forty – fortysix

february 9, 2015

Making it a habit.

february 10, 2015

I got to unbox these two beauties today in shop.

february 11, 2015

I made Shay use the BFL to focus while I ran the light board.

february 12, 2015

I do love our sunsets.

february 13, 2015

I deemed ice cream a requirement for rehearsal tonight.

february 14, 2015

I got home from a very long Saturday at school to a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers, meat cooking on the grill, and a fire in the backyard. Valentine’s Day done right in my book!

february 15, 2015

Self care Sundays are the best.

thirtythree – thirtynine

february 2, 2015

LIzommy sent us a little engagement present!

february 3, 2015

Found on the Masquer grid: four gels became one.

february 4, 2015

Appropriately, this was the first label we made.

february 5, 2015

Oatmeal Raisinette Cookies for the ACDA Benefit Concert bake sale!

february 6, 2015

Sold out ACDA Benefit Concert tonight!
photo by William Munoz

february 7, 2015

A great quote in Clare’s notebook.

february 8, 2015

Yup, the semester has definitely started. Not show: 2.5 inch scab/scar from a pair of heels, three marly burns on the top of my foot that scabbed, two bruises on the top of my other foot, a blister on my big toe, and a blood blister on the pad of my foot.

twentysix – thirthyone

january 26, 2015

Always nice to start the semester with karma points.

january 27, 2015


january 28, 2015

“Paradise”, choreographed by Stevie Teran.
photo by William Munoz

january 29, 2015

Super secret light shop staff mission to a roof.

january 30, 2015

My nails and my homework.

january 31, 2015

We got a big poster!!

february 1, 2015

This is always my favorite sight.

nineteen – twentyfive

january 19, 2015

Talk about a PERFECT day at Lost Trail! Powder, some blue clouds, and my love.

january 20, 2015


january 21, 2015

My handsome love and I hiked up to the M today after rehearsal.

january 22, 2015

Today my window and my mason jar got into a freak accident. Mustache duct tape to the rescue.

january 23, 2015

Sparkle, loves, sparkle.

january 24, 2015

I love this girl.

january 25, 2015

A blanket of fog on my drive to school this morning.

2014 Year In Review


  • 1/1 – 4th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens FAIL
  • 1/3 – Fancy date at El Gaucho
  • 1/5 – Backcountry ski trip to Mt. St. Helens with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw. Terrible snow, beautiful sunset.
  • 1/10 – Five Year Anniversary <3
  • 1/12 – Drive from Portland to Seattle and stay night with Becky
  • 1/18 – Gold Bug Hot Springs with Daryl and Nick
  • 1/19 – Ski at Lost Trail with Daryl and Nick
  • 1/20 – Drive to Great Falls to pick up Mike. Spend the evening coloring and putting together puzzles with Elsie.
  • 1/27 – First day of Spring semester


  • 2/1 – Ski at Snowbowl with Nick
  • 2/6 – -17*. Campus was shut down not because of the cold, but because there was an armed robber on campus. Brrrr.
  • 2/7 – Ran lights for Montana State Thespian Festival cuttings
  • 2/8 – Bought my beloved Frye boots
  • 2/17 – Ski at Lost Trail
  • 2/22 – Poker night
  • 2/28 – School canceled due to snow/cold. Liz and I ski to DraughtWorks for free beer!


  • 3/1 – Daryl visits
  • 3/2 – Backcountry ski trip to University Mountain with Daryl, Mike, and Nick. Go straight to Swan Lake rehearsal in ski boots.
  • 3/6 – We got our Swan Lake tutus!
  • 3/19-22 – Dance In Concert. Open show with Swan Lake, continue show as ASM backstage.
  • 3/22 – Daryl and Chadler visit. Fly down the Bitterroot.
  • 3/24 – Was awarded a 50% scholarship to Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
  • 3/26 – Was awarded a $1750 scholarship!
  • 3/28-4/1 – Cat sitting Pooka and Katniss for Clare


  • 4/2-5 – Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Festival at University of Montana
  • 4/11 – Friend-date with Cody, Chris, Emily, Arina, Jackie, and Brooke at Caio Mambo
  • 4/19 – Daryl and Chadler visit
  • 4/20 – Hike up Kootenai Creek with Daryl and Chadler
  • 4/21 – Officially a BFA Dance Major!
  • 4/25-26 – Informal Concert: Clothe The Dancers
  • 4/26 – 1920s Party at Alan’s house


  • 5/5 – Upgrade to iPhone5c, Cinco de Franklin
  • 5/6-10 – Dance New Works
  • 5/7 – Was given a production assignment for Fall 2014: assistant stage manager for Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 5/11 – Theatre & Dance Picinic. Was awarded a Paper Plate Award for Most Productive In A Tutu.
  • 5/12 – National Bison Range with Mama, Daddy, and Grandma
  • 5/14 – Blank Paper performance
  • 5/16 – Jackie’s senior show
  • 5/17 – Commencement. Work backstage, then change lights over to Ballet Arts Academy recital.
  • 5/18 – Ballet Arts Academy recital
  • 5/23 – Liz, Tommy, and Debo move to Oregon
  • 5/24-25 – Backcountry ski trip to Carlton Ridge with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw
  • 5/26 – Jessie and Adam have baby Kaia!
  • 5/27 – First day of summer work study
  • 5/31 – Fly to Portland. Disc golf with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw. Spend night with Megan and Chadler.


