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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

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I LOVED getting to go to The Museum of Pop Culture. It was a really interesting museum full of different interactive and engaging exhibits. I had fun getting to hop on this 1980 Honda CM400a Hondamatic motorcycle that is a reproduction of the bike that Prince rode in the movie Purple Rain.

(Now I’m going to be singing that song all day.)

I think the fantasy exhibit was my favorite! I got to see Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and other stuff as well as an enchanted forest and a sleeping dragon. I had no idea, but I should’ve known, that “Fantasy” is the oldest genre of storytelling. Isn’t that neat? The museum writes “Once a way of explaining a seemingly unknowable world, the genre still resonates as an escape from our everyday lives into realms of myth and magic.”

I also had a chillingly good time hopping into the “Scared to Death” horror exhibit! I’m a fan of classic horror like Dracula and Frankenstein, but beyond that, I’m pretty much a scaredy cat!!! But, it was still an exhibit I’m glad I didn’t miss! Here’s a photo of me the very moment that something sinister started whispering at me while I was trying to get a photo op in the coffin. Needless to say, I was chilled to the bone and I’m not hopping into any coffins anymore any time soon! But, it was a great time! I highly recommend the museum.

Don’t forget your student ID when you’re traveling for a discounted ticket!

2. Something I Learned

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I learned that the “Jazz Age” was officially born on May 1, 1919 in the date line of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “May Day” which was first seen in July 1920 appearing in The Smart Set and then in 1922 as part of Tales of the Jazz Age.

Read more about it and its background here

3. Something I Accomplished

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YOU GUYS! I’m so excited and happy right now to share this with you!

I am just tickled to announce that Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series is hosting its very first theater show and premiering the work, Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch on ‼️ JUNE 8, 2019 AT THE DANCE FOUNDATION! ‼️

This will be the work we’ll take to the Fitzgerald Conference in France later that month and we are thrilled to premiere it in Zelda Fitzgerald’s home state of Alabama!

Admittance to the show is just by DONATION and every cent of the donation goes straight to funding the dancer housing in France during the conference, trains from the airport, and future community performances.

RSVP on Facebook here

4. Something I’m Inspired By

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My heart just leaps every time I listen to Sleeping at Last songs, but I am incredibly inspired by their podcast as well. Their podcast is a little bit of a “How It’s Made” kind of podcast, and listening to their artistic process gets me excited to make things of my own!

Find out how to listen to their podcast here

5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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My students at Encore Performance Company have worked so very hard this year! I am looking forward to the Showcase of their work this Saturday at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. This will be such an exciting time, and I can’t wait to see them shine under the stage lights.

Ten Things Tuesday

One of these days, I’ll make a deadline, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! My latest Five Things Friday is now coming out on Tuesday, but hey, that means it’s TEN things so double the things double the fun right?!


  1. Something I Love

Now, I’m not going to get all mushy I swear, but April 15, 2019 marked SIX WHOLE YEARS of dating my fiancé, B, and four whole months of being engaged. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s incredible how six years can feel like centuries but also seconds at the same time. We’ve got centuries to go, because this is forever!

And honestly, it’s good that we’ve got forever because of course… I’m always late. haha I crack myself up, that was a good one. I’ll have to save that for my vows.

Of course, totally on brand, I was a day late posting on social media a photograph of us as Daenerys and Jon Snow this past Halloween. You can read the whole caption and see more images on my Instagram @victorianiblett but basically we’ve decided that Walder Frey is not invited to our wedding!!!!!! (Game of Thrones fan will know what I’m talking about. But here’s a Coldplay song to help you get the gist… You don’t mess around with Walder Frey.)

We’ve decided to host our wedding at the historic Alabama Theatre (where we got engaged) eeeep! And maybe after we deal with these White Walkers and conquer the Seven Kingdoms, we’ll come up with a wedding date.

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2. Something I Learned

My heart is heavy learning of the devastation to the Notre Dame cathedral in France. I am absolutely heartbroken that so much of our world history was lost on Monday morning, and I hate feeling hopeless, but there was overwhelming despair knowing that our world is crumbling…

In my reading, I came across an article about one art historian’s efforts to digitally map the Notre Dame Cathedral and how his work could help in the restoration and rebuilding of this place of worship and beloved monument to humanity.

“Although parts of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral now lie in ruins, people can still experience what most of its nooks and crannies looked like in remarkable detail - thanks to an American art historian.

Andrew Tallon, a professor of art at Vassar College*, used lasers to painstakingly scan the cathedral in 2015, giving us a nearly perfect digital replica of the Gothic structure. And his work could help architects and engineers rebuild it after Monday's fire.”

