Manners would dictate that I introduce myself and my daughter. As a writer and student filmmaker I always find the life stories of people to be fascinating. Likewise, I realize that it may be a bit boring to some so feel free to skip ahead. :)
I was born and raised in Utah. The oldest of four children, my parents always encouraged my vivid imagination and interest in dance-particularly ballet. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to study tap, jazz, gymnastics, and modern dance as well as things less exciting to me such as softball and piano. I continued to study ballet and modern into my college years and also a bit of flamenco and ballroom. In a non-dance sphere, I have also studied literature, history, and film. I was married for 7 years and during that time I had the opportunity to live in Florida and Rhode Island. My ex-husband and I have one child together. My pregnancy was difficult-the labor experience even more so. But it was all worth it to have my beautiful Willow in my life. Her father and I divorced when she was 18 months old. Although my ex-husband and I are still on good terms, he lives on the East Coast and Willow and I are back in Utah. I'm very much a single mother and it's difficult. But also a lot of fun and it's good to be near my family. My life has not taken the shape I thought it would and there have been some very difficult times. But I'm a better person for all of it. And I hope it has made me a better mother. Willow is 8 years old now. She too has studied ballet, jazz, and gymnastics. She is also a talented little artist, actress, and writer. She appears to have inherited my wild imagination and love of books and movies. She started belly dancing about 6 weeks ago and has become as excited about it as I am.
So now that the introductions have been made, let's begin!