My cameo! I'm dying. This is theeeeeeeeeee best. These were 3 of the greatest nights of my life! I lived on 2nd and Girard, Mike and I were chilling on my couch and Ahmir calls... Next thing you know, i'm at The Sofitel picking up Prince's assistants to go look at venues! I literally spent 3 nights in Tragos [chosen venue] with Prince, Mayte, India Arie, Jerome, Quest, Mike and 5 of my friends, lol. It was bazaar and surreal and incredibly amazing.
My Mom had bought me front row tickets for my birthday and Prince's team gave me tix for the 2nd 2 nights. I remember on the 3rd and final night, Patti Labelle came out and performed with Prince. Amazing. After the concert, when we were at the party, Prince requested to see that footage of the show, of him and Patti... No problem. Put it on, standing watching. Next thing you know, I realize I am standing next to Prince, watching Prince. GAH! If you know me, you know that this is the ULTIMATE. Like you have no idea. The man had on wedge flip flops. I saw his toes! Lol. Really, just amazing.
On January, 22nd, there's no other place to be than at Silk City in Philly... I'm bringing legendary DJ Pete Rock back to Philly for another classic night of music. Dj Lil Dave of Illvibe Collective is opening the night and getting the vibes right for Chocolate Boy Wonder to step in the booth! Doors open at 9pm with drink specials all night. See you on the dance floor!
Flygirrl presents The Legendary DJ Pete Rock with opening DJ Lil Dave of Illvibe Collective
Friday January 22, 2016 9pm-2am | 21+ with id $10 until midnight $12 after Silk City 435 Spring Garden Street Philly
'Ameska' features a performance by ABT Soloist Misty Copeland with Paul Barris, Alexander Demkin, and Roman Kutskyy. The piece was choreographed by Derek Hough and featured in YAGP's 2014 'Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow' Gala.
Every aspiring and star ballet dancer follows a path to their dream. At Youth America Grand Prix, we are proud of the fact that many of today's star ballet dancers and ballerinas, from world famous companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, chose to make YAGP a part of their journey from the studio to the largest stages around the world.
May our hearts never hold regret, rather the refusal to face the feeling of regret.
Every year around the end of December, it becomes common to reflect on the past 12 months and all too often, think about what we did wrong. To, think about what we didn't do enough of, or what we missed out on. It's a beautiful thing really, because it means we believe in the possibility for personal growth and self improvement.
We've all heard them, a million times. New Year's resolutions.
People swear by them, that the new year will be better than the last. That goals will be met, weight will be lost, jobs will be gained, degrees will be earned, families will grow, and happiness will be achieved.
And you know what? They're right.
The whole point behind the new year, new me phenomenon is not to become an entirely new person. At best, it means to make the things we don't favor about ourselves different, and to strive for even greater greatness than we did the year before. It's a name for the epiphany we all want for the fresh start of the new year. And it isn't a bad thing. While I personally don't favor the term "New Year's resolution," I do believe in the idea that the new year can be revolutionary. We should never wait to accomplish the things we want to, but beginning in a new year isn't a bad place to start. 2016 will be better than 2015 because the future can still be impacted. The past can't be changed, and that's the beauty of this life. What is had for us in the new year can only be an improvement on the last year because it means we are growing. The baggage and the memories we carry only get heavier and heavier as we live our lives but, the greater that weight becomes, the more you have under your belt. We have the opportunity to create things for ourselves, to move on from tragedy, and to pick our battles. It's a time where our choices directly alter our paths or keep us on them. Getting a chance to change the future is better than any reflection on the past. Moving on from heartache and obstacles only means we've already become stronger than we once were. Moving forward means we've made it through the past. Accepting the new year as a step towards the future means we've reached the point at which we can trust in the unknown and what is destined for us. It means we are willing to grow. May our hearts never hold regret, rather, the refusal to face the feeling of regret. The best we can do is work to excel in what we were once good at. It's a blank canvas to paint a story of evolution and passion on. It's a time for dreaming, learning, and living like no other. 2016 will be better because like the number, life only goes up from here. I have to believe that. Here's to a better, newer, greater year.
Lauren MartinsBorn in Cali. Raised in Miami. Life's in Charleston. Heart's in Brazil.