Keltie Colleen's DS Blog: HALE jewelry
I want to introduce you to my friend, Kelsey Nagie. Just like me, Kelsey is a dancer! She has a BA in dance from California State University at Sacramento and most recently signed with DDO Artists Agency for dance representation in L.A. A dancer since childhood, she has been performing on the NBA court for four seasons, onstage in live productions, teaching and performing internationally in Japan and China, and in her most recent venture, dancing backup to Lacey Schwimmer in a yet-to-be-released music video (which I actually worked with her on!). While dance has always been such a huge part of Kelsey's life, another love has played an almost equal role: her love of fashion! I love being inspired by people like Kelsey who use their love of dance in other creative outlets!
Kelsey has a cool story: She spent 2006-2011 living in San Francisco where she danced for three seasons with the Golden State Warriors Warrior Girls Dance Team. While she was on the team, one of her teammates, who is now her best friend and current roommate in L.A., encouraged her to do something in fashion because it was always something Kelsey not only loved, but had a natural eye for. After all, Kelsey attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise in San Francisco, so on top of having a raw talent when it comes to fashion she had the education to back it up.
Pulling from what”s familiar, Kelsey designed jewelry inspired by two of her favorite things: dance and fashion. The line, HALE, which stands for “strength,” encompasses everything that dance and fashion is to Kelsey; strong with delicate accents, raw with polished elements, confidence with vulnerability and technical but free-spirited. HALE Jewelry is comprised of statement pieces that combine the essence of fashion and dance, including body pieces and harnesses, hand pieces, head pieces, back pieces, earrings, ear pieces, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and all that other jazz.
“As a dancer, facing rejection happens more often than not, but the same goes with fashion careers. I wanted to break away from that feeling and create a line where I can speak, dance and design exactly what I want and feel,” she says. “In any artistic industry, it's very easy to let rejection wreck your confidence, so I wanted to create something that will make you beam with confidence and style from the moment you put it on. My hope is that the intent behind the line inspires others to pursue their dreams and express what they want through their respective art forms.”
I’ve worn a number of other HALE Jewelry pieces to several media and red carpet events throughout the year, including the Lauren Harness at the American Music Awards this past November. Every time I wear a piece, people always ask about it. Speaking of, HALE Jewelry has landed in the hands of a several celebrities, stylists, television shows and fashion blogs, including Jillian Harris, my BFF Christina Perri, Lauren Conrad, Lauren “Lo” Bosworth, supermodel Chanel Iman, Chelsie Hightower, “The Bachelor,” “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “The Insider,” to name a few.
With all of that said, I wanted to share a really cool video look book with you. Since the designs are inspired by a dance and fashion upbringing, it only made sense for the first video look book to have some sort of dance theme, right? I think this video is cooler than some top music videos! So I bring you an edgy, rockstar ballerina-themed video that will knock your necklace and dance shoes off. And while you’re at it, support your fellow dancer and check out HALE’s website (shophale.com), Twitter, and Facebook Fan Page, too. We’re all in this together, so let’s share the HALE and dance love!
Keltie Colleen, dancer and Dance Spirit April 2009 cover girl, is a guest blogger for dancespirit.com/. Go to keltiecolleendance.com to learn more about her and read her regular blog at: http://keltiecolleen.
Yes, they're quite possibly the cutest dance duo since, well, ever. But put Paige Glenn and Artyon Celestine onstage, and it's immediately clear they mean business. That was apparent to millions across the country last summer, when Artyon and Paige's unbelievable extensions, fearless turning, and infectious energy propelled them to the quarterfinals of "America's Got Talent." They've also appeared (together or individually) on "Little Big Shots," "Lip Sync Battle Shorties," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and "Access Hollywood Live"—not to mention the competition titles they've won as a pair.