*Tidbit: Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, also attended Vassar College.


3. Something I Accomplished

Well, hot dog! My Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series was regarded as a “book” for Alabama Book Festival, and I am so soooo thankful that my little Jellybean Dance Collective got to be included in this year’s festival in Old Alabama Town! It was an honor and a privilege to be considered an author for my choreography. Hosting a panel at this festival amongst such incredible, brilliant authors was a dream come true and I still can’t believe I got to be a part of this.

My underlying goal in this whole series is to increase the accessibility of dance and prove that dance is bigger than itself- that it is necessary, that it is useful, and that it belongs in our schools, our art, our culture, and our conversations. What I hope to do is use dance as a vehicle to take history, literature, folklore, and stories beyond themselves too and bridge the gap between dance and the rest of the world. I think that the amazing people of the Alabama literature community opening their arms and their festival to a DANCER and CHOREOGRAPHER just absolutely blew me away.

THIS was what I was hoping to accomplish. I am still absolutely in awe of the open-mindedness of the audience as we held discussion and got to explore the storytelling power of dance.

If I just got one person to see that power…. I’d say we accomplished something.

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

Whitman, Alabama is a project that I’ve followed for a while, but this past weekend at the Alabama Book Festival, I got the privilege of meeting the creator of the 52-part documentary film, Jennifer Crandall!!!! She is an incredibly empathetic listener, and has created this series to amplify the voices of Alabama’s people by having them recite verses of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

Jennifer says of Song of Myself, “The poem centered itself around one idea: Everyone is an individual —everyone is connected — we all contain many selves. Despite being considered trashy, disgusting, and the worst thing ever written, "Song of Myself" is now considered to be a perfect embodiment of democratic ideals. The quintessential American poem.”

Jennifer is incredible and I cannot believe I got to meet this woman that is a champion of the people and the state I call my Sweet Home!

Please visit her project site and watch the intro video I’ve embedded.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE


6. Something I’ve Got Going On

WINTER IS HERE!

Now, just wanna say there are no season 8 spoilers in my post, but I had a BLAST watching the season premiere on Sunday!

My friend Grace and I arranged a watch party complete with enough Wildfire to even make Cersei bat an eye. Look at some of our ideas below for a super easy watch party set up, but there’s a new blog segment I’m launching til the end of Game of Thrones (which don’t remind me, is soon….) about ways to feel like a Khaleesi every day!

The new segment will probably called “KhalEESI Does It” because “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains Does It” didn’t have the same ring to it.


7. Something I’m Listening To

So, I’m still loving Poppy, and her MAJOR SILVER JUMPSUIT IN THIS VID, but this week my heart’s been partial to “Beige” by Yoke Lore and this incredible (unburdened) version I embedded below.

It speaks to my Enneagram type 4 soul with the words,

“I don't want to see your smile
I want you in the morning
Before you go performing”


8. Something I Want to Try

I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after my recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.


9. Something I Want

So… There’s a new The 1975 album coming soon! Don’t believe me, hear it from the man himself, or… read it tweeted from the man himself! Maybe we’ll get a preview at the show in Seattle, which is just TWO WEEKS AWAY wooooo! I can’t wait. I’ve never been to Seattle, and I’ve never seen this beautiful band live before!

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10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish

I’m working on the website for Jellybean Dance Collective, as well as some of our social media channels. I’d like to organize our first theater show and have it up on the calendar soon!

Subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram to see what we’ll have cooking!

Seven Things Saturday... WHOOPS X3

Well... One of these days I’ll remember what day it is. Honestly, I think it’s my subconscious trying to tell me that I can’t just tell you “five” things, so maybe Five Things Friday might forever turn into Seven Things Saturday? Hmmm…. Let me think about it.


  1. Something I Love

COOKIE DOUGH! My darling heart B took me out for a long awaited date on Friday evening. It’s been quite a while since we’ve even been in the same time zone, so this night on the town was much needed. We decided it was a special occasion to be in the same county, so we deserved something sweet. On our quest for a celebratory dessert, we tried out the new “Cookie Dough Magic” in Avondale and we both fell in love!

This cookie dough is safe to eat raw, and there are 10 delicious flavors to choose from. You can combine flavors, get them in a flavored cone, and really craft something you’ll love so we were excited to try.

