SEASIDE Dance Month in May

Guys I am so, so, soooo excited to share with you our big announcement that Seaside Dance Month is happening in May!  We’ve been working on this for so long and it’s finally here!  In celebration of dance, we have planned three fabulous and FREE shows right here in Seaside performed by professional dance artists from all around the world.  We’re talking ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and more!  Duets, big groups, solos – you name it, we’ve got it.  And it’s all performed under the stars in the Seaside Amphitheater.  We begin Seaside Dance Month with a return performance by Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, who just arrived from New York on Tuesday (explains my absence the last few days).

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Here are two of the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers hitting the pose from our poster last spring : )

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And here is the company from last year.  Each year we host all dancers here in Seaside for a week of rehearsals and classes, and one unforgettable performance under the stars in Seaside.

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A few pictures from Joffrey Ballet Concert Group’s performance last year will give you a taste what you can expect again this year.  Pictures hardly do it all justice, but it’s still beautiful.  I’ve seen a lot of performances in many different settings, and there’s nothing like a beach sunset hitting a stage of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group ballerinas at just the right moment while Tchaikovsky permeates the salty sea air.  It’s a true Seaside experience.

serenade openphoto by Shelly Swanger

Joffrey Balanchinephoto by Sarah Ponder

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This next piece is Light Rain by the Joffrey’s late Gerald Arpino, an edgy, modern dance that’s sure to leave you blushing.  It first debuted in the early 60’s (need I say more?) and exudes pure art and passion.

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This piece mesmerized the audience.

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Are you ready to come enjoy the shows yet?  I’m telling you it’s amazing.

Our Seaside Dance Month show line-up for the month of May, all performed in the Seaside Amphitheater:

May 7, 6:00pm:  Joffrey Ballet Concert Group performs classical and contemporary works from Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Dwight Rhoden, and more.

May 14, 6:00pm:  Ballet Pensacola performs a variety of dance works including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap.

May 21, 6:00pm:  our Gala featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet of Canada, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, and many more.

If you’re out of town, this is a great reason to book a cottage and come stay the weekend.  Seaside, dance, and the beach?  A great way to relax and and enjoy dance.

Thanks to the Merchants of Seaside for sponsoring all three of these magnificent events.

**Be sure to check my instagram to see behind the scenes moments of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers and director rehearsing and enjoying Seaside.  They are already soaking up the scenery, sand, and sun!

Hope to see you at our shows!

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big plans + white headboards

This week I’m working on a big Seaside event announcement – can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned!  I spent hours and hours in this very spot yesterday working away.

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Here are some pretty white headboards to keep you entertained until I’m back.  All budget friendly, of course!  xoxo

1. Love the wingback look.  Comes in other colors too.  Here.

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2.  This one is snazzy too.  Super affordable!  Here.


3.  This one has that classic arch in the center, which is always a good choice.  Here.

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Also love the nailhead spacing this headboard.

Happy Wednesday!

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grey goodness

Life is moving at a super fast pace right now.  The kids are counting down how many school days they have left morning, noon, and night (while I’m silently freaking out), important deadlines are creeping up quickly, and school/sports activities are coming out of my ears.  Time to take a few deep breaths and pace myself.  Here is some pretty grey to bring it all back down to a calm and cool level.

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Completely obsessed with this beautiful pea gravel garden.  Need/want/must have something like this in my life.  I’ll add it to the list ; )

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Grey really does have a calming effect.  One of my favorite greys to work with right now is 2137-50 by Benjamin Moore.  It’s called Sea Haze.  The color is just as pretty as the name.  Currently using it on a client project and it’s a real hit!

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friday flowers

We had lots of rain this morning, which is great for our spring flowers.  Speaking of flowers, I’ll be planting some special ones for our front porch over the weekend.  Hope to share results with you next week!  Yesterday I starting planning which plants go in which container.  You can spy on one my chicken helpers taking a funny break on my instagram post.

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In honor of Earth Day, here are a few shots I took with my phone of spring emerging in our town.  No matter how busy my schedule gets, I always try to stop and appreciate nature, even if it’s only for a few minutes.  It does wonders for the soul.

I never tire of seeing our white picket fences in Seaside.

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Noticed these pretty blooms in the dunes during an early morning beach stroll right after school drop-offs.

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Peter and I were able to sneak in a quick breakfast date in the pretty courtyard at Hybiscus Cafe in Grayton earlier this week.  A favorite spot of ours!

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And I always love the flowery spot outside of  The Pizza Bar in Seaside (by-the-way, they have a delicious menu and true Italian-style pizza).

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I’m ready for a flowery weekend of sun and fun.  Love this lovely study of gardening supplies by stylist Aliki Kirmitsi.


Really trying to pull out of my black thumb status and work on planting more pretty things in our yard and porch.  I don’t yet have a tote to carry around the handy tools that I’m slowly starting to acquire.  This little gardening tote looks perfect.  Love the navy and canvas combo.


Happy Earth Day!

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