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Nov 16, 2010

Resting



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!

Ballerinablogger~

10 comments:

  1. omg hope you get better.
    i was supposed to perform the cindereal on 3rd december but i got a problem in my foot now and i dont know if i can dance.
    I havent been in ballet classes for two weeks, im going tomorrow but i cant do many things.
    And im worry cause i wanna do the show :c

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  2. Thank you!
    Aw that's not good! Be very careful with it and please follow the instructions of your doctor.
    Ballerinablogger~

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  3. So true! Awesome article, Ballerinablogger! Can't wait to hear more! :D

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  4. WOW!

    That must hurt heaps! I will really pray hard that your injury will heel and that you will be the star of the show!

    I think it will be a good idea if you just mark the dance for the next few days - just until the injury heals!

    Hay, at the moment I am having real trouble with getting MY attitude to look nice when I dance. Do you have any advice?

    Will be praying that you feel MUCH better soon!

    Izi xoxoxo

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  5. Izi, that's so incredibly kind of you! Thank you so much!

    Attitudes can be tough to work. Most of it is loosening up your back and strengthening the muscles so you can hold your leg up there. I think the best thing to do is put your leg as high as it can go (while still properly placed) and just hold it. When you can feel yourself starting to get tired push a little bit higher and then come down to rest. Do that as many times as you can and let me know if you see any improvements. :)
    Thanks for reading!
    Ballerinablogger~

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  6. Thanks SO much for the advice! I will definitly try it. I have been really worried about my attitude for quite a while now.

    Izi xoxox

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  7. Anytime! Thanks for asking! :)

    Ballerinablogger~

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  8. dear bb

    at the moment i am really strugling with my weight. do you have any advice?

    anonymous

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  9. Hay Ballerina blogger!

    I have been working on my attitude - doing what you told me too. You know what, it worked! I now have a pretty good attitude!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful advice.

    Izi xoxoxo

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  10. To Anonymous,

    It's tough being a dancer as we are staring at ourselves in a mirror for hours on end, critisizing every little detail. I'll probably do an article on this soon, but when dealing with your weight you can't take it to an extreme. Talk to your parent or doctor about the things that you can do to be healthier. (Ex. Eating more fruits and veggies, going organic, eating healthy foods every few hours) There's lots that you can do. I wouldn't suggest going on some silly "diet", I would suggest eating when you are hungry and not for any other reason and to eat until you are 3/4 of the way full. Once you reach that point you can slow down and stop eating. I've heard from famous doctors that it's good to eat small healthy meals or healthy snacks every 2-3 hours. It keeps your metabolism active.
    Don't focus on losing weight, focus on being healthy.
    Thanks for reading/commenting! :)

    Ballerinablogger~

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