Nov 16, 2010

Find of the Week!

Bunheads Heavyweight Performance Lashes

These lashes are my absolute favorite. They are comfortable, cheap and look awesome on a stage. I wear false eyelashes for every performance and have had a great experience with these every time. They're a little long for my eye so I have to trim the edges down a little bit but other than that they're perfect! :) I would highly recommend these.


So as you may already know, I will be performing in the Nutcracker in 11 days now. (Yikes!) With all of the rehearsing going on, I've been doing the same steps over... And over... And over again. Somehow I managed to tear a muscle in my inner thigh... NOT good! Whenever I put my right leg back into an attitude I can feel it pulling and it hurts so incredibly bad. And the worst part is, I'll be performing the role of Lead Spanish so I'm doing a lot of attitudes. I'm in quite the sticky spot.

Sometimes you have to know when to preserve yourself. Although the shows are a mere 11 days away, I'd prefer to mark (marking is when you pretend to do the movements without doing them full out) those specific steps now rather than doing them full out and my muscle being even worse for the performances. When you have an injury it's really important to allow it to heal. If you injure yourself right before a performance and still find yourself going onstage despite it, thankfully we have those powerful adrenaline rushes to keep us going.

One year I had a fracture in my left foot that was probably the most physically painful thing I've ever gone through. I was performing Waltz of the Flowers which is a remarkably long dance. At the beginning I would step onstage and feel just fine. The adrenaline had kicked in and I hardly noticed the pain at all. As the dance continued and the adrenaline began to wear off, I could feel the fracture more and more. By the end of the dance I literally wanted to drop dead. After the performances were all through I took a much needed vacation and allowed the fracture to heal.

Injuries during a show are no fun at all but they do happen. Sometimes you can prevent them and sometimes it's just an unfortunate twist of fate. Once you've pinpointed an injury, it's crucial that you take it easy. There's NO way I'm giving up my role in the Nutcracker so for the next few days I'm going to be as cautious as I can and hopefully it'll be better in time for the show.

Thanks for reading everyone!


Nov 10, 2010

Find of the Week

Nike Sport Elite Water Bottle

I don't know about you, but I don't go ANYWHERE without my water bottle. I even put mine on the edge of the auditorium stage during rehearsals. And during actual shows it's right in the wings for me to grab as soon as I come off. I drink a lot of water... Like A LOT! A couple of my friends have this bottle and love it. It's an average size and doesn't alter the taste of the water. I think everyone should have a water bottle with them when doing any kind of dancing.

Nov 3, 2010

Tending to the Toes

This time of year a ballerina's feet get completely butchered. All the hours of classes and rehearsals start to really add up. And it's not just the holiday season/ballet dancers. Competitions can take a serious toll on all kinds of dancers and any performance, period, means extra hours of dancing and rehearsing. It's inevitable that your feet will get beat up, but there are ways to take care of them so you can prevent internal injuries as well as external.

I've been on pointe for six years now. I was looking through some photos and I found a picture of my feet after my first week on pointe. And I thought it was bad then! HA!

Before six years of pointe:

After six years of pointe:Holy crap my bunions have gotten bad...

ANYWAY, here are some great tips and products for keeping your feet in tip-top-shape.

  • Take a foot bath. It really helps tremendously.
  • Although it may seem as though it wouldn't really do much, washing your feet can feel fantastic and also relieves your family members of that not-so-pleasant smell. This foot wash makes my feet feel so much better afterwards and I love that minty smell. :) http://www.drroths.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.footwash
  • Keep your feet wrapped up in something warm. When your muscles are cold they don't function as smoothly and can even tend to crack.
  • Warm your feet up before dancing. Stretch them out, flex them and do a few ankle roles before you begin your day of dancing.

I hope these help! Dancing is such hard work and sometimes we dancers forget to take care of ourselves. Always take time to care for your body.