Friday, November 7, 2014

Inside The Dance Studio :)

For the past 2 1/2 months, I've spent my Tuesday and Thursday evenings in a dance studio, re-staging a piece I choreographed 5 years ago on the students in the School of Dance at George Mason University and I'm realizing that I've been a bit closed off about my dance rehearsal process here on Quaintrelle but I promise you, that was never my intention. It's just that I'm always 100% present in my dance rehearsals; no phones, no camera, no nothing. It's just me, the dancers, the movement and the music. My creative process can be somewhat described as tunnel vision. I've gone into my rehearsals every single time thinking, "Make sure to take pictures so I can share them on the blog." But then I enter the dance studio, give the dancers a few minutes to warm up, teach the movement, place the dancers in space, run the dance, give corrections, run the dance again and before I know it; my alloted hour and a half of rehearsal time is over. No pictures taken whatsoever haha. But it's for a good reason, right?

Last Thursday, I finished teaching all 6 minutes and 34 seconds of my dance! This means that I was finally able to take a step back this week and snap a few quick photos of my dancers during rehearsal as I made them run the piece over and over and over again to build up their stamina. We are now officially less than ONE week away from opening night of their Fall Dance Concert and I am sooooo excited & nervous to see my dance performed on stage, in full production mode with costumes and lighting!!!

quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio
quaintrelle inside the dance studio

It's interesting... This journey I've had with dance so far. Doors opening and closing and opening again resulting various opportunities and failures along the way. At one point, I had decided to let dance & choreography go with regards to pursuing it professionally... Fast forward to 2 years later, it came back to me unexpectedly in the form of this recent opportunity to come in as a guest artist and choreograph a dance annnd get paid to do it. I don't know where the road leads after this concert is over but all I know is that I want more... What that means exactly? Who knows... But it's got me thinking that maybe I shouldn't give up on dance just yet. 

With that said, we are moving from the dance studio to the theatre this weekend to start tech rehearsals! This has always been my favorite part of the dance production process because all the theatrical elements finally come together after soooo much preparation. Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of warmth and happy thoughts :) 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

CapturedGrams 10.14

^^ What If We Could Dive Into The Sky?? Where My Thoughts Go When I'm Dreaming...
^^ Thai Date Night w/ Durell & Celebrating My Niece's 1st Birthday - She Was Not Impressed haha
^^ Reflections Off Corporate Building Sides & Nom Nom Nom Pho 
^^ A Distinctive Portrait That Caught My Eye & Byron, One Of The Coolest People I Know.
^^ The Newly Renovated Starbucks Near My Job (love the hanging books) & A Sneak Peek From Our Wedding Day
^^ I Got The New iPhone6 & Yummy Pineapple Fried Rice
^^ Trying To Get Back Into The Workout Zone & One Of My Favorite Doors In Amsterdam
^^ Precious Baby Bump Photo & A Fall Sunset To Compliment The Changing Leaves
^^ A Fortune Cookie Quote I've Held Onto Since Last Year & Celebrating My Dad's 49th Birthday 
^^ Trying Out The New Burger Joint In Town & One Of My Favorite Moments In France
^^ Celebrating Charles's 28th Birthday w/ Tres Leches Cake <3
^^ Happy Balloons To Brighten The Rainy Weather & Looking Down on The Brookland Metro Station in D.C.
^^ Skate Park Photoshoot in Amsterdam & My Adorable Cousin, Jordan
^^ Another Day, Another Sunset & A Bird's Eye View Of My GreekYogurt Parfait
^^ Love Letters & Deep In Thought By The Firepit
^^ Tea Time Love  & Looking Up Into The Trees... I Love Fall In Virginia.
^^ Our Costumes For Halloween: 

Charles was a Jimi Hendrix Impersonator and I was a "Girl with Straight Hair." This was my first time straightening my hair in almost 3 years. Alot of people didn't recognize me at first  when they saw with my straight hair on Halloween so I think my "costume" was pretty darn effective haha!

According to my Instagram photos, October in a nutshell was crazy busy and it's looking like November is going to be even busier. I've got my dance concert going down in 2 weeks and a huge paper and presentation to work on for my grad school classes that are due the first week in December. My goal this month is to pop out at least 1-2 blog posts a week on Quaintrelle. I think that's the most I can handle with everything else I'm juggling. Instagram is my favorite form of social media and where you can find me most consistently when I'm not blogging. As always, feel free to follow along @setarrraHappy, Happy Monday! 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Girl Behind The Blog | 7 Things

Quaintrelle No Makeup Selfie

1) *takes a deep breath* This is what I look like with no makeup and no filter... Charles recently posted this photo on his Instagram account for his #wcw (woman crush wednesday) and at first, I was embarrassed that he posted a pic of my face barenaked online. But then I realized, "wtf? Why don't I love my flaws as much as he loves them?" So yea, this is me. Taking a step towards embracing who I am and what I look like without any makeup on... Blackheads and all. #selflove #beautyfromwithin

2) The first thing I notice about a person when I meet them is their posture. Blame it on my dance background (and a dad who works in law enforcement) but I feel like the way a person carries them self says alot about who they are. Forget about clothes, makeup, hair and words. I judge a person initially by what I read from their body language.

3) I like to eat my pizza with a knife and fork. It's an old habit I developed when I used to wear braces and it has stuck with me ever since. 

4) As a mixed child growing up with a Buddhist Mom and Christian Dad, I spent my time equally in a church and temple. I feel very lucky to have been brought up by parents who allowed me to come to my own conclusions about religion; a conclusion that has led me to wave the agnostic flag. I believe in evolution but I also believe in the moments that occur in life that can't be explained by science... I believe in miracles. And in those moments when I'm moved to pray, I always start each prayer with, "Dear Lord and Lut-Da (Buddha in Cambodian)" and end my prayer with,"Amen & Satuk, Satuk, Satuk (Amen in Cambodian)" Some people may think I'm crazy when I explain this to them but they haven't lived my life... A life, which to me, is pretty darn normal. 

5) My socks never match. I already have a hard time doing the laundry... On top of that, I'm actually expected to sort through and pair my socks together?!?! Oh hell no. I just take my socks from the dryer and throw them in the drawer as is. When I get ready to head out each day, I grab the first two socks I can find and roll bounce.

6) With regards to the lady lumps: I have endearing nicknamed one, "Big Mama", the other one, "Baby Girl." Regardless of size, the hubby gives them both equal amounts of attention and for that I am truly grateful ;)

7) I don't drink coffee. My body just can't handle the amount of caffeine associated with coffee. I get jittery and feel nauseous. It's the worst. With that said, TEA is the preferred hot beverage for me. I loooooooove it and drink somewhere around 3-4 cups of tea every single day. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with British culture. They are alll about their tea :)

Speaking of Brits, a big thank you to Miho from Wander to Wonder for tagging me with the One Lovely Blog Award! The award asks for bloggers tagged to share 7 things about themselves and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a few things about the girl behind the blog; especially for those of you who are new readers to Quaintrelle. On top of that, my girl, Helene, is hosting the Blogtober '14 link up and this post fits perfectly into the prompt for tomorrow! I can't think of a better way to knock out two stones with one bird :) Or is it the other way around? I always get that saying mixed up. Anywho...

I tag the following bloggers to share 7 things about themselves and continue the blogger love :)

Michael from Crazy Tragic Almost Magic
Erin from Two Thirds Hazel
Disa from The Active Spirit
Ashley from Dancing With Ashley
Rima from Bolu By Rima
Shanna from Because Shanna Said So
Amy from Club Narwhal

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