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Tulips, Sunshine & Friends.

A few of the dancers stepped out of the rehearsal studio and jumped into the tulip fields yesterday afternoon. A weekend getaway before the opening of George Balanchine’s {Coppelia}. Recent post {Coppelia: Then & Now}   The {Skagit Tulip Festival} is a crown jewel of Washington. Lasting the month of April, locals are invited to frolic in a lush array of tulips and enjoy everything beautiful. I have never seen such glorious colors. Somehow from coffee in Seattle to tulips in Mount Vernon, our two cars got separated and we managed to find different fields. Yes, there is more than one of these gorgeous tulip fields in one place! Here is a glimpse of our sunshine. More tulips to come…

A Year Ago Today

On this day one year ago, you would have found me on the stairs in front of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA crying. Crying out of relief, shock, joy, excitement… an overflow of every emotions. One phone call had the power to cause so many emotions and subsequently change my life from that moment forward. The person on the other line was PNB Artistic Director, Peter Boal. I had spent the previous six months in limbo as to where the next chapter of my life was going to take me. However, this one call was everything I could have asked for. I had taken class with numerous companies near and far, but the Pacific Northwest was supposed to be. The best part is that I would do it all again – the auditions, the anticipation, the uncertainty – because it had taught me to appreciate everything I am given and trust that the right path will always make itself clear. One year ago, I wouldn’t have dreamt of hitting so many performing milestones at PNB: Jerome Robbin’s {The Concert} PNB World …

{Spring} Inspiration

How this year has flown by and we find ourselves in spring already. This season is my favorite for several reasons… It reminds me to clean off my hibernating qualities of winter and put a new spring in my step. The smell of blooming flowers and the many voluptuous bouquets from Pike Place Market yet to come. The farmer’s markets filled with fresh vegetables and fruits. Replacing cozy sweaters with light skirts dresses. My birthday is in April and I am reminded want incredible events happened in the last year. In my photo {spring cleaning}, I found this gem from my summers as a young child in Farilee, Vermont. I wish I could rewind to this very moment and remember what I was dreaming about. It seemed like everything was possible at six years old. Why can’t our dreams be as sublime now as they were then? I am skipping into {spring} with the inspiration to share my free time with friends and family experiencing new hobbies and beautiful landscapes. PNB is busy closing the {Director’s Choice} program and preparing the next {Coppélia} production. With Easter a day away, …

Seattle {Brunch} and R&J

I am slowly checking restaurants off my ever-growing list. (Thank you Jessika!) Let me tell you, Seattle has some incredible food! My lovely friends and I have ventured to new brunch spots in the Emerald City and they are too cute and too good! 1 – {The Wandering Goose} Must get: Biscuit and jam 2 – {Tallulah’s} Must get: Maple Quinoa Porriage 3 – {Plum Vegan Bistro} Must get: Veggie Slam *** PNB dancers are in the midst of {Romeo & Juliette} and our NYC tour to City Center. This is the first time I have danced and performed the work of Jean-Christophe Maillot and it is a thrilling experience. We are fortunate to have stagers Gaby Baars and Bernice Coppieters from Les Ballets de Monte Carlo with us in the studios as they guide us to the emotional level the production requires. PNB’s {Romeo & Juliette} Trailer Another treat has been watching Noelani and Leslie transform into Juliette during our studio runs. Their raw emotion and vulnerability, along side their impeccable technique, is inspirational. Article to read – {Boomerang ballerina: Noelani Pantastico …

Seattle Family

I spent the Labor Day weekend zipping to Raleigh for a short trip to be the Maid of Honor for my friend Jessica’s wedding. Although I must have brought Seattle’s rain to the East coast, the beautiful bride Jessica and her groom Logan had a lovely ceremony with close friends and family. The following day, I indulged in seeing as many of my closest friends one day could allow. The four months that have passed since I moved from my Raleigh family felt like ages – so much of my life has changed, in the best of ways. It gave me such joy to see them all happy and starting the Carolina Ballet season to a good start. The day solidified how Raleigh will always be such an important chapter in my life and holds a vital core of friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world. On my flight back to Seattle, I dove into reading the latest edition of the {Kinfolk} magazine. I adore its thought-provoking articles on current lifestyle and the beautiful artsy layout. {Kinfolk} Fall’s issue focused on family. Two …

