Game of Thrones inspired April Playlist

For two years Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for the next and last season. If you are one of those fans you get the hype. GOT always keeps us guessing on what will happen next. Filled with beautiful backdrops, heart wrenching storylines of war, betrayal, friendship, family, magic, war, sex and love. Not only does it have flying dragons but it is always accompanied by music that can take your heart soaring over mountains and into the dark flames of death. Game of Thrones has taken over social, water cooler, and pillow talk so why not lead with some GOT on the April’s playlist. It seems on Pointe to share some of my favorites from Ramin Djawadi who has been with the show since season one. This show has strong leading women, who remind me to feel confident, lead with passion, know worth and be respected. All traits I hope you show when you step on stage. I am sure you will hear these songs in my future classes and I can’t wait to watch you move with strength and bring them to life.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/game-of-thrones-april-playlist/pl.u-mJy8144szBlVgdp

Lyrics – Favorites for April

  • Kingdom of One – Maren Morris -Game of Thrones Inspired Music
  • Nightshade – The Lumineers – Game of Thrones Inspired Music
  • Poetry by a Dead Men – Sara Bareilles
  • Sweet Honesty – Sara Bareilles
  • Over You Acoustic version – Marc Scibilia
  • Give you up – Dido
  • Naked Acoustic version – James Arthur
  • Undrunk – Fletcher
  • I love you – Billie Eilish
  • Listen Before I go – Billie Eilish
  • Bad Guys – Billie Eilish


Instrumental piano

  • The Gift – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ramin Djawadi
  • Home – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ramin Djawadi
  • Gorgeous Beasts – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ramin Djawadi
  • Against all Odds – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ramin Djawadi
  • Winter is Here – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ramin Djawadi
  • What is Dead May Never Die – Game of Thrones Season 2 Ramin Djawadi

May you soar today and always… Love K

April Ballet Barre- Time to Spring

Time to Spring…. This is the time of year where we have more sunshine and more energy. Windows are open and we can breathe in the spring air. Bring that warmth, energy and spirit into the classroom. Students are beginning to focus on summer plans, what they will do after graduation and where dance fits in. This is not the time to to back off barre and technique but time to accelerate. Set yourself up for success this summer by putting in the work the next two months as a teacher and a dancer. Your summer ballerina body will thank you for it, and you will enter the warm months with a strong dance foundation and core wherever things leads you.

 
Warm Up – Track one Warm Up
Face barre in parrel first position plié and stretch and straighten. Plié and straighten flat back bend right foot left and move to second.
Second plié and stretch straighten, plié and straighten. Flat back stretch and turn to fourth left hand on the barre. Lunge turn to the barre in a lunge, facing the barre, turn fourth lunge facing the other direction feet together and roll up.
 
Pliés– Pliés 2 Track 3
Demi plié – 1,2,3,4,5,6
Demi plié- 2,2,3,4,5,6 ( port de bra arm up to high fifth)
Gran plié -3,2,3,4,5,6 – 4,2,3,4,5,6
Relevé – 5,2,3,4,5,6
Cambre forward -6,2,3,4,5,6
Cambre back -7,2,3,4,5,6
tendu to second cambre in and out 
repeat in fourth cambre back
and fiftth gran porte de bra 
   
Tendus– Tendus Track 4
Tendu Front four times – and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 
Back inside leg four tendus back and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8
Side 1 and 2 and 3 hold 5,6,7,8
Reverse 
At the end 4 side the second time. 
 
Dégagé– Tendus /Glisses Track 5
Front front – 1 and 2 
Back back – 3 and 4 
Front right Back Left – 5 and 6 
Side side – and 7 and 8 
Front Front – 1 and 2 
Back Front – 3 and 4 
Side and side – 5 and 6 
Sous sous – 7 and 8 
Reverse 
 
Frappé – Battements Frappé – Track 8 
Front front – and 1 and 2 
Double side double side – and 3 and 4 
Back back – 5 and 6 
Double side double side – and 7 and 8 
Double front double side double back double side – and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 
Front – and 1 
Side – and 2 
Back – and 3 
Side – and 4 
Front – and 5 
Side – and 6 
Beat Beat petit battment – and 7 and 8 Reverse 


