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Reminiscing on this incredibly fun show yesterday with these beautiful women as I get the morning off of work today.... Before the show started, I told some of the ladies backstage that when I’m feeling the most weak and tired, my motivation is to treat my performance like it might be my last.... One of my friends said “isn’t that a lot of pressure to put on yourself?” I thought about how it could be, but then recalled one of my key values that I have applied to almost everything I’ve pursued thus far in my life.... If my intentions are honest, my effort is maximized, and my mind anchored in the moment, then whatever I am pursuing is already a victory within myself. Failure for me has always been in the lack of my best effort, missed opportunity to be honest, or in my untrained wandering thoughts. What can ever REALLY be flawless? How many times has someone come up to you and said “you were SO wonderful” and you responded with what didn’t line up in your own estimation of yourself? Does any other opinion really matter in the end then your own? So thank you @madeeks @marylizard and @mira_nadon ♥️ Even though part of my friend @andiev1 costume got stuck on mine, and I could have done without stubbing my toe on my first entrance, in the end I had a beautiful show that I would have been proud to call my last if (for whatever reason) it had to be. Thank you all for making it so worth the effort. #effortiseverything #doitforyourself #healthypressure

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Blessed to revisit this beautiful ballet by George Balanchine called Sonatine tonight with @gonzalogarcia79 ♥️ performing this in Paris is a treasured memory in my heart, but now we get to twirl and swoon our way here in our home theater... And there honestly is no place like home. See you on the stage! #nycballet #balanchineballerina #lincolncenter

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It’s my first show dancing of the @nycballet season tonight at 7:30! Can’t wait to fly with @adrianclay ♥️ #picturesatanexhibition #nycballet #dirtydancinglift #letsgo

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Our @nycballet Spring Season goes from April 23rd- June 2nd! Come see us move to music in Lincoln Center... New warmth, new leadership, new challenges, new choreography, and so much impressive young talent to see! The casting is going to be more diversified this year, and you will get to see numerous dancers in debuting roles. I honestly can’t wait to watch, and I’m excited to be a part of something larger than myself. I love my job. ♥️ Get your tickets! #repost #nycb #nycballet #lovespring photo credit: Paul Kolnik

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I keep this coin with me everywhere I go... My boyfriend @matttolstoy gave it to me when we got to talking about death as being a huge motivator in our lives. ♥️ It reminds me that we are never guaranteed tomorrow...What would you do if you knew today would be your last day? Would you stress about that task you forgot to accomplish? Would you complain about that person who mildly annoyed you? Would you be scrolling Instagram vicariously living through your phone? Maybe not...You wouldn’t have the time to waste! You would probably let the small things go, tell your friends you love them, go take that opportunity you never seem to get around to pursuing, and treat yourself a little better... So remember that this day is the canvas you are given to paint your life. It starts brand new every day, and you get to choose how you would like to color it in. I say go big! Color it bright and honest. Because it’s yours. This day is yours. #mementomori #smelltheflowers

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Although I got stuck with delayed flights in Washington D.C. my heart is with the Groove with Me family celebrating Tap and Tapas tonight! It is an honor to show friends and family my passions, and to share with all of you another set of things that capture my heart... Scholarships for kids to dance, assistance through school so that young adults can graduate, volunteer teachers, and empowerment for young ladies to appreciate all that makes them unique and beautiful! The board, volunteer staff, amazing kids, and incredible donors who make all of this happen deserve a party tonight! I hope that all of you going enjoy the local food stands, fun drinks, and the opportunity to mingle with people that share the same desire to give back. I’m with you all in heart! @groovewithmeinc #partyday #delayedflights #withyouinheart #giveback

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Also happening today! .... through the flexibility and kindness of the people I get to work for, I am able to both perform tonight AND be at my choreographic showing! I’m very excited to dance with @notjosephgordonlevitt in the Afternoon of a Faun: Nijinsky, Robbins, and Antiquity at The Center for Ballet and the Arts..... this ballet is such a classic and one of my favorites to both watch and dance...I’m looking forward to all of the insight and knowledge I will be exposed to by the panelists and scholars that will be speaking tonight... What a gift to be able to learn more about Jerome Robbins and his intentions with this beautiful piece of art. Thank you @cba_nyu ♥️ This photo was taken by @erinbaiano from when @calvinroyaliii and I danced it last summer in Vail. #latergram #newinsights #newpartners #afternoonofafaun #dancerfirst #letsdoitall