  • 6/1 – Disc golf with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw
  • 6/2 – Come down with a 24-hour flu bug
  • 6/3 – Fly to Missoula
  • 6/6 – Hike up to top of Mt. Sentinel and watch para- and hang-gliders taking off
  • 6/7 – Went to the Saturday Markets with Sydoney, then play with silks
  • 6/11-17 – East Coast vacation!
  • 6/12 – Emily and I head into the City. Wander Governor’s Island for a bit, then found ballet in the park after dessert-lunch at Max Brenner.
  • 6/13 – Emily drops me off at Gabi and Bryan’s house. We drive to Delaware. Gab and I stay night at Lindsay’s Mom’s and stay up talking until 4am.
  • 6/14 – Josh and Lindsay’s wedding!
  • 6/15 – Run lights for Kathryn Barnett School Of Dance recital
  • 6/16 – Gab and I go to Sea Bright Beach for the day
  • 6/17 – Fly back to Missoula
  • 6/20 – Drive to Portland
  • 6/22 – Backcountry ski trip to Mt. Hood with Daryl. Ski from just below crater all the way back to Sue Ann.
  • 6/23 – Drive to Missoula
  • 6/27 – 27th Birthday! Disc golf with Nick, Conner, Lori, Mike, Ike, Fisher, Ozzy, and Tucker.


  • 7/3-5 – Kreis Pond with Daryl, Nick, Mike, Saville, Fisher, Ike, and Elsie
  • 7/10 – Drive to Portland
  • 7/12 – Visit Aunt Karen and Uncle Larry in Roseburg with Daryl, Mama, and Daddy
  • 7/13 – Daryl and I lackadaisically drive back to Portland with a stop at McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville
  • 7/15 – Daryl rents a Cessna and flies me home to Missoula!
  • 7/18 – Fly to Boulder
  • 7/19-8/1 – Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
  • 7/27 – Tech rehearsal for the workshop shows. 3 hours of dance and 3 hours focusing lights!


  • 8/1 – Workshop show
  • 8/2 – Wander downtown Boulder during the afternoon before the Interweave Dance Theatre show
  • 8/4 – Fly to Portland
  • 8/6 – Christopher and Amy having Daryl and I over for dinner. Yum!
  • 8/7 – Weekday date night at Laurelhurst Theater to see The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • 8/10 – Kelly Point Park at sunset with Daryl
  • 8/11 – I got to spend the day babysitting Henry. I love babies!
  • 8/15 – Camp at Hidden Lake for festivities
  • 8/16 – Christopher and Amy’s wedding!
  • 8/18 – Kelly Point Park at sunset with Daryl
  • 8/19 – Head to Astoria for the day
  • 8/21 – Had lunch with Spencer and Tania at Lompoc. I miss those guys!
  • 8/22 – Beers with Spencer, Tania, Daryl, and Sasha at Lompoc
  • 8/23 – River City Roots Fest with Daryl and Nick
  • 8/25 – First day of Fall semester
  • 8/31 – DraughtWorks with Jessie, Adam, and baby Kaia
  • Spent 6 of 7 days on campus


  • I made a lot of soup
  • On campus 30 of 30 days


  • 10/7-18 – Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 10/8 – Sue Ann rolls over 290,000 miles!
  • 10/18 – Closing night!
  • On campus 31 of 31 days


          • 11/1 – Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wilma with Clare and Kelly
          • 11/4-8 – Dance Up Close
          • 11/4 – Grotto Pub Night at Bayern
          • 11/8 – Dinner with Emily, Emily’s Mom and Aunts, Arina, and Jackie
          • 11/21-22 – Fall Studio Works
          • 11/27 – Friendsgiving!
          • 11/29 – Griz game with Daryl, Mike, and Nick. We won!
          • On campus 25 of 30 days


        • 12/5 – U/RTA Table – not the best in the room, but also not the worst!
        • 12/10 – Clare’s Christmas Party!
        • 12/13 – Mysterious White Out Party with Clare at the Top Hat
        • 12/14 – Fly to Portland
        • 12/16 – Weekday date night at the Roxy to see Wild
        • 12/19 – Daryl’s last day of work!
        • 12/20 – Dinner at Christopher and Amy’s new house
        • 12/23 – Brunch at Tasty & Son’s. Drive to Astoria and get drinks with Tammy at Fort George.
        • 12/24 – Go to beach with Daryl and see the highest tide ever
        • 12/25 – Christmas at my parent’s. Daryl and I head to the beach, then we all see Unbroken.
        • 12/26 – Go to the new brewery in Astoria, Buoy Brewing
        • 12/29 – Ski at Meadows with Daryl
        • 12/31 – 5th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens with Daryl
        • On campus 9 of 12 days. 101 of 110 for the entire semester.

