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Dec 29, 2009

Special Delivery... Your Technique Is Here.



Unfortunatley, technique is not delivered in a brown, cardboard package and we do not obtain good technique simply by opening up that box. We have to work long and hard to conquer those little things like turnout and pointed feet. (Although sometimes the little things are much more significant than you'd think) After a nice vacation is the perfect time to explore the way your body moves and see where it is capable of going. When you go back to class, you really have to get back into the swing of things as you may have been gone for extended periods of time. When you go back, experiment! Move your body into positions you wouldn't normally do and see how it feels. Is it more correct than before? Is it worse? Find out so you can discover the right and wrong ways for you to move with your body.
It is also very important to monitor what you do during your vacation. For many years I was much more flexible on my right side than my left. Over vacation I really focused on stretching my left side and didn't do as much on my right. Now my left side is significantly more flexible than my right! So just be very cautious with what you do with your body and what you don't.
Enjoy the holidays everyone! Happy new year!
Ballerinablogger~

Dec 26, 2009

Post Christmas



12/26/09, 8:53 PM
Perhaps the hardest aspect of the holidays would be unwinding from the red and green thread we all manage to get tangled up in after the festivities are over. I am MAJORLY behind in my schoolwork yet I have not been able to compel my brain to muster an attention span long than an ADHD gnat's is... I am screwed... For Christmas, we bought a Blu-ray player which has been entertaining. My father is having quite a blast with it. I received a new phone (The Samsung Solstice!!!!) which I LOVE and a pink iPod! And on top of that I got a Nikon Coolpix camera! I also got a heaping amount of strawberry Laffy Taffy and Lindt chocolate... THANK YOU SANTA! Yes, I know I'm spoiled rotten but, let's just say it was the best Christmas ever!









LOVE!!!



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During vacation it is very important to stay stretched and active or you may lose much of your technique. I have a two week holiday vacation and for that time span I would suggest doing splits for 15-20 minutes on every side 4-6 times a week, sit ups to burn off some of that ham and pie (I lied... the hardest aspect of the holidays is applying your self restraint when Santa Claus is showering you with all of these candies that he stuffed in your stocking... Oh Santa, why?!?!) along with any activity that you enjoy to keep your body moving. (Like jogging, biking or even something like Wii Fit which I have found actually works really well!) Of course that will won't be enough to keep you completely up to par, but most of us don't have access to a studio/barre. (Haha that rhymed!) So keep stretched, keep active and keep relaxing! (For now!) ;)
Ballerinablogger~

Dec 20, 2009

Tissues and Tirades



12/?/09 at 11:03 AM
For those of you checking in every so often, I apologize greatly for my disappearance. I have been pushing through an illness scientifically known as "Post Nutcracker Syndrome." Similar to depression, with a mix of every kind of illness that could sneak into your bloodstream when your body is run down and tired. It has been rough so far, but I think I may make it through alive.

Anyway, last night I watched the movie "Julie and Julia" with the family. (Which for those of you who don't know is about a woman named Julie who writes a blog following her experiences cooking through Julia Child's cookbook.) I had told the family how I hadn't written in a while and only moments later Julie says: "I feel as though my readers will die if I don't write for them." (Or something along those lines) My dad turned around and said "why can't you run your blog like her?" So, I thank Julie for re-inspiring me to write.
In the aspects of my "personal" life, not much is different. I'm a homeschooled, fourteen year old dancer so if you add it all up, no guys are going to be in the picture anytime soon. (But at this point it doesn't matter because my mother probably wouldn't let me date anyone anyway)
On many occasions I have questioned my decision to recieve my highschool education in the comfort of my own home, on many occasions I have contemplated what my life could be like if I went to highschool, but on more occasions I have decided that in order for me to be me and do what I love, homeschool highschool is the solution.

Incase anyone is interested, as I write this entry my neck is throbbing due to a festering virus. There is this pain in the back/hollow of my head that feels as though someone's thumb is digging into my skull. Whenever I swallow I can feel it push even harder. And plus I'm hungry which makes me even more irritable...

