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It was a typical Orange County night at the tail end of a long, lazy winter break. The plethora of yogurt shops in the neighborhood were closing, and even if you craved a Starbucks treat, it was too late in suburbia. The few dive-bars in the area boasted their usual divorcee crowd. My mom, dad and I finished a late dinner and now it was time to select our entertainment. Movie night at the Gray house is not only standard, but also probably the best post-nine-o’clock activity in town.

“What do you want to watch?” my mom asked, flipping through the movies in On Demand. She stopped suddenly, staring at me with calm yet focused eyes, “Do you think you can handle ‘First Position’?”

“Sure,” I responded casually. I understood why she was tentative to suggest watching a documentary about young ballet dancers, yet I was feeling confident. Friends and former co-workers had repeatedly suggested the film and I was in a safe, comfortable environment. I was all in. “Let’s do it!” I took a deep breath and settled in (Snuggie and all) to watch the story of six young dancers dedicating their lives to ballet, as I had for so many years. Keep reading »

Brilliant Gift Idea: Ballet—Wii-Style!

No, I was never one of those little girls being dropped off in her little pink tutu for ballet class—hell, I couldn’t even hack it in the “dance” portion of gymnastics, and my sister and I bailed on the class right before it was time to for my mother to pay for our recital get-ups. (Her exact words were, “If you don’t like it, you can quit, but do it before I have to pay $100 for each of your costumes!” Can’t blame her.) Anyways, I’ve always been in awe of ballerinas—they are toned, long, lean and have amazing flexibility. Seeing as though I can’t even touch my toes, a little flexibility could be good for me (not to mention, ahem, some toning!) so I think I’ve found the perfect holiday gift … for me. All who know me, pay attention: Wii’s “My Ballet Studio.” As the back cover says: “Learn to become a graceful dancer as you are judged on your sense of balance, flexibility, and your stability!” Yes, yes, yes—sign me up—and at 30 bucks, it’s not a wallet killer, assuming you already own Wii, that is. [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »

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