The Arenberg Forest

It was my plan to visit the cobblestones of Northern France today — to visit the iconic pavé that forms the route of the Paris-Roubaix bike race, which would have taken place tomorrow. It would have been my second visit. My first was in 2014 (Niki Terpstra won). Since that visit, I’ve written a novelContinue reading “The Arenberg Forest”

Neat Little Bows

A short piece about Lucia Chase for International Women’s Day             My professional women’s networking group is meeting this afternoon.  Forty or so women will gather in a hotel restaurant at the end of the business day to have a glass of wine and a few bites of protein.  We will arrange ourselves at tablesContinue reading “Neat Little Bows”

The Old Russian Ladies Always Get the Best Spot at the Barre

When I was in ballet school I loved having the chance to attend the 10:00 a.m. class taught by Valentina Peryaslavic.  Because it was a mid-morning class I could only go during school vacations or the summer.  I don’t know anything about her background but when I was 17, Madame “Perry” (as we called her)Continue reading “The Old Russian Ladies Always Get the Best Spot at the Barre”

Learning to Swan

This is an excerpt from my memoir Standing Room, which is about my experiences as a student at both American Ballet Theatre School and Stuyvesant High School in the 1970’s. Late in the spring we heard wonderful news.  Gelsey Kirkland was going to doing her first Swan Lake.  There was a long article in theContinue reading “Learning to Swan”