In my ballet life, well, there really is none at the moment. I'm on vacation for two whole weeks! And I'm psyched! Normally vacations are depressing and distressing for me, but my body NEEDS a rest. I worked hard this year and as a dancer it is extremely important to know when to say, "ENOUGH!" And my body has been screaming that at the top of it's lungs for too long. I had no choice but to not listen until yesterday when the vaca offically started!

So far my Sunday has been a morning of laying on the couch with a box of tissues to my left and a heating pad behind my head while watching my sister play Crash Nitrocart on the PS2. So far so good!
I hope to check back in soon, although with no ballet classes there won't be much to write about! I wish everyone safe and happy holidays!

Ballerinablogger~

Nov 30, 2009

HEALTH



The first weekend for Nutcracker is over! The seats were packed and the audiences were fantastic! The energy seeping through the air that you receive when performing is simply incredible! I enjoy performing this ballet immensely and it is so amazing to be part of a classic performance that will be popular for many, many more years!
Of course it is tough to stay on top of your game for all these performances when your body is run down and exhausted. Which is something I know I have been struggling with this year. Many of the dancers in the performance have been coming down with a case of the swine flu which is very unfortunate for both them and the dancers around them. Many of us also have other illnesses that will eventually catch up with any weary body. This time of year, it is extremely difficult to sustain one's health and bodily demands. Your health is vital to a good performance, some things that you can do to help your body out may be: eating the most nutritious food possible, taking your vitamins, taking calcium pills will reduce the risk of bone injuries, wash your hands or use a hand cleanser after every rehearsal and performance especially if you hold hands with other dancers in your numbers. REST! Get your sleep and try to maintain a healthy "sleep schedule". I would suggest to get at least eight or nine hours every night if possible. Keep your makeup tools clean and if you lend them to a friend wash them immediately! Here is a good tutorial on how to cleanse your brushes without harming the integrity.










And also make sure that you spot clean your brushes after almost every use. Spot cleaning is simply when you take a brush cleaner or water and dab the brush on a paper towel/tissue to get most of the makeup off the brush. Then you can rinse off the brush (Make sure you only get the bristles and the metal part wet. NOT the wooden handle!) and lay it flat on a towel to dry.

Maintaining your health (Especially now, with the swine flu thriving all over the globe.) is not an easy task. Keep your body well rested and well nurtured.

Thanks for reading everyone and I wish you all safe and happy holidays this season!


Ballerinablogger~

Nov 25, 2009

Nov 4, 2009

Christmas Gifts For Dancers



Halloween is now over, and you know what that means! Christmas is coming! It's time to start working on those X-mas lists. Sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down what you want with all of the options for dancers these days. Some great products I have found are:


Rip Stop Short - Style #746 at Discount Dance Supply

Adult 21" Knitted Legwarmer - Style #21C at Discount Dance Supply

Warm-Up Fleece Sac - Style #EF04F at Discount Dance Supply

Harmonie Adult Shorts - Style #HWA200 at Discount Dance Supply

Camisole Leotard - Style #H87338 at Discount Dance Supply

Reversible Halter Leotard - Style #L1650 at Discount Dance Supply

Tank Leotard W/Topstitch - Style #BP113 at Discount Dance Supply

I saw my first set of Christmas lights on a house yesterday on my way home from class! I got so excited! (I really, really love Christmas!) Now with both Toy Shop and Night of Broadway over, I seem to be sighing with relief, but guess what, Nutcracker is as busy as ever! We go to the auditorium to set up/rehears in less than three weeks! Ah! There's still so much work to be done! Today and Sunday are the only days off I have in the week so I'm going to sulk in my free time! I will write again as soon as possible! Thanks to everyone who is following me/checking in for more posts! You're much appreciated!

Ballerinablogger~

Oct 19, 2009

Theatre Superstitions



In the world of theatre, many people say, “good performances come with a lot of luck.” One of the eternal quests for us performers is, how do we acquire such luck? Now this question has been considered and answered by hundreds of thousands of people. Just a few rituals that hopefully bring good luck and fortune/some theatre musts are:


1: NEVER say “Good luck,” for fear the opposite might happen. You say “break a leg” or “have a good show!”



2: There is no whistling in the theatre. This theatre rule came from a time when distinct whistles were used as cues for the stage crew. Should another whistle from down the hall disrupt who knows what could happen!


