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Sep 30, 2011

Toning for the Show



First off, thank you all so much for your congratulatory comments/e-mails, you're all so sweet. X)

As some of you may know, I got cast as the Lead Arabian for three performances. I'm so thrilled as this has been one of my favorite dances for a long time. However, the Arabian costume is pretty teeny tiny! Here's a picture of the general design of the Arabian costume:
Pretty skimpy right?

I want to look the best that I can for the show, but I want to do it in a way that doesn't involve crash dieting or eating disorders. I'll be eating healthy and doing two ab workout DVD's.



When you plan to lose weight or tone your body then it's important to do it in a safe and healthy manner. If you guys have your own get-in-shape routines for performances or camps then tell us in a comment!

Thanks guys!

Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 27, 2011

Casting for Nutcracker 2011!



The cast list finally came out and I know what I'll be rehearsing for the next 2(+) months! Are you ready? Here we go...





*Drum roll please*




I'll be performing the Lead Spanish dancer, the Lead Arabian dancer, Demi Flowers in Waltz of the Flowers, the corps de ballet in Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Snowflakes! (I'm splitting all of these roles except for snow so I don't do all of them in one show) ;)
I'm very, very excited and I can't wait to start rehearsing!
If you've seen the Nutcracker before then you know that the Arabian costume is definitely the most exposing in the entire show. I'll be going on a bit of a diet and working on some ab definition before I even try that thing on.

But still, I could not be more thrilled! Thanks for reading guys! Leave a comment and let us know what your casting is!

Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 22, 2011

One More Day...! (ish)



Hey all! The cast list for my company's annual performance of The Nutcracker will be up either today or tomorrow. I'm anxiously waiting and I hope I'll have some good news to bring back for you guys! I'll be in touch as soon as I know anything. X)

Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 18, 2011

Mystery In The Wind



Sixteen-year-old Joy Womack with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Absolutely beautiful.

Sep 15, 2011

The Cast List...




It's September and for anyone who's involved with the seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, you're probably anxiously waiting for a cast list to be posted on the wall right about now. Well... I am too. Auditions for my school's annual production of The Nutcracker were on the 9th and now I'm just going to have to wait out the next two weeks or so. These are probably the most agonizingly long weeks of the year. You just can't wait to scan your finger down the typed words and find out what you'll be rehearsing for the next few months. Waiting is hard... Trust me, I know. And what's even harder is the possibility of being disappointed with your casting.

It happens more often than not. You find your name on the cast list somewhere you weren't hoping it would be and a wave of sadness rushes through you. We've all been there and unfortunately it's never any easier to cope with the disappointment. But in some cases, maybe expectations were set just a bit too high. So how do you balance yourself between being hopeful and being reasonable?
The trick is to first be realistic about your casting. Yes I've heard all the time "just don't think about it, it's not your decision, la dee da", but let's be honest. As soon as those auditions are over, that production is on your mind almost 24/7. It is a big deal and you can't help but be excited to finally start rehearsing. You try to guess what role you'll be cast as and silently wish for that one special part. It's just what we dancers do.

In the event that you look at the cast list and find yourself disappointed, remember this quote: "There are no small parts, only small actors." (Or in this case, dancers) Make the most out of whatever role you get. That's what this is all about right? We're there to put on a good show whether you're in the back line or front and center. It's our job to entertain.
Although it's good to be somewhat prepared for disappointment, you should also be hopeful and positive. It's okay to be gunning for a particular role, but don't completely convince yourself that you'll be cast as it. You never know what will happen.

Be positive, think positive. There is the occasional moment when you read the cast list and find you were cast as exactly what you wanted (which, no lie, is a pretty amazing feeling). Set yourself a realistic goal and work towards it.

It's very hard to balance out your expectations. Even now I sound like a very anxious and very bipolar ballerina. I wish all of you the best of luck. When the cast list finally comes out leave a comment and let us know what you got!

Break a leg, guys!

Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 13, 2011

Bio/Birthday



Hey all! So I recently got a comment asking me to explain how long I've been on pointe, what roles I've gotten in the past and what roles I would like to have in the future etc. I figured since it's also my birthday I'd do a little biography so you could get to know me better. :) (I am officially sixteen years old today!)

I began dancing when I was six years old and have danced every year since. It's without a doubt my passion. I went on pointe when I was ten years old, so that brings us to six years on pointe now. I danced at two local and smaller schools before 2003 when I transferred to a larger and more prestigious ballet school. After five or so years of training I became an apprentice with the school's affiliated company. I was thirteen (almost fourteen) at the time. I got thrown into corps de ballet roles immediately and was utterly thrilled. A year later (still at fourteen) I joined the company and even now at sixteen years old I'm still the youngest member. Over the course of this past year (starting with Nutcracker 2010) I've begun getting solos and more mature roles. Last year in the Nutcracker I was cast as Lead Spanish (Chocolate from Spain) alongside my partner and had the time of my life up on that stage. This year (although it's a bit of a pipe dream) I'm hoping to advance onto Lead Arabian (Coffee from Arabia). This dance requires more of a ballerina and I think with the controlled, flexible movements and lustful acting I could offer a lot to the role. We'll see what happens! :)
I've had to make up a resume of roles I've performed for applications and such so I'll post the list below. (I didn't include all roles because much of my company's performances are our artistic director's creations and I'd like to keep my location/where I dance private)

