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With Passion and Verve

I met a ballerina last night – she was incredible: so flexible and nimble in the strongest but leanest of bodies, moving with the grace of the 15-year classically-trained ballerina that she is. It was an honor to be with her in the yoga class we both attended, and she will endlessly inspire me.

When I got home I started this sketch – it’s not of the dancer I met, but it’s inspired by her, by the passion I saw, the fire, and again, the grace.

DANCER

The power in the movement is contagious to me; my body hears the silent music and I must dance.

Can I say that this is my all-time-favorite of all the sketches I’ve done? I think so. I’m very proud of it, not in a boasting way (I can draw better than you) but simply because I see how far I’ve come and as the artist know exactly how much effort I put into it. Sure, it took longer than any of my others but it was so worth it!!

I do believe I am extremely happy with this one! πŸ™‚

Where Is The Hip Hop?

β€œAnd those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

-Nietzsche

This one is inspired by the hip-hop dancers, who I have aways greatly admired. So I LOVE ballet, and always have. I think hip-hop/street dancers combine that passion and a lot of the same moves but in a modern and free-spirited way, which is more my style. There is a perfection to ballet, and in it is beauty. But with hip-hop there’s so much freedom of movement and passion involved! I know both sides can be played as better, but for this sketch, I took the inspiration from the street-dancers. This girl is in baggy jeans and sneakers:

Hip Hop

A whirlwind of movement.

I do believe I am happy with this one.