3: Don’t leave the theatre completely dark, there should always be a Ghost Light on. At the three SHN theatres in New York, its crews take this tradition very seriously. At the Orpheum, the head electrician constructed a standing lamp with two fixtures. The larger 1000-watt light burns brightly and should it fail, the smaller 500-watt fixture will be triggered to go on. And in the event of a power outage, the Ghost Light is on the generator. Aside from keeping the ghosts away, there is a practical issue that when it’s pitch black in the theatre, you really could break a leg.

4: If you sell the first ticket of a show to an elderly person, it’s good luck. If you sell the first ticket to a younger person, the show will not last. Try telling that to the producers of Avenue Q.

5: A theatre cat can be good luck. It certainly worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber.

6: A bad dress rehearsal = great opening night!


7: Never use a new makeup box for an opening show. Not that you would fall on your face but who wants to use something new at a particularly stressful time?


8: Pinching an actor/actress before an entrance brings them good luck. Not only will they be alert but probably bruised as well.



9: Wearing green is said to be bad luck, although it worked well for the Broadway musical Wicked.

10: A rubber chicken backstage keeps the cast and crew on track. This is a relatively new ritual that started with the Orpheum Theatre stagehands.

11: Never say, “Macbeth” while you are anywhere near the theatre for fear you will awaken the ghost and set a dreadful curse upon the theatre. Instead, ALL stage personnel should refer to it as “The Scottish Play.” Some don’t believe in this superstition but many take it quite seriously.


12: Never open an umbrella on a stage. This theatre superstition started back in 1868 when an orchestra leader named Bob Williams, said goodbye to his theatre company before going away for the weekend. He opened his umbrella onstage before walking outside into a torrential downpour. He later that day was on the stern of a boat waving good-bye to a few friends. As it sailed away one of the engines exploded and Williams was instantly killed. The public seemed to believe that the opening of the umbrella and the tragic death were connected, starting a tradition that lives on to this day. And naturally in some plays you are required to open an umbrella as a part of stage direction. The “counter spell” to this act of misfortune, is simply to open the umbrella facing the floor.
13: Candles are an instant omen of bad luck.

14: Never actually knit onstage. It is said to entangle the production.

15: Tripping before an entrance or backstage is good luck.


16: Canes = good. Crutches = bad. Crutches imply injury and sickness.

Now as crazy as some of those may sound, actors/actresses in every theatre believe in at least one of these superstitions. You decide for yourself what helps bring luck on your side.

Some unlucky objects to have in a theatre are:






1: Peacock feathers. The “eye” of the feather is associated with the “Evil Eye” so peacock feathers are said to summon evil.




2: Real jewels/real antiques. These things are said to be bad luck mostly because of the fact that fake ones look better and more extravagant than real ones from the audience, and are not as valuable if damaged.


3: Real food. Real food is said to cause disasters on the stage and not only that, it can be difficult to work with. Many people have found that Twinkies are a great substitution for many foods.


4: Real flowers. Real flowers require water and if a vase was to be spilled on stage, there is a risk of slipping and plus, there is a mess on the stage. There once was an actress who slipped on a petal, fell and broke her leg on stage.


5: Real bibles. It is said to be unlucky and disrespectful to use a real bible on stage. A similar-looking book is to be used instead.


6: A yellow clarinet in the orchestra is instant misfortune.

Well there you have some of your classic superstitions. Check out the video below for a little more info.












Theatre Superstitions:
Theatre Superstitions

Oct 15, 2009

Night O' Broadway



By now, for those of you following, you've heard it a hundred times! Sorry I haven't written for a while! I have found that I am completely incapable of posting anything worth while! There was a Night of Broadway rehearsal last night and getting home/eating dinner at 10:30 PM is going to get old real fast!
I could NOT force myself to wake up this morning! I don't know how kids do all of the performing stuff and then get on a bus in the morning! Especially at a time as incredibly hectic as this! NOB opens on Friday, I'm not exactly excited for this one! The dress rehearsal last night was... Let's just say it was NOT reassuring! Well, I need to go eat lunch before I get ready for class, sooo, I'll hopefully write again soon! Thanks everyone!
Oh, and don't forget to check out my Blogged page! Follow me on Blogged!
http://www.blogged.com/blogs/a-dancers-days.html
Ballerinablogger~

