Offbeat Ballerina Store Now Open!

I have some exciting news for all of you dance teachers out there… My Etsy store is now open! Over the past few years I’ve been creating and collecting ideas to help my students learn and connect to dance. Now my creations are available to you! CLICK HERE to check out my store and let […]

Dance Teacher Apps

Ready or not, classes are about to begin! This year I’m teaching 22 classes ranging from creative movement to pointe 3. Hmmm… That’s probably just over 200 students!!! Am I crazy? Maybe. Do I love my job? Hells yes! Am I afraid of tackling that many class? Nope, not at all! This year I’ve decide […]

Dance Dice

I’m always looking for new ways to explore movement with my littles, and when I first saw this idea on Pinterest (six months ago) I knew it would be a hit. What is it you ask? Movement dice! Seriously, what an awesome way to explore movement, make a game, and even tie in a little […]

Dance Around The World – Siem Reap, Cambodia

In all my travels across the world, I had the most amazing experience in my dance life at my final stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia. After three days of exploring Angkor Wat, I finally hit bottom. Six months of world exploration had me feeling overwhelmed. During the preceding months, I saw things that I thought “nothing […]

Dancing With Elephants

I’ve danced in some pretty amazing places for my Dance Around The World project, but I don’t think I can top dancing with elephants in Chiang Mai. Yes, I danced with elephants! While in Thailand, Dan and I visited the Elephant Natural Park. This park is more like a sanctuary for elephants. The organization rescues […]

Dance Around The World – Chiang Mai, Thailand

For the last leg of my Dance Around The World adventure, my husband and I traveled to the beautiful country of Thailand in Southeast Asia. We spent a few days sightseeing in Bangkok and then headed north to Chiang Mai. I’m not going to lie; now that we’re in our six month of traveling, I’m […]

Dance Around The World – Dancing Through Europe

On April 7th my Eurail pass was stamped, and Dan and I had exactly one month to travel across Europe. Considering all the amazing places to see in Europe, we had to narrow down our list of 18+ countries to just 10 for timing. It was a tough decision, but at least we have a […]

Dance Around The World – Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a wondrous and unique city with a bit of restrain. As I walked through the souqs and the main plaza, I was surrounded by beautiful art, smells, and music. It seemed to have all the right components for dance. My husband and I stayed in Medina, the historical area of Marrakech. This area […]

Dance Around The World – Cusco, Perú

Next stop on my “Dance Around The World” adventure, Perú! For years I’ve been wanting to visit Perú to see Machu Picchu. I guess it stemmed from my Mom, a history teacher and enthusiast. Seriously, she’s a walking book of world history. Or possibly it came from my desire to see the all wonders of […]

Dancing in Cartagena, Colombia – Crazy Salsa!

*Warning – This post is rated PG-13  After all the Afro-Colombian dancing I saw in the streets of Cartagena, I was inspired to dance. I knew there had to be dance studio in this city, so when I got home from the last performance, I turned to Google. The internet slowly loaded and translated my […]