Anything an ex-ballerina and armchair scientist who likes reading and grilled cheese might write about – book and performance reviews, poetry, bits on brain stuff and teaching dance…

Longer version:
Hello! I am currently a dance teacher and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. I say currently because I have come to accept that I am a perpetual learner with evolving interests and goals as life goes on. I did my undergrad in science studying a combination of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Computer Science where I focused on topics of cognition, plasticity, and development. Prior to that I got my BA in Professional Dance and Performance, after years of training in a ballet school and dancing around for a bit. It has been a winding path to reaffirm my passion for all things learning and movement – the good thing is I don’t have to change my blog name after all these years (I started this blog in high school). If my story sounds interesting to you please stick around or say hi, and thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

106 responses to “About

  1. so you a ballerina? Great!

  2. Thanks for the likes! Go Noles! πŸ™‚

  3. ajaytao2010

    very nice to read about you, you seem to me a very intelligent girl
    I like ballerina’s and hope you are going to be one,
    I have come here by chance but happy I am that I came here.

    Thank you bookybunnyhead

  4. prayingforoneday

    Please accept this award
    The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  5. Hi there looking forward to seeing your blog. Thank you for liking my blog. Xx

  6. thanks for the “like.” glad to discover your blog. something to share with my eleven-year-old.

  7. thanks for the “follow.”

  8. Thanks for the Like! Nice blog you have here πŸ™‚

  9. Hello Thanks for stopping my blog.You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty to the world, my friend.
    Thanks Cyril

  10. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for the “like” on my recent post. I am happy you enjoyed the post, and I appreciate your visit to my site.

    Your blog looks lovely, and I find it wonderfully engaging. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts! πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for visiting! Your blog is one I could certainly get lost in for hours.

  12. I’ve just come back from a short break, and found a handful of “likes” on my blog – thank you very much! I’m now off on another excursion – to take a look round yours…

  13. The greatest achievements and happiness in life occurs when you love what you do and you do what you love! Sounds like you are on the right track…
    thanks for stopping by

  14. Came here to thank you for visiting my beeseeker blog, to wish you all the best with the NaPoWrMo challenge …. and of course to check out our blog (I’m naturally curious to visit those who have been to my “ether space”.
    That’s a lot of dancing (perhaps I should say training) and I am awestruck.
    Do you have any Terry Pratchett books in the library -if so I would recommend them.
    Best wishes.

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sounds like you have a full life that you love – it is great to find your passion so young in life. Enjoyed your poetry.

  16. http://scvincent.com/awards/

    I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award..

  17. You go girl. So nice to read about your journey.

  18. Many thanks for the “like” on the Leonard Cohen poem.

    My daughter is a dancer, too – ballet & modern are her loves – though she decided some years ago to *not* follow the pre-professional track, mostly because of our lack of suitable programs close enough to home; she would have had to go into residence and she just couldn’t bear to leave home and live away.

    Now, as college looms (she’s 17), she’s thinking that she would like to pursue a performing arts career after all, with the focus of one day working as a choreographer-teacher versus as a performer. I’m showing her your blog, and I know that she will find it inspiring!

    • Your very welcome, I really enjoyed it! Dance is amazing and I always think it’s awesome to hear about others who share the same passion. I know the training is an important and difficult aspect and I wish your daughter the best of luck in whatever she decides to pursue! I know I am juggling many thoughts about what I would like to do in the future, so I don’t know whether she will find it inspiring more than relatable, haha. Thanks for sharing our thoughts πŸ˜€

  19. Wow! So this is why you can eat cheesecake!

  20. prayingforoneday

    Tag you’re it
    Remember to pass it on
    Shaun πŸ™‚

  21. obstructedbynone

    I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, but I believe you’ve already been nominated, lol. Oh well. πŸ™‚

  22. wonderful- so inspiring- A love of books is a love of life.

  23. Awww! Hello! So lovely to meet you via blogs. You sound like you work very, very hard and for a young person that is very inspiring to here, so good for you. I am very much looking forward to exploring your blog and learning more about your passion for dance and books – 2 of my passions also. I am a single Mother of 3 girls now and the big 40 and my girls have done a little bit of dance training but unfortunately I cannot afford for them to go to dance classes and the other things they want to do, so they have each chosen to learn an instrument. My eldest has been learning to play the keyboard and will be going to College in September to study Art. My middle daughter absolutely adores the performing arts and she plays the flute, has the voice of an angel and is studying music and drama for her G.C.S.Es. My little girl is in junior school and she plays the violin and has recently started the fife in preparation to learn the flute. I myself danced as a teenager, ballet, tap and modern for about 6 years and played the clarinet and was always in my High school library or the music hut. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much. Sounds like you have many hard working and talented people in your family. You must be a very proud mom πŸ™‚ I think a study in some form of art is important because you don’t always get the chance to explore the expanse of your creative range otherwise. Because of NaPoWriMo, the focus of my writing this month has been poetry but it will orient back towards ballet and books soon! I appreciate your support and am happy you’ve found something you’ve liked on the blog as I have on yours. Keep in touch and best wishes!

  24. What an amazing young lady – I can quite safely say that had I ever been able to have children I would have been over the moon to have a daughter turn out like you. Keep your love for learning and life will always be an adventure. Thank you so much for the like – much appreciated!

