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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~