B got “Fancy’s Peanut Butter” and “Brownie Batter.” Yummy! That flavor combo is almost a more iconic duo than me and B. ;)

I decided to go a little off the wall (of course) so I got “Magic Dunks” in a lavender flavored cone. It was soooooo cute and definitely an “Insta-worthy” dessert. Hey, the phone eats first, so presentation is definitely a category on which to judge your food in 2019! But, even as beautiful as it was, IT WAS EVEN MORE DELICIOUS!!!! Here is how this perfect dessert was described on the Cookie Dough Magic website: “Do you remember DunkARoos? This combo of Teddy Grahams, vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles is sure to bring on the 90's nostalgia!”

If you haven’t made it to Cookie Dough Magic and you’re living or passing through the Birmingham area, you should definitely plan a trip!

(BTW, THEY NOW DELIVER TO THE B’HAM AREA!!!!! SAY WHAAAAAAT?!)


2. Something I Learned

There really might be a Loch Ness monster…

But, it isn’t a sea snake and it wouldn’t look like Godzilla.

It would actually just look like a fault line in the earth’s surface.

The Great Glen Fault in the Scottish Highlands has been a hot topic of study for years. This fault is recognizable to us because it includes the mysterious Loch Ness, and it’s a reason it has the shape and characteristics it does now.

According to Live Science “The Great Glen fault is more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) long and cuts the Scottish Highlands into northern and southern halves. The strike-slip fault, where rocks slide past one another with no vertical movement, is largely responsible for creating Loch Ness, the deepest freshwater lake in Britain. (The San Andreas Fault and Anatolian Fault are also considered strike-slip.)”

When the earth tremors, it would create bubbles on the water’s surface and look like a monster is swimming beneath the murky, mysterious black waters. MWAHAHA!

But perhaps even more interesting than the Loch Ness Monster being a fault line, the Great Glen Fault Line’s existence could suggest that part of Scotland is geologically similar to Canada in North America. Before the Caledonian Orogeny about 450 million years ago, the rocks of Scotland, Scandinavia and North America were one continent, while on the other side of the now-vanished Iapetus Ocean lay the rocks of England and the rest of northern Europe. 

I’m not a huge geology fan, but this cool story rocks. Get it?… hehehe

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3. Something I Accomplished

I am sooooo excited that Changé was presented at this year’s “Black Warrior Film Festival.” I acted, danced, and choreographed for this film, and I am unbelievably humbled to have worked on this project with such a stellar director, Danielle Wilcox, and such an awesome crew.

I fell in love with film during this process, and I’m itching to work on some more. Let’s get rolling!

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

The OA. Part II now streaming on Netflix.

Brit Marling is a genius, and her commitment to the art of acting, filmmaking, writing, and artistry is unmatched. The OA team is brilliant and there are so many beautiful ideas swimming in their minds.

The visual direction is gorgeous, and without ruining too much of the Part II that was just released, I have enjoyed every bit of the visual motifs. Something about the visual direction of this show, and obviously the movements, are incredibly inspiring to me choreographically. One of my favorite shots from the first episode is from above watching Karim walk the docks. I don’t know why, that shot just gave me chills.

Also… I’m currently obsessed with the name Prairie. Anyone else?

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

WINTER IS HERE…

And so is the eighth season of Game of Thrones! In just a week, the highly anticipated season premiere will grace our televisions. To say I’m excited is an understatement!!!!!!! I’ve got my dragon-glass ready, and I’m prepped to braid my hair like the Khaleesi every Sunday til the season finale.

I’m almost finished with Fire & Blood, the book detailing the Targaryen history. It has been SUCH a good read, and I’m thankful B gifted it to me for Christmas. I can’t help but come up with lots of theories for how the final season will end since Game of Thrones is always on my mind in some way shape or form.

I won’t bore you with my insane theories or stories about the Targaryen lineage… But, I’ve got an article to share about Game of Thrones tourism in Northern Ireland that I was featured in with my friend Grace!!

It just so happened that on the day I headed to the Haunted Forest, Winterfell, Walder Frey’s Twins, and Robb Stark’s camp, that a correspondent from The Guardian had tagged along.

On our trek, we got to chat with him. Here’s what came of it!

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

Come on out for an awesome day of fun on April 13! My panel is FREE to attend.

PLEASE COME HANG OUT!!!!

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7. Something I’m Listening To

So, if you aren’t following me on Spotify, you should be. I think that I have pretty doggone good taste in music even if I do say so myself. Yes, sometimes my Spotify is littered with dance class music and my Discover Weekly often includes “Ballet Goes Pop” so I often have to listen to Barbie Girl for 4/4 Jeté Combination… But overall, I think I have some cool tunes.