Oct 6, 2009

Makeup



With the holiday season on our doorstep, and all of the performances that come with it, our faces are going to be beat on with a heaping amount of makeup! Everyone does their makeup slightly differently as none of us have the same bone structure or complexion. For some great make up tips I would chek out these videos:













(The other videos that go along with the one above are sort of hard to peice together. Here is a link to the playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=93E5490475694658&search_query=basic+stage+makeup











Here are some great products I've found:



Covergirl Lashblast mascara



Dream Matte Mousse WITH the Shine Free Oil-Control Press Powder below





Maybelline Eyeshadow Duos with dark shades like these

Oct 5, 2009

Nutcracker Casting



Hello all! Casting came out and I am a Snowflake in the Dance of the Snowflakes, a Flower in The Waltz of the Flowers, A Spanish Dancer in the dance representing Spain and for a couple of shows, I am a Shepherdess or Marzipan. (Every school has different names for the roles) I'm very excited and considering we are already rehearsing Nutcracker, along with the Night of Broadway performance. I'm going to be very busy! October and November are typically the most busy months of all when it comes to my dance school.
And then on top of all that, both my sister and my mother are sick so I'm going to have to take good care of them as well, AND try not to catch it! Ugh!
I hope I'll have time to write again soon, but right now I've got a lot of school work to do! See ya!
Ballerinablogger~

Sep 25, 2009

Hydration




Hello everyone! There was a dress rehearsal tonight for the production, The Magic Toy Shop. As I have said, I am playing a clown and that requires a large amount of standing still. In the middle of the rehearsal, my legs suddenly went numb, then my stomach rolled, my head pounded and my mouth went completely dry! Then finally my vision suddenly started to blur and I couldn't see anything and my hearing was muffled. I knew that if I stayed on stage any longer I would collapse so (in character) I casually walked off stage. Luckily my mother was back stage and she ran and got some water for me. So just a word of advice to all dancers: HYDRATE! I had had three hours of class before so I had been working hard and not drinking enough.
Well, quite a frightening experience that was! Just a word of caution to all performers so no one has to experience what I did.
Have a good day everyone!
Ballerinablogger~

Sep 19, 2009

Fall




Fall is practically here, and things are as hectic as ever! Within next weekend and late November, my school is performing three shows, all of which I am in. First is a show called, The Magic Toy Shop, in which I play one of two Clowns. It's a really adorable part and I'm really excited. The only downer, we have to paint our faces completely white and then leave it on practically all day because there is no time in between the shows next Saturday. (Three in one day. Yikes!) The next show is a performance called, A Night of Broadway, where we are doing a bunch of various numbers from various Broadway shows. I am performing in eight numbers in that one show. (The show is in October! I still have SO much work to do!) The last show is the traditional, Nutcracker, and we haven't been told our casting yet so we'll see what the deal with that is.
UGH, I'm getting tired just thinking about this!
In the Magic Toy Shop we have to stand still FOREVER as we are dolls! There was a full run-through today and my feet are so tired!
We also went apple picking today which was fun. I love apple orchards! They're just so pretty! I also love fall so I'm taking advantage of it and going all out with my blog to make it as festive as possible!
Well, I'm sorry for not writing sooner! I have been super busy and super tired! I'm trying to work on some new articles but as soon as I sit at the desk, I'm practically asleep! I will TRY to write as soon as I can. Thanks to everyone who has been viewing and following me! You're much appreciated!
Ballerinablogger~

Sep 14, 2009

Classes 09-10



Hey everyone! My birthday was yesterday so I am officially fourteen years old! Umm, not sure how I feel about that but it doesn't really matter at this point! Classes officially start today so I've already finished all of my work.

Now I have ballet classes four days a week with rehearsals on Saturdays. I auditioned for Nutcracker, now we're just waiting to hear on the casting! I was number 140 so lets hope that's a lucky number for me! My mom bought me this bracelet at Macy's for my b-day. It's just a little bracelet but I think that it may be my new good luck charm. It says "Hope Dream Believe" on it and I do love it! Just a little bit of inspiration during class or something.