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I love this photo that @nycballet posted of me and my friend @indiana_woodward The campaign is called “First comes the sweat, then comes the beauty” and I think it applies not only to our outward appearance, but to our inner world as well... How often do we take a moment to workout the mind and check the resentment levels in our hearts? For me, I can honestly say that I went FAR too long carving and molding the outside of myself without taking a serious pause to reflect within... Progress is slow! But what good is a body that functions beautifully on the outside, if the inner heart is blackened or the mind dimmed? If you are feeling depressed lately, it might help to clear out your hidden grudges, and ask for forgiveness somewhere you just KNOW you are in the right...you might be surprised at the other point of view... You might even be wrong! I know that I have been every time I have looked thus far....It might help to center your heart in humility with enough space to hear something convicting, or even threatening to your pride... Get right with yourself again... Because first comes the sweat and THEN comes the beauty... and wouldn’t you rather be beautiful within? I know I would. It takes time. It takes forgiveness. It takes love. ♥️ #nycballet #onestepatatime #progress #sweatfirst #innerwork Photo credit: Gabriela Celeste

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Dear Followers, I know I haven’t been posting very much, but I am proud to say that a bunch of wonderful things are in the works! One of those beautiful things is the @groovewithmeinc Tap and Tapas event that raises money for girls to dance free of charge at a school that supports them not just as dancers, but as young women who can accomplish anything they set their minds to do. This school teaches empowerment, all styles of dance, special studies they don’t get in public school, and so much more. It is a unique and special place that I hope you look into and (if possible) decide to support! ♥️ All of the teachers and staff volunteer their time, and the high school graduation rate among the ladies is 100%. The Tap and Tapas event isn’t stuffy at all! There will be a ton of different restaurants setting up tables of food and drinks and a little performance by the kids. You don’t have to sit next to anyone you don’t want to, you can bring as many friends as you like, and it all raises money for the kids! I will be there! Come and join me. Link in my bio to get tickets🙌🏼 event is April 1st from 6:30-8:30 check it out! #groovewithme #giveback #passiton #allforthekids #letsparty

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If we continually hold thoughts such as “I’m not cool” or “people don’t like me” “I can’t remember things” or “even my best efforts are worthless”... we immediately alienate the humans around us and become isolated, unsettled, and less confident versions of ourselves... At this moment we have two options. Decide not to care what others (or ourselves) think, and walk around hardened and thinking about all of this again anyway... Or question our way of thinking, and open ourselves up to the possibility that maybe our mental beliefs aren’t entirely true blue foundations to live our lives around. What are YOU believing about yourself that might be holding YOU back? I guarantee you aren’t alone. Photo credit @nisian #mentalhealth #theonlyhealththatmatters #clearmind

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Trying to let go of the “shadow self” that plays in my head, and removing the movies of imagination (both past AND future) so that I can truly see this moment right now! Is there even a me if I am completely in the present? Suddenly all I experience is matter moving around me, the temperature of the room, a heart beat, and the music of life.... I believe that we truly can rest in peace whenever we want. We just have to pause the movies in our heads a moment.... My mental movies have SO little truth and all too much fear infused within them. We are neither the greatest nor the worst at living! We just are. We have done the best that we could up until this moment now. So no more fear, OR ego inflating imagination. Just now. Learning to be here now. Photo credit: @nycdanceproject #byronkatiewisdom #lovingthistime #lifelessons

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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In honor of International women’s day I would like to give a shout out to a young female choreographer @eryn.renee who has been employing an all female company of dancers called @xaocballet all by herself! She works tirelessly for her dream, and I have had the honor of being her choice as a mentor after her winning the Hick’s Fellowship for choreography at Jacob’s Pillow. She is one of the bravest women I know and she could use some support! So here is a chance to help an aspiring artist in need. I’m posting her donation page in my bio. Please consider helping her out. No gift is too small. ♥️

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Sometimes I feel like a scientist or explorer when I’m choreographing on dancers I don’t know well yet... constantly uncovering new beautiful gems of expression I couldn’t execute myself, but can enjoy through someone else’s bravery or skill. Oh how I am enjoying it! I’m sad today is my last day working with @dancelabny ♥️ But what a beautiful week it has been working with such an incredible group of diverse talent! I love every single one of you. @kennycorrigan @andreichagas @leighesty @coleashley_ @jamiepfaff @german_peanut813 @hankzlyfe @maia.schechter @yonsilly @julienvalme @sarahsigman_ @hunter_mikles photo credit: @murphymadestudio

