april may june july

Where did the time go? Clearly I’ve been occupied, so here’s a short recap-

APRIL: Performed with Zorongo Flamenco in “What Does the Moon See?” that included repertory that we started 2.5 years ago given to us by four amazing women in the flamenco world- Belen Maya, Fanny Ara, Jeanne D’Arc, and Susana Di Palma. Went on the second leg of the Zorongo Flamenco regional tour the last week of April, and ended the tour with a performance at the Icehouse.

MAY: Watched my Ballare Teatro tap students perform in my first end -of-year performance with the studio (super proud!). Opened “Heaven” with Flying Foot Forum at the Park Square Theater…

JUNE:…and then closed this incredible show. (Still missing this cast and this story immensely.) Attended my brother’s wedding in Spearfish, SD and then went on a mini-vacay in Madison, Wisconsin (love the downtown!). Celebrated my second year anniversary working at College Nannies Sitters + Tutors.

JULY: Performed with Zorongo Flamenco in multiple events including at Open Streets Lyndale. Celebrated my second wedding anniversary and was gifted many jars of pickles. Traveled to Alaska with my husband and father-in-law to meet their family and friends. Saw moose, slept in a horse stable (no, really, directly above some horses, puppies, and rabbits sleeping in the stable!), ate some King crab and freshly caught salmon, trekked up a mountain, and literally watched the sun setting around 11 PM or so.

OK, we’re caught up! Writing down everything is, for me, an act of expressing gratitude towards these experiences and what they taught me and how they helped me to grow, and also a reminder of what actually happened the past four months. This month, I intend to sit down and reconnect with my cats, my friends, and my health. Malakai is sitting on my lap now, and I’m teaching him how to fetch. He’s pretty good at it, for a cat. I’m also prepping to perform French Twist with Flying Foot Forum on the road, and preparing to teach again in the fall. I’m always nervous about the start of the new year as a teacher, but with one year under my belt I feel a little more confident.

Here are a few photos of the people and places that I enjoyed in these past months. The last photo is the view from the mountain at Alyeska Resort just south of Anchorage, AK, the resort where my grandparents went when they were younger. My grandmother gave me a vintage postcard from this resort when I was a kid and it still hangs on my wall. I’m pretty lucky to have finally visited it myself even if we didn’t stay at the resort. I hope you have had your own adventures this summer and made some new memories…

Molly Stoltz