Hmm, I don't think there's anything else to tell you guys... Well, I gotta go get ready for class! See ya!
Ballerinablogger~

Sep 9, 2009

Audition Experiences



Have you had your performance audition yet? If so, we'd like to hear about it! Leave a post with a short story about an audition experience or any tips you may have when it comes to auditions. What part were you hoping for? If you already know, what part did you get? We'd love to know!

Sep 3, 2009

Audition Season!



Nutcracker season is just around the corner! And that also means auditions are too! Dancers all across the globe are preparing themselves to audition for a spot in that classic holiday fairytale. Whether you’re hoping to be a “Party Child” in the “Party Scene”, or shooting for the “Sugar Plum Fairy”, every single one of us feels the pressure when we pin that number to our leotard and stand in first position at the barre.

Relax!


Calming yourself before an audition or performance can be a difficult job. Your nerves are flying off the walls and it seems as though nothing can harness them in. Here are a few tips for some quick ways to ease those butterflies in your stomach.



1: You need to visualize yourself doing well. Picturing yourself falling or slipping during a pique turn is not going to help you. Instead think of yourself doing that triple or quadruple pirouette, imagine yourself making that grand jete as high and wide as it can be. This will give you a confidence boost to reassure yourself that you know you can do this.


2: For eight counts, breathe in, and then for eight counts breathe out. Repeat this three times. I’m not sure why but I have found that it always manages to calm me down and relax my body.


3: For many people, it helps to have a good luck charm with you. Although most of us have learned the lesson that the charm is not really what is helping us and it is simply giving us psychological confidence, it is still a nice way of reassuring yourself that you can do well. Some good charms may be: A favorite stuffed animal, a necklace, bracelet, ring, elastic or even a person. Maybe your mom or best friend is your good luck charm. It could be anything!


4: If you enjoy yoga or meditation that can also help a great deal. Calming your mind and slowing your heart rate is the secret behind any calming technique!


5: Sometimes, listening to music can calm your nerves and take you away for a moment. (Just make sure you come back in time!)



6: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you don’t get the part you desperately wanted, it’s not the end of the world. In the past I have put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve a certain part and in the end I realized I had just aimed too high.





Coming Prepared!



Coming prepared to an audition is always the best way to go. And I find myself usually over prepared! (But that could also be due to obsessive compulsiveness!) J First, you need to remember the basic essentials:


Girls:



1: Leotard and pink tights. At some auditions you may be asked to wear a black leotard, but some may allow a variety of colors.

2: Ballet flats AND pointe shoes/pointe shoe accessories. (Pads and such) Some auditions only require flat shoes, but many directors would like to see your pointe work before casting.

3: Hair accessories: bobby pins, hair pins, elastics, hairspray, possibly a ribbon or scrunchy.


Now after you have your basic essentials, you may want to have a few other things on hand:

4: A towel/water bottle (Typically you do not need to bring the water bottle or towel into the audition room with you.)

5: Possibly an extra pair of tights and a leotard. (I like to have them on hand for big events such as auditions and shows just in case.)

6: Legwarmers and a sweater to keep your muscles warm BEFORE the audition. And be sure to take them off when the people running the audition call you in.


7: An iPod or Zune to listen to music and calm yourself before the audition.

8: EXTRA HAIRSPRAY/ GEL! Two things you will always need!





Boys:



1: White T-shirt and black tights and white socks.

2: Black or white ballet shoes.

3: Water bottle/towel (Typically you do not need to bring the water bottle or towel into the audition room with you.)

4: If you have long hair you will want to tie it back with an elastic.

5: Possibly an extra pair of tights and an extra T-shirt.

6: Legwarmers and a sweater to keep your muscles warm BEFORE the audition. And be sure to take them off when the people running the audition call you in.

7: An iPod or Zune to listen to music and calm yourself before the audition.


Now you are all ready for that big audition! It could take several weeks until you get a response regarding your casting.

Thanks so much to all of the people who have been following my blog and writing in with their questions and comments! Break a leg everyone!


Ballerinablogger~


Aug 20, 2009

3 Steps to a New Outlook



There are so many of us female dancers dealing with the “wrong body type” to be a ballerina. We all have our mind set on thinking that we have to look like Sylvie Guillem, Diana Vishneva or Alina Cojocaru in order to make it anywhere. But the truth is, there are plenty of dancers with curves that have made it to the top.
Gillian Murphy, a principle dancer with American Ballet Theatre is one of the many dancers who has curves yet can still use her body to do magnificent things! She pulls out countless stunning performances and inspires hundreds of girls.

