Thursday, April 23, 2015

First. Finest. Forever.

I got back from Florida just in time to attend my sorority's annual Founder's Day brunch. It was held at a country club that brought back so many memories since I attended two sorority formals there. Several generations of Akron ADPi's were in attendance so it was great to meet them in addition to reconnecting with sisters I was in school with. 

Isn't this the cutest cake? 

 It is crazy how quickly time flies. Sisters have gotten engaged, married, and started amazing careers.  We will always be bonded through sisterhood and I love that I can attend these events after being away for so long and still feel connected to my sisters.  I can't wait to return to our sorority house in May for another event. I used to live in the house and haven't been to campus in years. 

I transferred out of Akron my junior year to a school in Manhattan with zero greek life. Fortunately, I was able to do a little volunteering in the city with the NYC alums. What I love so much about being in a sorority is that I can meet sisters from all over and instantly be friends knowing that we share this bond and common values. 

Feels like yesterday...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dance Life

Today I decided to read through posts on my first blog, Dance Life. It's hard to believe that just 2 years ago I was exploring places I never thought I would get the opportunity to see all while doing what I love. In my opinion, cruising is the best first job for a dancer, especially out of college. Friends have used that money to pay off loans and I used it to survive in Manhattan for a year. 

Some of my favorite memories include New Years Eve in Antarctica, visiting the pope's church in Buenos Aires on Easter, amazing steak and wine in Uruguay, helping to fix up a school in Ecuador, and of course, performing on the ship and interacting with people from all over the world. It was truly life changing. 

Veendam Cast 2012-2013

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Memphis Men

One of the coolest things about being in the entertainment industry is seeing your former cast members and friends accomplish their dreams. Jamari and J'royce whom I danced with in Monster Stomp at Busch Gardens, booked the national tour of Memphis.

I can't think of more deserving people. I feel like it was just yesterday that Jamari was dancing like a fool backstage with me pre-skeleton number and J'royce was inspiring us with his words of wisdom and encouragement. 

My mom has always wanted me to experience Palm Beach so when we found out that they were going to be performing at the Kravis Center in West Palm, we decided to make a trip out of it. 

The show, set in 1950's Memphis, is about a white DJ playing black music despite prejudiced attitudes of the time. We were blown away by the amount of talent in this cast. The show was wonderful and you should definitely check it out while they are still touring. 

Jamari looked like he was having the time of his life on that stage. I only wish J'royce would have been up there too, but as a swing he was not on that day. I'm so happy I was able to see them after the show.