Interview with WISH Cover Model: Colette

Interview with WISH Cover Model: Colette
The cover reveal for WISH has prompted a lot of curiosity about the featured dancer. This comes as no surprise; Colette is lovely and a talented dancer. Read on to find out more about where she came from and where she’s headed.
Tell us about your ballet background.
I started ballet when I was 3 at a little studio in Fairfax called DT7. I danced with them for 7 years and eventually joined their pre-professional program. I then decided to audition for San Francisco Ballet School when I was 10 and was accepted to their year round program! I then went through levels 5-8 at San Francisco Ballet School for 7 years. When I graduated high school at the age of 17 I was accepted to Indiana University and now dance with the Jacobs School of Music majoring in Ballet.
What were your initial thoughts about modeling for the cover of WISH?
At first I wasn’t positive what kind of book WISH was going to be, but I didn’t hesitate when I was asked and felt honored to be on the cover of WISH.
What were your favorite parts about modeling? Biggest challenges?
My favorite part about modeling is getting positive feedback from photographers. When I know the photographer is getting what they need then it makes me feel excited to see the final product.The biggest challenge for me while modeling is being able to relax my face and body.
How do you feel after seeing the finished cover? How is it different from what you imagined it would look like?
I really love it, I think it looks really mystical, beautiful, and almost erie. It is a very intriguing image capturing the audiences’ attention. I really like the black and white effect. I thought it would be much more blurred out around the corners and thought I would be farther back on the cover, but I really like the final product.
What are your current projects? 
Currently I am a sophomore at Indiana University and getting a Bachelors of Science with an Outside Field. The bachelor of science part is a major in ballet while my outside field is environmental management. My freshmen year I performed La Bayadere and this year I have performed two pieces for the fall ballet, a classical Balanchine piece, Emeralds and a modern piece, Dark Elegies. We are now working on the Nutcracker, as Indiana starts to go into the low 30 degrees bringing in the holiday spirit, unlike California!
A few fun facts:
Favorite treat: Banana bread/ Oreos
Craziest thing you’ve ever done: going to a school 2,000 miles away from home.
3 things that make you happy: Indian food/ My parents/ Performing
Favorite past time: hanging with friends/ watching the TV show Scandal
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself in a professional company either on the West or East coast in the corps de ballet.
Anything else to share?
Although ballet is a wonderful part of my life and I am so blessed to have the most supportive parents in the whole world, ballet can be extremely tough mentally and physically. I feel very lucky to be able to go to college and get my education. Although I am dancing around 7 hours everyday, I have many fun activities outside of the ballet program. I love my academics and I feel as though if I get injured or ballet doesn’t work out in the end, I will still have a degree from a great university! I believe doing something you love in life and pursuing it is very important but at the same time to be open to other possibilities, as well as living life to the fullest.


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WISH: Cover Reveal

WISH: Cover Reveal

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Title: WISH

Series: Indigo Dreams #1

Author: Grier Cooper

Release Date: December 2, 2014

About the cover: This cover is a culmination of a whole lot of work, a big dream, more work, and several talented people. I am thrilled with the results and hope you like it as much as I do.

I had an idea of the look and feel I was going for when I began. I knew I wanted a ballet dancer on the cover –not just any dancer – but a REAL dancer. A friend put in me in touch with Colette Kerny (the  cover model) and we shot the original photo in a dance studio this past summer. I passed this off to LJ Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations and she worked her magic.

Nothing quite describes the feeling of seeing the cover of your book for the first time. It’s kind of like having an inner hoedown: swirling bits of relief, revelry, exhilaration, and jubilee. If I had any fireworks laying around I’d light ‘em. For now you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Stay tuned for the story of my cover model. Colette Kerny, and other tidbits and yummy nibbles from WISH in the next few weeks leading up to the official release!


For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.