Above is dancer Polina Semionova

I know how it feels to wake up in the morning and whish you could change yourself and constantly being unsatisfied. I have even considered breast reduction, (Although I doubt my mother would allow that anyway) but recently I have tried to change my outlook on things.

Step 1: The first step to dealing with those curves you have is to realize that your body is what it is and it won’t change. Why complain about something that you can simply not control? After this step it really helped me to get a grasp on reality and got me to stop bashing my body.

Step 2The next step is, you have to realize how great your body is for what it IS capable of doing. Very few of us will ever look like Sylvie Guillem or Svetlana Zakharova and that is something we ALL have to accept at some point. But the body we have is the only one we get, so be proud of what you have and make the best of it. And think of it this way, with curves, on stage you will appear more like a girl. Women with absolutely flat chests do have that “ballerina” look to them, but sometimes lack a certain womanly appearance.

If you aren’t satisfied with something about yourself and know that it could be better, then try your hardest and make it better. Don’t drown yourself in insults and negativity and instead surround yourself with encouragement and positivity.
(A good and empowering, confidence boosting movie I have found is a movie called “The Secret” and I would highly recommend watching it. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-OriginalEstherHicksRhonda/dp/B000K3I7SO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1250802427&sr=1-3)
Confidence is tough to achieve, believe me I know. It’s even tougher to achieve it in today’s world what with all of the technology to make women appear perfect in magazines and movies.

Step 3: Now after reading this, the first thing I would like you to do is to go look in the mirror, now I want you to pick out six things about yourself that you like. Whether it be the color of your eyes or hair or the length of your lashes doesn’t matter. Please do not think about any of the negative things or the body parts that could use improvement. That is my third and final step to gaining confidence in yourself.
Now I wish all of you girls the best of luck and happiness. From now on look upon yourself with pride for what you have and pride for what you can and will be.

Ballerina Pic




Aug 19, 2009

Advice Column!






Just to let you all know, I've decided to start doing my own advice column due to the bunch of e-mails I've been getting asking for help and advice. If you'd like to submit your own question or comment, please e-mail me at: twilightdancer3@yahoo.com My door is always open!

Aug 18, 2009

Post Serenade






Hi everyone! Serenade is now officially over as well as summer camp. It's very sad to see it end and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to perform that beautiful ballet.


I have a month off from dancing for the first time in what seems like forever! Normally vacations last about a week at most. Now I'm not quite sure what to do with all of this free time! Classes don't start until September 12th and auditions for The Nutcracker are on September 3rd. I will be spending a lot of this summer in my back yard soaking in the lake and sleeping in late! Thanks to everyone who has been following my blog and watching my videos, it's much appreciated!
Ballerinablogger~

Aug 9, 2009

The Artist



Good morning! I apologize for not writing for quite some time now! I have been leaving first thing in the morning and arriving very late the last few days. On Friday I had 2 performances. One for the end of summer camp performance (Here's the link if you'd like to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOlBBkrQV8Y) and then at 7:00 my ballet school was performing Serenade which I am so fortunate to be able to perform! The rush after being on stage for that ballet is so extraordinary! It wasn't that I felt nervous, it was the feeling that you had just done a thousand crunches and the wind was knocked out of you. I don't even know why... It's just so beautiful and I am so incredibly lucky! It looks so easy and flowing but it is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. But I would do it again and again and it's so sad to only be doing four shows when I wish we could do more! With a show like Serenade, there are so many different people that can relate or enjoy the beauty of it. I only wish I knew what Balanchine was thinking when he choreographed that beautiful piece of artwork.
Last night I didn't get home until after 11:00 because I went out to dinner after Serenade with some friends. The previous night we were home by about 10:00. I am so tired! We still have one more week of summer camp and one more weekend of Serenade. Let's hope I can just manage to pull a last bit of energy out of me!
Ballerinablogger~

Jul 26, 2009

:)