First West Coast Weeks

I must admit that each time I see the Space Needle on my walk to Pacific Northwest Ballet, I am reminded of how lucky I am that Seattle has quickly become my new home. I am dancing into a new life, city and season. When I first took class with the company back in March, I only dreamt of joining the company. As I walked around Pike Place Market that spring, I told myself if I were fortunate enough to move to Seattle, I would buy a bouquet of flowers each week to celebrate. Here is my collection of photos from the past few weeks. The first rehearsal of PNB’s 2015/16 Season for the ladies was {Nutcracker}’s Snow Scene. As a fresh start, the company is presenting George Balanchine’s {The Nutcracker} for the first time after 31 years of the Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak version. In two weeks, we learned the majority of the ballet and began running the Act II divertissements each day. Oh yes, {Nutcracker} in August! After two weeks, we have moved past the holiday season for now and are focusing on …

New Chapter in Seattle

In the past 4 years and 50 posts here on {Zest to Dream}, you have share my experiences in North Carolina as I began my journey as professional dancer. From the numerous premieres to the countless {Nutcrackers} to the classics {Sleeping Beauty} {R&J} {Giselle}, I have performed in close to 500 shows with the Carolina Ballet in six seasons. Six years ago, I moved 500 miles to Raleigh, NC to join Carolina Ballet. The southern charm and lifestyle taught me to slow down, reevaluate and refocus my goals from the fast-paced New York City. I learned irreplaceable lessons on and off the stage, in addition to juggling my time as a part-time Ballet teacher and a part-time college student. However, there is no substitute for the incredible opportunities I gained under the guidance of Artistic Director Ricky Weiss and Coaches Debbie Austin, Marin Boieru, Olga Kostritzky and Zali Raffael. I have been given strong building blocks and a unique artistic voice that has made me eager to learn more. Today, I embark on a new chapter as I move 2,800 miles to Seattle, WA to join the Pacific Northwest …

{Matcha} Power Cookies

This fabulous {Matcha} Green Tea recipe was created by my Vegan blogger friend Carolyn. My {Interview} with Carolyn Murphy I made these cookie prior to a strenuous weekend of performances and they literally ‘powered’ me through all my rehearsing, teaching and performing. {Matcha} Green Tea Power Cookies DRY INGREDIENTS -1/4 cup ground flax seeds + 3/4 cup water -1 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose, oat, almond, or cashew) – 1 cup rolled oats – 1 Tbsp Matcha – 1/2 tsp of baking powder & baking soda – 1 tsp cinnamon & salt – 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup raisins -1/4 cup sunflower seeds – 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (I used  a vegan, naturally sweetened chocolate bar and chopped it up but any chocolate chips would be fine!) – 1/3 cup coconut oil (not melted) – 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce – 3/4 cup agave – 1/4 cup almond milk Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix the flax and water in a small cup and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This allows the flax to become like …

{Interview} with Carolyn Murphy

At the start of my {60-Day Vegan Challenge} a few months ago, I sought out the guidance of Vegan pros and fellow bloggers. In my search for a Vegan guru, I came across Carolyn of {Peachmeal}. We emailed back-and-forth between Raleigh, NC and Germany about recipes and inspirations and now I want you all to have the opportunity to meet her. Meet Carolyn Carolyn is half Canadian, half Australian. She grew up in Ontario, Canada and attained a B.S. in Geography. For the last two years, she has been living in Germany exploring Europe and teaching English. Carolyn’s Passions Cooking. Baking. Morning coffees. Snacks. The Outdoors. Sports. Traveling. Vegan Start Carolyn was fortunate to grow up in a very health conscious family and always had 3 really healthy meals full of fruits and veggies. She became vegetarian about 7 years ago after watching a film about slaughter houses. As she learned more about veganism, she was inspired to embrace the lifestyle. Carolyn’s top reasons for being vegan are the following: How much better she felt when she was on a fully …

{Zoodle Bowl} for You

I am at 40 days of my {60-Day Vegan Challenge} and I have loved every moment. The first 30 days were quite easy because I had the liberty of cooking at home and I knew the restaurants in Raleigh that had an array of Vegetarian-Vegan options.   Now, as I am traveling during my 2-week layoff from the Carolina Ballet, I am finding it easier to be Vegan than I expected. Many restaurants now have at least one vegetarian option, so all I need to do to make a vegetarian meal vegan is remove the lactose (cheese, cream) and ta-da. I find that these options always include the freshest ingredients on the menu. When I was at home cooking, in the midst of Carolina Ballet’s {Master Composers} program, my favorite recipe was … I am thrilled to present a collaboration in fellow blogger Carolyn of {Peacemeal} in the next few posts. We have been collaborating across the Ocean to invent unique Matcha green tea to-go snacks. (Carolyn lives in Germany and I in the U.S.) She shared …