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Springing from one fun thing to another

Wow!  Spring is here—the beautiful big tulip tree in my back yard looks stunning against these gray, misty mornings, and the purple pansies are so great with the daffodils.  It’s a funny spring, and some things that would normally bloom in succession, are all blooming at once.

Mary Pat considers the Joys of Live Performance

From comedy to tragedy

What a week!  Even when you work in the arts, one doesn’t always get to spend that much time actually watching or discussing art.  There’s a lot of scheduling, phone calling, etc., in a week.  But last week I got to spend a lot of time watching and talking about art—what fun!

On Pointe: What It's All About

American Repertory Ballet launched On Pointe in September 2010 to help make ballet more accessible to the community.  The Enrichment Series brings guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, intimate company performance previews and panel discussions to seasoned dance enthusiasts and new students alike on a monthly basis.  As we look forward to our 2012-2013 programming, I had the opportunity to reflect on how On Pointe has evolved over the last season and a half.  It was gratifying to look back and see that On Pointe has exceeded many of our expect

Mary Pat checks in from Dallas, TX

February 4, 2012: Dallas, Texas

So, in my spare time in Dallas I slipped into the role of movie buff. There’s a really cool repertory movie house near my hotel. I had seen some of the films already (“The Artist,” and “Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy), but had time to catch not only ”The Descendants,” but also “My Week with Marilyn.” What fun! I feel really ready to appreciate the Academy Awards this year.

Watching and Talking about Dance

I love hearing people's reactions to their first time at a dance performance.  When I was in college, I heard these initial thoughts pretty frequently.  I performed ballet, modern, and contemporary dance - performances that some students thought sounded either intimidating, boring, or maybe a little of both.

Mary Pat checks in from SoCal

January 29, 2012: Irvine

Another beautiful day in Paradise, as they like to say here. Sunny and warm here in Irvine, and a warm welcome from Cathy and Charles, at Maple Conservatory. There are so many terrific dancers here this afternoon, from lots of different studios in the area. I really enjoyed seeing Lauren Crocker and her mother, Grace, who was a Resident Assistant for us last year when Lauren came to SI. My friend Yoshi played great music for us all, and we enjoyed this big airy studio. Back home tomorrow!

Mary Pat in the city by the Bay

January 28, 2012: Berkeley

It’s always fun to be back in Berkeley. The cool topography of this site clearly reminded the architects who developed the north Berkeley hills of the great hill towns of southern France and the Italian coast—places like Roquebrune and Amalfi. The hills are sprinkled with staircases and walking paths, so that one can go exploring right between all the cool houses. Up, up, up all the way to Tilden Park—my legs are going to pay for this!!

Mary Pat "cultivating" in the Pacific Northwest

January 25, 2012: Seattle, Washington

I’ve been thinking a lot today about gardens, and wilderness, and cultivation. I like nature, but I love a garden. It’s not a coincidence, I think, that so many ballet teachers are avid gardeners. We like to nurture, and mould, and develop things to their full potential.

Thoughts on "The Music of Romeo and Juliet", ARB's Jan. On Pointe event

Flipping through the most recent issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly magazine, I came across a short feature on Simon Morrison that sparked my interest.

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