At this time of year, aspiring dancers from all over the country are boarding planes and jetting away to spend their summers training at one of many ballet intensives held around the country. Back when I was a student, I eagerly anticipated this season's arrival, as I looked forward to devoting 5 weeks in a different city, taking classes from renowned ballet teachers, and meeting other ambitious dancers.
In honor of the season, I thought it'd be fun to introduce two women this week, both of whom I was fortunate enough to meet back in 2008 when we were little 13/14 year old students attending the School of American Ballet Summer Intensive. (There's a gritty, yet wonderful picture commemorating that summer, but you gotta get to the end of the post to see it!)
Without further ado! First up is a #ballerinainbusiness who finely crafts & re-tells stories as a skillful writer. Meet,
Hannah Foster of
Hannah's website, The Escritoire, serves as a stylish landing pad to dive into the wide array of her published and informal musings. Based in New York City, Hannah hones in on her craft, covering all areas relating to arts & culture, in tandem with dancing for Bugge Ballet & serving as an arts advisor to Sugarlift.
From cover stories & dancer spotlight articles in Pointe Magazine, to interviews with legends in the dance world such as Mia Michaels & the incomparable Muriel Maffre in Dance Magazine, to landing a byline in the one & only New York Times, Hannah's work has been steadily crossing the country, landing in the hands of thousands of readers.
Within her freelance work with Pointe Magazine & Dance Magazine, Hannah has carved out a niche of her own. In many of her Dancer Spotlight articles, Hannah has made a point to feature & share the stories of dancers who pursue projects outside of the studio. (You may recognize a few! Including; Jordan Fry of Ballerina Baker , Allison DeBona of artEmotion summer intensive, and even Rénové !)
Understanding the fleeting nature of a career in ballet, Hannah hopes to encourage young dancers that their training is not in vain if they don't make it as a professional. Rather, the character one develops as a dancer by way of discipline, determination, & drive, will serve them positively throughout the course of pursuing other avenues in life.
Hannah's way with words & ability to draw a reader in, make her work captivating and simply a joy to read. I look back to when we first met as young dancers, having no clue what the future would hold, to now witnessing Hannah's success as she has matured & grown, forging her own path as a dancer & a writer. She is a true inspiration! Be sure to subscribe to her blog over on
the-escritoire.com where you can enter in your e-mail to stay up to date on all her latest musings.
Coming Up! The next #ballerinainbusiness just so happens to be in this photo from the archives as well ;) Can you guess who it might be?