Why SYTYCD Is An Ex-Dancer’s Dream

A show dedicated to showing America all aspects of dance, So You Think You Can Dance over the past decade has challenged every current and former dancing to wonder ” Can or could you really dance?” This show has given light to the little known struggles of dancers and choreographers. Without this show, the hundereds of contestants wouldn’t have had the extraordinary platform to televise their talents.

Just like every live episode of SYTYCD, I had to start this post with an opening number.


For those who didn’t make it through grade school recitals, the audition aspect of SYTYCD shows the side of dance not usually seen. Dancer are given their chance for a solo audition infront of SYTYCD judges and guest judges. After they perform they either get an automatic advance to the next round by getting a plane ticket, voted to dance again in the choreography round, or sent home with a no.

SYTYCD Audition Courtesy of Google Images

SYTYCD Audition
Courtesy of Google Images

Exploring different styles of dance.

After all the auditions, the dancers are cut down to the Top 20 dancers, The 10 female and 10 male remaining dancers are then paired up to dance a new routine(s) every week. The great part about SYTYCD is that every week is different. The dancers are paired up with new choreographers every week to showcase a different style of dance.


The SYTYCD performances are not only different every week, but never cease to amaze. It took me hours of thumbing through videos for the few I put in this blog.

SYTYCD Season 10 Group Performance Courtesy of Google Images

SYTYCD Season 10 Group Performance
Courtesy of Google Images

From the group dances to the partner performances and even the solo “life-saving” performances, not a single minute of this show is a waste of time. A good portion have been nominated for Emmys. Contestant turned professional choreographer, Travis Wall, has been nominated several times for the work he has done on SYTYCD. If you haven’t at least seen one of them, please stop reading now and google them. <—(I helped you out a little) Now that you have picked your jaw off the floor from the shear awesomeness, there’s one more thing SYTYCD brings to ex-dancers…


Besides the art of dance and pushing yourself to the limit, most dancers love competition. At the end of the show 1 male and 1 female contestant are crowned SYTYCD champions. After the winners are announced we are left the MANY awe-inspriing performances on Youtube you can watch as much as your heart desires. I know I do.

What’s your favorite?


Get Branded

As a Public Relations major, the biggest thing that was drilled into our heads was to brand yourself. Now a days your personal brand can make or break you. It is not only your social media activity anymore, it is the brand you portray everyday.

Mary Beth West Communications has come up with an interactive quiz that figures out your brand.  With just a few questions the module compares your brand qualities to those of major brands.

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I got Starbucks. I knew there was a reason I was so obsessed with this brand. Just like Starbucks, my brand is all about the emotional experience. I love to surprise and delight people by making their lives just a little bit better, little more fun, a little more unique. In a group setting, I am fully engaged. Whether it’s a quick coffee break or dinner, it’s all about making every moment count.

What’s your brand? Click the picture above or below to find out

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Foody Friday: Episode 4

This Valentine’s Day blew me away. After a long day at work, I came home to find my boyfriend cooking us dinner with a glass of wine already poured for me. I was in total shock. We had nothing planned so I was expecting much let alone this.



He made us steak, stuffed shells with homemade marinara sauce, and bread. So good! And he also made chocolate chip cookies, which he put on top of vanilla ice-cream.

Boys, take notes. This is how women want, no…..NEED to be treated. After working all day he knew this was the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, at home just the two of us. It was perfect.

Not to mention, he got my the most thoughtful gift. He got me the traditional Russell Stover’s box of chocolates and 4 (yes, four!) bags of La Colombe coffee.


La Colombe’s owner, Todd Carmichael, has his own TV show on the Travel Channel where he goes all over the world to buy coffee direct from farmers. My boyfriend knew how intrigue I was with this show and got my caffeine needs stocked for a while.

This Valentine’s Day was one for the books. I could not have imagined a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. It’s not about the stuffed animals or flowers, it is an opportunity to show your significant other how much you care for them. I hope you all had just as blessed a day as I did. Now the goal is to keep each other feeling just as loved and appreciated every other day of the year.

I love you all. Happy Valentine’s Day….everyday:)

Pandora Party

I work for PANDORA in West Town Mall as a Sales Associate. Recently I got an amazing opportunity. I was tasked with planning the Valentine’s Wish List Event.

The goal of the event was to get people in the store, show them the new Valentine’s Day products, and get them to fill out a wish list.

I had a $200 budget and color restriction of red, pink and white. This is what i did:

I set up a main table in the back. On the rose petal covered table was pink lemonade with freshly cut strawberries, a bouquet of red roses in a square vase, candy and cupcakes.


I made the lemonade and flower arrangement myself, but I also had a little help. Gigi’s Cupcakes in West Town Mall graciously donated cupcakes to adorn our table and tempt our customers. They were a big hit!


We also had a great spa package raffle, Thanks to Planet Beach in Turkey Creek.



And to top it all off we had a Photo Booth set up for customers, equipped with fun glasses, feather boas, and headpieces.

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After all the cupcakes and candies were eaten and all the wish lists were filled out, of course my fellow PANDORA employees and I had to get in on the Photo Booth fun.

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Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. It was a blast!



Namaste, ya’ll

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get fit. I am not your stereotypical gym rat. I really don’t enjoy a room full of machines, I don’t find it much of a challenge.

Growing up, I stayed fit by competitive dance and volleyball. Both of which give you a great work out and because of my competitive nature, I never notice how hard I was working out.

So in order to get fit without forcing myself to hit the gym, I tried something new.

Hot Yoga.

Yes, I said it, Hot Yoga.

After talking about it for weeks, one of my co-workers and I tried it out. We bought some fast drying workout clothes, read all the hot yoga class etiquette blogs, and purchased a 30 day membership with Real Hot Yoga in Knoxville.

I was definitely nervous. I didn’t want to pass out or get sick. Or even worse find out exactly how out of shape I was. We walked into the beginner class, scared out of our minds (but excited).

After an hour in a 100+ degree room, WE HAD SURVIVED HOT YOGA! Dripping with sweat and exhausted, we left the studio feeling awesome. We have tried out a couple different classes and here are some of my tips:

  1. Drink lots of water. Before, after and during the class, H20 is your friend.
  2. Wear fast-drying clothes. Cotton is definitely not a preferred material of choice when trying hot yoga.
  3. Take a workshop. Real Hot Yoga offers workshops for those starting out. They go through all the poses and prepare you for a class.
  4. Bring extra towels. You need a towel over your yoga mat, but what you really need to bring is an extra towel. I use a small hand towel for a quick face dab between moves.
  5. Try different classes. There are many types of class and styles. Take a few different ones, so you can figure out which one is right for you.

I definitely recommend Real Hot Yoga in Knoxville. Such a great workout that leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.


I’m still going to frequent Hot Yoga, but I’m looking for another fun workout to try out. Any recommendations? I can’t wait to hear them, but until then…

Namaste, ya’ll.


Social World

For those of you still not on the social media bandwagon, here’s a an awesome video that’ll change your mind.

This is why I’m a PR major. Social media is an ever growing and changing field that I love to try and keep up with every day. I hope the video gives you all the reasons you need to join the Social World. You won’t regret it.