Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts

Thursday, July 14, 2016

the QUOTE TAG


The chair massages my back,
while the skin on my feet is saturated with lotion.
I ask the pedicurist to stop right before she removes my callouses, as they prevent many painful blisters from my pointe shoes.

She replies, "You no boyfriend?"

"No, no boyfriend."

i tag

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thanks for the tag Vanessa! (go check her out!)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

'Oz' Recap


















Sweekkkcreekthuddthudthud 
Floor crackles and squeaks under my toes. 

Popping hips.
Clunking water.
Tossing pointe shoes.
Rolling neck. 
Grabbing out barres.

Plies
The very first combination of every class. 
'To bend' is the translation; and we have all bent to be here.
Concerts, sleepovers, dinners, and parties are being skipped. 
Homework is waiting for us.
Our phones are abandoned and our mouths are silent. 
We bend our knees together.

As the class continues, we work through each aspect of our bodies simincreaseing in speed.

"Allign your hips and rib cage!"
"Let go of the barre [in a balence] sometime today!"
"Elongate your spine"

We move from bare to center
The bares are moved back to the wall
Water is quickly chugged
And we continue. 

We continue to sweat and stretch.
Extending limbs,
We extend ourselves emotionally
Giving grace to the girl who, time-after-time, keeps crashing into someone else. 
Pouring our spare time into choreography, rehearsal videos, and making notes
Sewing pointe shoes
Costume fittings
Rehearsal after rehearsal after rehearsal. 
We extend.

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This show was a wonderful experience to be apart of. I learned more about dance and myself then I thought possible. Sweat poured out of my body, yet my heart was hydrated with joy of movement. 
The show was a blast. 
We made it through. (somehow)

I wrote my thank you cards and bought my gifts.
We said goodbye to beloved teachers- women who have grown me and challenged me in countless ways. I have been influenced and inspired, and I sit here all choked up thinking about them. 

And I stood at the barre after the show, feeling my sorreee muscles, I inhaled. 
I cracked my neck.
Clunked my pointe shoes. 
Ploped my water bottle down. 
And I realized that is, all of it, is home.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

big eyes


Slamming out of the empty dressing room, late for tap because chemistry went late agian, I crashed into our executive directer.

"Elissa, you are such a celebrity," she said with a smile.
                                       "Oh?"
"All the little girls are so star struck by you. Ruby (her seven-year-old) is all 'I know her. She babysits for me.' You are so popular."

 I replied and rushed into tap, but her words ran over and over in my head.
when are they watching me
those little girls think you hung the moon
"...you're a celebrity..."
"...i know her.."

I remember being those girls so clearly. 
Watching and thinking about how big and cool the 'big girls' were.
Scared to death of them, but in absolute awe. 
And someday, I would be a big girl. 

i am the top level
i am dorothy, traveling to Oz
i carry the show
My whole dance life I've felt a certain degree of invisibility. 
Never quite good enough to leave the corpe. 
Not the most flexible, nor the owner of beautiful arches. 
I've worked and worked and worked, but never front and center. 
Always the corpe. 

A few trios and duets. 
Many times an understudy. 
But never the star.
Never the 'celebrity.' 


I'm a big girl. 
Am I someone they can see Jesus in?
Am I kind? 
Do I work hard?
Am I inclusive?
Do I treat all equally?
Have they heard me talk crap?
Have they watched me roll my eyes behind a classmates back?


Those little ones have big eyes. 
Big, big eyes. 
What are they seeing? 




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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Awkward and awesome: round two


Awesome: Christmas was lovely and warm and cozy. And I hit my yearly jackpot because my birthday and Christmas are both in December.

Awkward: So I'm browsing the aslies of Nordstrom Rack waiting for my extremely slow parents, and I see my friend David. So I start to walk over to say hi, but being the stupid person I am, I decide to take a picture just in case it's not him. Bad idea. I'm being supper stealth (or so I thought) because suddenly he looks up and says, "Do you have a problem or something?" And I went, "Oh I am so sorry! I though you were a friend and I was trying to be funny, I'm so sorry!" The guy replies, "Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I look like everyone else."
So. So. So. Embarrassing.

Awesome: I've got a youth retreat coming up that I'm really looking forward to. Because of my dance schedule, I've only been able to attend one youth group this year. So I'm excited to escape the craziness of life for three days.

Awkward: Currently I have three giant pimples and a few small, yet prominent, other pimples. It. Is. Terrible. Every time someone looks at me, all they see are the giant red mountains on my face. Oh yeah, and I ran out of concealer. Grrr.

And that wraps up this awkward post!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Awkward and Awesome: Round One



Hello everyone! I've decided to start doing a "Awkward and Awesome" post every few weeks. (a.k.a. every few months...) Basically, I'll catch you up on all my awkward and awesome happenings. Like the time I peed my pants on a hike with a bunch of kids or when or when I was pretty sure the dental assistant thought I was illiterate... so here we go!

