a beautiful animated little film {and giveaway winners announced!}

a friend i grew up dancing with shared this beautiful little animated dance film with me last week and i can’t tell you how many times i’ve watched it since. i love anything with dance (well, good dance) and the collaboration behind this project is just magical. plus, animation rocks my world. it makes me want to go improv in my living room right now… maybe once this pregnant belly stops getting in the way, i’ll do just that. ;)

and i loved taking a peek into the making of the animation…
wasn’t that so beautiful? i have chills. even after the 30th time watching it.
and side note, i have not forgotten to announce our 4 winners
from our weekend holiday giveaway!
winner of the gussy sews holiday stocking:

winner of the statement necklace by persenickety:

winner of the photo101 textbook by nicole hill gerulat:

winner of the queen ann necklace by pear & peacock:

please email me so we can get these gifts off to you!
  1. Oh wow, that's beautiful. Even as someone who knows nothing about dance, I just want to watch it over and over again.

  2. Allison

    This is so magical and left me with tears on my cheeks. So beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  3. Nanda

    This is so beautiful. My husband has his same career – storyboard artist in 'hollywood', and this moved me as I thought about him & the merging of the arts. Animation can sure be beautiful!

  4. Ericka

    I am an illustrator and I obviously follow a lot of other colleagues blogs and stuff and this animation is just everywhere in the art community! This past week I've seen it featured everywhere. (which makes me so happy because he did this for the Sundance Film Festival and they didn't choose it to be in and I totally think they should've. He deserved it.) Anyway, I am so glad to see it in this blog as well! Yours is one of the few blogs I follow that don't have anything to do with illustration, haha.

    Take lots of care, Naomi. My regards to the family ;P

  5. I can't wait to share that video with my best friend who's been a dancer for years, thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow I just teared up before it was even halfway through! Thanks so much for sharing :) So, so beautiful.

  7. WOW. that is the teacher from my high school. that is wild. and great.

  8. erin m.

    I am not a dancer (wish I was) but I am deeply moved by watching dance. This was so beautiful, thanks for sharing it!

  9. kwistin

    yup, my professor most definitely made that film. it's always an honor and so inspiring to take classes from ryan.

    and, well, you already know how i feel about this film. ;)

  10. Carly

    such a beautiful and inspiring video! thank you for sharing :)

  11. Natalie

    I improv in my living room on a daily basis :) My best friend is at Julliard right now. I was watching some of his videos from their show tonight; made me really sad to think of how far he's come in the 2 years I haven't been dancing 30+ hours a week. I miss it all so much. This made my teary haha. Lame, Nat. Lame.

  12. Pilar

    i just watched this video the other day when the weepies posted a link from twitter! i love it!

  13. Rachel

    so so so so so beautiful. you're right, it totally gives you chills. thanks for sharing!! the beauty of it all is so inspiring.

  14. so beautiful! And really love the song!

  15. heather

    LOVE the video!! hope you don't mind i just reposted it. :)

  16. Katy

    So beautiful! I danced for 12 years, and most of that time I spent tapping. But I always loved the lyrical dances and wished I could come out of my shell enough to dance with such emotion. Thanks for sharing that! I think I will watch it again now. And then maybe again.


  17. Muffin

    that was absolutely beautiful! I love good animation. :) Thanks for sharing!

  18. I don't think this could be any more beautiful! I absolutely love it and will definitely join you in watching it countless times! From one dancer to another, thank you so much for sharing!

  19. That video was amazing!! I immediately sent it to my sister who works at Boston Ballet! Thank you so much for sharing that it was just beautiful!!

  20. I am in love with that video. Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Beautiful! I keep thinking that "the in the making" video looks like it was filmed at BYU?? But I can't tell…..

  23. Oh my gosh! That was so pretty! I love how they combined their strengths to create something so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  24. Thank you for sharing. It moved me in a way art hasn't in a long time. I passed it along too.


    and I hope you are feeling well.


  25. Oh Wow! Thanks for sharing those videos. I graduated from BYU in Dance Ed. and it was fun to see some familiar faces! After I graduated I actually took the high school teaching position that Kori left when she took a position at BYU. She is super woman. Seriously, just a few days postpartum and she is at rehearsal.

    I say improv in your living room even with a pregnant belly!! I don't think I ever felt more alive while dancing than when I was pregnant. Now even though I am temporarily retired from teaching dance I still love to improv with my little one as my only audience member. His giggles and smiles are better than all the applause in the world!

  26. Shorty

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!

  27. Bianca

    So beautiful…it gave me chills and made me want to dance around my living room a little too :)

  28. lynette


  29. Taza, thank you for showing me such a beautiful film. I have chills everytime i watch it. It made me speechless. I love your blog, I read it everyday. Congrats for the baby. I think you guys are the most adorable family ever.
    kisses from Portugal :)

  30. Sarah

    this brings tears to my eyes each time I watch it…and I can't stop watching it, it's so lovely.

    thanks, again, for sharing this. xoxo

  31. just wait till you see that baby for the first time…..

    you will want to dance more than you ever have in your life before.

    it is a totally different kind of love than what you feel on your wedding day, not better or worse, just different…..amazing love!

    you will see soon enough ;)

  32. elsabags

    Beautiful! i'm going to have to share this one

  33. so gorgeous…

  34. jlc

    Thanks for posting this video….. the lyrics could've come straight from my journal.

    I love you for posting this.

  35. Mindy

    this is beautiful. I just hope it doesn't get sucked into a marketing campaign like those awesome hand dancers did with McDonalds! Have you seen that?

  36. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Nikki

    I really loved this piece… and I adore the Weepies

  38. One of the female dancers that performed the choreography is my dance teacher!!!! Ashley Peterson, and she is incredible. Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

  39. Ah girl, My beau is in the Animation department at BYU and he showed this video to me a while ago. Made these eyes tear up a bit… I am SO happy that you've seen this.

  40. Annie

    I am in LOVE with that video. Thank you for sharing!

  41. kura2025

    Loved it!

  42. That is beautiful, had me almost tearful. I loved the song too. How I wish I still danced!

  43. Kajal

    Absolutely one of the most beautiful and touching things I have ever seen…

  44. AH!! those are my friends dancing and my dance teacher! :)
    haha what a fun surprise