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Oct 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween, everybody! For dance class today I and some of my girl friends are dressing up as cats! (I'll be wearing a black leotard, black stirrup tights, cat ears and some fun makeup)Do you guys do anything fun for Halloween?
I'll be sure to post pictures of the class at the end of the day X)

Oct 27, 2011

Stepping In



Hey followers! So as you know, Nutcracker season is up and running. In the middle of all our regular Nutcracker rehearsals we were also in the process of performing the ballet, Hansel and Gretel. It was ridiculously hectic. In H&G I was performing the Shooting Star variation. It's very fast with lots of big jumps and dashing from one side of the stage to the other. The performance lasted for two weekends, in the first weekend I performed my variation along with the role of an Angel in the Angel scene and in the second I was originally only going to perform as an angel. However, one of the soloists' grandmother passed and the funeral was the week of the show. I had four days to learn her solo, The Dew Fairy, and perform it in the second weekend. To be frank... I was a nervous wreck. However, I had learned the variation in summer camp years before so I knew most of the steps. This, I was grateful for because it definitely made learning the variation easier.
Within hours the costume department fit me to a tutu and before I knew it I was performing a whole new variation on that same stage. This just goes to show that, in the world of theater, you have to be ready for anything.
The hardest moment of the whole ordeal was waiting in the wings just before my stepping on stage. My mouth was dry and my stomach was churning. The interesting thing about performers is they're more at home on a stage than almost anywhere else. Many people would never dare to step in front of a crowd, but we crave it and relish in every moment we have up there. As soon as I emerged from the wings and made my grand entrance I could feel myself relax as I settled into the role.
There's an old Russian saying that goes something like this: (I'm paraphrasing) "If you're calm in the wings and nervous on stage, your performance will crumble. If you're nervous in the wings and calm on stage, you will perform beautifully."
I've found this to be true in almost every performance opportunity.

Do you guys have any interesting performance experiences? Perhaps you were an understudy thrust into a role or had to learn someone else's role and perform it? Let us know in a comment below!




(Pictures from the actual show and backstage)

Oct 14, 2011

Maria Kochetkova



Some of the most fantastic advice and motivational words I've heard in a while.

Oct 12, 2011

Motivation



Hello, lovelies! Just got back from an autumn jog.
I went through a patch of bushes and got these prickly things stuck to my pants... -_-

Anyway, I'm trying to keep up the stamina to get in tip-top Nutcracker shape! I've been doing daily ab workouts and I run on Wednesdays and Sundays, it's working pretty well so far. :)

The difficult part of toning my body for the shows, for me, is definitely cutting back on my calorie/general food intake. I do love food and when the whole family is having one meal it's difficult to ration and modify the meal to fit your needs.
Whether it's exercising or calorie-cut-back, you just need a little motivation. It can be a picture of what you'd like your body to look like or a song that makes you want to move and exercise. Here's my motivational photo:
I'm not there yet but by November I will be! X)
I also have a specific play list that keeps me going while I jog. Here are some of the songs on it:
Call It What You Want by Foster the People
Animal by the Neon Trees
Oh Darling by Plug In Stereo
Easy by Faith No More
The Way I Loved You by Taylor Swift
The Start of Something by Voxtrot
Don't Your Remember by Adele
(For the full play list then request it in a comment)

Do you guys have any special techniques or tips for staying motivated? Maybe a song, video or picture? Let us know in a comment below!