Despite this playlist being titled, “trash” there’s some good songs on here.

I know I’m late to the party, but I’m looooooving Poppy as a visual artist right now. I want her hair color of course, the jacket she wears in the Your Mommy video, and the entire outfit she wears in I Told You So needs to be in my closet RIGHT NOW. I’m on the hunt for her all pink outfit in the So Close to You VR experience video too. Honestly, I just want all of her clothes…

I can’t believe I watched a video of her petting a computer monitor for a minute and 12 seconds in pink platform shoes and striped tights, but for some reason I did. I also watched her buckle her shoes for 6 minutes and 28 seconds and iron a sandwich in a grilled cheese tutorial…. Why?

(Let’s address that no, I don’t want to join a Poppy cult and I really get the heebie jeebies from her Poppy.Church stuff and so doooooon’t take me liking some of her stuff thaaaat far.)

I do think some of her other stuff is brilliant in its own right separately, and as an artist and content creator in the digital age she’s really got her own space. She’s got a really unique voice in commentary. Bleach Blonde Baby is so great, and her collab with Diplo in Time Is Up is so smart. I loved all the visuals in the music video, and absolutely live for her white jumpsuit. (again with the clothes….)

On another note, I BLAST “Holly” by Sleigh Bells when I’m alone in my room so I can properly throw my hair around and jump on my bed. It’s not a good driving song because I want to imagine that my little Mustang Sally is a monster truck and I can off-road and do cool stunts like drive off a bridge…

So I think I’ll stick to the alone in my room head banging like a rebellious teenager in an indie coming of age movie.

Though, at 24 I’m starting to realize head-banging is kind of a pain in the neck…


Ten Things Tuesday... WHOOPS X2

Well, I’m still in the land of forgetting what day it is except to board my next plane or hop on a bus, so yet again I am posting a belated Five Things Friday!

I’m writing this in Dublin Airport drinking a cucumber, celery, spinach, and lemon juice from Marquette. Yummy! We’re waiting on our gate announcement for our flight back to London. I can’t believe my trip is coming to a close and I go home tomorrow!

It’s definitely bittersweet going back home each time, but I think I’m ready for some Alabama blue skies!

For now, here’s ten things!


  1. Something I Love

Tea Time!

This tradition is charming, but it’s also super tasty. I’m thinking I might still observe tea time and have myself some fruit scones once I get back to the U.S. I was never a huge tea drinker before I took this trip to London, Scotland, and Ireland, except for unsweet tea with a Splenda. (look I know it’s not good for me okay?!)

Now though, I might reach for that English Breakfast tea with a splash of cream and sugar…

Does anyone have a recipe for a Victoria sponge cake?!

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2. Something I Learned

While I was on a coach tour through the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, our guide Graham told us the harrowing story of the MacDonald massacre of Glen Coe.

Around the first of February, soldiers led by General Robert Campbell were shown the famous Highland hospitality from the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe and received shelter, food, and water. These people broke bread together for two weeks then on February 13, 1692, the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe was slaughtered by their houseguests in the night. It’s estimated that 38 men, 2 women, and 2 children were killed with many others that ran away to the mountains dying from exposure.

This display of inhumanity is a complex history and there’s so much to read about, but even though 1692 seems far away to us, this massacre has left a scar on Scottish history that still impacts Scots and Highlanders today.

On a lighter and tangential note, the famous Highland hospitality is apparently the reason for phrases like cold shoulder and warm welcome.

I recommend the Heart of Scotland coach tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness for sure! If you are in Edinburgh, definitely check it out and ask for Graham as your guide.

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This is a folk song about the massacre of Glencoe that our guide played during our drive.


3. Something I Accomplished

Well, I did it! I made it to the top of Arthur’s Seat!

This is not a mountain by any standard, but standing at the summit, 823 feet high, had me thinking I was on top of the world!

The hike wasn’t a leisurely Sunday stroll and I tripped a couple times, so I felt accomplished when I made it. I was breathing heavy, and my legs were sore, but it was worth it. It felt like heaven standing that high above the city and seeing the world from that high up.

I knew why it was a famous and popular hike once I got to the top.

Something I found out that interested me: Arthur's Seat has a passing mention as one of the sights of Edinburgh in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

On our tour of the Edinburgh castle, we got to go down into the prison where prisoners of war were held. During the Revolutionary War, an American soldier was captured that etched an early depiction of the American flag onto the wooden door of the cell. Something about that conviction and power just took my breath. It was incredible to see that it withstood the test of time, and the ideals that person believed in I am celebrating today as an American.

