Just like dance, music is something I am very passionate about. Dance is one way that music can be brought to life. If you're looking for a good piece of music for a contemporary/modern/lyrical piece- whether it be for a performance or just to try out new choreography in the studio- here are some of my favorite songs to use...
Got any songs to add to the list? Comment them below!
First of all, thank you for signing me up for dance lessons when I was three years old. It changed the course of my life in ways that I can never fully explain. Without you putting me in dance, I never would have found the passion for it that I still have today. Thank you.
Thank you for all of the literal support you have given me for dance. Thank you for the rides to and from the studio and performances. Thank you for your financial support, and for never questioning whether or not dance was a worthy investment. Thank you for sewing, altering, and even making some of my costumes. Thank you for running out to Jo-Ann's Fabrics to make me a new piece of my costume that of course I lost and didn't realize until dress rehearsal. Thank you for helping me through injuries and getting me ice packs in the middle of the night when my knees won't stop swelling. Thank you for letting my set up a ballet barre in our spare room.
Thank you for the emotional support you've given me. Thank you for letting me cry to you when I didn't get the role I wanted and cheering me up after a hard class. Thank you f0r coming to all of my shows, whether I had the biggest role or the smallest. Thank you for always volunteering to help out backstage and supporting my shows in every way possible.
Thank you letting me have a life outside of dance. Thank you for not forcing dance upon me and allowing me to have other hobbies and passions. Thank you for letting me just be a kid or a teenager and not pushing me to become a star. Thank you for making sure I didn't miss out on any milestones- from my first musical to senior prom- because I had dance that day.
Above all, thank you for understanding that dance is not just a hobby for me. Thank you for allowing me and supporting me in my decision to study dance in college. Thank you for seeing the validity of my major and for believing that I can be a dance educator and choreographer in the future. Lastly, thank you for the support for my career and my future students that I am sure you will give.
Everything I have in dance would not have been possible without you. Thank you.
Your Little Dancer
Happy Mother's Day to All Dance Moms, from Ballet with Becca!
Towards the end of my freshman year of college, I found myself with no one to room with for the following year. All of my friends had other plans, and one day in ballet class I got pretty upset about having no one to live with. This was when a girl in my class that I almost always stood at the barre with told me that she and her two friends were living in a quad and were looking for a fourth roommate. The four of us ended up having a great year together, and one of my roommates being a dancer made things even more interesting. Here are some things that might happen to you if you decide to live with a fellow dancer...
Your Living Room Becomes a Rehearsal Space
Show coming up next week? Need to go over choreography? No need to walk all the way to the studio to rehearse...clear a space in the living room and start dancing!
You Will Dance More Than You Expect
When we weren't rehearsing for actual shows, Michaela and I spent our free time figuring our how many songs we can do the Cotton Eyed Joe to (the answer: ANY song).
You'll Stretch Together
Who needs their own Flexistretcher when your roommate leaves hers in the living room all the time?
You Will Talk About Dance Everyday...
Did your favorite dancer upload a new video? Did your school post footage from your latest performance? There's no better person to watch with than your roommate (even when she's perfectly comfortable in her bed all by herself).
...and Gossip About Dance Drama
Did a dancer that you don't think is very good get into the company? Are two other dancers fighting? Better discuss it until 1AM!
Your Other Roommates Will Become Dance Experts
If being friends with a dancer causes your friends to learn information that is completely irrelevant to their own lives, have them try living with two or more dancers. They'll practically be members of the company without ever having to step foot in a studio.
You'll Have Someone to Walk Home from Rehearsal With
and maybe-definitely- get a smoothie on the way.
You'll Share Dance Clothes
Don't have the right tights? I'm sure your roommate does!
You'll Feel Obligated to Dance in Each Other's Pieces When Possible
Even if you're not into ballet, you'll find yourself in a pink dress and ballet slippers on stage if your roommate is all for it! (Sorry Michaela)
You'll Claim Ownership of Your Room Mate When Other Dancers Bring Her Up
"She's so talented!" "I love her!" -Others
"Thanks, she's my room mate" -Me, to at least 17 different people this semester
You'll Survive Tech Week Together
Tech week and performances are hard to get through on your own, so it's nice to have someone you're living with completely understand what you're going through.
If You're Not in the Same Shows, You Won't Feel Weird About Going to Each Other's
But you may feel added pressure when you know a dancer is in the audience watching you.
You Have a Makeup Artist For Shows
Can't get your false eyelashes on without gluing your eyes shut? That's what your room mate is for!
You'll Forget What It's Like to Not Live With a Dancer
Living at home won't be the same without someone who understands dance to complain about, gossip about, and get excited about all things dance.
Here's to a great year spent with my dancer room mate and our two biggest fans...and the end of my sophomore year as a dance major at BSU!
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News & Events
9/18 Follow my new Instagram just for my dance things!
12/23 I was one of NDEO's Guest Bloggers this year! Read "Teaching is a Vocation. Not a Fallback" on their Behind the Curtain Blog!
9/27 I will be presenting my research at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference next week! See my research project by clicking the button below!
4/15 While working on PMA's production of The Addams Family, I got to combine my two favorite styles of dance (ballet and musical theatre) for "The Moon and Me"! Watch my talented students dance by clicking the button below!
2/20 I am choreographing PMA Theatre Guild's Production of The Addams Family! Come see these amazing high school students perform at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen, MA April 13 & 14! Tickets available at the door.
2/20 I am stage managing BSU's Dance Kaleidoscope this year! Show dates are March 29-31 at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Come see this student choreography showcase!
11/5 I will once again be dancing in a BSUDC concert! Tickets to WinterDance are now available!
8/24 NDEO's National Honor Society for Dance Arts has published one of my articles in their newsletter! Read an updated version of "Audition Advice" here:
5/16 Interested in learning about movement concepts? Visit Becca's new Educational Dance website!
5/8 BSU Dance Company's Dance Kaleidoscope 2017 is now on Youtube! You can watch my performances by visiting the VIDEOS page!
4/23 I recently performed for the residents of Allerton House in Hingham, MA! You can watch part of my performance here!
Amesbury Children's Theatre presents...James and the Giant Peach Jr, featuring choreography by me! Click for tickets!
2/8 My piece "Barefoot" is now available to watch online! Click to watch!
2/5 Happy to say I have been cast in BSU Dance Company's Spring concert Dance Kaleidoscope! I will be dancing in 3 faculty choreographed pieces, including excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty in which I will be dancing the role of Lilac Fairy! Show dates are March 31-April 1 at Bridgewater State University.
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1/15 Ballet with Becca is now on Facebook! Click to visit the page, and be sure to like it while you're there!
1/14 I am happy to say I will be attending artEmotion's summer intensive in June! I will be dancing in the one week artEmotion Adult Program. If anyone would like to join or audition for any other artEmotion program, visit their website!