26 December 2007

Holiday Cheer, Frames, Food

I had a WONDERFUL, relaxing Christmas Eve & Day. Christmas Holiday 2007 production took up my entire week last week and the performance this past weekend went AWESOME. I will post some pictures (with me in it) soon!!

Christmas Eve, Matt & I ran a few errands and in the evening we went to his parents house for dinner. It was lots of fun. They opened their gifts from us and were so happy. We got his dad a photo printer (one of those little ones) and his mom a fish tank. They were super happy and it's exactly what they wanted!

Christmas Day, Matt & I made a huge meal... I don't think we've every cooked like that before. It was soooo good! I'm proud of ourselves. His parents came over and we had so much fun playing games, eating, playing with Matt's new Keyboard and relaxing.

I have been doing some scrapbooking again as well. I WISH I could share the one project with you - but since it's for the design team I'm on - I can't share. But when they post - i will share the link!!!

Other wise - here is another project I worked on the other morning. I made each girl in the FM Ballet Company a decorated frame. They turned out so cute! I used the Love, Elsie - Noel paper line.

Here are my results!


19 December 2007

Sleep Deprived...

I'm so tired - but I have so many things to get done. I have no clue when I will sleep.

It's go go go right now - with the show opening on Friday! Dress rehearsal at the theatre tomorrow and tonight a run through of the show at the studio.

I still need to:
1. lengthen my Soldier pants and re-hem
2. Sew the furry stuff on my rockettes costume
3. Take in the top of my Mouse costume
4. Make the Company girls ornaments (with their initials) (not sure when I'll have time for this)
5. A mini album for another women

3 of the 5 need to be done by tomorrow
2 of the 5 need to be done by Saturday night

EEKS!!! I'm tired.

15 December 2007

More pics

The show is in less than a week now! Rehearsals have kicked into high gear (literally)! Read the previous post about the show that I wrote. One of my pictures is in one of the artsy publications here in town.

Below are some more rehearsal pics!

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China Dolls
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Russian (this one is a little blurry - bleh)
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13 December 2007

Christmas Holiday 2007

This is going to be an ADVERTISING post...lol Not really advertising - but information about the upcoming Christmas Holiday Production!

presented by the Fargo / Moorhead Ballet Company and the Jazz Arts Group

Christmas Holiday was and still is a tradition and performance that has been gracing the stage for many years. It all started when Kathy and Eddie Gasper started a ballet company in the early 80's. You can tell the love they have for the holiday season and the passion they have for dance. They choreographed many pieces that are now "famous" in this area and throughout the midwest. These pieces include: "Be A Santa", "Toy Shop", "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (tap number), and "Rockettes" - there are many more - but these are the numbers being brought back this season!

Sticking with tradition and adding his own flare - their son Matt has now taken on the responsibility of Artistic Director of the newly formed Fargo / Moorhead Ballet (in which he is also a principal dancer). Matt loves the numbers his parents choreographed and with the help of his mother Kathy they have reconstructed the numbers for this years performance. Matt also wanted to introduce something new into the mix - Duke Ellington's Nutcracker. At this time the company is only doing the "Suites" version, but in the coming years you better watch out - because the full Nutcracker will grace the stage.

Duke Ellington's Nutcraker has a jazzy twist on the classical piece. Other dance schools in the area already perform the classic Nutcracker, so Matt wanted to try something new. Traditional ballet (on pointe) combined with jazz, shows the versatility of the FM Ballet company and the complexity of the music.

All-in-all you will not be disappointed by this one-of-a-kind performance.

Not only am I performing - I am still amazed by the beautiful dancers in the company - I am proud of Matt and his accomplishments, hardwork, and passion for this art form - and his mother for creating this monster years ago and who still has the fire to choreograph these amazing peices!

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, December 21, 2007 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, December 22, 2007 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, December 22, 2007 @ 8:00pm

Performance Venue
NDSU - Reineke Fine Arts Center (Festival Concert Hall)

Ticket Cost
$20.00 (Adults)
$10.00 (Students)
$15.00 (Groups of 15 or more)

Tickets Available At
Gasper's School of Dance
Ph: 701-234-9440
524 7th Street N / Fargo, ND

Jazz Arts Group
Ph: 218-359-4JAZZ (4529)


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See you at the ballet - you'll be coming back for more!

06 December 2007

Let it snow....

Well no not really - i'm not too fond of the snow. Something fansinating though - is how they clear the streets off. During the day when there are cars out - the snow plows just come through...but at night is when the REALLY clear the streets out. They have dump trucks and a BIG bobcat like vehicle. It actually is really cool how they do it. The pile ALL the snow from both sides of the road to the middle... Then they come through again and with a BIG snowblower they take the snow from the middle of the road and put it in the dump truck. It's cool. Anyway

I have pictures!!! Not of the dump trucks - but of the snow.

BEFORE the snowfall
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Saturday - after the 1st big snowfall
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Tuesday - after the 2nd big snowfall
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Notice where the snow line is on the metal gate... CRAZY - also the wall top and the huge stack of snow up there. Matt & I were thinking of making a snowman - i really doubt it will happen though b/c we both don't like being outside in the cold weather.

Alright - it's time again for more production pictures. Right now we are in rehearsal for Christmas Holiday 2007. I took these pictures after I had rehearsal on Wed.

I love this picture for some reason. I just think it looks cool
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Matt is in focus here (green shirt), his mom is in the orange and one of the dancers in the snow in the white
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Another picture of Matt & his mom - and company dancers in the background
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I actually did these photos for a publication in town who interviewed Matt and they wanted some rehearsal shots. So Matt asked if I would do them. I hope he likes something. There were many more (of course). But these were some of my favorites - because it is rare to see Kathy (Matt's mom) dance anymore...especially at a rehearsal. She was filling in for one of the characters at this rehearsal. And capturing Mother & Son dancing - it was just cool!

Okay - time for bed! Enjoy! Thanks for looking (and reading)

04 December 2007

Thanks & more snow

Thanks for the comments on my banner. I like it - i was unsure about the weird color combination i chose though... aw well. I'm not sure if the ornaments match the background - they really don't.

I hope to post some projects or pictures soon. Christmas concert rehearsal is in full swing and Matt asked if I would start taking rehearsal pictures - for an article that will be in one of the million publications here in town! That would rock if they used one of my images. So Wed. night after my rehearsal I will stay and take pictures of the rehearsal after. I will share some shots when I'm done.

Weather Update:
And Leah - I am super jealous of you! 84 degrees!!! Your temp is 74 degrees warmer than mine! AGH! Again today, I woke up and the snow was coming down - and it hasn't stopped and it isn't suppose to stop. We already have probably 7+ inches from Saturday and we are suppose to get another 5 - 7 inches today. My bosses said it is starting to be like 1997 (the year of the really bad flood).... that isn't very good! I hope it doesn't turn out that way.

01 December 2007

Holiday Banner

What do you think of my new banner. I thought I would be festive and have a holiday banner! Do you like? Let me know!

We are having a snow storm today!! It has not stopped since I woke up at 8:00am and it is now 4pm.

I have a feeling it will be a snowy winter.... bleh.