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.

Oct 25, 2010

Find of the Week

Bunheads Hair Pins

At ballet class it's a requirement for your hair to be nicely pulled back and away from your face. I use these hairpins to put in my bun every single day and they're awesome. My hair is super thin and can be difficult to pull back as it will just slip out of my fingers or fall out of a hair elastic. These pins plus a hair net keep my hair in place whether it's for a class, a rehearsal or a show.
I know many girls with thick hair who also use these pins and love them as well. They'll work with any different type of hair.

Dancers + Asthma

As we all know, dancing is not easy. It takes a TON of effort and is utterly exhausting. I come out of most classes/rehearsals panting like a dog with sweat stains all over me. (Beautiful mental image, I know) Sometimes there are medical issues prohibiting us from giving 100%. I, like many other dancers, have Asthma.

Asthma is a condition that affects the air passages of the lungs. The air passages are inflamed meaning the airways are red and swollen. Different things can "trigger" asthma. For example, when I run (especially in cold weather) I can feel my Asthma start to kick in. We would call that exercises induced Asthma.

Asthma is definitely something that you should talk to your doctor about. You can get an inhaler to temporarily ease your symptoms. (To get one first talk to your doctor)


If you feel you have trouble breathing while you dancer or perform any kind of physical activity please speak to your doctor. Keep in mind that many people have asthma and still find ways to do the activities that they love.

Oct 20, 2010

Quick Update

Hey everyone! I know I haven't been posting a lot recently, Nutcracker rehearsals plus the "Night of Broadway" plus schoolwork has me really wrapped up. I have a couple of articles coming up for ya that I think you'll all really enjoy. Just bear with me and I'll have them up soon!
Thanks for sticking around!


Oct 18, 2010

Find of the Week

This week's find is:

Go Girl! Post Earrings

by Discount Dance Supply

In many performances the dancers are required to wear "stage earrings". (Aka anything big and shiny) At my local dance store I paid over $20.00 for these same earrings and at Discount Dance Supply you can buy them for only $8.50 (plus shipping and handling). I wear these earrings for every show and they really stand out when the light hits them. During corps de ballet roles my grandmother watches for the shine so she can find me. :P
They stay very securely on your ears, I haven't had any mishaps with them before. The only downside I can think of is that having them on for a really long period of time can make my ears start to hurt. I usually will take them off in between shows and give my ears a rest.
I love these earrings and highly recommend them.

Oct 12, 2010

Find of the Week

Mukluks are basically like slippers and I use mine almost on a daily basis. They are so warm and comfortable! During shows when I'm at the auditorium all day, I'll wear these around the dressing room and even over my pointe shoes to keep my feet warm. Although they are fairly durable, I would not suggest wearing them outside. I've had mine for almost four years and they're still going strong! Some people disagree, but I find that putting them through the washer/dryer on a gentle cycle helps a lot. It almost restores them to their original quality. These things are affordable and awesome and they make amazing presents! For our Secret Santa we do at the ballet school every year, most dancers buy these. :P They come in a bunch of different colors and I've never seen two exactly alike.
Mukluks can be bought in various stores but the best/cheapest, in my opinion, you can buy at the links above.

Thanks for reading guys!


Oct 3, 2010

The Breaking Pointe (No pun intended... Nevermind, pun was intended)

"How much is too much?"

A fantastic question.

I'm sure that many of you out there wish you could be dancing 24/7. Don't worry, cuz you're not alone. I wish I had a wide open space in my house where I could dance every day for as long as I want. But there's one problem... I'm human.
Humans aren't meant to keep going and going, never having a break, never tiring. There's a very specific line that we all have and frequently cross. This line is the line of exhaustion and when you cross it you're not the happiest camper in the world. It's important to know where this line is because pushing yourself too hard can result in injury.
I've definitely crossed that exhaustion line before and it resulted as a fracture in my left foot... Two years in a row. Both fractures occurred around Nutcracker season when rehearsal time was pushed to the max and classes were shifted into full gear. I learned where my "line" is the hard way. Hopefully none of you will have to learn about your body the same way I did so I'm gonna share some tips on not only how to know your body, but also how to know when your rehearsal schedule is taking a serious toll on the other aspects of your life.

Number 1: Pay attention!
That tingling feeling in your legs that is making them move like jelly is no accident. Your body is clearly telling you something. Now this doesn't mean that you get to go take off your pointe shoes in the middle of class and then watch for the rest of it. This just means that when you feel you have reached your line, slow yourself down.

Number 2: Listen to your family members.
When your family is constantly complaining about how you're always at dancing and never have time for anything else, chances are it's getting to be a little too much. Life is short and I promise you that you'll find things other than dancing that you will want to do whether it conflicts with your schedule or not.
For the past few weeks I had been rehearsing for three different shows at once on top of regular classes. Now, I obviously love dancing but this was WAY too much for me. Thankfully we finished up with one show on Saturday and now I only have two shows to worry about. Even still, this is a lot of work. One of the shows is our traditional Nutcracker and the other is a "Night of Broadway" where singers/dancers from all around the state come together to put on a fabulous performance with over 40 numbers. I'm only in 3 or 4 numbers (I don't even know what I'm in yet... This is getting scary!) but you should know that Nutcracker is first and foremost, my priority. Night of Broadway is a performance I was asked (more like begged) to be in and I knew when I committed to it that I wouldn't be able to make it to many of the rehearsals because they overlap with Nutcracker rehearsals. The director of the show wanted me in the performance so badly, he wants to rehearse with me in the hallways whenever I have free time!

So clearly that's a lot of occupied time and I, like many others, have a hard time saying "no" especially when someone really needs/wants me in a show. I'm a relatively quick learner and am confident that I can learn this dance in no time which is the main reason why I agreed. Saying no can be extremely difficult but sometimes it's for the best. Not only can rehearsing overwork your body, it can overwork your mind. Having twenty different dances floating around up there can be very stressful and can make it very hard to focus.

All in all, saying no is NOT a bad thing and sometimes you have to put your own/your families well-being first.

Thanks for reading guys!