Who's the twirler?
Thank you for asking! My name is Zoe Phillips, I am a lover of hot tea, an enthusiast of Starbucks Refreshers, and a patron of all things related to pliés. As a writer, my work has appeared in The Michigan Daily and Inside Higher Education.
What're the twirls?
Writing, like dancing, is impossible to get right on the first try. Instead, it takes many hours of thinking, trying, and re-trying to get a result worth sharing. In my mind, it sort of feels like twirling. My words start as thoughts that twirl around in my head until they can pirouette their way onto the page. Once I've given them a few corrections and made sure their toes are pointed, I get to share them with you. Thank you for joining me!
If the above was a short answer, here is my long answer: I grew up studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and finished my Advanced 2 with Distinction in 2016. I twirled onstage at the Genée International Ballet Competition before bouréeing off to the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
Here in Ann Arbor, major in Spanish and minor in Dance and American Culture. I’m a Senior Arts Editor for The Michigan Daily and I teach ballet in nearby Chelsea.
I write about ballet because I deeply, truly, love this art form. I believe it has the distinct power to preserve history and reflect progress, to create beauty and pay respect to pain, and to reach anyone with an appreciation for the capacity of art to make sense of the world. You are one of those people, so thank you for twirling with me!