Friday, April 22, 2011

Another winner & a ballerina story

The second National Poetry Month giveaway winner, who will receive an arc of
Thalia Chaltas's DISPLACEMENT plus
rockin' Audition bookmarks is...


Check out her lovely blog here!

And now, for a ballerina story...

As writers, we often commiserate about our writing and revision struggles, the pressures of the journey to publication, the stresses of balancing a writing life with the commitments of family, job, and so on.  Today, I offer another "pointe" of view on the challenges of creative life from a wonderful Miami City Ballet dancer (and terrific blogger), Rebecca King.

Dancers spend a lot of effort preparing for, anticipating, and obsessing over auditions. Whether it’s for a summer course or a company audition, we all dwell over the subject. I had my share of obsessing over where I would go for the summers and if I would be able to get into a good year-round program. But for me, the obsessing was put on hold in February of 2006 when I was diagnosed with an os trigonum (that pesky extra bone in the back of the ankle that many dancers have removed). I decided to have the recommended surgery, but I had yet to secure a position in a year-round program. I had just graduated high school. What do I do now?

For the rest of the story, click here.

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