Showing posts with label tips and tricks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips and tricks. 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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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 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!

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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Friday, February 6, 2015

week ten: Ballet Video Link-up

Hello ladies! Today I wanted to share a few videos that contain some interesting/helpful information regarding pointe shoes. I have learned from all of them, and found them to be interesting. 

Q: What are your favorite ballet videos?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

week nine- Snack Ideas

Hey friends! If you're new to the blog, welcome! This is a series where I post every Friday something ballet related- tips, tricks, what works for me, ect. Feel free to follow so you wont miss any!
This week, I have some easy snack idea's that work in between classes or long rehearsals. My dance school has a mini-fringe and microwave, so some of these have that in mind:-)
1. Yogurt & granola in a bag
2. Hard boiled egg that is pre-pealed
3. Sandwich cut into squares
4. Trail mix
5. Almonds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips in a bag- I am a sucker for this!
6. Humus and crackers
7. Pre-washed veggies
8. Soup
9. Smoothies
10. Homemade granola bars 

Happy dancing!
Question: what are your go-to snacks? 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week seven- Getting the Most out of Your Classes

~Getting the Most out of Your Classes~

Know the feeling of going to class, and feeling like your not making progress? Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of you classes!

    • Arrive early. If you are coming from school, be efficient as you get ready. Do your hair in the car, and change once you get there. This will help you be calmer, and give you more time to get prepared for class.
    •  I don't know about you, but I cannot get much warming up done in the dressing room. I always end up talking or doing something else. Know yourself! Do you get distracted? Listen to some music, do some crunches, and find where you are sore. Get your feet warmed up. Upon coming back from my feet injury, I have developed a routine I use before every class- do the same! Find what works for your body. Your not just preparing your body, your preparing your mind. Get into a good mindset- block everything out, and inter into the world of dance:-)
    • Find a good spot at the barre. Don't stand by people who could distract you- I always try to be by someone better then me, and if I can, face a mirror on my left side. This always pushes me- when I'm looking at myself, I don't get lazy on the second side. 
    • Don't be obnoxious to the teacher- I have seen girls ask a bunch of questions, and make comments, and teachers do not like this. Ask a question if you have one- but make it snappy. Trust me. It's annoying.
    • Bring a water bottle
    • Stay focused
    •  And if you feel like your at a halting spot, talk to your teacher after class! Get advice- ask what they notice, and what you can work on.
       Happy dancing!

      Friday, January 9, 2015

      Week six- 36 Audition Tips

                             ~ 36 Audition Tips ~
            Because summer corse audition season is right around the corner, here are thirty-six audition tips!

      1. Do your research
      2. Know the style of dance
      3. Eat healthy- no junk or extreme diets!
      4. Plan what you are going to wear ahead of time
      5. Find out what the dress code is
      6. If pointe is included, have at least two pairs of working pointe shoes
      7. Make sure other dance shoes are in good condition- no holes or dirty soles
      8. Order any shoes, tights, leotards, etc., ahead of time
      9. Get pictures taken, if requested
      10. Talk to your instructors about the audition- get their pointers and input.
      11. E-mail or call the school or show, to see if the audition fee should be paid in cash or check
      12. Pre-register if possible
      13. Drink lots of water
      14. Focus of what is ahead of you- the "class"
      15. Be yourself, on and off paper
      16. Be early
      17. Fuel your body
      18. Keep your shoes in a small little bundle, ready to put on quickly
      19. Bring extras of everything
      20. Charge your iPod or phone
      21. Warm yourself up
      22. Feel your body, and stretch out what you need to
      23. Inspire yourself! You can do it!
      24. Make sure your hair is secure
      25. Be kind, but focused, to other dancers
      26. Have confidence
      27. Follow all instructions
      28. Pay attention to the teachers and your dancing- nothing else
      29. Ask questions about the combination if you are unsure; just make sure the teacher hasn't already said
      30. Don't panic if your not in the front; they make a point to look at everybody
      31. Enjoy yourself- show them you love to dance!
      32. Be aware of the space around you
      33. Show that you are willing to learn
      34. Don't frown
      35. Smile and say thank you to the teacher, and panel of people
      36. Wait patently, and remember- you are more then a yes or no.

            Best of luck!

      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!!!
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