Morning! I am totally exhausted! Last night I camped in the back yard with the siblings, it was a ton of fun but there was little sleeping happening. My little brother was a little freaked out by it all but he managed fine!
On Friday I performed Nikiya and here's the link for the performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01dGhQ1ykbk&feature=channel_page
Week 4 is coming up fast and honestly I wish the weekend was a little longer. Going back to dance tomorrow will be interesting. Drama was occurring on Friday and I'm not excited to experience the aftermath. Well, have a good day everyone! (Although it's raining here and very gloomy)
Ballerinablogger~

Jul 24, 2009

Friday Week 3



Hey everyone! It's Friday of the third week of summer camp at 8:20 in the morning. I'm pretty nervous to perform the Nikiya variation today but I hope that I can force my emotions to run wild during this dance. I don't have a lot of time but figured it would be worth a brief update. I'll post the video of the performance soon!

Jul 16, 2009

Quick update



Good morning! It's Thursday of week 2 of summer camp and it is 8:14 AM! I'll be leaving in a few minuets so I'll try to squeeze in as much as I can! Tonight is the opening night of the "Choreographer's Showcase" performance. Choreographers around the state are coming together to do a performance at my ballet school and today we have a dress rehearsal at 11:00 and the show is at 7:00. Then tomorrow there's another show and the Friday performance for summer camp. Apparently I didn't have as much time as planned! Gotta go!
Ballerinablogger~

Jul 11, 2009

Hey!



Hey everyone! It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I am exhausted! Yesterday I performed the variation from Raymonda and it was so much fun! If you'd like to see the performance here's the link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI8MIFr-V2o
One of the worst parts of being a dancer is watching your own performance and critiquing every move you made despite other's opinions.
Today and tomorrow I will enjoy the beauty of the weekend soaking my feet and rejuvenating myself for next week. Starting Monday I will be learning a variation from the ballet Esmeralda. Here's a link for a video of the variation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV0jT1Do6NQ
This video is one of my all-time-favorites on YouTube! I adore Natalia Osipova.
Well for coming columns, I'm hoping to do an article on dancer superstitions so that should be up soon! My sister is in need of my assistance with the closet so... Talk to you later!
Ballerinablogger~

Jul 8, 2009

Busy, busy, busy!



Good evening everyone! I apologize for the lack of entries lately! Summer camp has started up and I am CONSTANTLY dancing! It's only the third day of the first week out of six and I'm already so tired! During the summer camp days I have been rehearsing for two of the ballets my dance school is going to soon do and two dances that I am to perform at the end of the week as a summer camp performance. There are so many things jammed in my head right now I can't think straight! One of the performances I'm doing at the end of the week is a variation you can find on YouTube. Here's the link!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjWrI5ityFw
It's a variation from the ballet Raymonda, one of my new favorites! The choreography is not extremely challenging, the challenge is mastering the emotion of the dance and the facial expressions. With each step giving a smirk or a glance of the eye that matches. Matching movement with emotion is something not easily done.
Well, I hope to write again soon! Thanks to everyone for viewing my blog and have a good summer!
Ballerinablogger~

Jun 25, 2009

Advice Column!



A writer from the Netherlands asks:

Dear Ballerinablogger
Do you know if it is possible for a 23 year old boy, to be able to be flexible enough to do a split and stuff? I really like your videos... and I want to learn..... but I don't really know how to start to practice the right way. Hope you have some answers or tips:D You dance yourself? -



Dear Writer From the Netherlands,
Anyone can do a split regardless of age. It just takes a little effort! Here's one of the simplest exercises to accomplish a split!
Go down into a split as far as you feel that you can go, try to keep your body as upright as possible and support yourself with your hands touching the floor on either side of you. Stay in that position for about 20-30 seconds, then sink down a little farther and stay for 20-30 seconds. Do this every day, twice a day for as long as possible. The longer you stay the better. And be sure to have warm muscles when you do this because I find it helps a ton!
Also, for example when you're laying on the couch watching t.v, grab your leg and pull it towards you as far as you can. Flexibility is something anyone can absolutley acheive, it takes some time and a lot of commitment! Stretch as much as possible in any direction to achieve full flexibility. Another stretch is to sit on the ground and extend both legs straight in front of you. Your feet can be either pointed or flexed but flexing them will stretch the under part of your legs more. Lean your upper body forward towards your legs and hold the position for as long as needed until you feel you can go further. Do that twice a day for about 5-10 minuets. Good luck and keep at it!

