March 2nd, 2012
  • Katelyn: Just can't go out in the garage right now. There's a huge roach, I mean a HUGE roach out there.
  • Von: They live in the trees.
  • Me: No, that one lives in our garage.
  • Von: Have you seen him before? Do you know his name?
  • Me: No.
  • Von: Well his name is Roach, Mr. Roach.
  • Katelyn: No that's the mayor of Lake Charles. ;)
  • (Just a joke. We love the mayor. Can you image how much he was picked on as a child in school?)
February 29th, 2012

Love to watch Katelyn practice.

Katelyn in the Studio

November 1st, 2011
So beautiful.

So beautiful.

(Source: dancersaretheathletesofgod)

September 7th, 2011

dominic-walsh: Dominic’s Thoughts.

Usually on Wednesdays I’ll blog about a choreographer I admire, but today is the birthday of Marie-Agnes Gillot.  She is an Etoilé with the Paris Opera Ballet, and was one of the only dancers there to be promoted to Etoilé with a contemporary ballet.  She was dancing Signes by Carolyn Carlson when the announcement was made.  I fell in love with her while watching a video of her dancing works by Mats Ek, then I saw her in the classics and was equally impressed.  I asked her if I could create Firebird for her and Domenico Luciano and she agreed.  We premiered it here in Houston October of 2009.   We all worked hard and laughed a lot, it was wonderful.  She then performed my Dying Swan in Japan in 2010 and continues to be a dear friend.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.

There are many videos of her on YouTube in a variety of roles.  Check her out!

August 30th, 2011
Downtown Houston on a Sunday morning the streets belong to ME! Lol

Downtown Houston on a Sunday morning the streets belong to ME! Lol

August 7th, 2011
July 31st, 2011

Always Welcome

I’ve become a parent to adult children. That almost doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s my new role. I really feel like I’m in a work-study program—not unlike the experience of becoming a parent for the first time. This new role is just as mysterious to me. Every conversation, every visit, and almost every interaction with my adult children is a learning experience for each of us. While I’m learning to move out of the ‘parenting’ role and just be more supportive they’re working to maintain their new independence, but still be part of a family unit.

My adult children are doing a much better job at adjusting to their new roles than I did at their age with my parents. I’m really proud of each of them. They are using skills picked up from all the adults that have been part of their life growing up. The real fun for me is watching them develop their own adult skills. I will always be ready to offer advice and give support when they ask for assistance, sometimes even when they don’t ask. My strongest desire is for them to feel our love and to know they are always welcome home. Just to visit of course.

July 27th, 2011
After school__come home, eat a snack, and DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Mom
When you bring home left-overs__eat them the next day!
Mom
July 26th, 2011
Always squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom up. (It gives the illusion of an organized and caring person.)
Mom
When you set the alarm only figure in one Snooze, and only use that snooze as a backup for not hearing the first Alarm.
Mom
July 25th, 2011
For goodness sake, do as I say and not as I do. Remember to say thank you when you are shown kindness by someone.
Mom
When you say you’re sorry__say it like you mean it, not like you’re mad that you’re the one having to say it.
Mom
  • Reporter: When does your child make you the most proud?
  • Parent: Every time she includes me in her life.