Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

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!

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!



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!) ;)

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!