Ballerinablogger-

Jun 20, 2009

Adiarys Almeida



I just love this variation and had to share it! The dancer Adiarys Almeida just has so much spice to her!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zjTHeeGnsY

Jun 19, 2009

Summer Camp and Pointe Shoe Life



Summers coming up! And as many of us dancers know, that means summer camp! (One of my personal favorite times of the year!) Now depending on what school you go to, we all do various amounts of dancing in the summer. At my school there are six weeks of summer camp and I have signed up for all six. Some schools have five and some have eight and not everyone signs up for all the weeks. When summer camp rolls around, one of my primary concerns is... pointe shoes. When you're dancing that much for such a long amount of time, pointe shoes wear away that much faster and pointe shoes are not the cheapest things in the world. Here are 5 major tips to get the most out of your pointe shoes and your money.

1: Buy 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes and rotate them throughout the week. Monday wear your first pair and then leave them out to dry the next two days. Tuesday wear your second pair, Wednesday wear your third and so on.


2: Glue your boxes. There is a particular kind of glue known as Jet Glue you can buy at an online dance store or your local pointe shoe store. Squirt only several drops of glue into the box from the INSIDE. And remember, with Jet Glue, a little goes a LONG way so be extra careful.

3: I have found that when I return home from class and my pointe shoes are still wet, there's one everyday household item that can now be of use. The dryer! Some dryers come with a rack that you can place inside so you can dry items without having them tumble. Place the rack inside and set your pointe shoes on top. Use a low heat for as long as you think is necessary to suck the moisture out of your shoes.

4: Take the ribbons and elastics from your previous, dead point shoes and sew them onto your new ones. They may look a bit shabby compared to the shiny satin on the shoe, but they will eventually match!

5: NEVER EVER put your point shoes back into your bag after a class. That doesn't allow them the chance to air out and dry and shortens their life drastically. You could get a mesh bag and keep your pointe shoes in that but tie it to the outside of your dance bag. The best way is to simply tie your pointe shoes, by the ribbons, outside your bag and let them breathe some fresh air.

Okay so there you go! 5 ways to save money and save some life in your pointe shoes. I hope it helps!

Jun 14, 2009

Classical to Lyrical



As a classically trained ballet dancer, it was very wonderful to be able to attend my best friends dance recital which is mostly modern/lyrically based. Although it's not quite my style of dance and some numbers appeared a bit foreign to me, the several that my friend was in I found quite beautiful. Dance can come from anything, a piece of music could inspire you, a painting, a person, a story. Inspiration could come from anything and everything. Something beautiful and meaningful can come from nothing and grow into something more. That was the base idea for many of the numbers in the performance. One of my particular favorites was a number inspired by the painting A Starry Night by Van Gogh. The dancers wore dresses with the painting brushed onto the skirts and danced around large wooden frames. A beautiful and artistic masterpiece. I feel as though I'm writing a review! Ha ha! All and all it was a beautiful show. My cousin is visiting at the moment so I kinda have to go! See ya!

Jun 13, 2009

Young Again



Hey everyone! Perhaps I'm just writing because I'm bored... Actually that is why I'm writing...
So today I'm going to play the role many girls want to be, Cinderella! I'm going to be "in a birthday party" playing miss Cinderellie, but I'm basically babysitting a few seven year olds with the help of two other dancing friends who are playing Jasmine and Sleeping Beauty. I remember the days when I was little and completely adored those princesses! Although what little girl didn't admire a beautiful young lady with a crown at one point? That's one of the wonderful things about ballet, you can pretend to be someone or something that's more than yourself. And then you have the FULL scenery around you to make it almost feel real. The more you believe it's real, the more the audience believes it.

After the party I'm heading out-of-state for my best friends dance recital. She's like a sister to me and I'm pretty sure I've known her since birth! I can't wait to see her dance!
KK, I'm going to go now... Ok? Bye...

Jun 12, 2009

Pics!!!!!



Hi again! Aside from ballet, I love to take pictures and I found some that I would like to share with you!




I'm lucky enough to live at a home with so much natural beauty surrounding it.








Fourth of July weekend at the house!





Thanks! :)