Hello Dear Readers!
As this Thursday’s San Francisco Ballet 2013 Opening Night Gala (woot!) begins the season with a program to delight every SF Balletomane (woot woot!), Odette is brushing off her keyboard to continue to bring you up-to-the minute previews, interviews, ‘Newsy Bits’, reviews, video clips, and photo shoots of your favorite dancers…in her trademark ‘Let’s Celebrate the Dancers’ style (woot woot woot!).
In exhange for all the goodies Odette will bestow on her peeps this coming season, she would very dearly love to have *your* support, once again, in this years’s annual ‘Top Dance Blog Contest 2013’ sponsored by Dance Advantage: http://www.danceadvantage.net/2013/01/07/be-a-top-dance-blog
All you need to do to nominate Odette’s Ordeal into the finalist round (part 2 of the contest begins 1/24/13, when your actual votes will be summoned), is comment right here on this post (in the comment box at the bottom) by midnight on 1/22/13!
Just one single (teeny tiny, simple wimple, itsy bitsy) comment, that requires a few very generous seconds of your very busy life, will suffice.
It is important to note that commenting on *this* post (*not* Dance Advantage’s blog post) is the *only* guaranteed protection you will have from suffering an untimely death caused by:
1. A heretofore unknown planetary object crashing into your general vicinity at 149 times the speed of light (even faster than Vanessa Zahorian can turn!)
2. Hungry angst-ridden teenage zombies in drag, singing ‘Glee’s Greatest Hits’ off-key (choreographed by Myles Thatcher)
3. The Disney Villains’ Dance of Doom-Bwahahaha! (choreographed by Val Caniparoli)
4. Bubonic Plague (choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon)
5. The Wrath of Odette (Run, hide!!!)
Soooo…please take that itsy bitsy moment (right now, before you take a bite out of that healthy ballet burrito) and protect yourself from Disney villains and zombies by making that comment in the box at the bottom of this entire post that says ‘Enter your comment here’, telling me (and the world) why you love Odette’s Ordeal. A solitary sentence will do.
Thank you in advance for your support; your comments and votes won Odette’s Ordeal the #9 Dance Blog Award in the whole universe for 2012…in her first year of blogging!
See You at the Ballet!
P.S. Stay tuned for Gala Casting
Thank you, Sandy!
This is the best and only blog I read!
Now *that’s* what I call loyalty, Chie! Thanks so much!
Best blog ever!!!
Ok! (Really???) lol You are the bestest best of the bests!
Have learned a lot from Odette’s Ordeal. She is the best.
I love having you aboard, Lucie!
Hooray for the return of Odette! Let the 2013 ‘Ordeal’ begin. (and hold the Glee-full Zombie apo-calypso)
You are saved! Thanks, Marji! It’s a delight getting to know you!
ODETTE’S ORDEAL IS THE GREATEST! SHE KEEPS S.F. BALLET LOVERS UP TO DATE ON ALL THE INTERESTING BACKSTAGE GOSSIP AND RELATED EVENTS. WE LOVE HER!
Thank you so much for your continued support! You’ve been a light in the dark when I can’t tell if anyone is actually listening to me! 🙂
Love this ballet blog. It’s the best!
Cynthia, thank you so much! You’re one of my loyal readers and I appreciate all the support!
Best blog for ballet lovers!
Thank you for all your support, Juliet!
Wonderful blog for ballet fans!
Thanks so much, Lauren!
Thank you, Marcy!
Fantastic writing, by far the very best blog on the net for Ballet.
Why, thank you so much for that, William!
love the writing and knowledge shown on the site.
I really appreciate the support!
i love your blog!!!
Why, thank you, Jacqueline!
a passionate and knowledgeable blogger, indeed!
Thank you for your continuing support, Danny!
Never underestimate a ballet dancer! :0)
Wiser words were never spoken…thank you!
Now, that’s just funny, Deb! (Thank you!)
We just love it!
I SO appreciate your support!
Thanks for your ballet coverage especially SFB insights!
Hi Jeff! Thank you for the vote of confidence! Love your blog too!; everyone: check out http://www.musicandmirror.com for more great dance blogging!
My pick for 2013’s Top Dance Blog!!!
You make me feel so loved! Thank you, Maria!
Odette’s is the best!!!
It means so much to have your support-thanks a bunch!
Best in ballet !!!
Wow! I’ll go with it! Thanks so much!
I love your blog Odette , Awesome!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Your support means a lot to me, Carlos! Thank you!