Eleves– Demi Pointe at Barre – Track 12
Eleves in first – second – fifth 
Coupé right and left 
 
Stretch- 
 
 
Rond de Jambe- Rond de jambe a terre -  Track 6
4 circles ronde de jambe a terre 
Ron de jambe en lair point stretch back lunge 
Lift to arabesque plié relevé plié releve 
Foutté to other side close lift back leg ponche over 
Lift gran port de bra all the way around 
 
Grand battement– Track 10 
Front Back
Front Back 
Front Back 
Side Side 
4 side sous sous 

Petit Allegro– petit batterie 2/4 – Track 30
Jeté Jeté Jeté Hop 
Jeté Jeté Jeté Hop 
Glissade Changement  
Glissade esblay 
Pas de bourree to fourth 
Double turn down

Traveling turns– Tour en Lair Track 28 
Piqué Piqué attitude turn
Piqué Piqué tambay pas de bourree fourth 
Triple turn
Turn inside turn 
 
Grand Allegro–Grand Allegro-  Track 27 
Arabesque Hop balance 
Arbesque Hope waltz turn 
Piqué turn piqué Arabesque chassé torjetay 
Slide pas de bourree leap leap 
 
 
 
 

Have an amazing Spring! Love Kelli

What I learned at LEAD and What it means to be Fearless!


Since I started this blog I have gone through moments where I am not sure what I want to say or share. Do I even have anything to share? And then something hits me…. a moment, a thought, something stirs inside that needs out. I woke up at 2:00 am spinning. Really that is how this came to be Kelli’s Twirl. I have always had moments where my head spins faster than my body and mind can react. If only.. If only, I had the time, energy, strength and the mind to accomplish all my twirl. The thing is when I have the energy I GO and that is what I have learned this year. Stay consistent and push when I can… This weekend I am traveling for dance. I have had lots of exciting things happen that push my mind to dreaming of all the things I want to do accomplish and give to this world. I laid in bed until 4:00am and now I am in the hotel lobby listening to African tribal music, waiting for the Starbucks across the way to open. Writing to all of you…. Sharing my twirl….

In my professional life I am as lucky as they come. I have had a path that has led me to find my true passion of working with women and men across the country to help them build their businesses and reach goals they never thought they could. When you join a business like Beautycounter there are many things you know you will receive. An income, training, education, a chance to share a mission and be an advocate, and often finding an amazing group of friends. The thing you don’t know you will receive is a look inward and amazing personal development. You grow in ways you never knew or thought you would. A business like this pushes you out of your comfort zone and I always say if you are uncomfortable you are doing something right! A couple weeks ago we had our conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This year we focused on our leadership levels and wanted to help them push to become stronger leaders. Leading is hard, especially when you are unsure you want to be a leader, or what that evens means.

The conference was amazing. Congrats to my good friends Lauren Beck, Candice Sylvia and the production company Mills James ( and so many more) People left lifted, motivated and with lots of momentum. And so did I….. Not just in my work but in my personal life as well. So I wanted to share SOME of the things I learned at conference.

The theme this year was Fearless. I had never really thought of the power of that word until now. What does it mean to be fearless? Really I think we are all fearless every single day… It is fearless to wake up and go out into this world, to drive a car, to speak up in a meeting, to present something you worked hard on. It is fearless to have a baby, to be a parent, to send your child to school. It is fearless to go on the date, to say yes, to grow and love someone, and even fearless to let go. It is fearless to speak your truth, to be authentic, to be who you are really meant to be with all the light and dark that is attached to that. It is fearless to try a new dance class, a teacher, to choreograph, to share your soul and art, to step on to a stage. Really when are we not fearless? The mind is such a powerful thing, and it speaks to us always. (unless that’s just mine… and I have to say my voices are a little loud, or at least they were last night.) Yes our mind fills us with doubt. It makes us question what is right, what is wrong, if we can do something, how the world will receive the real us. Truly being fearless is pushing past the voice in your head and knowing in your soul, you should, you can and it is your truth to be you.

