Belle Vie / 28

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2. If only I had this many hats! And this couch…although maybe in a different colour. (instagram)
3. I wouldn’t mind living inside 3 Speed – it has become our go-to brunch spot of late.
4. And look how cool their ceiling is!
5. My handsome, bearded man – he plans to grow that thing for the rest of winter.  (instagram)
6. The National Ballet School – I talked a bit about that time in my life here. (instagram)
7. Our empty changeroom before our dance show – the calm before the storm.
8. Makeup less and the first one to arrive, as usual.
9. Ally getting ready for the show – Ally is one of the most genuine, wonderful people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She’s a real gem, and a true artist in all that she does.
10. What our dressing tables look like when we are getting ready – makeup and electronics.
11. My beautiful, amazing Armando – he never fails to make me laugh and he never ceases to amaze when I watch him dance. I get all kinds of shivers and feels when he is doing his thing.
12. Esie took this picture of me dancing at our tech rehearsal on Friday night…I quite like it.
13. One of the amazing headpieces by Heather from Heart of Gold Designs – I’m so excited to photograph and style this beauty! (instagram)

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Solace

DSC_1660I apologize for being sort of absent last week – I had such a nutty, busy week. I can’t complain though, often times I feel really lucky to be so busy doing all the things I love most. Our dance production, Choices, took up most of my time this past week, and thank goodness for that because I don’t think our two performances would have been as wonderful as they were without everyones hard work and time. I don’t talk about dance much on here – it’s just a thing you guys know I do – but dance is a huge part of who I am. It’s hard to explain without it sounding so cheesy and non-sensical, but my solo in the show entitled Solace, was a piece that was very personal to Shameka (the choreographer) and me. It was a story about her and at the same time, it felt like a story about me. So many people said such wonderful things about my piece – about the way I danced it, about how captivating it was – such kind words that all I could really muster was simple thank yous, which feels so insincere, but really there were no words for how grateful I was feeling during this time. When you are really able to just let go of your inhibitions and just be who you are on stage, well it is unlike any feeling I can articulate. And having people feel with you, even though they are sitting in seats many feet away, unable to really understand the inner workings of your mind at that very moment, it is again a feeling I will never be able to articulate. But it is special, and will always be special to me. That’s all I want to do as a dancer and as an artist – I want to feel with intention and I want others to feel with me. I came away from this show realizing that our bodies and our minds can be painfully connected, sometimes they fight each other when we are not at ease, but when we allow ourselves to just be, the two can work so harmoniously together, if only for a moment, we can find solace.

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Blouse: vintage
Skirt: Club Monaco via Common Sort
Cardigan: thrifted
Shoes: Topshop
Scarf: H&M
Beret: vintage
Tights: old paid of ballet tights
Bow tie: handmade

Three Wise Monkeys

10178043_1378167762471657_991497049825960013_nI don’t talk about dance much on here, for whatever reason. It’s a huge part of my life, however. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 yrs old, and when most kids were hanging out with their friends after school and on weekends, I was at the dance studio, in the classes I had every night and rehearsing the many, many competitive dance routines I was in each year. Dance has been the most consistent thing in my life – I’ve just always been doing it. I’m not sure I’ve ever really mentioned what it is exactly that I do. I started training quite young in ballet – which I’ve posted about before – that’s where it all began. I’m trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and contemporary. My main and most loved style is contemporary, but since moving to Toronto several years ago, I do a lot of hip hop, which I guess is my other main style. I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate my dance things into this space. I’m in the very very beginning stages of starting a new project with a dear friend who I have been dancing with for several years now. It’s something I’m really excited about, and will be something I can share with all of you since it will be mostly “web-based”. Dance is very much my art, and I keep it very close to my heart, but I think I want to open up a bit and allow others into that world (not just those very close to me).

These photos are from a piece I was in called ‘Three Wise Monkeys’, choreographed by my amazing friend and dance mama, Shameka Blake, and danced with two really truly amazing & inspiring dancers, Alvin Collantes and Chantelle Mostacho. Photographs by E.S. Cheah.

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Belle Vie / 11

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2. Gelato from Boreal Gelato. I got pistachio and salted caramel, Ryan got mojito and coconut (mine was better).
3. My dear dear friend Brandon, or as he is more commonly known, Bizzy. He is one of the most vibrant, kind, selfless and beautiful people I have ever met. He is someone I have been lucky enough to dance beside and get to know over the last several years. On top of being an incredibly talented dancer, he is also an amazing videographer, and was filming a piece that me and 2 other dancers performed, choreographed by Shai just last night. I’m so excited to it share with you when it’s done!
4. I’ve met such awesome and interesting people through instagram (yay internet) I recently received such a sweet and thoughtful gift from an insta friend, Niki of First Ladies Vintage.
5. Recently I had the pleasure of dancing next to Andrew (that piece I was talking about above), he is a beautiful, beautiful dancer (like no joke guys. insane.) Male contemporary dancers are always my favorite to watch.
6. Last weekend we had a bbq in Ryan’s backyard. Things got a little silly…(photo by Oskar)
7. The lighting for our dance film. Eek! It looked so cool!

Until When We Are Ghosts

Processed with VSCOcam with s6 preset“Everyday I discover
more and more
beautiful things.
It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.”
– Claude Monet

That quote really resonates with me. It is how I feel, and have always felt about life and the things I fill my days with. I’ve never been able to give my whole heart to any one thing because fragments of it are all over. (except for Ryan. man, that guy has the whole damn thing) I’ve been in love with dance since I was 4 years old, but I couldn’t possibly have that be the only thing in my life – it would lose all meaning. That sentiment goes for all things that have found their way into my heart, one by one. I never want anything to feel forced – to feel like work. The second that happens, you fall out of love. What it once mean’t is lost. I want to learn more and more, for all the days of my life, and never feel disenchanted by what was once so enchanting. It’s important to keep testing yourself and to allow yourself to fall for people and places and arts and feelings. Humans are so complex and so beautiful, we should never sell ourselves short with all that we can do, it would be such a shame. Lets continue to drive ourselves mad with seeing beauty, everyday, until when we are ghosts.
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Processed with VSCOcam with s6 presetShirt & Scarf: thrifted
Skirt: vintage (will be in the shop shortly)
Brogues: vintage
Socks: Target