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.

Jul 26, 2010

Monday - Week 4

Alright, I'm back from my first day of Week 4 and I'm exhausted! These variations are so difficult and plus we had rehearsals for Firebird at the end of the day. Blegh! I want to go swimming in the lake and then take a nap... Which probably won't happen but, anyway, here are the variations with the closest choreography to what we'll be doing:

Black Swan:

White Swan:

2 Swans:

I'm thinking of doing either the White or Black swan. But I also don't want a variation that will make me to exhausted to do this:

Obviously I won't do the variations as well as any of these dancers but let me know what you think! :)


Beginning - Week 4

It is Monday of week 4 this lovely summer day. I'll be off to class in a few moments so this will be a short little post.

Theme for this week, the beautiful, epic and amazing: SWAN LAKE!

I'm so excited! Our variation choices are: The White Swan (Or Odette's variation), The Black Swan (Or Odille's variation), and the Two Big Swans. I have no idea what I'm going to chose because they're all so much fun and are more than moderately difficult.

I'll be back with more info soon guys.

Thanks peoples!


Jul 24, 2010

End of Week 3

Here is my performance from yesterday. AKA, the end of week 3!
Wow time is flying! :(

The Variation, I'm the one on the right

A little slip up at the end but... Whattaya gonna do? I'll take what I can get at this point! ;)

Here is what we call our "repertoire" piece. I am, again, the one on the right. I think this was one of the most unbalanced times me and my partner performed this but the turn ended up alright!

I think this was one of the most exhausting weeks of all. My entire class was DONE! At one point I remember rolling around on the floor, lauging so hard that tears were in my eyes! We were mentally, physically and emotionally drained. Hopefully next week will get a little easier!
Starting monday, it's Swan Lake week! I'm so excited! We'll be chosing from 3 different variations and hopefully I'll be attempting the 32 fouettes. Eeep!

Thanks for reading guys!


Jul 23, 2010

Pre-performance - Week 3

The Friday performance is today! Wish me luck!

This week we have a partnering number and I was paired with a boy who is still learning to partner girls and is frankly, too short for me. So basically it was my job to train him.

But, you gotta go with the flow so I'm gonna work with what I've got and make the best out of it. There is this one turn in the number that is still shaky so I'm definitely gonna work with him on that, first thing this afternoon.

I'll hopefully post the video of the performance this weekend.

Thanks everyone! :)

Jul 19, 2010



A Dancer's Days has finally reached my goal of 30 followers! YAY!

I've had a great time writing articles for everyone and hearing all of the feedback, comments and uplifiting e-mails. You guys are FANTASTIC!

So please continue to talk about my blog and be sure to tell all of your friends about it! :)

I am so looking forward to another year of posting for you guys!

Thanks everybody!


Jul 18, 2010

End of Week 2

Week two has come to an end. I decided to perform the "Dryad Queen" variation on Friday and had even less time to rehearse this variation than last week! (So probably about a half hour of actual rehearsing) I still look back and think "oh, I wish I had thought to turn out more there" or "I should have looked to the audience there". But what's done is done and overall I think I did pretty well. I did get all 7 1/2 "grand fouettes" at the end! That was a big upside for me. Here's the performance:

It's Sunday night at 11:20 and I am not at all ready for another week of dancing! It was a fun weekend with my friend Sara. Lots of swimming and relaxing but not nearly enough of it. Oh, shoot me now!
I hope to find more time to write before next weekend, hope everyone is having a great summer!



Jul 15, 2010

Hip Flexibility

Struggling with your turnout? Are your hips not as flexible as you'd like them to be? Well then don't worry because you're not alone. I myself am having those issues! My hips are literally incapable of going in that outward direction. Obviously, it's nothing too drastic but it is a hassle to always be thinking/being corrected about my turnout. No matter how much I stretch it doesn't seem to make a difference, so if anyone has any suggestions for that please do let me know!

However, those stretches/exercises I've been trying may work for you.

I hope these help! :)

Let me know about your results or other stretches that you've found for improving turnout.

Thanks guys!


Almost There!

Up to 29 followers! Come one guys, just one more! We're so close, I can taste it! :)

Jul 14, 2010


Check. It. Out.

Hey people! So this is just a quick post as I'm heading off to summer camp in legit 2 minutes.

Be sure to check out a girl named "Rebecca's" blog:


It's awesome!
Thanks for reading people! I'll be back soon! :)

Jul 12, 2010

Summer Camp - Week 2 - The Beginning

So this week, I'll be rehearsing 7 numbers plus 3 different variations we are planning to perform this Friday. Of course we only pick one of the three but I still am required to learn them all. The variations are all from Don Quixote and I am having the hardest time deciding which one to perform! Care to help me out?

Mercede's Variation:

The Dryad Queen:

Kitri's Entrance:

I really wanted to do Mercede's variation for the intense acting. But I wanted to do the Dryad Queen variation for the grand or "Italian" fouettes at the end. But I wanted to do Kitri's entrance because it is just plain fun! GAH, I can't decide! Any ideas people?!?!

Jul 10, 2010

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Summer Camp - Week 1 - DONE!

Week 1 of summer camp is officially done. Yesterday was our Friday performance in which we basically just show off what we learned during the week. I had my first solo on stage and I was performing the act 3 Aurora Wedding variation. It was so much fun! I was so nervous before going onstage! I was literally waiting by the stage door for the previous variation to end. When no music started I was wondering what was going on so I peeked my head in to see. Turns out they were waiting for me! Luckily the artistic director had some speaking to do so I didn't miss my cue! :s
I was amazed by how comfortable I was once on stage. I felt like as long as I stayed on my feet everything would be more than fine. I loved the energy from the audience members and was perfectly okay with the idea that all eyes were on me. Most people only dream about that. I am so fortunate to have performed such a hard variation at such a young age and gotten such incredible feedback from teachers, other students and people in the audience. I feel so blessed.

Here is my performance: :)

And I literally had 45 minutes to rehearse this dance before performing it! So go easy! :P

In other news, A Dancer's Days is up to 26 followers! My goal for the years was to get at least thirty. We're so close I can taste it!
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Jul 9, 2010

4th of July Pics

We met the three guys in the back at the beach during our annual 4th of July party. They ended up coming back my house to watch fireworks, played an epic game of duck duck goose with the other party guests, they stayed until almost midnight and drove 20 minutes to buy us candy. They're keepers! :D

Epic weekend with the dancers! :D