Last year I got the opportunity to work with Life and Business Coach Aaron King. One of the things we talked about was doing something I was scared of once a month. I did – I went on dates I didn’t want to go on, I jumped from an airplane. I tried new things. I did learn a lot about myself in those moments of doing something out of my comfort zone. Sure I learned …. I could be afraid, do it, survive and grow. I think at the time I was checking the box. Trying something new, being scared, box checked. What I failed to see in those moments was to go after the being scared and uncomfortable as many times a day as possible. Why not? Who freaking cares? Will the hot guy at the grocery store remember or care I asked him out? Will anyone remember if I go in the middle of the hip hop circle and bust it out. ( ok yes bad example for me:)) Do it, go after it, be fearless, be scared, but just be you and go after the big things!

When that voice of self doubt trickles in like every five seconds……………….. Or at 2:00 am. Speak louder, go for a run, call a great friend, send a message, listen to a podcast, read a book, listen to your power song, write, share, be scared and dance anyway.

You know if you aren’t scared of your dreams they probably aren’t big enough… Love Kelli

You Say -March Playlist

All the words and thoughts we can’t find tied up in notes. Here are some of my favorites songs for March. This month has been filled with emotions like the spring weather, sun, rain, wind and brighter days. Use these for ballet, contemporary class, stretch on your own or even for the first warm day where you find your windows down.

Heres to Spring… LOVE K

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/march/pl.u-JPAZEkZIDWJ2Pka

Some favorites with lyrics….

  • Say Something acoustic – Madilyn Bailey
  • Consequences (Orchestra) -Camila Cabello
  • You Say ( piano/ Vocal) Lauren Daigle
  • Just A Little Bit of Your Heart – Ariana Grand
  • In My Head – Peter Manos
  • Say Goodbye – Ryland James
  • Fire – Sara Bareillis
  • Bury a Friend – Billie Eilish
  • Cologne – Haux
  • You & I – John Legend
  • Bruises – Lewis Capaldi


Some piano for across the floor or an ending reverence.

  • Let It GO – Disney Peaceful Piano
  • Mary Poppins Medley – Jim Brickman
  • Blue Bird – Alexis Ffench
  • Skyscrapers – Alexis Ffench
  • Book of Days from Far and Away- The Ultimate Movie Music Collection
  • Love theme from Romeo and Juliet – Cincinnati Pops Ochestra
  • Rolling in the Deep – Piano Guys
  • Lord of the Rings – Piano Guys 2

The Month of Luck – March Barre

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. – Great Expectations

Hello March – The month of the unexpected, in all things, weather, what spring holds, what this year is turning out to be. It is that transition month from cold hibernation -plotting and planning to putting lots of things in motion. It’s also competition, convention and audition season. All the hard work you have put in in ballet, it is time to use. March is the month of luck, but all those things I just mentioned do not need luck. You will do well because you worked hard, were driven, focused and had the mindset to push just a little bit harder. Remember the work you have put in as you begin to perform, continue to push yourself in endurance, strength and flexibility. March is the time to bloom…..

Merde – Kelli

Tendu Pliés - Tendu Pliés Track 1
Tendu Front 1,2,3,4 slide close Plié  5,6, close 7,8
Tendu Front Plié, 1,2,3,4  Front ron de jambe side plié 5,6, close 7,8
En Croix 
 
Pliés - Grand Plié Track 2
Demi plié 1,2,3 - 2,2,3 Demi plié 3,2,3 -4,2,3  Grand plié 5.2.3- 6,2,3, 7,2,3-8,2,3
port de bras 1,2,3-2,2,3-3,2,3-4,2,3-5,2,3-6,2,3 Tendu to second 7,2,3 -8,2,3
1st -2nd -4th and fifth - port de bras arms
 
Tendu - Tendus Battement Track 3
Tendu and 1 and 2 
Pull in coupé extend 3 and 4 
Tendu 5 close 6 
pique 7 and 8 en croix
 
Dégagé- Petit Battement Track 9
Front, front 1 and 2 
pique, pique close- 3 and 4
Pique front and side and back Close - 5,6,7, and 8
Reverse all
2 each direction 
8 to side and close 
 
Frappé- Frappés Battement Track 6
Front, Side, Back, Side - 1, 2, 3, and 4 
Double front and 5  Double side and 6 Double Back and 7 Double Side and 8
Reverse 
Petit battements -1,2,3,4 around ankles and at the knee 5,6,7,8
 
Relevés - Sautés Center I Track 15
First 16 
Second 16 
Coupe Right 16
Couple Left 16
 