  25. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

  26. Hi thebookybunhead. Nice to meet you I wish you well in all you want to achieve. Thank you for calling by and liking my poem ‘ Over Night Stay’. Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

  27. Merci pour le fait d’ajouter!!! d–0.o–b

  28. Sreejit Poole

    I nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award. You can check it out here: http://ofmindormatter.com/2013/04/27/notes-from-the-south-and-a-versatile-blogger-award/

  29. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and reading some of the poetry posted there. Especially nice because it brought me to your site. I’m on the way to your poetry page but thought I would stop in and say hello first.
    By the way, have you seen the TV show ‘Bunheads’? I love that show.
    Well, I’m off to read poetry….hope you stop in again soon. Vickie

    • Thank you for taking the time to check out my writing. No, I haven’t seen Bunheads though I’ve heard of it. You’ve reminded me about ti so maybe I will see if I can find it on the internet πŸ™‚ All the best.

  30. Excellent poetry. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

  31. Thank you for liking my post! Looking forward to reading more of your poetry! Betty

  32. prayingforoneday

    I have added you to my Word Press Family
    The WordPress Family Award

    Thank you

  33. Hi Hun – thank you for the like on My Beautiful Parents – they were kinda cute, weren’t they!

  34. Thank you for dropping by my blog. πŸ™‚
    You have some lovely write-ups and their representations here. Glad to connect with you. Keep visiting. Cheers! πŸ™‚


  35. hello, I received a like comment from you on my post, but was not sure where to go to thank you . I assume this will work.I have received likes from others as well. I hope I don’t appear naive or just plain dumb. And I don’t want you to misunderstand my words. I do appreciate positive statements, I have come to you feeling for some reason you would not take offense or misunderstand my question.

    I am having a hard time wording this. The likes remind me of the method of reward they used in grammar school. Only there it was a star. I think there where three different colors. Good , gooder, and goodest..That method could be superior to our present day like. As it give levels of like.

    As children, the system worked. Simple, not to much description. But as we grew older our ability to reason increase.. You would think the system would evolve as the children evolve. Instead nothing changed.really.. Entering high school and beyond the three color stars were replaced with numbers or letters or a combination of both.

    What is learned? Is it the subject material, or how to get good grades. I am of the opinion it is the latter. I am not saying nothing is being learned, but for the most part good grades out weigh the knowledge.. If this wasn’t so students wouldn’t be paying cash to have some one to write essays or cheat sheet. Better grades, more stats, more likes.

    Can you see were I am going with this? I can only speak for myself. when I press that publish button I have done my best I can.knowing that there is room for improvement.. hoping to learn from others. Welcoming a review and not becoming offended..

    Now with all this said. when I receive that like what do you think goes through my head? I’ll tell you.. Oh, that’s nice. It would be great if I was here to just the grade, the gold star. The truth is I want to learn something. That might have worked as a child, but an adult needs dialogue. needs to know why you like it. What you like about..

    I have come to you frustrated. Hoping to find some one that would understand and not take offense. And I would welcome your feedback.If you agree, disagree or some place in between. I will repeat once more my intent was not to offend. if I have on some level I do apologize…

    • I would just like to say that I really appreciate your comment and have been putting off a reply as I do want to write a response worthy of the level of thought in yours. There is a lot you said that I agree with – how would you feel if I used your words as a topic for a blog post? I actually wrote something regarding the education/grading system here if you’d like to check it out. It has been very busy and I hope to continue this conversation very soon!

      • First off I would like to thank you for returning comment for my question. Our exchange of words in the form of dialogue is the way humans meet and touch each other in our virtual world of computers. I was quite taken back that you wanted to use my wards in a blog. I am flattered and it would be a honor to share those words.. I did read part of your post and intend to go back as soon as I finish here. Again I thank you and hope to hear from you again.

  36. Hello fellow blogger!
    I have nominated you for the β€œSuper Sweet Blogging Award”.
    Feel free to click on the below link if you wish to accept the award and all you need to do is follow the quick and simple rules.
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees

    -Marc.Pann :3

  37. I wanted to drop a quick note to a handful of my most loyal followers, you being one of them, and say thank you. I started blogging somewhat reluctantly but have come to really enjoy it primarily because of bloggers like you. You have been a litmus test for many of my posts and if I see your like pop up, I know I must be doing something right. πŸ˜‰ And not that I ever could improve your blog but if you ever need a custom graphic or musical suggestion, I’m your man. Thanks again. – Kelly P.S. That post of the ballerina ‘For BBH’ was for you lol Keep dancin’ d–0.o–b

  38. Hi:) I’m nominating you for this award -Super Sweet Blogging Award πŸ™‚ here’s the link http://mjraik.wordpress.com/super-sweet-blogger-award/ , God bless πŸ™‚

  39. Brilliant ballerina, thank you for dancing by ~ Sea

  40. All this and you still blog. Bravissimo!

  41. Thanks for the like on my post “Vanishing”. I hope you will consider downloading one of the audio versions of my short works.

  42. beckarooney

    Good luck with your training! I studied ballet for over ten years, and admire you greatly for being in school and dancing every day too. Looking forward to following your blog πŸ™‚ x

  43. I came by to thank you for reading my post and the like comment. It is good to see you are still writing great content.nick

  44. Does Booky refer to you being a bookworm? Quite surely it does.After all, it reflects in your writing. πŸ™‚ This is great stuff Which will compel me to visit daily. You can check my work out too given I am a bookworm too. πŸ˜€ best of Luck. Keep Writing. πŸ™‚

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