Showing posts with label fifty two weeks of ballet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fifty two weeks of ballet. Show all posts

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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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

week 18- Healthy Eating on the Move


Eating really isn't activity only experienced around the table anymore. How many times this past week have you eaten on the run? What about the car, your desk, maybe even the bathroom! Our time is valuable and we need food that’s easy to grab and go. And during the chaos of finding food, one detail is easy to forget – making sure that the choices we make are healthy. Regrettably, it’s mainly bad stuff that falls into the "fast" and "easy" categories – chips, candy bars, sodas, etc. So what if we took some time to make our healthy snacks portable and easy for on-the-go eating?

Between classes, school, and other activities, eating healthily can fall to the bottom of your priority list. Planning ahead is a task in itself, but coming up with new ideas adds to the challenge! It is widely known that a well balanced diet aids in your physical wellbeing, but it can also provide a multitude of other benefits  Your body will be grateful as well. The benefits of health outweigh the costs. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 Check out these suggestions.

• Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top
• Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting protein)
• Hardboiled eggs
• Fruit yogurt cup (add in some fresh fruits or nuts for a boost
• Trail mix
• Nuts or nut mix (
• Vegetable sticks with a little packet of dip
• Broccoli or cauliflower bites
• Half of a turkey or tuna sandwich on whole-wheat bread
• Cucumber slices (lightly salted or with Italian dressing)
• Yogurt and granola
• Leftover chicken or turkey slices (great to eat cold)
• Healthy fiber-rich or grain cereal (great to eat dry from a baggie)
• Pickles (wrapped in foil or plastic wrap)
• Box of raisins or other dried fruit
• Whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
• Apples, bananas, strawberries (any fruit works, these are naturally portable)
• Mixed berries (these freeze well in plastic bags)
• Whole-wheat crackers and string cheese
• Grapes in a baggie
• Fruit smoothie in a thermos
• Tuna or chicken salad

Happy Eating!  

NOTE: My tail is in between my legs as I post this........late........My spring break was last week, and was filled with catching up on some school. I am happy to be back though! :)

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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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Friday, March 13, 2015

week 14- What's in My Dance Bag?



I don't know about you, but I have wasted an ungodly amount of time on YouTube watching 13 year olds go through their Coach and Lululomon dance bags. Add that to the Facebook links on Russian ballerina's dance bags, and I am pretty much certified expert on dance bag contents. 

   So today you get a little peek in  mine :-)
 

This is my non-designer bag, from Target. I actually got this for my birthday because my old bag was falling apart, and I love it so far!


Let me tell you something. It may be relatively new, but it doesn't smell new. 

a peek in the top


This bag is my leg warmer bag. Because of my feet issues, I use a hefty supply of legwarmers and fuzzy socks regularly; this is their home!
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Next, is my pointe shoe bag. I use a mesh laundry bag to allow my shoes to breathe, and last longer because of the sweat. For some of my pointe shoe tips and tricks, click here


Next is my ballet slippers, that I keep in this yellow drawstring bag:-)



the line up


This bag holds my tap and jazz shoes (I may have a thing for bags......)

Next, is random stuff that I keep in this bag- usually a extra pair of tights and a leo, granola bars, lady things, ect. 

And finally, I have trash bag pants, a sweat shirt, and a thero band.




Happy dancing!! 

Q: What are your go-to items to keep in your dance bag? 


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