New on Medium – Is the Medal Worth the Long-Term Damage?

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This week’s post can be found on Medium, reflecting on how we treat our elite athletes and how we can do better for them and ourselves:

https://treetattoodance.medium.com/is-the-medal-worth-the-long-term-damage-a1965116bbf7

P.S. – When I say “happy dancing,” I truly mean it. I want you to work hard so you can achieve success on your dance journey. I also want you to find joy on your dance journey.


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Embassy Memories

Embassy Ball, home of the World Championships under the NDCA and WDC, took place in Orange County, CA this past week. Seeing so many social media posts with photos and videos from the event had me waxing nostalgic over my own Embassy memories. I’ve competed at Embassy Ball three times – 2017, 2018 and 2019. Embassy Ball has been a place of highs and lows for me, each triggering a significant turning point in my dance journey.

I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane, if you’ll indulge me!

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Countdown to the First Competition of 2020: 6 Days – What?!

I know what you’re thinking. I said California Open was going to be my first competition this year, and that’s still a month away. So what the heck is in 6 days??

Surprise! I’ve entered another competition!

It was only about a week ago that I decided to enter, which is very unlike me. It is however very like me to act quickly when a clear opportunity presents itself that aligns with my goals.

So what is this opportunity? For a moment, I thought about not telling you until the very end of the blog post, but decided that would be silly and mean, so let’s cut to the chase.

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