three hundred (and one)


When I started this blog on a whim 3 years ago, I never would have expected so many of you to be interested in what I had to say.  Now, so many years later, when I look back at those earliest posts, I can’t believe how much I have grown and changed.  I have learned such a great deal about myself through this crazy thing we call blogging, and I cannot express to you just how thankful I am for this whole experience.   Knowing that people from all around the interwebs actually care about what I’m writing is truly an incredible feeling.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all three hundred and one of my cyber friends.  You guys are the bee’s knees.  And I really, really dig you.

setting the barre


 Today’s post is about a very important subject…the title of this blog!  After changing the name of my blog several months ago (it was originally “So Let Them Eat Cake”), I expected to feel a bit more connected to the slightly more ballet-geared “Tutus & Stilettos”.  However, as the weeks passed, I fell more and more out of love with the cutesy title and knew I needed a change.  I’ve been doing a lot of growing this past year, so it only makes sense that my blog grow as well.  So without further ago, I would like to reveal the new, mature, (and much less clever than I like to pretend it is) blog title:

setting the barre titleWhat do you think?  To me, this new title has a double meaning.  Every day I like to set the bar high for myself- challenging my own strength physically, mentally and emotionally.  How do I do this, you ask?  By setting the barre in the ballet studio before class every morning and daring myself to push even harder than the day before!  (Pause for laughter/applause).  I hope you like the new title as much as I do! (and here’s hoping I don’t hate it in a month and change it on you again ;)

*Don’t forget* this means my new blog adress is!  If you are already subscribed to my blog, you will be redirected to the new address when you open your next email update.  If you’re not subscribed, remember to type in the new address instead of  Yay!


Last time I talked about injuries on this blog, all it took was a few days of rest and some strong pain killers and I was back in the game.  This time, things are a bit different.  I had my first MRI yesterday, and while the results all came back negative (yay good news!), my back pain still persists.  So this morning it’s off to the acupuncturist’s office with me!  Now, as someone who still puts up a huge stink about getting a flu shot (or really any procedure involving needles, it’s actually pretty embarrassing how worked up I can get over a simple blood test), I swore I would “never allow some dude to shove needles into me like some kind of sick man-made porcupine”.  A bit harsh perhaps.  But here I am, about to head to my very first porcupine session.  Slightly nervous?  You could say that.  Wish me luck!

Un sentiment.


Sometimes our thoughts can get the best of us.  It all starts with a small seed of self-doubt, then those wicked buds of stress creep in, and next thing you know, you’re hacking away at a full blown imaginary freak out forest.  When you find yourself sinking quickly into a black hole of worry, it’s important to remember this: it’s all in your head.   You created these thoughts, and only you have the ability to keep them from becoming your reality.  Remember that most things that seem big and bad in the middle of the night turn out to be nothing more than shadows when the sun comes up.  Instead of letting those stress vines suffocate you, relax.  Fall asleep.  The sun will come out tomorrow.

Stay happy and relaxed, lovelies.  Happy Wednesday.  xx

curtain call: Agon & Orchis

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Just thought I’d share a little round up of behind-the-scenes photos from this weekend’s performance of Agon & Orchis.   This series of shows has been one of the most exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting of my entire career thus far.  I performed in my first Balanchine ballet, danced in an incredible, innovative world premiere, and was promoted into the company.  It’s safe to say I will never forget this weekend.  Ever.  And now, without further ado, I give you…the awkward Orchis dressing room shots!  Enjoy:

awkis“Hi, my name is Kirsten, and I’m a dingus!”


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Last night was one of the most surreal night’s of my life.

First of all, performing Balanchine’s Agon onstage is just as intimidating as it seems, but oh so rewarding when that curtain closes.

Being a part of Plotnikov’s Orchis was absolutely incredible.  There are no words.  During the final pas de deux, I swear you could have heard a pin drop, the audience was so silent.  Amazing.

After the performance, a reception was held in the mezzanine of the theater.  Wine, champagne, tiny desserts, all par for the course.  One thing was different on this night, however.  An announcement was made by the artistic director, Misha.  Someone was promoted- mid season- into the company.  And guess what?  That someone was ME!

I am still so overwhelmed with excitement.  And joy!  And disbelief.  But most of all, pride and optimism.  In a world where we receive corrections (pretty much a run down of everything we did wrong) the moment we leave the stage, having all of my hard work recognized is truly extraordinary.  I can’t wait to perform again tonight and tomorrow, now with a renewed sense of energy and vivacity.  These moments right here, this is why I love ballet.