Overcoming Fear

Oh the fear… the fear to put yourself out there as an artist and possibly be rejected… To share my “deeper” self in a group setting is especially scary. I’m more comfortable one-on-one. There’s the fear to perform in a small group in front of dancers who are much better . If the choreo is…

Author Mandy Maloney interviews UA30

Welcome to mnmaloney.wordpress.com, Anouschka! I’m pretty pumped for this interview today and the reason is simple: dance! Like you dance has always called to me. Unlike you I started when I was a child, in fourth grade, although for some styles of dance that’s still considered an advanced age to start first lessons. Now my…

Dancing Clean-Clearing Clutter

In my quest to dance clean, I clear the clutter from my mind. I focus on one thing and my mind says, “whoah no more room in here, better throw away some things (memories, thoughts, observations) that don’t serve”.

Inspiration: Diana Matos

A few minutes into class, it was clear I was way in over my head. My brain was toast. There are times in life where I have been told to sit it out-but never in dance! Dancers don’t think like that. Like me, if they are hungry, they fight.

Inspiration: Shaun Evaristo

I was used to being bypassed and feeling invisible. Lo and behold, when it came time to pick a few select students to perform in front of the 200 or so students, he came up to me and held out his hand. I stared at him terrified. “I can’t! ” I whispered. “Yes you can” he said, “No, I’ll mess the choreo up” . “It’s not about that” he replied.