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Day 15 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons :Guest Blog Nicole Gerspacher 0

Day 15 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons :Guest Blog Nicole Gerspacher

Today we have the privilege of hearing from a young novelist, Nicole Gerspacher. Nicole earned a Journalism major with a Criminal Justice minor at Cal State at Chico last year. Currently she is a staff writer on the Paradise Post, Paradise CA. I know you will appreciate her story. Welcome, Nicole! My new novel, “Everything After,” follows the story of Kevannah Hayfield after her cancer relapses and is told she has less than a year to live. Being in her early twenties, Kevannah had a strange idea of what it meant to be an adult and fought tenaciously to uphold...

Day 14 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Maria Tallchief 0

Day 14 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Maria Tallchief

In 84 Ribbons I use a photo of Maria Tallchief to connect Marta to Harry, the janitor at the end of the book. I selected her because I admire her career and tenacity. As one of the most celebrated ballerinas of the past 1oo years, Maria was considered daring, brilliant and possessing great musicality (the ability to interpret the music through her movements). She was the daughter of an Osage Native American and a Scotch-Irish mother who began dancing before she was ten. Balanchine’s style attracted her. She reported to have said that it made her feel like a musician:...

Day 13: 84 Days of 84 Ribbons    Ballet Truths-Life Truths 0

Day 13: 84 Days of 84 Ribbons Ballet Truths-Life Truths

Melanie Doskcil wrote an interesting blog post on her Ballet Pages listing ballet truths. These two universal truths caught my eye. 1. You won’t always get what you want. Whether it’s roles in ballet, hearing compliments, getting promotions or being part of the perfect group, it may or may not ever happen. But, if we do our best, practice, listen to advice and accept that others might know more than we do, we’ll be in a better place to succeed. Because, if we do nothing we’ll get nothing.   2.  You’ll never feel 100% ready. Regardless of how much we...

Day 12 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : Trivia Quiz Answers 0

Day 12 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : Trivia Quiz Answers

Answers to yesterday’s 5 trivia questions: 1.  What is the international language of ballet?   French 2.  What does ‘turnout’ mean?  the outward rotation of a dancer’s hips 3.  What is the purpose of a barre?  to support a dancer during warm-up exercises 4.  What is the term to describe a ballet enthusiast?  balletomane 5.  What is a pas de deux?  a dance for two people

Day 11 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet Trivia 0

Day 11 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet Trivia

Test your basic ballet knowledge on these 5 questions. 1.  What is the international language of ballet? 2.  What does ‘turnout’ mean? 3.  What is the purpose of the barre? 4.  What is the term used to describe a ballet enthusiast? 5.  What is a pas de deux? Answers tomorrow.  

Day 10 of 84 Days for 84 Ribbons: Why I Write 0

Day 10 of 84 Days for 84 Ribbons: Why I Write

Have you ever had an itch that needed scratching? No matter what you did to distract yourself, it still itched? That’s how I feel about writing. In fact, that sentiment is inscribed on the cover of my media kit: “Stories come to me like an itch: they refuse to leave until I promise to scratch around for their meaning and write them down.” While some people are compelled to run, compete in sporting events or meet the challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzle, I write. I’ve tried not to write but after a couple of days I need...

Day 9 of 84 Days of Ribbons: Backstory 0

Day 9 of 84 Days of Ribbons: Backstory

In her book, Between The Lines, Jessica Page Morrell says,”Backstory illuminates the origin of behaviors and motives, especially those tied into the main conflict. ( p. 18) I agree. As authors we lay down subtle suggestions and reactions to fill in gaps and lead readers to conclusions. Sometimes it is hard to not share those details. I have two such chapters that wouldn’t stay out of my brain. After I wrote 84 Ribbons, I went back and wrote two backstory pieces to explain two recurring actions by Marta: Jonas: The Day Marta’s World Changed and Steve’s First Ballet. I hope...

Day 8 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : The Ribbons 0

Day 8 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : The Ribbons

Ribbons. Pointe shoes have two satin ribbons attached to near the ankle bones, one on each side of the shoe. Dancers add their own ribbons. The colors chosen match the color of the pointe shoes. The shoes can be dyed any color needed to match the costume. If a dancer in 2014 were to save her ribbons, she’d have a wide variety of colors in her ribbon box. In Marta’s era those two ribbons were principally pink to match the shoes as they arrived from the manufacturer. Dancers must be careful to not stitch into the drawstring around the top...

Day 6 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons – Famous Ballerinas 0

Day 6 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons – Famous Ballerinas

We often remember the lovely ladies in beautiful costumes more than we remember their male counterparts. So, here’s a test:  Name five internationally known or well-known ballerinas who’ve achieved fame. I’ll give you one: Maria Tallchief. That leave four others for you to select. If you send me your list through the Chat, Comment and Connect on my website (www.paddyeger.com) I’ll send you ballet-themed note cards for your efforts. I’ll compile the list in May then share the names of the ballerinas you’ve select. So, send me your top four names. I’ll send out the pack of ballet note cards the...

Blog Share featuring Madame Gilflurt 0

Blog Share featuring Madame Gilflurt

Ballet stories across the centuries share success and tragedy in equal measure. Enjoy the guest post from Madame Gilflurt about Danish dancer, Anine Frølich. Imagine how Anine could have impacted ballet if her career hadn’t ended abruptly. But first, a little about Madame Gilflurt. She writes the entertaining blog ‘A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, a breathless romp through the long 18th century.’ She shares her home with ‘a rakish colonial, a hound, a feline and several rodents of exquisite character. When she is not setting quill to paper for the Guide she can usually be found gadding about the...