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“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.” Martha Graham ♥️ I feel these words even more this week as I’m working in the Graham studios with @dancelabny #truth #thebodyneverlies #inspired

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Last day of Winter Season vibes... I think my cat Jerry captures the feeling quite nicely in this photo. We are all ready for some REST. ♥️

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Love is not a game of chess with winners and losers...I sincerely cannot find regret for a single relationship I have been in throughout my adult life, because I am transparently not a very easy person to love genuinely... Lots of people tend to “fall in love” with what I do or how I look easily enough, but to actually get close to me is no easy battle. I should know! because time and again I find it too difficult to show compassion to my own self and to live in my own criticizing thoughts...Oh how mean I can be to myself sometimes! I would NEVER intentionally treat a friend the way I treat myself, but when I have a lover close enough to almost feel like a branch of my own being, I start to treat them with the same impossible expectations that I place on my own back. Why am I telling you this? Because I shy away from writing about my breakups or about my mistakes. Because maybe this feels true for you too, and you need to know that you aren’t alone? Because part of growing is squaring yourself up and not running away from the people that challenge you...I have already forgiven myself for the past because I know that I did the best I could, but if you need to hear an apology from me, I am more willing then ever to face you. I release the future because that is God’s business and not my own... so that leaves me with today... Today I have another chance to love again...Friends who are (and have continued to be) true warriors, a family tree that is both natural and hand grafted, and a purpose on this planet to fulfill. If you read this whole entire caption? Thanks for hearing me out. I feel better, and if you just liked the photo? That’s totally cool too...I love this photo because someone I love took it of me. Have a beautiful Tuesday everyone. It’s never too late to get it right ♥️ #gottagetitout #lovehonestly #justdoingthebestican

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It’s @notjosephgordonlevitt and my last performance of Sleeping Beauty tonight with the @nycballet at 8:00pm in Lincoln Center NYC. What a whirlwind of emotions this ballet brings! I can’t wait to give it everything I have left tonight and then give it a rest for a while. If you want to come see us, go to www.nycballet.org for tickets ♥️ photo credit Erin Baiano

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Today’s inquiry is all about challenging what my mind thinks that it wants. Are these REALLY goals that I want to pursue? Or just things that I see other people doing or having that make me feel I want or need something different then what is presently in my life? What drives us as humans? Is it a genuine love of what we do, or fear of losing out or not living up to our true potential? What is our greatest potential anyways, and who decides? Could our greatest potential be resting and enjoying exactly where we are? Maybe it is relishing what we are and what we have to the maximum degree? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I don’t know...just some thoughts on a Friday. #satisfied #itsmylife #iloveit

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@devinalberda takes the most realistic photos of how our everyday lives look at the New York City Ballet...Thanks to him, we have little photographic treasures to remember these hours that we get to live our dreams. Thank you Devin for capturing another special moment. I can’t wait for another performance of Aurora tonight with @notjosephgordonlevitt ♥️ #sleepingbeauty

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I don’t believe that competition in itself is what causes us to turn bitter, resentful, or arrogant...I think comparison is what throws competitive people into dangerous mindsets. Competition with ourselves and others around us is actually a healthy thing in my mind. It keeps life entertaining, motivating, interesting, and ultimately fun! How boring would a life without competition be? We would have no ESPN, no family games, no iron chef, no awards shows, and no variation or standard to climb to... So how do we keep competition, but not let it poison our ideas about ourselves, or depress us into inaction? We can place the competition on OURSELVES. We can always be a little better today then we were yesterday. We can wake up a little earlier, be a little more patient with our children or pets, straighten our rooms a little better, cloth ourselves more thoughtfully, sharpen our minds with study, or be slightly more refined in our work.... do it for yourself. Maybe you got cut from an audition or came in last place in the race... comparing yourself to others just makes you feel like a failure. But if your competition lies within? Well maybe you came in last place, but made your personal best time? You can hold your head up high then! Maybe you didn’t get the job, but you hit that high note you didn’t know you could hit? Comparing yourself to anyone else will only distract you from the value you could bring to your own life today. So I dare you to challenge yourself today in whatever way makes you feel the most powerful. @nisian #doitforyou #iammycompetition #everydaybetter