    Freedom in Dance

    When I was little I wanted to be a Principal Ballerina with the New York City Ballet. With Dance Theatre of Harlem. With Joffery. Then I wanted to make it to 5’6″ so I could be a Radio City Rockette. Then I wanted to be the next Sutton Foster and take over Broadway. Then I wanted to dance with Hubbard Street Dance Company.
    For a long time I mourned those dreams. I mourned that my depression robbed me of succeeding at UArts and having a chance at breaking into the dance scene in New York or Chicago. I mourned that I’m not tall or thin enough to be a Rockette. I felt like I let my potential go to waste because I’ve never tried my hardest at anything and therefore robbed myself of those dreams. It took me a long time to stop being mad at myself.

    I have been so unbelievably lucky in and thankful for the training I’ve received in my life. I was so lucky the dance studio closest to my house when I was 5 was run by an amazing teacher who filled the studio with love and good technique. I’m so lucky that my parents found Virginia Ballet Theatre (now Ballet Virginia International) when we moved. My teachers there were so wonderful and solidified my ballet technique and love for dance. I’m so lucky I decided to look in the “Schools Not Listed” section in the back of the Seattle Times High School Guide before we moved to Seattle and I found the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School. 30 kids? Ballet and Musical Theatre? I was sold in a heartbeat. I fell in love with jazz. True, it wasn’t always the healthiest of environments, but I would not be who I am without it and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for my time at UArts, even though I sometimes still have to remind myself I didn’t fail there. I changed as a dancer while there. Horton and Graham began to influence the way I move, though I couldn’t tell that at the time. I’m so thankful Melissa welcomed me back to Seattle with open arms and a company that reminded me why I love to dance. I’m so thankful I had a terrible job in Pike Place down the alley from the tea shop where I met Lisa and she told me about 127th St. Auditioning for 127th St Dance Co was the first time I really put myself out there as a dancer and my life changed. Barbara and Rochelle taught my soul to feel again. I am so very thankful for the family I have found in the School of Theatre & Dance at UM. I have been given such a gift, being in school right now. I am so very thankful I got a chance to do school right. I’m so thankful I’m a 27 year old sophomore. I am in such a good, healthy, happy headspace right now and I have teachers and friends who push me as a dancer and support me as a person and I feel so lucky and blessed.

    I’ve learned so much about myself as a dancer in the past three semesters. I am such a different dancer than I ever thought I would be. I am so clearly influenced by my training. Whenever people ask me what kind of dancer I am, I have a hard time answering. I can trace direct lines to Alvin Ailey, Antony Tudor, Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Buzz Miller, George Balanchine, Gus Giordano, Jack Cole, Jacques d’Amboise, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, Joan Meyers Brown, Joe Tremaine, Kent Stowel, Lee Theodore, Martha Graham, Michel Fokin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nancy Stark Smith, Pat Graney, Paul Taylor, Robert Joffery, Rodolf Nureyev, Sergi Diaghilev, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe and so many more. I am a product of all their styles and more.

    I used to hate improv. When I started at UM I had nothing but negative feelings about improv and its use in rehearsals. But we use it so often here at school, both in rehearsal as material generation and inspiration and in classes, so I had to learn to enjoy it. I love it so much now. It has become a part of my dance style and I’m thankful for the tools it has given me.

    A couple weeks ago I was in rehearsal with Sydoney, Carissa, Samual, and Marit for Sydoney’s beginning comp final piece. Her camera battery died, but I had my computer with me so I recorded our improv for her. I’ve never watched myself improv before. I think I like what I see. I’m not in the shape I’d like to be in and I’m sure I could find a million things to nitpick about the way I look and move, but I’m not going to.

    I’m thankful for the freedom I’ve found as a dancer in the past couple of years.

    twohundredthirtyseven – twohundredfortythree

    august 25, 2014

    First day of school! Class outside!

    august 26, 2014

    I do love this crazy grid of ours.

    august 27, 2014

    A little Wednesday night glam.

    august 28, 2014

    I am so happy at the dance auditions turn out! Plus, we had so many boys!

    august 29, 2014


    august 30, 2014

    Daryl and I saw this amazing custom truck at GFS this morning. I want!

    august 31, 2014

    I went to DraughtWorks with Jessie and Adam and spent the whole time holding Kaia. She is so very tiny and cute!