Under Armour’s new commercial, I Will What I Want, featuring Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre soloist)
Misty Copeland’s destiny was not to be a ballerina. But will trumps fate.
Hello! My name is Alicia and I’m a 23 years old ballet teacher, nanny, college student, dancer and soon to be traveler. I’m so glad we’ve stumbled upon each other. Like you, I’m on this earth for only a brief time and want to live it to the fullest and soak up the beauty of every moment. I’ve always struggled with being spontaneous and taking chances out of my comfort zone (usually a barrage of excuses and doubts take over and block my path) but I’m opening a new chapter! I’ve never been out of the country and recently decided to go backpacking in the cheapest way possible through Europe. I want to see the world, cross oceans and say hello to people in a language that isn’t native to me. I know I’ll learn a lot about myself while meeting exciting new people who, in the grand scheme of things, aren’t all that different from me. I’ve made excuses for years, mostly from a financial standpoint, that prevented me from bringing this dream to fruition. I know now that I’m only young for a short time and that if I don’t act now, how long would I put off this dream? So, I have booked a flight to Europe in 2 months.
Unfortunatley, even if I’m willing to spend my savings, cook my own meals, couchsurf and board in the cheapest of hostels; traveling internationally is a large expense. Even more so in a region where their currency holds more value than my country’s currency ($1.25 exchanges to 1 euro, before fees). The flights to and from Europe alone are $1,500 total. My other expenses will be a eurail pass, boarding, sightseeing, local transport and food. I am raising money to help fund a portion of this dream of mine and I would be forever grateful for any contribution. I will carry along the memories of this journey for a lifetime and I know it will change me for the better. I look at this as an investment in my future; an experience that can’t be parraleled through any college courses, television programs or history and travel books. At the risk of sounding corny (I wish I had a clever pun instead!): Travel is the only thing you buy that actually can make you richer.
Some quotes that have inspired me to finally take action! (Worded by those far more elequent and well versed in prose than me)
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for any consideration you’ve given to helping fund my dream!
Much love, Alicia
It’s worth a shot my lovely followers!
Paulina - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Swimsuit by VPL
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Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Q
Credit Matt Karas
Do yourself a favor and watch this.
An excerpt from Enemy Within
Enemy Within is a new short film by United Artists Initiative starring four extraordinary dancers: New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Samantha Figgins and Dragon House Crew member Marquese Scott.
We asked three to share their grueling daily dance routines, as well as what they eat to keep their energy up (without bulking up) throughout each long day. These athletes work hard and eat super healthy (no surprise there). See what a day in the life of a pro ballerina is like!
Photo by Nikolai Krusser
Artemiy Belyakov as Rothbart in Bolshoi’s Swan Lake
Photos by Damir Yusupov
July 13: Diana Vishneva’s Birthday
Diana Vishneva is a true international superstar of ballet. Her passion for an commitment to dance extend far beyond her acclaimed performances with the Mariinsky Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, which have justly earned her legions of fans.Her signature projects, such as the award-winning Beauty in Motion, which received its world premiere at the Center in 2008, enable audiences to discover a new side to one of the world’s greatest dancers
Happy Birthday, Diana!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITERAL QUEEN
Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes after Manon
Photo from Vishneva`s facebook
Mathilde Froustey in Tomasson’s Nutcracker