My Plan

Now that I’ve achieved my dream of being a dance major in college, it’s time to start thinking further into the future!  I already know that I want to finish college with a double major that will hopefully allow me to have options.  I do know that I want my future to include dance in any way.  But for now, here is a rough draft of my plan for the future.  This summer, I would like to get a job working for Disneyland.  Hopefully that will give me the chance to perform in a fun environment.  I would like to graduate from SMU and the next year, I will audition for the opportunity to dance on a cruise ship.  If I get to work on a cruise ship, I hopefully get to travel around and be exposed to new things!  In a perfect world, after this I would be a Rockette, but logically, that is not likely.  However, for now I would like to stay dedicated to my dance and to my art.  I hope that I can grow and mature as a dancer and a person while at SMU!  If I do this, my plans (or as I like to call them…”dreams”) might just come true!

Legal Issues

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/technology/legality-of-warrantless-cellphone-searches-goes-to-courts-and-legislatures.html?ref=todayspaper

The debate whether text messages and voicemails can be used to convict criminals of crimes is really interesting.  What is interesting to see is how the courts are all across the board with their opinions on the matter.  I feel though that in this day and age, with so much of our lives online, it is hard to retain a certain amount of privacy.  People have to be careful what they text and what they put online.  This whole issue of privacy vaguely reminded me of this one dance I saw on YouTube once.  It’s to the song Mad World, which always gives me chills.  This dance is pretty impressive for how young the dancers are, but to me, the whole cage prop doesn’t exactly convey a certain idea.  However, you could incorporate the ideas talked about in this article to create a dance with a similar prop and therefore be able to convey the whole privacy struggle!  If I were to re-create this dance on stage, I would use light and airy costumes that were probably either black or navy.  The stronger movement with the prop would be a nice contrast with the airy costume, which could symbolize how easy it is to get caught up in all the technology there is in the world today.  Also, I would choose dim lighting with a center that warms up as the dance goes on.  Anyway, here is the video…I hope you can imagine what I just explained!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jyg1TlTykk&feature=related

Meshing Styles

http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/November-2012/Dance-Matters-Zenon-Zings-On

This article talks about the Zenon Dance Company, which “generates an eclectic-electric vibe that encompasses modern, postmodern, and jazz styles.”  The founder and artistic director, Linda Z. Andrews, has “commissioned dances from more than 60 artists, including veterans Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, and Danny Buraczeski.”  When I read Danny’s name, I freaked out!!  It is so cool that I was reading this article and one of my teachers is mentioned.  Anyway, I liked reading about how she wanted to explore within these styles.  This inspired me to photograph my fellow dancer and friend, Adrian.  We were playing around with different jumps after class, and we came up with this one!  I think it is really neat, and I hope you do too!

 

What’s Inside My Dance Bag

http://www.pointemagazine.com/issues/octobernovember-2012/show-and-tell-inside-natalia-alonsos-dance-bag

Okay…ever since I started reading Pointe Magazine, I have always been obsessed with the  articles about what is in the dance bags of the professionals.  Of course they are normal people, but it is still so neat to see all the weird things they have in their dance bags.  Now, I am not too sure if my response to this article is that artistic when I do my own “What’s Inside My Dance Bag,” but it is my own blog and so why not?!

So, here is a list of what is inside my dance bag!

2 pairs of Grishko 2007 pointe shoes
Sansha canvas ballet shoes
Capezio “Super Jazz” shoes in tan and black
Bloch foot thongs
Black tube socks
Short white socks
A short black ballet skirt
Tiger Balm
Icy Hot Creme
Tylenol
Advil
Deodorant
A hairbrush
Bobby pins
Hair pins
Mini hairspray
A water
Earphones for my iPhone
Band-aids
A granola bar
Black leggings
Legwarmers
My modern journal
My ballet journal
A pencil, highlighter, and pen
Tennis ball
Thera-Band

That’s it!!!  I hope you enjoyed!  :)

 

Opinions May Vary

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-conflict.html?pagewanted=all

The conflict in the Middle East has a lot to it.  Basically, Israel began an attack on Gaza with “a pinpoint airstrike that killed the military leader of Hamas,” and now war is following.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/11/14/how-can-targeted-killings-be-justified/?ref=middleeast

As discussed in the article linked directly above, there is controversy over whether these actions are both legal and/or moral. Essentially, it is debated whether these are “government-sponsored murders.”  Whether these killings are appropriate or not is questionable.  I personally change my opinion depending on the situation and the conflict.  When it comes to making a statement using my art, I always think of the street artist Banksy.  I know I already did a blog post on Bansky’s artwork, but this article seems even more fitting for more of his artwork since this article actually involves Israel and Palestine.  So, piggy-backing on my last blog post on Banksy, I think it is so neat how Bansky can use his art to spread political awareness on subjects.  His art is more open to interpretation though, which makes it so powerful.  His art is not completely blatant.  This piece of artwork is also on the West Bank barrier and involves the subject of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  This one definitely goes along with what I said in my last blog post.  The wall creates a living prison basically.

 

http://www.banksy.co.uk 

Minnie’s Food Pantry

 A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas.  I had tons and tons of fun and I am hoping to go back soon to volunteer again!  Here are some questions I answered regarding my experience.  Hopefully they inspire you to volunteer somewhere too!

1. What did I learn about Minnie’s and the community it serves?

I learned that Minnie’s provides food for those who have trouble affording the necessities. Also, they told me about how their customers aren’t always extremely poor. Sometimes, they have customers that are just struggling at a certain point in their life and they need a little bit of help.  I also learned that any bit of volunteering makes a difference.