Funny and informative!
I’ll take that as a compliment! lol Thank you!
Odette’s is a great! Love it!
Thank you, Lotta! 🙂
Awesome site!!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!
Thank you so much for the support!
My favorite. Informitive AND inspirational
Morgan, that’s so great to hear! Thanks!
Love reading Odette’s it is GREAT
I appreciate your support, Kathie!
Diablo Ballet supports Odette’s Ordeal as a wonderful way to share the power of dance with everyone. This blog helps keep dance alive in the San Francisco Bay Area and we very much appreciate the work Terri does. We hope you will consider it as one of the nation’s top dance blogs.
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Thank you so much for the great vote of confidence from one of the Bay Area’s finest dance jewels!
Thanks for your support, Bebe, baby! xoxoxo
I so appreciate being deemed “outstanding”! Thank you!
Thank you! 🙂
Makes me feel like dancing!
You just dance, Rita! Like no one’s watching! 😉
I love everything about this Blog ! Te Amo Odettesordeal !
Te Amo Vika! XOXOXO
San Francisco ballet is a top company to watch and Odette’s Ordeal is there sharing/building/growing audience love and appreciation for the dancers and there art form: In turn this helps smaller contemporary ballet companies and freelancers in San Francisco cultivate a supportive audience too! (It’s like having faith in the glory of ballet)
Jamielyn, that means so much to me! Thank you for your awesome support and I look forward to working with you again!
As a retired ballerina Odette’s Ordeal blog is written with great whit and powerful insight of the art of Dancing. It’s Phenominal! My pick for 2013’s Top Dance Blog! Bravo!
Thank you so much for the support, Tina!
you’ve got it goin’ on!
Thank you so much, Angela; I think you do, too! 🙂
I cast my vote for Odette’s Ordeal for one of the best dance blogs for 2013.
Anton, thank you! EveryPeep, Anton is one of SF Ballet’s former dancers who has written a book-the story of how the *dancers* saved the company from folding back in 1973. Please check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/teri.mccollum.3#!/SaveOurBallet?fref=ts
YES – Odette’s Ordeal is clever, catchy and the MOST informative – indicates passion and dedication!! Anne Snowball
Why, thank you, Anne! See you at Gala!
Odette’s Ordeal is a great blog, that deserves the win!
It is so refreshing to read a dance blog written by a technically trained ballet dancer. Your knowledge and expertise is great. I cast my vote for Odette’s Ordeal for one if not the BEST dance blogs for 2013..
Coming from one of the best dancers out there: THANKS!!! Your vote of confidence means so much, Robyn!
Odette’s Ordeal is the best dance blog there is, and Teri is a fantastic writer.
Thanks, Ben! See you at Gala!
Thanks for all of the great info you give on your blog,
And thanks for reading it! See you Thursday at SFB Gala! Woot!
Love the ballet insights, Teri! Keep it up
Thanks, Simon! Gala awaits us!
Odette’s Ordeal is SO informative and fun to read. I am a big SFB fan and follow Odette for all the ballet news in the Bay Area.
Thank you for being one of my most loyal readers!
Up to date information. Keeps inform everyday. Beautiful pictures too!
Thanks, Miriam! That means a lot coming from the mom of one of SFB’s most beautiful dancers!
Got my vote!
Thanks, Chris! 🙂
Odette’s Ordeal is an informative blog full of passion…Even as a new fan of the ballet, I find Terri’s enthusiasm to be highly contagious.
What a beautiful comment from one of the most beautiful Argentine Tangueras I have ever had the pleasure of performing with! I’ll never forget leaving the 49er field afloat in red & black feathers from our boas from that halftime show we did! Go Niners! Miss you, gorgeous girl! XOXOXO
As are YOU, dahlink!
Odette’s Ordeal is fun to read and gives alot of exciting information. She is a must read..
Thanks, Andi! Miss you! I saw your lovely new belly-dance photo-gorgeous!!!
I always appreciate Odette’s Ordeal as my go-to blog site for ballet news, especially SF Ballet! Thanks for the time and energy you put into this blog!
Much appreciation, Jack, my long-time reader!
Woot Odette’s Ordeal! Woot indeed!
Woot to you too, Dave! Thanks!
Thanks so much! Send me a YouTube link when you’re famous! 😉
Great blog Odette’s! 🙂
Thanks for the support, Alise!
Thank you for sharing and all you do!
Thank you, Jeanette!
