It’s a Wrap

April, 25, 2018

I can’t believe I just performed with Reformation Dance, Cheyenne’s premiere contemporary ballet company, in “Star Tributes,” honoring the music of Star Wars composer, John Williams.

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“Grateful” doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about Kathy Vreeland, the Founder/Artistic Director, for graciously inviting me to participate,

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and the Company members for bringing me into their fold.

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As Williams’ stirring music played, the dancers portrayed scenes of war.

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Loss.

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Hope.

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Rebellion.

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And Relief.

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The audience got so involved in the production that some even came as Star Wars’ characters.

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After the outpouring of all this emotion, the second act shifted gears with a tribute to the great 80’s band, Rush!

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The combination of ballet and hard rock was fascinating.

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I had the honor of appearing in the finale,

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reuniting with my Dancing with the Stars of Cheyenne partner, Jonathan Hedger,

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and then joining the cast onstage

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before racing off to CBS to produce and anchor two shows.

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I have to admit the timing was incredibly tight, but I am so thankful to have been a part of this production.

Dancing En Pointe After Fourteen Years!

April, 11, 2018

When I arrived at CBS NewsChannel 5, I learned of the station’s devotion to serving the community. Before long, our manager, Tregg White, asked me to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars of Cheyenne, a competition that raises thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club. I wasn’t experienced at ballroom dancing, but under the direction of my terrific partner, Ballet Wyoming’s Jonathan Hedger, we won.

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In preparation for the competition, Jonathan urged me to take classes with the ballet company. When our event was over, Kathy Vreeland, the Founder/Director of Ballet Wyoming, encouraged me to continue.

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She then transitioned her troupe into a new contemporary ballet company, called Reformation Dance, and invited me to perform with them. I was both stunned and excited.

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Growing up, I had received wonderful training at the official school of Pacific Northwest Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, so it was great fun to be dancing again—but the thought of performing with the company was daunting. The dancers moved so beautifully and I hadn’t worn pointe shoes in fourteen years! Let me tell you, ballet dancing is not like riding a bike. You don’t just tie on the pointe shoes and suddenly feel all those hard-earned skills come flooding back.

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I was filled with doubt; however, Jonathan and the other company members encouraged me. Here is a touching message one of the principal dancers sent me at a moment when I seriously thought the production might be better if I did not make an appearance:

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“Hey! I just wanted you to know that I think you are a very strong dancer!! You look great! Believe in yourself, because we all know you can do the dances for the show. I know it is a tough road – it is a challenge for all of us. The great thing is we have each other for support and encouragement. Don’t give up girl – you have this!!”

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Now, two months later, opening night of our “Star Tributes” is almost here. The show runs April 13-14 at the Cheyenne Civic Center. I’m in the finale. If you live nearby, we would all love to have you join us. Here are details… http://reformationdance.com/star-tributes-rush-archieves/

From Seattle to Cheyenne

March, 30, 2018

This month, I’ve been reminiscing about my entrance into the CBS broadcasting world. That happened about a year ago.

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Since habitats are important, my first order of business was to consider what I wanted to come home to when I became a reporter/anchor at NewsChannel 5.

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I thought, “Do I want an elegant living room?”

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“Or, would I be happier with a casual crash pad where I can kick back and relax?”

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I had to stop and ponder the decision.

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Of course, that involved little dancing around the showroom.

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That’s when the answer became clear.

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I decided to incorporate elements of both styles.

Timeless Spring Style

March, 20, 2018

It’s official. According to the calendar, spring has arrived! So regardless of whether your weather agrees, we can all start thinking about what to wear as our winter clothes migrate to the back of the closet. In honor of the first day of spring, I’m dusting off my still-fashionable fair-weather frocks.

Whether tiptoeing through the tulips or enjoying a lunch date, florals are perennial favorites.

Spring Fashion Throwbacks

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I’m not casting off my classic little black dress, but from what I see, this spring is all about wearing colors that stand out…cobalt, chartreuse, bright orange, strong red.

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From taking in a tropical resort to planning a garden party, my flowy dress is a favorite when the sun makes an appearance.

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The Governor’s Arts Award Goes To…

February, 16, 2018

The incredible Leslie O’Hashi, owner of Bodyline Dance Theatre.

Leslie is one of the first people I met upon moving to Wyoming almost a year ago to work as an anchor/reporter for CBS NewsChannel 5. I heard about Leslie when she lost her grant for a dance program that miraculously helped kids with disabilities.

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Right then, I decided that one of my first stories at Channel 5 should be about Bodyline. My goal was to help Leslie receive another grant. I was so touched at how much dance meant to the students in this program, many of whom couldn’t express themselves through words. Movement was their main form of communication.

Fast forward about nine months… The program is back up and running! My story included a cry for help to keep it going. Leslie’s cousin answered the call. He used my CBS news piece to nominate her for the Governor’s Arts Award…and she won!!!

The award includes a grant. Now Leslie’s program has the funds to continue helping children with disabilities express themselves and develop their talents through their love of dance.

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