Adjustments

Adjustments
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

I’m a professional dancer-choreographer. I am legally blind due to glaucoma at an early age. I still have some sight but it’s very challenging but I an thriving and successful in my career path. I have been able to make adjustments like right now I have an assistant who helps me during the day and my husband at night. They both read my emails and type for me or I use the dictation app. For my dancing, I have wonderful tech people around me and when I perform the always make sure I have foot lights to line the edge of the stage so I don’t fall off the edge. The side lights keep me from going to far in the wings. I have a duet partner that’s been very helpful and understanding. He and I made some adjustments and I use counting to help me know where he is.

These are just some of the small things I’ve done to help me function and adapt. I want to be an encouragement and example for others so they don’t give up mo matter what comes their way.

Healing and Victory

Healing and Victory
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

I am a professional dancer and a survivor of sexual abuse. I was abused by my grandfather when I was a young child. I also had sexual harassment incidents (one a rape when I was a teen).
Here are some steps I took to healing and victory:
1. Acknowledge & Accept: I had to acknowledge that I was abused sexually by my grandfather. I also had to accept the other incidents, and stop blinding myself with denial. It was the truth and I had to accept it.
2. Wise Counsel: I went to a counselor and a support group that helped me. I was able to stop being angry at myself and at the abusers.
3. Speak Up & Stand Up: I had to consciously decide to stand up and stand strong. I turned what happened to me into a triumph by writing about it in my Dance Warrior book & video series.
4. Help Others: I now help others who suffered the same thing by dancing a dance called “Red Ribbons” and speaking publicly about it through my community outreach: Red Ribbons outReach. Knowing that I’m helping others further heals me.

Holiday Hope

Holiday Hope
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

Our dance company Rubans Rouges Dance (French for red ribbons) focuses on helping people turn their tragedies into triumphs via dance and the messages in the dances. We give them Hope. Many of the subjects and themes we present: overcoming sexual abuse, cancer awareness and hope of survival, joy, acceptance and many other pertinent subjects to our time.
The heart beat of the company is Noelle Rose Andressen who is the founder and creator. Most of our pieces are derived from her tragedies and how she turned them into triumphs. I remember one time after her dance performance of “Red Ribbons” (her company is named after this dance piece that talks about her abuse she survived), a woman fell into her arms crying with gratitude. The woman said Noelle set her heart free and took the first step in recovering from her abuse because of Noelle’s dance.
During the holiday season especially we perform beautiful dances through our outreach as a form of our charity giving. We do not make any money for ourselves, we just offer the gift of Hope through dance for free performances during this time of year. Our outreach within the company is called: Red Ribbons outReach. We also hand out red ribbons at the end of each performance that encourages others to not lose hope. It’s very symbolic.

Compassionate Bad Ass

Compassionate Bad Ass
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

I am a compassionate bad ass. I am a dancer-choreographer for Rubans Rouges Dance. I founded this company in January 2009. It is a powerhouse that uses art to encourage other people.
I am a fierce survivor of: breast cancer, sexual child abuse and now I faced with the challenge of being legally blind. I use my gift of dance to express what sometimes cannot be said with words by dancing it. I reach people’s hearts in order to give the Hope that they too can overcome their challenges and thrive! After our shows many people thank me for having the courage to come forward and share my personal stories of triumph through dance. It is an overwhelming gift to have a person fall into your arms and say, “Thank you for expressing in dance what I’ve never been able to with words….I was raped…” and then to have them cry on my shoulders knowing that I made a difference in their lives and all the struggles I went through were worth it.

The Body

The Body
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

When the body undergoes a change in metabolism whether it’s from physical activity or due to duress or stress, there is a greater need for calories. The body has an amazing ability to compensate and keep a storage of nutrients and fat, but after a few days of the same stressors, our bodies then need to have strong nutritional support. In an emergency situation, it’s always best to prepare prior and have plenty of food on hand.
We often host wellness classes for our dancers and community. Ms Noelle Rose Andressen states that a physically active body such as a dancer needs at least 2500 calories a day to maintain bare minimum. To keep healthy, during times of 4-6 hours of activity/rehearsal we need at minimum 1000 additional calories. If we do not feed our  bodies well, it will take the nutrients from our organs and muscles which can lead to atrophy and possibly other ailments in the future; what we eat now will show up later one way or another.
Additionally, our Director Noelle Rose Andressen continues to tell our dancers to be prepared for an earthquake situation. It will happen and we need to be prepared.

Disabilities

Disabilities
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

I’m legally blind due to glaucoma. I also have scoliosis and still dance professionally demi and pointe. I have been dealing with scoliosis my entire career and glaucoma the past 4 years. It’s been challenging but I continue to dance, I just can’t give it up. I’ve been fortunate to have patient and understanding choreographers but I did decide to start my own company. My company Rubans Rouges Dance comprises of dancers with disabilities and medical conditions. We’re very inclusive and do classical and contemporary ballet and modern.
Of late, I’ve been under the guide of a yogi who has helped me with both issues. For the scoliosis, I can feel a big difference in my balance and my alignment. It took time to readjust especially when doing turns but there’s been improvements.
When I perform on stage and I’m handling my vision issue, my manager makes sure that we let the producers, choreographers, depending on who I’m dancing for, know in advance that I need assistance. Everyone has been amazing. They let me have additional time to rehearse in space/venue and we always have footlights at the edge of the stage.
There’s been some people that haven’t treated me well but I still dance. My biggest joy is when I meet people after my performances. They tell me how much I’ve inspired them being that I keep dancing. I’ve choreographed a few pieces about my physical disabilities but I do see them as a special gift now because I can reach people’s hearts with hope.

Dimes & Turkies

Dimes & Turkies
Copyright 2017 – Written by Noelle Rose Andressen

1. When we host an event we often will provide the main dish. However, Have everyone else bring one side dish. It’s a lot more fun when everyone pitches in. Email a sign up sheet to your guests so you can keep track of the dishes. We also add in extra fun by doing a dessert tasting contest and we give away a gift card to a grocery store. Sometimes if you frequently patron the same store and you get to know the manager, they’ll give a $25 food card gift certificate for you to say thank you for your patronage. Remember to ask 😉
2. Freebies: Use apps or sites like Paperless Post or Evite or facebook group as a means to invite guests and start a conversation with all of them. They can share photos of past Thanksgivings or post a photo introducing themselves in case not everyone knows one another. Familiarity prior to the event will create great camaraderie at the event.
3. Make a “Day Of” schedule. You will enjoy your day more if you have everything you need to do and when you need to do it written down and posted on the refrigerator. A stressless host/hostess is the best host.
4. Decorating ideas are found on sites such as Pinterest. Find the ones that use tissue paper and construction paper to make more with less. We’ve made daisy chains out of leaf like shapes and used plastic table cloths from a dollar store to make fun designs.
5. A Home Made Tablecloth. If you’re going to have kids, get butcher paper and cover a table. Tell the kids that they get to make their holiday table cloth. They will squeal with delight! The dollar store has lots of stickers and crayons that will keep the kiddies occupied as they doodle on the paper.
6. Addition Beverages & Food. Buy in bulk for less at Costco or Smart N Final. This works best for snacks.
7. Download your favorite heartwarming music and songs and make a playlist. Guests love a festive atmosphere and this is one way to set the tone. Don’t be afraid to sneak in a couple winter holiday tunes in as well.