Thanks, doll! Tiit just told me everyone is still working hard. I *really* appreciate your support!
I nominate Teri’s website as the top site for ballet.
Thank you for the vote of confidence! Can’t wait to see you dance this Thurs night!
Thank you for this blog. I love all the timely updates on SF Ballet performances and have learned a lot from your posts.
Thank you so much for the support!
All best to you in the Dance Advantage contest!
Thank you SO much for your support! I don’t consider myself caught up till I’ve read what 4dancers.org has to say! Hope to see you at SFB Gala!
Please vote for Odette’s Ordeal to be voted this years top dance site! Awesome 🙂
Thanks, awesome Anthony!
Thank you for all you do! keep up the great work and good luck to you 🙂
Thanks, Ellen Rose! Can’t wait till you’re on that stage again (and not in Nut!)
Odette’s Ordeal- top dancer site!
Thanks so much, David!
Thank you Koto! I appreciate your support…and your beautiful dancing!
A true balletomane…love your enthusiasm.
Thanks so much, Matt! 🙂
A fun and informative blog. Two Thumbs up!
Why, thank you Jimmy! I appreciate your enthusiasm, as well!
Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on the hottest news, love that you keep us in contact with the world of dance!
Thank you for your support, Allie! Know if anyone is dancing Don Q anytime soon? 😉
Unfortunately I am not authorized to report anything at the moment…soon!
I will just make sure that I’m invited to Kitri’s wedding. 😉
A fun, informative blog. A full tour jete’!
Thanks so much, Bev!
So thankful for all the gracious support and love!
And I am so grateful for your beautiful spirit and dancing! Thank you!!!
passionate blog with great coverage here!
Thanks a bunch of bunches, Jen!
I love this blog, she keeps me not only on full updates from my home town company (SFBallet), but also from other companies and events that’s happening around the globe in the world of ballet. I love how dedicated and passionate she is to herself, her blog, and to the many balletomans out there who await her juicy stories. Go Odette’s Ordeal!
Thank you so much, Mario! We’ve both come a long way since Oakland Ballet training (mine, decades ago)…but, *especially* you! I am thankful for your support and so very proud to have the first U.S. dancer hired by the Mikhailovsky as a friend and reader! Miss standing with you ‘on the rail’! (Though I actually get to sit nowadays, I still go to the rail at intermissions!) Thanks so much for your support!
I always look forward to your communications. Thanks to all you do, I feel a part of the San Francisco dance scene. Great fun!! (See you at the ballet—)
Thank you, Ginny! Can’t wait till the season begins! Woot!
Wonderful blog, thanks for the updates and news!
Thank you, Marcella!
Odette’s dedication to keeping the fans of SFB informed is without equal.
Thank you Mrs. Lolly!
Many thanks for two wonderful years of Odette’s Ordeal news, reviews, insights, anecdotes, and photos highlighting SF Ballet. Your blog is excellent, essential, not to be missed!
Thank you for such wonderful support *both* years, Cindy!
My daughter Sophee, is an aspiring ballet dancer and we love your blog! She hopes to study with the San Francisco ballet one day. We will be in San Francisco the first weekend in February for the Adrenaline dance competition and we will be meeting up with a friend who is in studying with their year around dance program. Love San Francisco, Love SFB and for the Love of dance keep up the good work!
Thanks so much for the support! Looks like I qualified to be a Finalist, thanks to all my loyal readers! Sounds like Sophee has been bitten by the dance bug! (Sorry, but there’s no cure…) 🙂
Love your site! Fantastic take on ballet and dance. Please keep the ballet news coming!!
Thank you SO much, George! The deadline had passed for Part 1 of this contest and my loyal readers, like yourself, have gotten me nominated in the Top Twenty! But, I’ll need your vote for Round 2 and will actually give you some notice this time! Many thanks for your support! Always good to have a conductor behind me. Or in front of me with his baton… 😉
Thanks for all the updates – great blog site!!
Thanks so much everyone! You nominated Odette into the Top Twenty…now for the final vote! You have till midnight 1/31/13, so *pleeeease* go to the link and vote by clicking on ‘Odette’s Ordeal’ in 2 different polls: ‘Your Favorite Dance Blog’ (scroll down a little till you see the gray box with ‘Odette’s Ordeal’ listed in 3rd place) *and* a little below that, also vote for ‘Odette’s Ordeal’ in the ‘Speaking Dance’ category!
Thank you for the love!
Here’s the link:
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