Ronds de Jambe - Track 4 
Plié front 1,2,3 
side  2,2,3 and back- 3,2,3
Circle two times 4,2,3-5,2,3
Grand Ronde Jambe en l àir- 6,2,3 7,2,3- 8,2,3
Reverse all 
Circle front no fondu 1,2,3  side 2,2,3  back slow 3,2,3
4 circles 4.2.3-5,2,3-6,2,3,7,2,3, 8,2,3 
Front développé1,23-2,2,3-3,2,3 back développé 4,2,3-5,2,3-6,2,3hold and back 7,2,3 8
 
Développés - Track 8
Front 1,2,3-2,2,3-3,2,3-4,2,3-5,2,3-6,2,3-7,2,3-8
 En Croix
Second time foutee to the barre
Relevé down, relevé and down 
Grab foot stretch front, side and back  slide split 
Other side
 
Leg Lifts - Strength Training - Track 11
Tendu Front and lift 8x
En Croix
 
Grand Battements - Track 14
Front 
Back 
Side and Side 
Repeat 
 
 
Tendus in center - Track 13
Croisé Devant Tendu 2x front 1,2,3,4
2x Back 5,6,7,8
Écarté side side 1,2,3,4 turn front 5,6,7,8
Face the front 
Tendu Al Quatriéme 4x back 1,2,3,4
Tendu Al Quatriéme 4X front 5,6,7,8
Reverse all facing corner 3
 
Sautés in Center - Sautés II Track 16
Jump first, first, first, coupe 1,2,3,4
Jump first, first, first, coupe left 5,6,7,8
Jump Second beat change 1 and 2
Jump Second beat change 3 and 4 
Sou Sou plie repeat 5 and 6 hold 7 and 8
 
Pique turns - Sautés Center IV Track 22
Pique, pique, pique double 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Tombé pas de bourrée double turn 1,2,3,4 double is on 5,6,7,8
 
Grand Allegro - Grand Sauté Track 21 
Arabasque hop, Coupe hop
Waltz turn, Waltz turn inside turn down 
Arabasque chassé to corner 4 tour jeté 
Chassé leap 
 
Reverence - Track 23 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Five things I learned this weekend…..

Sunday evening, and getting home from an amazing weekend at the Tremaine convention in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been going since high school, which is amazing but also makes me feel very old. Looking at glass half full I should take joy in the fact that I am still in the dance space. I LOVE supporting up and comers who are KiCKING some Tail ….

Here are the five things I was reminded of at Tremaine this weekend!

  1. Be Confident – WOW as an observer – confidence is everything! Dancers who showed up and owned the room had a huge advantage over the kids who were trying to decide if they were good enough. It is a game changer. I wish you all felt it, owned it and let go of all doubt! It will be the thing that makes or breaks you!
  2. Be Yourself – Derrick Schrader’s class was my favorite. I am sure if you take from me this will not be the last we talk about him! OBSESSED…. I have said a million times “Just because it is in style, doesn’t mean I should be wearing it! ” Derrick’s class demonstrated just that. Dance your strengths, don’t worry about your weaknesses. The amazing guy who killed that combination was not technical, he wasn’t flexible, he didn’t have amazing turns but he owned the combination, he made me watch him, he commanded my attention, I am still thinking about him! He didn’t question himself, he didn’t try to be something he wasn’t, he owned the dancer he was. Find yourself, know yourself, know your strengths so well it is easy to dance as the person and dancer you are meant to be.
  3. Be True to the Choreographer – I talk about how everything in life, work and dance is a healthy balance. As much as I want you to very much be yourself and own your space, you also need to very quickly have an understanding of the choreographer. Their style, their mind, the ins and outs of the musicality and what they are looking for. Now the tricky part is knowing all of this, becoming this, dancing this while still being TRUE to who you are. Teachers want you to make their visions come alive. You have to understand what they are after. Listen to everything they say, watch for the detail, every move glance and breath. Become what they are looking for while still being you.
  4. Be Humble -Dance competition and conventions give such a competitive edge. It is actually something I thrive off of and I think made me a better dancer. Some people get anxious and cave to the pressure and some develop from it. These moments give a time to spotlight people, acknowledge people and reward people. Does this mean if you were not highlighted you suck. NO – It actually means there are a 200 people in the room and you were not killing it enough to grab their attention. But what if you did get picked! YAY – YES have your moment of celebration quietly – in your mind! LOL Be Humble. There is a time to celebrate, with your family and friends but make sure you are not gloating and celebrating in front of the people that just got their hearts, dreams and futures crushed. Be KIND and respectful. People remember how you act and treat them in that moment. The person that got cut could be a future judge, choreographer or director on a future job! You never know and it just is the right thing to do!
  5. Take care of yourself – You know I don’t even want to type this bullet. You also are aware if you know me that I need to drink more water. That being said as a dancer your body is your instrument. Dancers are rough on their bodies. Water, healthy food, sleep, massages, stretching are key to keeping your body moving. Our bodies know more than we do and when it is done- it will STOP. Something will happen that makes you rest, makes you drink water, and makes you eat. As a dancer timing and your body are everything. Do not get yourself in place where your body decides for you and ruins an audition a performance or a minute of dance. Take care of yourself by sleeping, eating and staying hydrated not only on a weekend like this but always!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world, for watching you live and breathe dance. Please share what you learned this weekend by adding a comment!….. LOVE ALWAYS K