2011: Sleeping Beauty; Woodland Glade soloist, Sapphire Fairy soloist, Lilac Fairy Attendant, Dryad corps de ballet, Garland Waltz corps de ballet
Hansel & Gretel:  Angels Corp, Shooting Star Fairy
Nutcracker: 

2010: Midsummer Nights Dream: Fairy, understudy Fairy Peas Blossom (solo)
Firebird: Princess
Nutcracker: George Balanchine’s Snowflakes, George Balanchine’s Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish soloist, understudy George Balanchine’s Marzipan Shephardess

2009: Nutcracker: George Balanchine’s Snowflakes, George Balanchine’s Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish Corps, understudy George Balanchine’s Marzipan Shephardess
Magic Toy Shop: Clown soloist
George Balanchine’s Serenade
Cinderella: Star Fairy

2008: Nutcracker: George Balanchine’s Waltz of the Flowers, Arabian Corp,
understudy George Balanchine’s Snowflakes
Can Can Parisienne: French Maid, understudy Coquette
Don Quixote: Dryad corp
Coppelia: Coppelia doll, village girl

* This does not include tap, jazz, benefit or recital performances

Sep 10, 2011

Iglu Travel Awards 2011: Ballet



A Dancer's Days was recently chosen as one of http://Iglucruise.com/ 's top ballet blogs! I'm very excited and honored to receive such fantastic recognition and I'd just like to say thanks to http://Iglucruise.com/ as well as my amazing followers. You guys are the best!

To see their list then please click here.


Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 9, 2011

Rupert Pennefather



A fascinating interview with an incredible ballerina. I believe every dancer can relate to his words.


Sep 7, 2011

Ballerinablogger's Warm-Up Recommendations



Cute and functional warm ups whether it's for before class, warming up before a show or just hanging out between classes. The prices are reasonable and I personally LOVE a few of these.
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^I think every ballerina should have one of these^



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$34.95



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Sep 5, 2011

My Top 6 YouTube Dance Videos



For Julie -

Here are my six current favorite dance videos on YouTube. (Some videos cannot be embedded into the post so I'll give you the title and link)

6: Paloma Herrera & Jose Manuel Carreño - Don Quixote PDD

These are two of my favorite dancers of all time and their chemistry is just incredible. This pas de deux is executed so effortlessly. I saw them dance this together live several months ago and it brought me to tears. I'm so sad to see Jose retired but I'm so blessed to have gotten to see him dance once before he was finished.






5:

One of my goals in life is to dance this half as beautifully Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti. They make it seem so incredibly easy.

4:

I love this girl. She's like a little firecracker and is also the elegant dancer in the video above. So versatile. I wish the whole ballet was on YouTube!

3:

A classic. This is one of the most famous ballet videos and also one of the most well-done. It's utter beauty.

2:

When I first saw this number on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance it nearly made me cry. The story is so clear and vivid. I know it may not be classical ballet but I think artistry is artistry and anyone can enjoy a performance as clean and passionate as this.

1:

I found this video fairly recently and it skyrocketed to my favorite. This ballet (although very sophisticated and not for young eyes, with the exception of this pas de deux) is absolutely amazing. It takes place in ancient Rome and with the technique, talent and scenery that the Bolshoi provides it's simply breathtaking.


Hope you all enjoyed! What are your favorite YouTube dance videos? Leave a comment and let us know.

Sep 4, 2011

Comment, Comment, Comment!



Hey guys! So as you know this blog is run on the things you want to know. With the school year coming up I'm sure many of you have questions or need advice on a particular subject. Do NOT hesitate to leave a comment or e-mail me here. Hope to hear from you soon!

Ballerinablogger ~

Sep 1, 2011

School Year Pep Talk



Alrighty guys, the school year is just around the corner meaning nightly classes, weekend rehearsals and even more blisters. Most schools have a short break in between summer intensives and the regular year, sometimes it's vey hard to get out of vacation mode. Now here are some things to do to get yourself back in the game and pumped for the new school year.

  • Make goals for yourself. Think of something that you'd really like to improve on. Do you want to crank your turn-out on that pique arabesque? Or maybe hit that quadruple pirouette? Chose a goal one or two at a time to make significant improvements that much easier.
  • Put yourself on a steady and healthy diet. You'll need all the energy you can get for the coming school year.
  • Go through your dance bag and make sure you're well-prepared.
  • Go shopping for any dance clothes/supplies that you may need through out the year. (New toe pads, leotards/tights, toe tape, toe spacers etc.)
  • Get a pointe shoe fitting and find yourself a good brand to start the year off with.
  • Don't push yourself too hard from the get-go. Ease into it as pushing yourself too hard right after vacation is one of the easiest ways to get injured.
If you guys have any more add-ons to the list, comments, questions or requests then leave it in a comment below! Thanks for reading you guys -

Ballerinablogger ~