Mar 24, 2010
Posting is getting harder and harder... I'll sit down to write and have no idea what to say.
Now with that said we can move onto a more positive note, (Drum roll please) I have finally been invited into the company! After years of hard work I jumped that final step and found myself submerged in a world of constant dancing and frequent performances. Yay!!! I really wish I could tell you where I dance and send you the link to the company's website to show you my picture under the "company dancers" link... But,
1: I have a mother who is protective.
2: There are creepers in this world and I hope none of them are lurking about my blog...
As soon as A Midsummer Night's Dream is over I will have much more time on my hands which means many more posts! :) If you guys have any requests for posts or some cool ideas for my blog, do NOT hesitate to let me know!
I would also like to give a shout out to my new blog followers/YouTube channel followers. THANK YOU!!! Don't be afraid to comment and leave your dancing stories on my posts, we want to hear them!
Some other news I have: The dance school down the street (That I do not dance at) offered me a job over the summer! I'm super excited! I would be teaching a ballet class every week. (Not sure how many times, nothing is confirmed yet!) I really want to take up the opportunity and I would get paid!!!! Kaching. (Although it's not like it would bet that much!) ;)
March flew by didn't it?! I expected it to pass us at an extremely sluggish pace and then I would have to wait out a few weeks until April vacation. (Which, as you may remember, I am going to North Carolina for! So excited!!!! 23 days until I leave!)
Alright, I should really get some schoolwork done. See you all later!
Mar 17, 2010
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body." - Martha Graham
"A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things." - Twyla Tharp
"All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs." - John Guare
"Ballet is completely unnatural to the body, just being turned-out... it's not the way your body is supposed to function, so you actually train your body to be a different structure than you were born with." - Neve Campbell
"I don't want dancers that want to dance, I want dancers that have to dance." - George Balanchine
“There comes a moment in a young artist's life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something out.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
(In pictures: Top - George Balanching rehearsing his dancers.
Bottom - Mikhail Baryshnikov warming up.)
Here are things you'll need to remember about setting goals for yourself:
- Always be realistic. You can't expect to perfect your quadruple pirouette by the end of the week because it physically cannot happen! (Unless you're extremely close) When setting a goal look at the short-term and long term. (Short-term being one week to two months and long-term being three months and up) In the short-term, think of things like: Stretch for twenty minuets each night, land three clean triples by the end of the week, be more aware of the position my fingers are in etc. etc. When thinking in long-term, set goals like: Have an arabesque around 100 degrees, do triples on command, improve turnout, keep my arms straighter or have pointed feet when walking.
- Have a good mental image. Picture what you want to look like when your "goal clock" has run out and DO THAT! The more you make yourself look or dance like your "accomplished self" the more you will actually look like that person.
Mar 15, 2010
First off I would like to say: I'M SO SORRY!
I know I haven't posted in ages, I have been more busy than ever! My family has been calling March our "Month from Hell" and that is precisely what it is. I have rehearsals for a Midsummer Night's Dream which by the way is this weekend, classes, my sister has been having PT appointments every week, my brother has wrestling tournaments every Sunday from 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM all over the state, (That's the real killer right there) and on top of all that I have school work that kinda needs to get done. I'm so fried!
At this point I just need to hand in there until April vacation because I'm going to North Carolina! So excited! That trip is the shining light at the end of the tunnel, the tiny spark of hope in the midst of a... I don't know what, but it's all I'm looking forward to! I NEED this trip!
Alright, I've gotta go. School must be done.
I hope to keep everyone more updated and I will post pics of Midsummer this weekend.
Anyone else not enjoying this month as much as me?
Mar 3, 2010
Mar 1, 2010
Hello everyone! I'm going to be making a ballet montage so if you have any snippets or videos of your dancing/a friend's dancing send em' in! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you're performing in a ballet, competition or just fooling around, send them all! :) The more the merrier!