Dear Twitter I Love You

March 29, 2010

hahahaha Funny title huh?

Firstly allow me to sort of apologize for not blogging in such a long time lol. I’ve been sooo busy doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! well not entirely, I’ve been working Everyday, having a few performances here and there…. but yeah IM BACK!

SO back to TWITTER- this morning when I got up and looked at my Blackberry, there was a tweet from @Theballetbag with a link to an article that Gia Kourlas (NY Times) wrote, about Ballet dancers on twitter. This article highlighted NYCB dancer’s Ashley Bouder, Kathryn Morgan, Devin Alberda, and ABT’s Daniil Simkin

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/arts/dance/29ballet.html

I follow all of those dancers! The thing that I find most fascinating about their tweets is that, they keep it professional and avoid “letting cats out the bag” or putting too much personal info out there. (Except Alberda sometimes) lol But anyway It made me think about the things I tweet from day-to-day, or even minute to minute. My tweets are all mixed up! there are tweets from a professional place where I talk about my career,  my Family, many tweets from a place of venting and a bunch of other stuff. IDK if this is bad or good. I sometimes regret posting somethings. But at the same time, I don’t because I need people to hear what I’ve got to say LOL. Now of course from here on out there will be a conscience thought process taking place before the “send tweet” button is clicked.

I’ve always had this sense of bluntness and brutal honesty, that sometimes gets me in trouble, but also sometimes attracts people to me.  I hate to appear loathsome but I FEEL that if someone is gonna take time out and “follow” someones tweets, they want to hear whats REALLY going on, and not pageant responses to everything. Please do not get me wrong! I respect the professionals who would rather not put themselves out there too much, But I just like to see that I can relate to someone. For Example: As a dancer if I am having a bad day, I want to see how other dancers would deal with it, and at least 7 times out of 10 I’m gonna care more for the dancer who’d tweet ‘ugh today sucked’ oppose to the pageant response ‘today was an off day, but it’s apart of the career’ …….  Sometimes I do prefer a pageant answer, that’ll help me stay positive and productive. Both have their place! but I just need to see people mix it up.

I love following people, and I love for people to follow me. The main reason I got into twitter was so that I could see whats happening with others in the dance world, and OMG it is awesome. It’s amazing to see that these divine dancers are normal humans who laugh, eat, talk, and screw up just like I do!

Ah I love Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/chrismcdaniel08 FOLLOW ME

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Randomness and Inspiration

February 15, 2010

Often times I am told that I have a lot to say and should write — really they just mean I talk too much and they don’t wanna hear it! lol WELL here we are, my very own Blog! I got a taste of blogging while operating through the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s blog while I was on tour. I love it! It gives me a chance to record and re-live great memories. I also adore talking about how my day(s) went and things of that nature. I also like to critic different performances that I attend. All in the shaping and molding of a career in writing that I want to go into after my ballerinO days come to end.

So anyway. . . . . . . . . .

Anyone who knows me, or follows my tweets (www.twitter.com/chrismcdaniel08) knows that I am a huge fan of New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild, and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Marcelo Gomes. Both of them possess a versatility and performance quality that I aspire to. They are both technically capable of dancing ANY ballet in their companies repertoire. They are both also incredible actors. In any ballet that I have seen them dance that they’ve had to tell a story, I left the theater believing it.

Another defining and admirable characteristic of the two of them, is their sense of humility and selflessness. Both of them are so giving and down to earth. I believe that a dancer who can grace a stage should also be approachable and be pleasant with fans. I consider it an honor and privilege to have taken class with and from both of them. It’s so comforting and encouraging to see them standing next to me in class, getting corrections, taking risks, and sometimes even offering a correction.

In the fall of 2008 at Ballet Academy East, Marcelo came and taught a few of my classes. Being a student I was uber intimidated and I didn’t take class well. I allowed my being “Star-Struck” to hinder the work that he wanted me to do. I even had a melt down and cried, lol. Ugh How pathetic?!?!?  BUT that was then, and think things are pretty different in my little brain now.

Usually I can be spotted sitting in the audience at the NYCB at least 3 days a week.  With the lack of a full professional company at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, I find myself seeking  inspiration in many other places (NYCB being a main source of inspiration). I have my selection of dancers that I frequently try to catch in various roles. I see most of Robbie’s shows, because he is the most inspirational for me.

This morning (on my day off) I took his class at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center!!! It was such an intense class! He is definitely a disciple of Willy Burmann! Who’s class I take quite often at Steps on Broadway. There were some similar combinations, but Robbie made them his own, and it was just what I needed! During the duration of the barre I was able to execute the foot work, but put more focus into my port de bras, and épaulement. I was also able to put more weight into my dancing throughout the center, by using my plié more, which is a correction I get quite often at DTH. I have always appreciated the teachers I had growing up and the ones I have now. I KNOW they had careers and were great dancers. However it’s totally different taking class from a dancer who you can go see on stage the next night. To see the dancer on stage authenticating the very ideas  they are teaching, pushes me reach for another level of professionalism and artistry.

Hello world!

February 15, 2010

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