2. What is unique about Minnie’s Food Pantry?

Minnie’s Food Pantry is a really fun and lively place.  To me, I felt as though the goal was to make the customers feel special and welcome.  I’m sure that people who need the service of a food pantry often feel inferior to those who are more fortunate, and I felt as though Minnie’s tried to erase this.

3. What type of awareness would I like to raise in regard to Minnie’s Food Pantry?

In regard to Minnie’s Food Pantry, I want to raise awareness that it is such a wonderful and lively place.  I want more people to be willing to volunteer there and also for more people to donate food there!  With publicity and social media, you can accomplish a lot of this.

4. What have I learned about poverty and hunger in North Dallas?

I have learned that poverty and hunger is widespread in North Dallas, as well as everywhere else.  Even families that are usually well off can struggle from time to time and need to go to a food bank.  Even the most affluent areas have people who need to go to a food bank as well.

5. Why was this engagement important?

This engagement was important because it really opened my eyes to what I can do to help my community.  I had fun volunteering at Minnie’s and I also felt good knowing I made a difference!

6. How can I use what I’ve learned through volunteering at the Food Bank to serve my art?

Through volunteering at the Food Bank, I have learned that I can make a difference in my community.  This can be through volunteering, but it can also be through my art.  I can use social problems to inspire my art and hopefully bring about social change.

7. What is the message I’d like to send out?

The message I’d like to send out is that every little bit of help can bring about positive change in a community.  I’d also like to send out the message that it is okay to struggle because there is always hope that things will get better.  There are always people out there who will help you, as well.

8. How can dance be a vehicle to catalyze social-justice and social change?

      Dance can be a vehicle to catalyze social-justice and social change because art can inspire and move people to act in ways that will help others.  Dance can bring out emotions in people that they haven’t felt in a while, and therefore can cause them to do things for others.  Dance can also simply educate people about the problems in society and the things that need to be changed.

Taking a Step Back

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/business/some-parents-shouldering-student-loans-fall-on-tough-times.html?ref=todayspaper

Articles like this frighten me…they seem so real because this can happen to anybody. This reminds me that I am so fortunate to be able to attend SMU, but it also reminds me that I have to work hard when I’m done with college so I can be successful.  I really worry about that kind of stuff simply because these days, everything seems so competitive.  I don’t want to be a “starving artist” – I want to be well off and successful.  That is one of the many reasons why I came to college!  This article also reminds me though, that my parents have worked so hard to be able to provide me with this college education so that I may be successful in my future.  I feel as though I don’t do two things enough:

1) Thank my parents
2) Take a step back and appreciate the opportunities I’ve been presented with

I am so thankful to have the parents I have, and also for everything they have done for me throughout my lifetime.  I only hope I can make them proud as I continue with my endeavors!  For this artistic response, I wanted to include something that reminded me of everything I am thankful for.  It may seem silly, but to me this poem is it.  My mom used to read to my sister and I before bed, and one of my favorite things she read was this children’s poem by Shel Silverstein.  It’s called No Thank You and it used to crack me up when I was little.  Reading the poem now, it obviously doesn’t give me the giggles quite like it used to, however, I will admit that it is very clever and cute.  It reminds me of all the wonderful things my mom did (and still) does for me.  I really miss these moments, but I look back on them with such warmth in my heart.  So anyway, here is the poem.  Please enjoy!

No I do not want a kitten,
No cute, cuddly kitty-poo,
No more long hair in my cornflakes,
No more midnight meowing mews.

No more scratchin’, snarlin, spitters,
No more sofas clawed to shreds,
No more smell of kitty litter,
No more mousies in my bed.

No I will not take that kitten– –
I’ve had lice and I’ve had fleas,
I’ve been scratched and sprayed and bitten,
I’ve developed allergies.

If you’ve got an ape, I’ll take him,
If you have a lion, that’s fine,
If you brought some walking bacon,
Leave him here, I’ll treat him kind.

I have room for mice and gerbils,
I have beds for boars and bats,
But please, please take away that kitten– –
quick– – ’fore it because a cat.
Well … it is kind of cute at that.

A Delicate Dancer

http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/November-2012/In-Charge

I’m going to be honest…sometimes when reading Dance Magazine I feel so out of the dance world loop.  I am constantly finding dance videos on youtube, getting e-mails about dance, reading dance magazines, and looking at social media that is related to dance, but sometimes, I read about an artist that I have never heard about before.  In this article, I read about Tamara Rojo, a dancer with the English National Ballet.  She sounds like such a passionate and driven dancer.  I decided to search for her on YouTube and watch some of her dancing.  She is such a delicate and expressive dancer.  This video of her dancing Swan Lake is so incredibly beautiful.  Please take a look and enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4u94ValkA0

Brilliance

http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/November-2012/Why-I-Choreograph-Cynthia-Oliver

Sometimes, I feel as though dance in the media is often commercialized and is not created from a completely artistic place.  This article was really interesting to read because I love reading the inspiration behind what people create.  For me, I love watching all sorts of choreography.  And I hate to be a bandwagoner, but I really do love choreography that pushes the limits and is somewhat out there!  For example, Sonya Tayeh has gotten a lot of media attention after her debut choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance.  While the show is somewhat questionable at times, I really think her choreography is entertaining! Here is a link to one of my favorite pieces she created for the show.  I wonder what goes through her mind when she choreographs!  This dance also now makes me think of the piece I recently performed with my fellow SMU class of 2016 dancers.  It was to the same song and was a “house” routine.  It was such a high energy piece and it was so unique and fun!  You can explore so many different worlds with choreographing and I can’t wait until I get the opportunity to choreograph more!  Please enjoy the link – this dance will make ya smile!  :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajQGMOz_mW0&feature=fvwrel