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 31, 2011

Role Models

Recently in summer camp we had a class on the history of ballet. In this class we discussed our personal dance role models. Whether they're Margot Fonteyn or Sylvie Guillem, the range of ballerinas throughout the ages varies a drastic amount. What I'd like to know is who are your role models? What is the ballerina you look up to more than anyone else and aspire to one day be like?

My ballerina role model is Misty Copeland.

This girl proves that you don't have to be 5'7" to be a ballerina. (Despite her deceptively long lines she is only 5'2") She is she the first African American soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and is also a very curvy woman. She also proves that you don't have to be an A cup to be a professional ballerina. She continues to inspire me on a daily basis.

Do you have anyone like this in your life? If so then tell us in a comment below!

Thanks for reading!

Ballerinablogger ~

Summer Pics (Weeks 1-4)

(epic game of Monopoly)

Wii boxing!

Hello everyone! I have now not posted for quite some time and I cannot say how sorry I am! I appreciate that everyone continues to check in and feel horrible that I have nothing new to show you guys. This summer has been nonstop since day 1 and finding time to write has been near to impossible. This is the first free moment I've had all weekend so I figured the least I could do is give you a quick update. The dancing pics will come more once our summer show starts up this coming weekend.

We will be performing three ballets choreographed by our company's artistic director, one of which will be a world premier. I'm very excited for these shows and even with these endless rehearsals I still feel somewhat unprepared. :(

Now as you may already know, this blog runs on the things that all of you want to know. I write based off of the requests you guys send me so please leave your requests in a comment or contact me here. There's been a shortage of requests lately, partially reason for the shortage of posts. :(

Leave me any questions, thoughts or hopes you've ever had regarding dance and I'll somehow turn it into a post. Thanks so much guys, I, again, am very sorry for being MIA. Hope to hear from you all soon! :)

Ballerinablogger ~

Jul 12, 2011

Summer Camp

Week 1 of summer camp has already come and gone. I can't believe it! Time is flying so fast and the worst part of camp is already over. Week 1 out of 6 is always the most painful. This week for our end-of-week-performance on Friday I performed the "Spinners" (Also known as "Harvest") variation from Coppelia. I wouldn't say it was the best performance I've given but considering we only had an hour and a half to rehearse the dance then I'd say everyone did very well. We've all been very busy rehearsing for our larger-scale summer show, the company members especially. I'm very excited because in a portion of our production I'll be doing a pas de tois with one other girl and a boy. It's very cute and extremely fun to dance.

Last night was our "Choreographer's Showcase" in which I did a trio with two of my best friends to a piano version of some Lady Gaga songs. It was a medley of Paparazzi, Boys Boys Boys and Love Game. The feedback we received could not have been more incredible. One audience member was kind enough to say that it was the best piece of student choreography she'd ever seen which was all we could have ever asked to hear and more. The three of us choreographers are all approaching our junior year so to be this young and having the opportunity to choreograph and dance a piece that was all our own is to say the least, a dream.  (I have some pictures from the showcase that I'll attach to the article as soon as they're e-mailed to me)

I'll be bringing my camera to the school so hopefully I'll have some good pics for you guys :) Thanks for reading everyone!

Ballerinablogger ~

Jul 10, 2011

Ballerina Photoshoot

My friend, sister and I had a "ballerina photoshoot" in the back yard. Here are some of the photos: