If You Must, Dance First

Posted by Alena Gerst On 24th Jun 2017
If You Must, Dance FirstAlena GerstYears ago, I was on the road performing in a show starring a seasoned, wildly talented, Tony award winning actress. I admired her work, and I wanted to learn as much …

Competition Judging: Why Did I Score So Low?

Posted by Rick Tija On 7th Jun 2017
Competition Judging: Why did you score me so low?By: Rick TijaOne of the most common comments I hear from contestants at dance competitions I judge runs along the lines of: “Oh my God, why are his sco …

5 Promises To My Daughter the Dancer

Posted by Alena Gerst On 19th May 2017
5 Promises To My Daughter the Dancer by Alena Gerst, LCSW, RYTI shouldn’t have been surprised when my 3 year old asked for ballet lessons.I was also 3 when I begged my mom to let me take ballet. …

Ambiguity, Creative Process, and a Little Black Box

Posted by Rick Tija On 17th Apr 2017
Ambiguity, Creative Process, and a Little Black BoxBy: Rick TijaThe Creative Process is a tricky one, one with multiple facets, personal approaches, and sometimes undefinable methods. Some debate as …