"Simon Cowell came backstage during 'AGT' and told us, 'Go out there and do your best. They're going to like you.' "—Artyon
Showstopper has been making its impact on the dance world since 1978. Before then, dancers didn't have a stage to perform on, the opportunity to learn from peers, or a competitive outlet like most sports. Debbie Roberts recognized this missing piece in the dance community and that is how America's first and longest running dance competition, Showstopper, was born. Debbie taught dance for over 26 years and owned and operated her own dance studio for 20 years. She is now the owner and National Director of Showstopper, along side her husband, Dave Roberts. Dancer, teacher, business owner, author, and mother, Debbie has made dance her life's career.
As a teenager, contemporary dancer Eveline Kleinjans felt like nothing she did was good enough. Auditioning for university dance programs paralyzed her: “I was so focused on every move I made and what people would think that I wasn't able to be free, to be myself," she says. And her intense perfectionism had real repercussions. “I'd get negative feedback saying, 'We don't see you.' "
Perfectionism is extremely common in the dance world, because dancers hold themselves to terrifically high standards. It's easy to get a little discouraged when you aren't improving as quickly as you want. But there's a difference between healthy self-criticism and an unhealthy obsession with perfection. How can you tell when your drive to be better has crossed the line—and what can you do to get back on track?
To her high school classmates, Sarah Pippin was a regular girl: a good student and a friendly face around campus. But on the weekends—at dance competitions and conventions across the country—Pippin was a bona fide celeb, adored by her fellow competitors and faculty members alike.
By the time she graduated high school, Pippin had racked up major accomplishments, including performances with Janet Jackson and Shaping Sound, a role on Dance Spirit's own reality series “Road to Nationals," titles such as New York City Dance Alliance's National Mini, Junior and Senior Outstanding Dancer, and, most recently, a college scholarship on behalf of Dance Magazine through the NYCDA Foundation.
There's no doubt that Pippin, now a freshman at The Juilliard School, is among a rising generation of competition and convention stars. And while “celebrity" isn't a term they'd give themselves, you know who they are. These dancers are adored by legions of real-life fans hoping to watch and dance alongside them, not to mention the thousands of social media followers ready to double-tap everything they post.
Being so popular on the circuit has its perks—traveling every weekend, internet fame, working with big-name choreographers—but it also comes with its share of struggles. Here's a peek at what it's really like at the top.
Q: "Why do you want to dance?"
A: "Why do you want to LIVE?"
Ahhh, so iconic! If you know those lines (slash, embody them on a daily basis), you're already a fan of the 1948 film The Red Shoes. The second line, as spoken by Red Shoes heroine Victoria Page, just perfectly captures the kind of crazy, all-consuming love so many of us feel for this incredible art form.
The Red Shoes turns 70 (!) this year. And Harper's Bazaar decided to celebrate that birthday in an oh-so-glamorous fashion: They decked out three of today's most beautiful ballerinas—American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck—in gorgeous couture inspired by the film. (Obviously, Louboutins were involved.)
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That mixture of humor and grace is evident in Harpootlian's growing body of choreographic work. Her one-act show Better Late Than Never, for example, which premiered last summer, has a jazzy, West Side Story vibe, offsetting heavier moments with touches of whimsy. "There's always a balance in my work," Harpootlian says. "I want to use humor to balance out the darker aspects. It's like one of my friends once said: 'You make me laugh, and then you make me feel bad for laughing.' "
Partnering is hard enough as it is: You're trying to untangle technical snafus and synchronize your movements with those of another dancer, not to mention building the delicate trust required to catch and be caught, lift and be lifted. Throw a hostile or uncooperative partner into the mix, and you might wish you could take a pass on pas de deux. But don't give up! We asked the experts for tips on how to solve partnering's "relationship problems" as gracefully as possible.
We already knew Taylor and Reese Hatala can do anything. After all, they're both incredibly versatile dancers capable of serving up some serious face. And now the super siblings can add another title to their resumé: that of fashion magazine cover stars.
Last week Disney Channel star Sofia Wylie released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her YouTube dance series. Along with some stellar dancing, the video shows the dance community featured in her "4k Dance Series" and the things they've learned from being a part of the dance project. And though the project features dance, we love that it also emphasizes supporting and building up fellow dancers.