What a Feeling….. February Playlist

Music is my love language. I feed off of it, it lifts me, it sits with me in sorrow and it’s one of my very favorite gifts to give someone. Back in the day a mix tape from a friend or a boyfriend gave me all the smiles. Playlists are those current mixtapes and here is mine to you for February.

When I started this post my first thought was to skip the instrumental piano and just keep it to songs I know people will love. But I started thinking of my favorites and no good Kelli playlist would be without some amazing movie soundtracks. Music moves you in those movies, and the composers behind those great scenes are genius. So I hope that you listen, you appreciate and your heart gets twisted into knots…

Love with all the Listens… Happy Valentines Day K

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/what-a-feeling-february-playlist/pl.u-V9D7m8pCB1PM7Dm

Music with Lyrics

  • Flash Dance – Yael Naim
  • Fools – Lauren Aquilina
  • Heart of Blue -Shannon Saunders
  • Yellow – Emmit Fenn
  • Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
  • Keep Breathing – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Rivers – Altman Brown
  • Take Me Home – Jack Savoretti
  • Fall At Your Feet -Saint Raymond
  • Let Her Go – Jasmine Thompson

Instrumental Some of my very Favorites!

  • Dreams and The Music Box – Klaus Badelt – Leap soundtrack
  • Look Closely – Hans Zimmerman Rubert Gregson-Williams – Winters Tale soundtrack
  • Main Titles – David Snell, John Lenehan & Orchestra – Cider House Rules
  • Cora – Randy Eldelman – Last of the Mohicans
  • The Kiss – Trevor Jones – Last of the Mohicans
  • That Next Place – Thomas Newman – Meet Joe Black

For the Love…… Ballet Barre for February

This month has been taken over by frigid weather, dark wintery skies and short days. If you ask anyone I teach they will share with you that I love a hot classroom. It gives your muscles the warmth to stretch, move and you the ability to push your body to its limits. I also love the feeling of sweat trickling down the bottom of my back, it feels like hard work. So as we survive these next couple months of cold snowy weather let’s warm up from the inside out, in all ways. Sometimes finding warmth from the inside out on a cold winter night is the best thing you can do for your soul. Take the fire inside of you, the passion and let us push ourselves, until the sweat trickles and our hearts find warmth.

With LOVE K

New Music for Ballet – Caleb Fawcett 2009

Ballet Barre 

Grand Pliés – Pliés both sides Track one
Facing the barre 
Demi plié1,2,3- 2,2,3
Demi plié 3,2,3-4,2,3
Grand plié – 5,2,3-6,2,3-7,2,3 -8
Stretch cambre back right arm – 1,2,3-2,2,3-3,2,3,-4,2,3
Relevé– 5,2,3 – 6,2,3 – tendu second 7,2,3,8
Repeat in second facing the barre – cambre right and left 
Repeat in Fourth Cambre is in lunge wide fourth 
Repeat in Fifth Grand port de bras sous sus
 