Awkward: I was at a costume fitting for party scene in The Nutcracker, and I had tried on about fifty-billion different dress/skirt/jacket combinations. It was outfit variation 50,000,000,001 and I stood staring in the mirror while taking to the costume mistress. "I don't know, it's fine if you like it," I told her. "I guess I just think it's a little plain Jane." I promptly turned around to find not only the costume mistress, but our artistic director who's name is Jane. Ahem.

Awesome:  What's awesome?  Well, I totally didn't fail my chemistry exam that I was sure I had. And even thought I'm just generally better at math based sciences, I am still terrified to mention any of my quiz or exam grades. Because every one is brilliant. There are no kids that turn it late homework or procrastinate on studying. They are all so smart. And then there's me.

Awkward: Apparently all my awkward things have to do with Nutcracker. So we have new marzipan costumes this year. Yep. There basically a blue version of the costume Sandra Bullock wears in Miss Congeniality for her talent. Without the wedding decorations on her arms.
Here is a visual aid:

Uh-hmm. And I bet the girls that previously wore them were five foot eleven and ninety pounds, because they are t-i-g-h-t.  Let's just say that nothing is going anywhere. And I'm going to leave it at that. 

Awesome:  It's almost December, and December is my-most-favoriteist month of the year. Warm fires, way too much chocolate on my hands, Tchaikovsky, Amy Grant and Michael Buble playing constantly. Nutcracker, my birthday, Christmas, and time shared with friends. Oh, yeah, and I will be  licensed driver! 

And that just about wraps up round one of Awkward and Awesome. So now I'm curious: what are your resent awkward and awesome moments? 

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Drying Out Blisters with Cornstarch

My summer ballet intensive thingy-m-bob started this week. And goodness gracious my calves are seriously feeling the burn. 

  Of course I got a blister on day one, so I thought I would share how I dry them out with cornstarch in order to get my pointe shoes on the next day. :)

1. Start with 2 Tablespoons of 100% pure corn starch in a small bowl




2. Then add a few drops of water


3. Stir until you have a thick, glue like consistency



4. Now it's time to sterilize your needle- you can use rubbing alcohol or fire. I opted for fire. Take your sterilized needle and pop the blister if not already poped.  Squeeze the fluid out with your (clean!) hands.


5. Now take the cornstarch mixture and pour it over the blistered area. 


6. And vola! You will want to leave this on for about an hour before gently rensing it off. Don't cover it, but try and let it breathe. 


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Friday, June 26, 2015

week 21- Sharing the Joy




Last weekend was my performance; the long awaited, exhaustedly rehearsed, event of the semester. The show was titled A Tribute to Broadway, and each piece was biased off of a Broadway play or musical. I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves :-)


These were from The Lion King, featured lots of African movement. I had a sinus infection and fever, so I was mostly breathing out of my mouth :-)




Ballet was Into The Woods, which was a ton of fun. 

 (the Into the Woods director/one of my ballet teachers)




Tap was Sing, Sing, Sing, from Fosse. 





     




       
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Monday, June 15, 2015

week 20- Dance Recital Checklist



With all the spring recitals going on, here is a quick checklist to help you stay organized!
  • Dance Costume(s)
  • Hair Piece(s)
  • Tights
  • Extra pair of tights
  • All dance shoes (plus extra pairs if you have them)
  • Deodorant 
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair bands
  • Hair spray
  • Thank you cards for teachers
  • Charged phone
  • Make-up
  • Clear nail polish (for runs in tights)
  • Needle and thread
  • Warm-up clothes
  • Book (or something else to keep you occupied while waiting)
  • Camera (optional)

    What are your recital must haves?

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Friday, March 27, 2015

week 16- A Few Book Recommendations


With my birthday and Christmas relatively close together, December is the jackpot of gifts for me. Gifts+ homeschool mom= books 

    Today I am going to share some of my favorite (ballet inspired, of course) books. 

  The first is Life in Motion, by Misty Copeland- You can find it on Amazon here. There has been much  talk in the dance world about the author, Misty Copeland, and her shaking up the ballet world. Misty is a soloist for the American Ballet Theater in New York City, and has been willing to share her inspiring story with the world. I enjoyed reading her perspective and back story, as it's always best to learn from the source. I would definitely recommend this book to dancers and biography lovers alike:-)


   Next is Dancing Through It, by Jenifer Ringer, found on Amazon here. Another dance biography, Jenifer shares her journey to the rank of principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. I loved this book, not only because I love ballet related books, but because Jenifer shares about her faith. To hear about her experience in the ballet world, as a Christian, was intriguing and inspiring. Another worthy read.


  Last, but most definitely not lest, is Footnotes, by Frank Augustyn. You can find it on Amazon here. This is one I pull out again and again. I found it at the library and checked it out a few times before I decided I loved it enough to by it! And I continue to pull it out often. This isn't a biography like the other two; it's more of a commentary and inside look at ballet. Anyways. I'll stop jabbing and let you read it for yourself. You'll like it ;-)

      Happy reading!! 


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Friday, March 20, 2015

week 15- You're a dancer when....


Hello friends! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite "You know you're a dancer when.." quotes. Let me know what I'm missing! 









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