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This week is Sleeping Beauty week at the @nycballet ! Every cast is exquisitely unique and special, but if you want to come see me dance Aurora along side @notjosephgordonlevitt in his debut as the dashing prince, we will be dancing on Feb 16th at 2:00pm Feb 19th at 7:30pm and Feb 23rd at 8:00pm ♥️ This role is deeply demanding in its endurance and that makes it even more rewarding to fulfill. So come see @nycballet this week! Sometimes you just need a little beauty in your day while waiting for Spring... Photo credit @eriktanner #nycballet #sleepingbeauty #aurora

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I’m learning SO much about inquiry and truth this year... What causes most of my personal pain and suffering? Is it not my thoughts about how the events happening around me SHOULD be? Am I the ultimate judge of how things should be or how people should live? Are these thoughts productive or useful in any way? Or is my own mind stepping into someone else’s head or issues? Could it be possible that the things we think others are saying or feeling about us are actually the very things we in fact feel insecure about in ourselves? How do we take our lives back?! Am I trying to micromanage the people around me? ♥️ If any of these things I’m learning in myself feel like things you might be battling too, let’s drop the lies and live in what is here now... I’m learning to let reality be reality and live in what is here now. Read “Loving What Is” by @byron.katie with me. #lovingwhatis #liveintruth #beherenow photo credit @marc

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It’s been a dream of mine to dance the Walz girl in Balanchine’s Serenade on the @nycballet stage for years and now, and the day is finally here! I can’t wait to share the stage with @asklac @emiliegerrity @aaronsmadrid and @ashleybouder ♥️ Let’s dance! Come see us at 2:00 pm #backonstage #favoriteballet #balanchine #serenade

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@nycballet Winter season I am coming for you! Rehearsal for 3 different ballets the first day back and I couldn’t be more ready to sweat. My first love will always be ballet ♥️ #dayone #thismighthurtalittle

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Some things are just bigger then us... and that is a comfort to every corner of my heart. Maybe we don’t need to have all the answers this year... Maybe it’s enough to simply do the best we can with what we are given, and leave the rest to a greater power? If these trees could talk? Oh what they have seen! How different our world is today from even a meager 15 years ago. Where are we going? How do we not spill into a thousand pieces with all the information pulsing around us every day? How do we feel connected in a world that is steadily growing virtually, yet daily decreasing in genuine and/or physical contact with the humans around us? Oh what a comfort it is to just stand in the shadow of a tree and know that life really is so much simpler than I have made it out to be. 2019 is about letting go and resting in trust. #whereswaldo #redwoodsnationalpark #standtall #letgo

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2018 was every type of feeling... between numerous changes at work, the loss of some dear teachers and friends, a heart break in the summer, elevated career highs, new choreographic adventures, 6 international trips, new and deeper love found, new friends, reconnecting with extended family and ultimately every kind of change imaginable. 2018 I am spinning when I think of you... 2019 you have my hope, my heart, and my full imagination. I am ready for you. #redwoodsnationalpark #rebirth #change

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Ok everyone... I’m going on a REAL vacation now! I am officially unavailable until mid first week of the new year. I am going to the Redwood National Park in California and I will be turning my phone off! I don’t care about presents this year, seeing the divine in nature is my gift. If you haven’t had a chance to step back and get outside in a couple days (due to the holidays) I encourage you to at least take a walk. I’ll see you in the new year! Love to all of ya’LL ♥️ #happynewyear #takeabreak #workhardresthard #californiagirl

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Reflecting on last weekend signing autographs with @ctballet after dancing the Sugarplum Fairy ♥️ I feel lucky I get the chance to meet even more new people dancing the nutcracker for @bravaproductions at Landis Performing arts Center RCC CA Dec 21-23. It’s an honor and privilege to be a guest artist, and I can’t wait to dance alongside so many new dancers! If you are in California come see us dance. Thank you for the photo @breegale #sugarplum #passingiton #nutcracker

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Getting ready to perform the Sugarplum Fairy today with Connecticut Ballet at The Palace theater in Stamford Connecticut! Come see me and Taylor Stanley dance at 1pm and 5pm ♥️ Photo credit: Erik Melvin . . . #sugarplumfairy #connecticutballet #ctballet #thenutcracker #thenutcrackerballet #thenutcracker2018 #ctperformingarts #ctholiday #ctevents #ctweekend #stamford #stamfordct #ct #ctvisit #erikmelvin