Tendus– Tendus with Port de Bras Track four 
Tendu from first 
Front 1 close 2  lift flex 3 and 4 stretch 5,close 6 tendu 2x 7 and 8 
En qua 
 
Tendu facing the barre – Tendu both sides Track 5
Facing the barre 
Tendu close first 2x – 1 and 2
Tendu fifth 3, 4 
Pas De Bourrée 5,6,7,8 right then left (right all then left all)
Sauté in first 2 x – 1,2
Jump hit coupe 3 and 4 
Pas de bourrée right - 5 and 6 and 7 and 8( right all then left all)
Left hand on the barre below is done 2x
Tendu front 2x 
Back 2x
Side 2x (2x all)
End releve in passé-plié, relevé, plié, relevé, hold in retire

Dégagé - Track 11 
Front and front pique point - 1,2 ,3 and 4
Front brush back brush front and close -5,6,7,and 8
Back and and back pique point -1,2,3, and 4
Side side side -5,6,7,and 8
All 2x
 
Frappe – Frappe 2T Track 25
Strike front  - 1,2 
coupe front bk front -3,and 4
Strike side- 5 and 6 
coupe bk front bk – 7and 8
Strike bk -1,2 
coupe bk side front 3 and 4 
Double front -and 5, 6
Double side hold, and 7 and 8
Reverse the whole combination 
 
Stretch in center 

Cloche – Cloche 3T Track 23
Brush front and back – 1, 2 
Brush front and carry side – 2,4 
Double ron de jambe en l àir – 5,6,7,
Lift and close and 8
Reverse back 

Ron de jambe – Ron De Jambe (3T) great exercise to move to center in coming weeks Track 17
Front développé big – 1,2,3,4,5,6
Side développé big side – 1,2,3,4,5,6
Back développé back – 1,2,3,4,5,6
4 circles 1,2,3,4 hold 5 and 6 
Reverse all 
Front Grand Ron De Jambe en l àir 
Circle all the way around 2x Second time hold arabesque in behind 
Attitude – plié, relevé, plié, relevé balance and hold
 
Ron De Jambe en l àir – Ron de jambe en lair 3T Track 18
Front carry side single en l àir en dehor - 1,2,3,4
Back carry side single en dedan – 5,6,7,8
Side double extend  en dehor and hold close – 1,2,3,4 
Side double extend en dedan and hold close -5,6,7,8
Attitude front brush back -1,2,3,4
Brush front carry side single and close -5,6,7,8
 
Grand Battement – Track 22
Brush front -1,2
Brush back -3,4
Brush side- 2x- 5,6,7,8
2x 
 
Petit Allegro -Track 40
1 sauté jump- 1
Jump coupe left back-2
Jump coupe right front -3
Brush back assemblé bk- and 4
Glissade jeté pas de bourrée 5,6,7,8
Jeté jeté jeté hop- 1,2,3 and 4 
Jeté jeté jeté hop – 5,6,7 and 8 
Reverse all 
 
Pirouettes – Pirouettes 3T- Track 34
Tendu front and close  - 1, 2
Side and fourth double close – 3, 4 ,5,6
Sous Sus to corner one – 7 and 8
Croise Devant to fourth inside turn en dedan – 1,2,3,4
Tambay pas de bourrée to corner 2 = 5 and 6 
Double close and finish front – 7 and 8
Reverse

Grand Allegro – Track 44
Glissade assemblé– and 1 and 2 
Pas de chat – and 3 
Pas de bourrée – and 4 
Double turn- 5,6
Arabesque  - 7 and 8 
 run run and leap – 1,2,3,4
 
 
 

Stretch Yourself To New Heights…..


Early on you learn the importance of the stretch, before you go into class or perform. Taking those moments at the beginning to warm up, wake up your muscles so you can bend and move with ease. There are always the dancers that don’t take the time needed and they end up with pulled muscles, torn ligaments and a special seat on the side to watch class for 6 weeks. You would think that would be enough to learn why we stretch, push ourselves to become more flexible. Stretching pushes your limits, its uncomfortable and even feels painful at times. The only way to grow is to stretch, and the only way to know you are stretching is to reach those moments of discomfort. 

