Beginner Ballerina Profile: Mel Wong

Beginner Ballerina Profile: Mel Wong

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Mel Wong has been invited to study Contemporary Dance at the prestigious conservatoire Trinity Laban in London, so she’s running a fundraising campaign to help pay for it. She’s also trying to set the world record for most consecutive grand battements!

Learn more in my interview with her below!

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

I took my first ballet class as an adult in Easter 2011.

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Beginner Ballerina Profile: Grace of Little Prince Billy

Beginner Ballerina Profile: Grace of Little Prince Billy

n223402569_9096648_2152200[1]This week’s profile is of Grace, who runs Little Prince Billy–a dance and lifestyle blog. Check it out–and learn more about her below!

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

On my 18th Birthday (I’m now 24).

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

Yes, when I was very little for about 6 months. I was a little chick in the school’s performance of The Wizard of Oz…!!

Why did you decide to take…

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My article for Geekadelphia: Q&A and Catching Up with Erin Filson of Geeks for CONsent

My article for Geekadelphia: Q&A and Catching Up with Erin Filson of Geeks for CONsent

Erin_Filson_profileThis happened a little while ago, but figure it was worth sharing again since the Geeks for CONsent team has made national news with their campaign to get SDCC to have an official anti-harrassment policy.

I spoke with former Geek of the Week, Erin Filson, Creative Director of the team (and the creator of this awesome anti-street harassment comic and the SEPTA anti-street harassment ads), about…

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Ballet Recital and Some Life Updates

Ballet Recital and Some Life Updates

Kristen_ballet_showIf you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you’ve probably seen some of the photos from my short ballet recital that happened last weekend. It was part of National Dance Day and we performed a short routine to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.”

It was a lot of fun, although I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for it. I was out of ballet class the second to last week before the performance…

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Beginner Ballerina Profile: Leanne Jessica

Beginner Ballerina Profile: Leanne Jessica

216portfoliosonlineCheck out this great profile of Leanne Jessica, who runs

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

I started doing ballet when I was 21.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

Sadly I didn’t take ballet as a child but I always wanted to. I did jazz and modern ISTD instead. I did so much as a child that I couldn’t do ballet aswell. When I grew up I thought it…

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Busy + Stressed = No Posts, But I’m Here, I Promise

Busy + Stressed = No Posts, But I’m Here, I Promise

Work kind of got the best of me last week– I had a highly stressful, but productive week (just not on ABP). I spent my weekend being a teaching assistant at Girl Develop It Philly‘s WordPress class and felt way out of my league at times, partially due to the fact that I hadn’t had a chance to review any of the materials for the class ahead of time. In the end, though, it was a great feeling to…

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Guest Post: Ode to Beginner Ballet Class

Guest Post: Ode to Beginner Ballet Class

Kristen’s post, “There’s A Reason Why We Do The Boring Exercises,” reminded me of advice I once heard: “Every dancer — even a professional — should take a beginner class once in awhile.” Initially puzzled, I gradually understood this statement.

For the past two years I have studied with a wonderful teacher at my studio’s Beginner II (Beg II) and Advanced Beginner (AB) levels. The labels are a bit…

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Let Training for the Philly 10K Begin! @thephilly10k

Let Training for the Philly 10K Begin! @thephilly10k

I’m not going to lie–HQ and I haven’t been running in about three weeks–and 10K training (for the Philly 10K I wrote about a couple months ago) has kind of crept up on us. I was kind of oblivious to the fact that it was almost time to train until I saw a post from Be Well Philly featuring a 10-Week plan for the 10K–and it clicked that we should probably get moving if this race was going to happen.

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Back to Work!

It’s been a fabulous two weeks off from the blog–but I’ve missed it! HQ and I spent three days on the beach to celebrate my birthday–which was wonderful.2014-06-20 10.47.36-2

After we got home from the beach, I quickly jumped on a train to head out of town again to help one of my friends, Sarah, pack her things up to move:

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Then on Sunday, I came back to Philadelphia pretty early because my parents were in town…

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A (Brief) Hiatus

Pink rose birthday cakeI’ll be taking a super brief hiatus over the next week and a half or so.  My birthday is at the end of the week (plus our anniversary is the week after) and I’ve been fairly busy at work, so I feel like a little break is necessary right now.  I want to be able to enjoy the brief free time I have over the next few weeks and not feel like I’m going to go crazy.

I’ve just about run out of ballerinas…

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