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!

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!