I love to travel and experience other cultures, but I love my home and I’m proud to be an American. Political climates change and our leadership changes, but freedom and the American Dream are timeless.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE


6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

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7. Something I’m Listening To

So, I haven’t really been listening to a ton of music since I’ve been in Europe because I’ve been on the go, but one artist that’s been tickling my fancy lately is Sevdaliza. I really feel like a cool girl listening to Human. Listen on Spotify at the link below.


8. Something I Want to Try

I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after this recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.


9. Something I Want

It finally happened… My beloved pink carry-on suitcase bit the dust….

This suitcase has been around the world with me. I even carried it up the 204 steps of the White Tower at the Tower of London. But then, on the cobblestone streets… the wheel popped off.

So, I’m looking for a new carry-on. I’ve seen a lot of things about Away suitcases, but I’m still on the hunt.

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10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish

Well, I’ve been bitten by the bug. After all the walking in Europe, hiking Arthur’s seat, and watching people walk the Scottish Highlands, I have my sights set on something bigger.

I’d like to hike the Inca Trail in Peru and explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Here’s a link.

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Six Things Sunday... WHOOPS

So, I’m writing this partly in a TEA GARDEN IN LONDON and a HOSTEL PARLOR IN EDINBURGH!!!!! Wooooo! I feel so cool sipping my tea and typing up a blog… Or maybe I just look like Kermit the Frog….

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I accidentally forgot to post a Five Things Friday in the heat of traveling and adjusting to UK time, so while I’m waiting on my travel friend, the Missandei to my Daenerys, the Monica to my Rachel, the Romy to my Michele, the Dionne to my Cher, the Ethel to my Lucy, I’m writing a quick Six Things Sunday to make up for it!


  1. Something I Love

I just saw my first international dance show. I'm so glad I got to spend the day sight-seeing and the evening watching Saburo Teshigwara’s dance interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot at the historic Coronet or “The Print Room.”

Watching this show, and hanging out in the indie-famous underground lounge was nothing short of a beautifully satisfying atmospheric experience for my enneagram type 4 soul. haha

I was curious about this show of narrative based choreography based on a novel, and I thought it would definitely help me to see how a Bessie Award winning choreographer and internationally renowned artist would tackle storytelling. It helped me sooo much and definitely inspired me to try some new things.

Seeing a show like this definitely helped me understand structure and movement messaging, and I CAN’T WAIT to get back to the studio to keep creating and shaping my “Three Ballerinas” work and research on Zelda Fitzgerald! I’m thankful for the experience of watching such beautiful dancing tonight to get me acquainted with this new city and get me inspired for my own projects to come!

If you’re in London, or want to follow his choreography, here’s a link to the show.

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2. Something I Learned

F. Scott Fitzgerald was potentially behind one of Football’s greatest innovations (or at least a subconscious inspiration for it)

I had known about F. Scott’s passion for football for a very long time. In fact, his obsession with the sport goes deep! Not so fun fact: it’s actually believed he actually died with the Princeton Alumni Weekly newspaper in his hand reading about a recent Princeton football game, but last weekend Alaina Doten (the director of the Fitz Museum) mentioned on a tour that he’d been an innovator/inspiration of the two-platoon system of football.

DON’T BELIEVE ME?! Read alllllll these links below.

Also… Princeton has more football national championships than Alabama… (and definitely Auburn)

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform


3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series event at the Fitzgerald Museum last Saturday was a success!!! I was thrilled by the opportunities we had to facilitate important dialogue about the strong women of Alabama’s history, and what we can do to shape our state’s future.

I still need your help though!!!

The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

While in London, I was able to go to the John Keats Home and Museum. It was absolutely unreal to have the experience of walking through his house and standing in the garden where he wrote his “Ode to A Nightingale.” I have always been inspired by his poetry, and I can get lost in the romanticism.

But, I must say I did have good fun trying on bonnets. Can we make them trendy again?!

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

Early tomorrow morning, I get the opportunity to hike the famous Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. What I didn’t know was Arthur’s Seat is actually an extinct volcano! It is a part of the hills that form Holyrood Park, and the very top of Arthur’s Seat is described as the best view in the city. I know it won’t be an easy hike…. But, I want to make it to the top. Everyone I’ve talked to has really emphasized its grandeur, but I am thrilled nonetheless even though my little feet may be squealing by the end of it.

Arthur’s Seat is described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.”

I’m making the hike with my friend, Grace. She’s done the hike before, and so I’m happy she’ll be going with me.

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

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