Friday, November 28, 2014

Week four- Nutcracker survival guide


  A few tips to survive Nutcracker!


  • To keep the tule from getting stuck in your legs- spray hairspray all over your tights and inner thighs. It works! 
  • Keep small bags of snacks in your dance bag. Almonds, trail mix, peanut butter pretzels, humus and veggies, or cheese and crackers. It's easy to be discrete about grabbing a handful of almonds to keep your energy up
  • Bring at least two water bottles
  • Extras all around! Tights, bobby pins, hair spray,  pointe shoes, flat shoes, ect. You never know when your tights will snag........
  • Nail polish to stop the run you just got in your tights
  • Music to warm yourself up
  • Warm up clothing- zip up sweat shirt, pangs, leg warmers, ect.
  • Clothes for after the show
  • A quick change chart, if you have more then one dance
And there you are! Happy Nutcracker!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

beautiful girl


one day follows another
it is inevitable, unchanging
a steady constant present
this I cannot deny
then there is your beauty
glowing and growing
there you are each day
more beautiful than ever
the softness of your skin
a canvas to embrace
to look upon in quiet wonder
this is also inevitable
you are as you will always be
a joy to look upon
a girl of great beaut
y
-Unknown

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week three


~This weeks topic: How to do a French Twist~

Materails Needed: Lots of bobby pins, hair pins (optional), water, and a hair brush


STEP 1: Brush hair until all tangles are out. If your hair is supper straight or freshly washed, spray some water and/or hairspray

STEP 2: Gather hair into a low pony tail at the nape of your neck. If you want a higher twist, gather hair a little further up on you head.

STEP 3: Pulling straight down, twist hair into a strand of twisted hair

STEP 4: Take hair and pull it straight up on your head. You could have to go over this a few times.
STEP 5: Tuck in the ends, and use bobby pins and hair pins to get hair into place. You want to make sure it is secure!!
  A few good videos-
          

And there you have it!

Question: How do you usually wear your hair for ballet class? What topics are you looking forward to

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fifty Two Weeks of Ballet- Week two

  This weeks topic:  Pointe Shoe Tips & Tricks
                         


You you know those days, where your pointe shoes are being stupid, you have 5 million blisters, and your shoes are either too big or too small? And then your whole class is spend trying not to cry or  start riping your hair out....

  Here are some of the things I have found helpful. I would love to hear what you do/use!


  • For shoes that are too small- Either your feet are swelling, it was a weird pair, or summer is coming; whatever it is, you cant waste that $80! In the fabric around the heel, separate it from the satin. You should have a layer of canvas pinched in between your fingers. Now cut the canvas in a line, leaving about 1/4 of a inch my each seam.



  • For tight arches- the most wonderful thing. A foot rubz :) Just trust me on this one.
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  • For ripping toes- cut of the fabric on the ends. I sometimes darn mine if I am having trouble sitting squarely on the box. 

  • Bleeding toes? Lambs wool, ouch pouches, New Skin (liquid band aid- perfect for blisters), and oral numbing cream. If I have a blister, I put New Skin over it, and then put I corn pad (like so) over it. Works every time! The oral numbing cream can numb things that hurt!







What am I missing? Comment below: I want to hear what you do!







Friday, November 7, 2014

Fifty Two Weeks of Ballet: Week One


Today I am so excited to announce a new series: Fifty Two weeks of Ballet. My goal is to share the love of dance to all who read. Dance is amazing, but it also has a cost: we will be talking about that, and the ups, the downs, the pretty and the ugly. These posts will contain anything and everything related to ballet. Why? Because you get to have a say! If you leave a comment on a post (or on goggle plus) I will answer your questions in Q & A blog posts.  

For the non-dancers: this is for you too! A chance to ask questions you have always wanted to ask, about shoes, lifestyle, classes, whatever. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, for the others) and read on. Please comment and subscribe to join in on the conversations.

Dancers- This is also for you! We can share tips, tricks, comments, and talk about the awkward, embarssing, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. I would love to have you be involved in this conversation, so please subscribe or follow me to stay updated.

  I look forward to sharing this with you!

                           -Elissa
Question: Do you have are 'stereotypes' for dancers?

  This idea was sponsored by the adorable blog, What the Wife Did Next 







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 ways to avoid embarrissing situations

  1.  Get out of the habit of saying, "Bye, I love you!", when you get of the phone. Or you end up like me in 7th grade, on the phone with a boy saying..."Okay, sounds good. Bye, I love you! I mean, no, I don't love you. I mean, I like you but I don't love you, but I don't like you like that you know, and okay bye." Supper, supper embarrassing.
  2. Always eat well when you are taking long car rides. Look out the window. Try not to get car sick. Because you don't want to end up washing vomit out of your hair in a gas station bathroom. After you barfed out the window while going 70mph on a highway. I'm not even making that up.
  3. Hold in bodily functions during long silences.  Third grade me was taking a summer ballet class with a bunch of middle and high school students who I looked-up-to-oh-so-much. When all the sudden a l-o-u-d, g-r-o-s-s, ripping sound comes from my general direction. 
  4. Know when people are coming over to your house. Lets get one thing straight- I don't do too well in the morning. I'm not very friendly in the morning. So when I drag myself down stairs, wearing questionable attire, make-up smudges all  over my face, and crazy morning hair pilled atop of my head, I really don't want to answer the door. Especially to the 17 year old boy that I need to test for my science project.
  5. Don't put big globs of peanut butter in your mouth!! Scene- All the winners of a short story contest sitting around a table eating lunch. One by one, we go around the table talking about of story to this author who is eating with us. My pea brain- 'Elissa, there are two people before you have to talk. Have another few bites.' Now that could have been fine if I had soup or something. But no; of corse I have the supper natural, gloopy, thick, peanut butter with a hard whole wheat bagel. I take a bite. I start to chew. Only to find that there is absolutely no way that bagel with peanut butter is going anywhere. But you know- you can always run out of the room, spit it out in a garbage can, rush back in, and begin to talk about your story.
Trust me on these. I speak from experience.


-Elissa
Question- What are your most embarrassing moments?
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