“Yes”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

“Do you want to go on an adventure?” he asked me after our second date. I did not hesitate with my enthusiastic “Yes!” We ran through the park, explored a hidden old beat up shed, and trekked through the woods. I was a child again—the world was hope. I was a teenager—my heart was restless. … Continued

“Moving Forward”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

My grandma and I used to play make-believe in her upstairs spare room.  She would narrate, and I would act and dance.  There was always a dramatic turn in the story in which I would throw myself to the ground in some sort of despair.  Papa would holler up to us, “what in the heck … Continued

“Giselle”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

Giselle: Act I One of the beautiful aspects of Giselle is the ability for every person to find a way to relate to the story.  The characters are incredibly human.  Each viewer should be able to find some aspect of his or her own story in Giselle, Albrecht, Myrtha, or any of the characters in … Continued

“From The Grave”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

Sweeping graves is my favorite cemetery job. I like reading all of the names and dates and imagining the stories each grave has to tell. Gazing over the sea of stone makes me feel small; and yet, there is something strangely comforting in humankind’s shared condition: death. I somehow feel connected to these hundreds of … Continued

“Giselle, Act 2”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

Cemeteries are peace to me. My dad is the manager for the second largest cemetery in Kentucky, so I spent my childhood running through the graves and skipping amongst the dead. Act II of Giselle takes place in a cemetery. Perhaps this is yet another reason why this ballet has always captured my heart and … Continued

“Giselle, Act 1”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

One of the beautiful aspects of Giselle is the ability for every person to find a way to relate to the story.  The characters are incredibly human.  Each viewer should be able to find some aspect of his or her own story in Giselle, Albrecht, Myrtha, or any of the characters in this ballet.  Within … Continued

“Growing the Hard Way”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

The fear sets in fast.  In the pit of my stomach.  Pop.  I hear it again in my head.  But I wonder if I ever heard it at all—or did I just feel it.  Which is worse?  I hobble off the stage and change my costume and start back to the wings to prepare for … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Annie Honebrink

Christmas is the best time of year. Every two years, however, Christmas takes a slight back seat to the Olympics. Just as I inherited my intense love of Christmas from my mother, I too have received her obsession with the Olympics. I can remember Mom carrying around her tiny eight-inch screen TV from room to … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Words” by Annie Honebrink

Words are a haven. A rest for the soul. A release for the spirit. Healing for brokenness.   Words are power. Power to heal, soothe, forgive. Power to anger, rile, incite. Words can bring people to their knees—hurting, healing, rejoicing, rebuilding. Funny how sometimes the words not said are the ones that hurt the most. … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “January” by Annie Honebrink

January is a bittersweet month.  Sweet because it is my birth month—and Christmas always goes until my birthday. Bitter because Christmas ends—and Christmas is magic. January is a Goodbye and a Hello. Time to reflect; time to look forward. January is sledding down the trusty old hill even though the grass is still poking through … Continued