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Hi followers! Any chance any of you are looking for a two bedroom two bathroom apartment in NYC 30 minutes from Lincoln Center in NYC? I am looking for someone to take over my lease so that I can move closer to the ballet!This apartment has been incredible in every way... It’s safe, warm, clean, bright, close to the best dog park in the city, and an absolute find. There are 4 closets and 2 overhead storage spaces. The walls are thick, and there is an elevator as well as laundry in the building. If you are interested please DM me. I have 10 months left on this lease and am looking for someone as soon as possible! Much love ♥️ #nycapartments #home

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What a gift it is to make something new every single day... Thanks @sparklez155 and @elizzzzaaa for stopping by @cba_nyu ❤️ The future of ballet certainly is bright! #letsmakesomething #choreography

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Yesterday I was asked a question that brought a memory to my mind. A lesson that my dad told me at 17 that I have carried with me every day since... It was my last year of high school at the School of American ballet and I had BIG dreams of getting in to the New York City Ballet, winning the cash award that goes to a couple of students that show the most promise, and dancing the starring roles in the end of the year showcase called Workshop... I was on my way way to “greatness” (in my my mind) when in the matter of a week everything felt taken from me... out of my class 6 girls were chosen as apprentices and I wasn’t one of them, I didn’t win the cash award that I so deeply wanted to give to my parents who were struggling financially, and in that same week I badly sprained my ankle and had to use crutches to heal... sitting on my couch at home elevating my ankle, everything in me wanted to wallow into a hole of depression and just give it all up. What was the point? What did I have left? I had already left home at 14 years old... I didn’t have another dream to pursue.... was I going to go back and watch all the other young women dance while I had this embarrassing cloud of failure all around me? Why try? My dad saw me laying there and in his loving way said “snap out of it...you claim to have joy, but do you know what that is” The truth was that I didn’t know...He taught me the most valuable lesson of my life that day. He taught me about the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness depends on happenstance...It’s fleeting and anyone can do it. It takes little effort to be happy when good things are filling your momentary circumstances. But joy? That’s different... joy is choosing to lift your head when things are falling apart. Joy is supernatural acceptance of what IS with determination to be grateful for the painful lesson that is shaping your heart into something more valuable and strong. Happiness is easy... joy is hard.... so when people tell me that I’m happy all the time I say “I’m not happy all the time... I just have joy” Thanks dad ❤️ photo credit @nisian

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Today I officially start my Virginia B Toulmin Fellowship with @cba_nyu and start this journey of simply creating for a couple months. I'm pinching myself today looking at this photo because it was taken almost 9 years ago, and I couldn't have ever dreamed I would be on this path that I'm on now. Sometimes you don't know where you are until a DECADE goes by and you can see clearly enough to treasure the journey. I'm so truly grateful and ready to dive in! Let's do this! Also please vote today ❤️ #thoughtoftheday #notmuchhaschanged #everythinghaschanged #perspective

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Today I am reflecting on what it truly means to stand tall within my own being. So many people are continually throwing talk out about self-love and being true to yourself, but what if the thought "who am I" feels lost? What if you don't know yet who you are? What if you aren't proud of who you genuinely are? Or if you don't recognize the person you have become? I realized that the day I decided that I could look myself in the mirror with honestly kind eyes, was the day I started making the smallest little choices in quieting my own negative resistance.... such as making my bed in the morning, writing a thank you letter to a friend, watering a plant, or saying no to something I would usually feel guilted into doing...Maybe pursuing your ultimate dream is too much right now... Maybe loving your full being is too daunting...But just one small positive choice today? That you can do! That is a start. Enough of those, and you just might be able to square up with yourself again and say "hey self.... It's been a while... thanks for coming back. I'm proud of you." Knowing yourself and being proud of yourself are different things. It doesn't have to be ground breaking. You don't have to save the world, but if you find yourself lost somewhere in your own web of bad decisions, please know that it is NEVER too late to start making your bed. #ibelieveinyou #thoughtoftheday #loveorchids

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I'm leaning into the new dance technique's I'm being exposed to this week and trying to root myself in humility every morning so as to give each attempt my full effort without restraint... looking back on this photo reminds me that my favorite performances have always been the ones danced out of necessity of emotional release. I believe dance is therapy for dancers and audience members alike... The inner soul longs to move the body to music. That's why I love to watch little children listening to a rhythm... They wiggle and bob without any self conscious worry... I hope we all can remember what it feels like to dance without fear. To be like a child again, while also speaking the lessons only age and time can teach. What an amazing gift it is to MOVE.... and to move without restraint?! Isn't that the dancers ultimate dream? @nycballet with @jaredanglenyc #thisbitterearth #dancebecauseyouhaveto #therapy

