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Rhythmic Gymnasts

Reflecting on the Past and Diving Into the Present

Elaine Dai | Posted 05.23.2013 | Teen
Elaine Dai

As I head into my last months of rhythmic,I've been constantly impugned with questions like: "Why are you still doing gymnastics? Don't you have other things you would rather be doing?" Well, if you're asking this, you obviously don't understand me.

Rhythmic Diaries: Gymnastics Boot Camp

Elaine Dai | Posted 12.24.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

Every summer marks the beginning of three months of gymnastics camp, or what I affectionately term "rhythmic boot camp."

Slow and Steady Improvement

Elaine Dai | Posted 09.10.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

The 2008 Massachusetts State Championships pops on, and I see 13-year-old Elaine enter the carpet. Her raven black ribbon spirals to life as the music, a tango, marches on. My jaw drops.

Rhythmic Diaries: Finding my Focus

Amanda Dai | Posted 09.08.2012 | Teen
Amanda Dai

I practice my routine with forced optimism, smiling even though I'm shaking on the inside. When I make a mistake, I push myself to continue and keep my focus on what I'm doing.

What Made This Successful Assistant Director Walk Away From Hollywood?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.22.2012 | Fifty

David McGiffert's name has been on the credit rolls of some of Hollywood's best-known films: "Rainman," "Tootsie," and all the "Back to the Future" mo...

Rhythmic Diaries: 'The Day I Met 2012 Olympic Gymnast Julie Zetlin'

Elaine Dai | Posted 05.16.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

Rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin has overcome numerous setbacks, such as a second knee surgery last May, and has shown me stark determination and passion in their purist forms.

Rhythmic Diaries: 'Let The Competitions Begin'

Elaine Dai | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
Elaine Dai

I instantly snap into performance mode, salute the judges, and assume my pose. Everything goes flawlessly for a few moments, and then my ball routine transforms into a game of cat-and-mouse.

The Secret Diaries of Rhythmic Gymnasts

Amanda Dai | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Amanda Dai

Human perfectibility is the belief that people are capable of infinite improvement. Rhythmic gymnastics has made me believe in it.