I had the same job with one company for 13 years. Talk about a place of comfort. You know what is expected, know where you play well, know what you can and can’t get away with. You even lose sight of what your true strengths and weaknesses are. I didn’t really want to leave my job for all those reasons. I had small children and learning a new role, a new brand, a new work force sounded overwhelming and hard. What if after all that work, I was actually happy in my cozy comfort zone? For a million reasons it was time for me to look at moving companies. I started interviewing, talk about stretching, I had to get out of my comfort zone on calls, interviews in person and it quickly taught me a few things. When you interview and do things that feel hard you also feel accomplished. It gives you value, and confidence. You learn to speak or even see yourself and it reminds you of what you bring to the table. You remember your weaknesses and how you need to push yourself. I did move into new roles, new companies and have never been happier. What if I had never been willing to make those stretches?

A couple year ago I found myself in a ballet rut. I taught dance for years and never claimed to be a prima, it was more of a side love passion. A few situations made what I had to offer feel questioned. My teaching started to feel hard and cumbersome. Instead of walking into my very favorite place and sharing my light, my ballerina vibe, I felt awful and thought maybe someone else would have more to offer. It was such a huge love, and my heart felt a little broken. It had always been my safe spot. I started taking class again, and I remembered why I loved ballet so much. I was reminded that I actually did know what I was talking about. I took class anytime I traveled in LA, New York, at Joffrey in Chicago and BalletMet in Columbus and it stretched me. I stretched myself as a student, a dancer, a teacher and a choreographer. What if I had given in, given up? What if I had not chosen to move past how I was feeling, my comfort zone and not taken class? I could have very well given up my greatest love. 

Each of those moments have taken me to a place where I felt unsure and those are the moments I found Kelli. I found what I have and where I fit.

I have never stretched more as a, mom, employee, leader or dancer as I have in the past year. I made myself a promise to always take the interview, regardless how happy I am. To take the class even if it’s too hard or I’m feeling too old, to jump in on the project or go on the date.  It will push you, stretch you and give you confidence, it will make you more, it will make you stronger or it may just help you find who you always were and the parts of you – you may have forgotten.

When someone tells me they are doing something uncomfortable, I always say good! I wouldn’t want you to be in a place of normal, or easy, or routine. Stretch yourself to grow beyond your limits. Be more then yesterday, or the day before or even today. If you want to leap and soar with ease, if you want to spin for days without losing a moment of focus you have to stretch yourself. 

Stretch in every direction and grow to be the person you are destined to be in and out of the dance classroom… Love ya so much K

January Playlist -The Beginning of Anything you want…..


Music gives me all the feels. I imagine most dancers feel that way. It’s a huge part of who I am, it makes me work harder, run faster, love more, and leap higher. Songs identify certain times in my life, certain people, the happy, sad, the good and the bad. I am always chasing new songs that “move me”. I must say I found some good ones. A few that made tears sneak out and trickle down my cheeks. You know thats a sure sign it will be on repeat, and if I teach you played loudly in a hot, dark winter classroom.

I hope you took on the last blog post, reflected on 2018 and put some “on pointe” goals in place for 2019.

These songs are a gift from me to you always! LOVE K

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/january-twirl-playlist/pl.u-38oWXL4IPgqMm4V

Music with Lyrics for a warm up, stretch, across the floor, center barre or contemporary.

  • Cologne- Haux
  • My Love -Ria Mae
  • In My dreams- Ruth B
  • Cloud 9 -Frances
  • No Matter -France
  • Landslide- Robyn Cherwell (CURRENT FAV)
  • Yours – Ella Henderson
  • Everything I need – Skylar Grey
  • Early Morning Light -Sarah Jarosz
  • Tightrope – Sara Barellis
  • Revelation -Troye Sivan and Jonsi
  • Unchained Melody – Boyce Avenue (can be used for the Unchained Melody adagio in January Ballet Barre post. I love teaching it to piano and then giving them a chance to do the combination to music with lyrics.)

Instrumental Piano – For stretching and across the floor.

  • Ocean Eyes – The Theorist
  • You are the Reason – The Theorist
  • She Used to be Mine – Piano Dreamers
  • Let You Go- Piano Dreamers
  • Love Me Now – The Theorist
  • In My Blood/ Swan Lake – Piano Guys
  • Shape of You – The Theorist
  • Peter and the Wolfe OP 67
  • The Seasons OP 37 – Julie Barcarolle