michigan-turned-Syracuse fellow by the name of Andrew Banas. The story of how we came to work together is convoluted, but needless to say it was a good time and resulted in that [...]

A Day at Jacob’s Pillow

HI Internet--it's been a while, eh? Long story short --> Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston, Syracuse, back to Boston. Leaving for Florida in less than a week. (!) More on that later. Yesterday I voyaged across Massachusetts to see dance haven and curatorial powerhouse Jacob's Pillow in real life. Long I have heard tell of this [...]

Glamour Addiction

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 β€œYAASSS” and β€œyes this!” Allow me to explain. We have similar back-stories, Dr. McMains. I started [...]

Syracuse Ballroom Showcase: Things I Learned

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 [...]

Scheduling, Time, and a Lack of Both: a Holly Rant

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. [...]