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How Ballet and Football Are Alike…and Different

How Ballet and Football Are Alike…and Different

© 2014 Grier Cooper

With all the talk about football players diving into ballet it seemed fitting to look at ways in which they are similar and ways they are different. This past weekend I went to see my first football game – ever– the Oakland Raiders (Raider Nation!) and noticed it’s a very different vibe going to a football game, although (just like at the ballet) you still get dressed up and you need a ticket to get in. Unlike the ballet, you also need to submit to a thorough bag check and metal detectors, plus you can’t bring your purse in if it’s larger than 4 ½ X 6 and not transparent. Still, watching athletes in action is always inspiring, whether they are swanlike waifs or built like tanks. Let’s look a little more closely at ballet and football, beginning with the similarities:


  1. Inhuman strength. Both dancers and football players spend most of their waking hours training, cross-training and sweating their butts off. This automatically elevates them to superhero status.
  2. Great butts. Hey, it’s true, whether or not you’re willing to admit you noticed. Because you did. Totally.
  3. Respect. Mostly because of items 1 and 2. How can you not respect a person with inhuman strength and a great butt? Plus they put on a good show.
  4. Injuries. Even though both types of athletes are capable of superhuman feats they are still human underneath it all.
  5. Career Length. Both dancers and football players usually retire in their thirties, meaning both careers are hella short.

The differences are a little more apparent:

1. Audience participation. You will never hear anyone yelling in the middle of at a ballet performance “Man, that was terrible! What are you doing!”(*obscenities edited out*). If you do, the person will be swiftly removed, I assure you.

2. Pay Scale. The top average salary for an NFL player is $17,600,000. Let’s not forget the celebrity endorsements and other perks. The average ballet dancer’s salary is a tiny $15,080 – $26,419. Midlevel dancers, often soloists, could earn as much as $50,000-$58,000 a year and celebrated principal dancers can earn a couple of thousand dollars per performance. Which is just sad.

3. Audience size. Michigan Stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines, has a seating capacity of 109, 901, while Old City Stadium (home of the Green Bay Packers) holds a mere 25,000. The David Koch Theater (home of New York City Ballet) holds 2,586, San Francisco Ballet’s War Memorial Opera House holds 3,200 and Devos Performance Hall (home of Grand Rapids Ballet) holds 2,400.

4. Arrests. The fans of the Oakland Raiders have long been associated with rowdy, and sometimes violent, behavior, but a review of recent police records reveals that 49ers fans currently hold the Bay Area title for breaking the law on game day.


© 2014 Grier Cooper

49ers Data:
Aug. 17 = 18 arrests
Aug. 24 = 38 arrests
Sept: 14 = 31 arrests

Sept. 18 = 17 arrests

Oct. 5 = 22 arrests

Raiders Data:

Aug. 15 = 10 arrests

Aug. 28 = 6 arrests

Sept. 14 = 21 arrests

Average arrests at the ballet: um, none.

Whether you are a diehard football fan or ballet fan or both, that concludes our exercise in comparisons.To quote Colin Quinn as he wrapped up the SNL Weekend Update: “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”


© 2014 My Lovely Husband

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Ballet on the Big (or Little) Screen

Ballet on the Big (or Little) Screen

Anyone who’s ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the world of ballet pretty much has their pick these days. After the recent success of World Ballet Day where millions of viewers tuned into live streams from five top companies the interest in ballet is at an all-time high. Here is an additional handful of series and films to help you get your fill. Happy viewing!


Breaking Pointe: A reality show about Ballet West, a ballet company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show is described as “A series that goes behind the stage curtain for an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country. Beneath the beauty and glamour of the dance and costumes is a gritty dog-eat-dog world of extreme athleticism, focus, dedication, passion, pressure and, of course, the hunt for the unattainable perfection.” The show ran for two seasons before calling it quits but you can still catch the episodes for free. Even better news: you can binge watch the series.

city.ballet: Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker (Parker currently sits on the board of NYCB). This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. 12 episodes plus a number of extras.

Big Ballet:  A three-part series that chronicles the highs and lows of a plus-size amateur troupe mounting a production of Swan Lake. Led by ballet legend Wayne Sleep, who worked through his own size issues as the shortest dancer ever to debut on the Royal Ballet stage, and Prima Ballerina Monica Loughman, Big Ballet shows the world that it’s not about the size of the dancer, but the size of the dancer’s heart.

First Position: Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s largest ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix. FIRST POSITION follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

Afternoon of a Faun: The Tanaquil Le Clercq story. Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike – her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

Still need more?

Marie Claire’s 5 Best Ballet Films of All Time

MUBI’s 15 Best Ballet Films


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