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Are you someone that pulls back when hardships arise? Or are you someone that falls forward toward your dreams with ruthless determination? It's not popular to be a fighter... it's often discouraged and you will be told to take it easy OFTEN. But don't let yourself be fooled by your own fear or weariness... be wise with yourself. Are you able to push through? Are you letting your emotional state effect you physically? What does fighting through look like to you, and can you find a deeper discipline beneath what you think is your limit? Legends are born no other way. Look at the athletes who have made history across different fields of sport. You have to persevere through sweat and flame.....If you want greatness do you really believe it will be handed to you for free? How strong is your desire in the face of adversity? #beafighter #doyou #fallforward photo credit: @puma

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What a dream it is to perform Serenade here in Shanghai... I have such a lucid memory of performing this ballet at my graduation performance (aka workshop 2009) and it stirs so many emotions in me to look back through my life at how much has changed since then.... how many highs and lows have occurred, and how drastically different I feel as both a woman and an artist. This ballet is like a holiday in that sense.... You look at all that has grown, and how elusive time can be. Thank you @rustlegj @ashleybouder @tessreichlen and @prestonchamblee for today. See you all again tomorrow for the last show here in China. ❤️ photo credit: @sarah_xiaoyi_ni #ponderingtime #thankyouchina

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It's always better when we're together ❤️ @unityphelan I had a blast fighting jet lag while sharing what we do @nycballet with the athletic world here in Shanghai.... @puma thank you for always taking such incredible care of us, and for all the sweet people who showed up for the work out today. Let's keep moving each other and ourselves forward. 💪🏼 #doyou #pumagirls #friendsforever

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I'm sitting in the airport ready to go on tour with Nycb to Shanghai China thinking about how abundant life feels in this moment. This past Nycb Fall season was a dream.... every show felt honest, brave, and purposeful. I got to witness so many of my friends get promoted to the next level of professional acclaim... I am performing Waltz girl from Balanchine's Serenade on tour for China this week. It was my graduation ballet as a student and I've waited almost 10 years to dance it with NYCB.... Last but not at all least, my ballet Le Jeune is being performed at the ABT Fall Gala on Wednesday! I won't be there to cheer in the audience, but I feel SO blessed that I get to do this work. I get to simultaneously dance and choreograph.... I have the ability to pour myself into my passion every day and that is a gift of the most precious kind. My heart will be equally in NYC as is will be in Shanghai ❤️ See you all in 7 days! #proudofthework #luckiest #seeyousoonnyc

laurenlovette

Last show of this bountiful season with the silliest @joaquindeluz ❤️ I'm so happy I had the chance to share the stage with you before you retire tomorrow from your epic career. I hope you continue to fly! Your energy and passion will be missed ❤️ #thatsawrap #blessed photo credit @ashleybouder

laurenlovette

Putting some final touches on my ballet for @abtofficial before my last show of the @nycballet season.... my life is SO full ❤️ #Repost @abtofficial ・・・ @laurenlovette is in the building! The @nycballet principal dropped in this afternoon for a quick run of her ballet, “Le Jeune”! Catch #ABTStudioCompany and #ABTApprentices dancing Lauren’s choreographic creation this #ABTfall18! Oct. 17, 27 matinee ✨ #ABTWomensMovement

laurenlovette

So unbelievably proud of this friend @kennardhenson ❤️ You were a dream to dance with tonight and you deserve every moment of celebration for this achievement. I'm honored I got to be the ballerina by your side for such a beautiful moment in your career. I hope there will be many many more opportunities to dance together. 🙌🏼 #secondtolastshow #fallseason #moretocome

laurenlovette

"Afternoon of a Faun" we are coming for you! Can't wait to share the @nycballet stage with the incredible @kennardhenson tonight. What a dream this Robbins ballet is. Come watch us dance! #lincolncenter #newpartner #afternoonofafaun

laurenlovette

Life is just a strand of a billion opportunities for decision... right. left. small. large. safe. scary. stay. leave. Brave. Run. Work. Play. Fight. Give. body. soul. keep. sell. do nothing....do something. me or you? I don't think there is a wrong way....I believe for myself that a life without regret means gathering the daily courage to stare (my sometimes) bitter feelings square on and choose truth above all else. Be honest with others and evermore honest with yourself....It's time to get real. The clock doesn't pause for your comfort zone to warm up.... @pumawomen #doyou #puma