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Feb 28, 2010

Update 2/28/2010



It is Sunday the twenty-eighth of February and it has been an incredibly long day. I woke up at 5:30 this morning to drive an hour to my brother's wrestling tournament. Which I cannot complain about because he gets dragged around to so much of my/my sister's dancing stuff. I definitely owe him even if I'm paying him back at 5:30 AM. Now sixteen and a half hours later I could not be any happier to send myself off to my warm and comfortable bed.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is in under three weeks, we have finally learned the remainder of the ballet and now just need to work on perfecting it! (Which usually takes much longer than we anticipate)
I would write more, but quite frankly, I am WAY too tired! I am going to finish watching the closing ceremony for the Olympics and then I am going to bed!
Good night everyone!
Ballerinablogger~

Feb 20, 2010

Check. It. Out.



Calling all theatre lovers, click the link below and check out this production!
comeflyaway.com

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     Sadly, vacation is coming to a quick and depressing end. It was nice while it lasted and being in the middle of A Midsummer Night's Dream rehearsals won't make returning any easier. I got plenty of downtime/time to rejuvenate and am feeling much better than I was when vacation began.


On Friday my mom, (Who as you may know does a lot of backstage work and had to go into the building for scenery work) my sister and I went into the school for a few hours. I found this absolutely beautiful piece of music, a song performed by Pink called "Glitter in the Air" and I went to town! I'm working on a solo that I will hopefully one day get to perform. Once I get closer to finishing the choreography I could probably post a video of myself. (So check back in soon!) ;)

And on another note, I'm reading this book written by Nicholas Sparks called "The Last Song." I'm about half way through it and I'm really enjoying it. My mother had read it before me and in the midst of a sobbing fit shoved the book at me and said: "Just read it!" So I'm entirely in the dark right now on what happens in the end. I guess I'll find out soon enough!
Alright, I've got some chores to do before the week starts out. (Ugh...) Thanks to everyone who has been commenting and following and supporting me! You're awesome!

Ballerinablogger~

PS: It's 55 days until April vacation!

Feb 16, 2010

Headshots



A headshot (as the name depicts) is a photo of your neck and face typically 8" by 10". Many times when you audition for schools, performances or summer intensives you are required to submit a headshot with your application. Headshots can be done in either black and white or color and can be done by a family member/friend or done professionally. Typically the results are much more satisfying when done by a professional. Here is my headshot that is used on the company website as I am an apprentice to the company:

I also have this photo in black and white just in case. Some dancers prefer to have their hair down and others prefer to have it up in a pony tail or bun. The decision is up to you! (Or the preference of your photographer.) You can have stage makeup on for your photo (I had a light amount for mine) and typically you would be wearing your leotard for the photo or a shirt without sleeves.

If you decide to have a friend/family member take your photo, here are some tips:

  • Find a nice, clean, solid-colored background for your photo.
  • You can use any camera but remember, the nicer the camera the better the photo.
  • Wear a leotard and tights or a tank top/camisole.
  • You can wear stage makeup but refrain from anything too heavy as this photo is close up and the viewers won't be seeing you from seats in the audience.
  • Smile!


Making It On Broadway:
Professional Headshots

Feb 11, 2010

Aggravation...



Oh man! The entire east coast is getting pummeled with snow except for the one place you would expect it to be getting the most. Now I can't reveal to you where I live but I can tell you it is NOT snowing here and I wish it were! I mean literally, over here it looks like it's April or May... AHH I can't stand it! It’s supposed to be cold and white in the winter! Jeez... Maybe there's some sort of dance that Native Americans used to call upon the white fluffy things that fall from the darkened sky... (Although why would they want snow?) I'm that desperate!

Oh, by the way, check out this video:

Feb 9, 2010

Being Your Character



Getting “into” your role is a tough task to accomplish. Everyone interprets a character differently and no two people will perform a role the exact same way. Sometimes understanding your character and interpreting the character in the way you would like seems impossible. Here are some tips on how to understand the person (or creature) you’re playing:

1: Notice all of the character’s physical attributes. Are they beautiful and long or awkward and crippled? Are you playing a swan or a fairy? A witch or a princess? Characters vary an incredible amount!

2: Know the story of your ballet. It helps tremendously to read the tale of the ballet you are performing or research it. Whether it is a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Swan Lake or The Nutcracker it’s always good to understand the story.

3: Analyze the situation your character is in. For example: Odette, one of the most complex characters in any ballet. She is sad, depressed and distraught as she believes she is forever cursed to be a swan. When she meets Prince Siegfried, she has a sudden spark of hope within her. Go down into the deepest parts of your character and connect puzzle pieces that may not particularly even exist yet.

4: It helps to also thoroughly understand the characters around you. By understanding them you can see deeper into relationships and how your characters would truly behave around others.

5: See what goes on around you and be aware of how you are using your space. Have a friend videotape a scene or performance so you can make self-corrections. Personally, I think this is the best way to improve your performance.
6: Perform the performance in your head and act out emotions in front of a mirror at home. Try to be conscious of all your facial expressions during any time of the performance.

7: Think the thoughts of the character. For example, in La Bayadere when Nikiya sees Solor, her love, with Gamzatti at the betrothal celebration, she is heartbroken. You could be thinking: “How could this happen?” “How could he do this to me?” She just lost the love of her life, she is devastated. Use your imagination to envision what you would be thinking if you were actually in that situation.


Knowing your character's personality and mannerisms can make performing that much easier. It helps you mix up the performance from night to night because you have a better sense of how that character would behave. Many professional dancers use these techniques to feel as though when they are on stage, they truly are their character.

Feb 5, 2010

Update - 2/5/10



Hello all!
It is February 5th, 2010 at 9:30 AM. I am exhausted. Last night I was lying on my couch (Which is incredibly comfortable I might add) and was falling asleep at 9:30... How did I get so burnt out??? When did I get so burnt out, would be a more appropriate question! It's a Friday so after an hour of tap, an hour and a half of ballet class I have a rehearsal for A Midsummer Night's Dream for about another hour. Ugh... I love dancing and performing but this part of the process is incredibly tiring.
Tomorrow I have warm-up at 11:30, and then from 12:00-2:00 I have rehearsal for the "fairy scene" also referred to as Scherzo.
Then after rehearsal, I and one of my gals are heading out for a night on the town! So excited!
And I have not forgotten about my goal for 2010 to reach 30 followers! But I can't do it alone! Tell your friends about me! ;)
Ah, alright I guess I should get some schoolwork done... See ya everybody!
Ballerinablogger~