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Questions about Paddy’s Dance Life

Friends and guests at my book talks often ask me questions about my dance life. Here are a few answers. When did you start dancing?  At age 3. I continued to take lessons until I was 18 and danced off and on until I was in my 40s. I was never a professional dancer. Which dance teachers were most inspiring? I only had 3 teachers across all the years I danced. Each influenced me in big or small ways: Margaret Tapping gave me the first opportunity to perform. I was 3 and loved being on the stage with the light...

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Results: The Most Antagonistic Characters in the Ballet Trilogy Are…

The votes are in! There are few surprises. The FINALISTS are: Drum roll, please…         The 5 most antagonistic characters in the ballet trilogy are… Madame Cosper…..Uncle Leo…..Lynne’s parents…..Suzette….Carol   Each character was deemed continuously selfish, with hidden agendas, and focused on how Marta and Lynne’s needs and successes disrupted their lives. Thanks to everyone who voted. If you have further comments, send them to me at Paddy@PaddyEger.com  

National Dance Week 0

National Dance Week

This is National Dance Week. It began in 1981 as a way to bring national attention to dance. So what are you suppose to do? I suggest you try one of these ideas: attend a dance event (local dance studio recital or professional dance group presentation of ballet or culturally themed dancing) watch a PBS special on dance watch a movie of dancers from a variety of dance genres take a lesson in ballroom, classical dance, or cultural dance (Irish, Indian, Asian, etc) turn on your favorite music and dance just for the fun of it.

FAQ About Ballet Dancers 0

FAQ About Ballet Dancers

How long does it take to become a professional ballet dancer? Most dancers start lesson by age 7 and take 1-2 classes a week. They focus on basic techniques. Young women must wait for their feet to finish growing before they step into pointe shoes. Both young men and women will also take modern dance and partner classes. By their teen years most serious dancers are in class 2-4 hours six days a week. What are pointe shoes made from and how long does a pair last?  Pointe shoes are made from several layers of fabric. The outsides are satin...

Slow Motion – A Writer’s Trick 0

Slow Motion – A Writer’s Trick

Clive Matson got it right! In his book Let the Crazy Child Write: Finding Your Creative Writing Voice, he suggests that writers use slow action. When an important event occurs, slow the action down to freeze frame speed. That pulls readers closer allowing them to experience the physical tension with the character. Whatever the action looks like: a fall, a gun fight, or an ah-ha moment; it works. The next time you come across an action scene, see if the author has extended that scene through slowing down the time and movement. If it is a memorable scene, I’ll wager...

Vote for Your Top 5 Most Antagonizing Characters 0

Vote for Your Top 5 Most Antagonizing Characters

Throughout the trilogy, I invited many characters to step into my books. Here is a list of story characters in no particular order. Select the top 5 you feel were the most antagonizing. Madame Cosper                   Steve Mason                           Noel Elijah                      Mrs. B.                                         ?   Lynne Meadows                   Marta Selbryth                      Damien Black                 Uncle Leo Carol                                      Dennis (carpenter)                Lily Rose                         Ida                                                 ? Suzette                                  Bartley Timmons                   Elle Selbryth                  Wallace Cheryl Menkins                   Karl                                          Lynne’s parents             Lucia                                            ? Kitsy                                      Arty                                        Madame Zelb                  Jae...

Misty Copeland Visits Seattle 0

Misty Copeland Visits Seattle

On a soggy Friday in Seattle, a bright ray of sunshine filled Meany Hall. Misty Copeland stepped onto the stage to a standing ovation. The delightful 30-something principal dancer of  The American Ballet Theatre spoke candidly to a packed house of dancers and families for close to 90 minutes about her life struggles and her resilience. The director of the UW School of Drama acted as interviewer keeping the evening event flowing so smoothly the time flew past. Misty eventually addressed her latest book, Ballerina Body, which many young dancers clutched to their bodies  like a golden chain connecting themselves...

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance 0

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance

March 23-24  Arts Advocacy Day brings together 85 or more national arts organizations in Washington D.D. to meet with Congress to advocate for arts educations policies, charitable tax deductions and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Let’s hope they are successful. (Recently it was reported that the arts are facing deep financial cuts by the Congress.) March 31  – Dance Everywhere Day begins at noon Pacific Standard Time. It encourages everyone to join in a world-wide simultaneous pubic dancing performance. Grab your friends. Put on your dancing shoes and dance, dance, dance!!! Who??  dancers (of course), teachers, plumbers,...

My Top 6 Famous Ballet Dancers 0

My Top 6 Famous Ballet Dancers

Through history the ballet world has created many famous dancers who’ve shared their grace, beauty, charisma, and strength. Here’s my short list in no special order and why they’ve made my list. Anna Pavlova (Russian, 1881-1931) Not a typical small, compact dancer. Her world travels opened up the non-European world to classical ballet. She’s also credited with revising the pointe shoe. The role of the Dying Swan was created for her. Margot Fonteyn (English, 1919-1991) Beauty in motion who danced from 1935-1960s (but danced on occasion until age 60). I saw her dance in Seattle when I was a young...

5 Easy Ways to Help Authors – Part Two 0

5 Easy Ways to Help Authors – Part Two

Here are 5 more ways to let authors know when you enjoy their writings: Suggest places where the book would fit into groups, organizations, etc. Pass out author information (bookmarks, brochures, reviews) to appropriate waiting rooms. Buy and send the book to a friend outside your local area. Host a book party for the author/for the book. Blog and talk about the book with your friends.