Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

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Wine + BFF = Nutcracker Tickets

Last night I spent time with my BFF and her husband. We were talking about how they were going to see the Nutcracker (she got tickets for her bday from her inlaws) and how I really, really, really wanted to go too. I didn’t think there were any good seats left the night they were going, but who knew?! With a little wine in our systems and our fancy iPads, we found perfect seats!! My husband was less than thrilled as ballets aren’t really his thing. He knew how much I really wanted to go though so he “okay-ed”  the purchase. It’s counting as one of my gifts from him for my birthday. So there ya go! Wine + BFF = Nutcracker Tickets. Score!!!

Has anyone else seen the Nutcracker before? The one we are going to see is the Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker. I saw there was a Moscow Russian Ballet Nutcracker that was touring the US also. Has anyone seen that version before? I’m interested in seeing both at some point. Can’t wait for the show!!!

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Cleaning Up!

I did a little re-organizing of my page here.  I added a list of all of the awesome blogs I follow. You should definitely check them all out if you can! I added a couple links on here as well. Will add more as I can! I was so excited to find so many adult ballerina blogs!! I think it’s great that we are all here to give each other confidence, support, and advice!! Us adult beginner ballerinas have to stick together!!

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Being an adult ballerina is not easy. It’s not easy getting used to turning, especially turning multiple times in a row. But last night at class I did it! I reached a goal of mine, a small one, but a goal none the less. I did my chaînés on my right side all the way across the floor without stopping!! This is huge! It totally made up for me feeling crappy about my fouettés. My left side attempting any turns is still not happening. I can do it in my head but my body is just not cooperating. Sigh.

Moving on….

I used some different padding for my pointe shoes. I used these jelly toe sleeves on my big and second toe, used the extra I cut off from them to place around each of my pinky toes, and a little bit of lambs wool. That’s it! Hah! I did not use my ouch pouches! And I have to say that I could feel the floor so much better this way! I have to do a little adjusting as my one toe on my left foot scraped against the inside of my shoe and rubbed a little bit of skin off. But other than that I really liked it! We learned how to do pirouettes on pointe too, although those are far from actually being done. We worked on fouettés on pointe too, but obviously those are a struggle still. Overall a good class!!

I think I’m going to make a list of goals I want to accomplish and also include the ones I’ve already completed. Maybe you have similar goals as me? Maybe my goals will inspire you to try harder? Maybe my goals will inspire you to dance? Please feel free to share your goals with me on here! Maybe you can inspire me!

Now to work on stretching (and some wine drinking!) for the rest of the evening!

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Ballet Goals

My Ballet Goals as an Adult Beginner Ballerina:
(In no particular order)

1. Do a single pirouette on my right side.
2. Do a single pirouette on my left side.
3. Do a double pirouette on my right side.
4. Do a double pirouette on my left side.
5. Do a fouetté at the barre on both sides.
6. Do a fouetté in center on my right side.
7. Do a fouetté in center on my left side.
8. Do chaînés across the floor on my right side.
9. Do chaînés across the floor on my left side.
10. Do soutenus across the floor on my right side.
11. Do soutenus across the floor on my left side.
12. Do piqué turns across the floor on my right side.
13. Do piqué turns across the floor on my left side.
14. Do passés on pointe in the center.
15. Do an arabesque.
16. Do an attitude.
17. Do balancés across the floor.
18. Do a split on my right side.
19. Do a split on my left side.
20. Do bourrée and make it actually look pretty.
21. Do petit battements correctly.
22. Do échappes en pointe.
23. Do a grande jeté and it actually look decent.
24. Be able to raise my legs higher in battement développé.
25. Do multiple fouettés.
26. Do pointe in a recital dance.
27. Perform ballet in a recital.

This will be an ever-changing list. I will probably add things as I think of them! And please offer any suggestions (or challenges!!).

Happy Dancing!

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Adult Ballerina Project

This is a pretty amazing blog! Everyone should check it out!!

Adult Ballerina Project

So why should you be taking ballet classes? You’re probably not going to become an actual ballerina (although Dave from Dave Tries Ballet started ballet at the age of 23 and is now doing pretty well and performs–check out his blog!). But, there are still several reasons to start taking ballet classes as a beginner. Truth is, people do ballet for all sorts of reasons (and your never too old!), and I’m looking forward to interviewing a bunch of fellow adult ballerinas to find out why they do it, and hopefully draw inspiration from them, and add them to this list. But, for now, here’s some of my own:

1. Ballet is great exercise. You probably already knew that, but ballet is a lot tougher than it looks. I was sore for days after my first class.

2. Ballet is fun. Running on the treadmill is boring. Other forms of…

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On the Hunt

Since I will be returning to the wonderful world of Disney in January, the search for new Trading Pins has began. I have a zillion pins, ok not really, but I do have a lot! I have enough to fill two lanyards and some in the pouch. I have various collections that I have been working on since I first started trading pins in 2009. What I usually do to prepare for my trips is sort through the pins I have and see what pins I need to finish certain collections. I then begin searching on eBay and Amazon for people that might have these pins. I try to make sure I am buying pins from legitimate people (people who either live in Florida or are obvious collectors). I never buy any pins from over seas in fear that they make be fake. I also buy a bulk order of pins to trade while in the parks. Sometimes in buying these bulk orders I get a pin or two that I actually needed!! When that package arrives it’s like Christmas morning! I get so excited to see what pins I received. After I open the package I then sort out any pins that I needed or any that I knew I wanted to start the collection of. After that I am left with the pins I will be trading with while in Disney! I wear the ones I want to trade on my lanyard and keep the ones I don’t in my pin pouch. For a 10 day trip like the one we’ll be taking in January, I usually like to take down at least 25-30 pins to trade.

I absolutely love pin trading while in the parks. One of my favorite memories was when it had started to rain and my husband and I were in Hollywood Studios. We happened to be near the big Sorcerer’s hat, so we ducked under there for cover. I eyed a pin I really wanted and had been searching for for the past 2 years. I asked the guy (he was an older teenager to young adult, like me) if I could see his pins and he asked to see mine. In the process, another person came up and asked to see his pins. While, little to my knowledge this other person was eying up the same pin I wanted!! I told him how I had been searching for this pin for the past 2 years and I think he somewhat felt bad (and secretly thought I was cute or something) because he let me have it!! Score! But then the kid that had it wanted to trade me for my coveted name pin. I stumbled across this pin online. It is an older pin depicting the monorail with the gang on it with my name on it. I had to have it obviously. The kid had wanted it because it was his girlfriend’s name. Uh, sorry mister! I will not give up my prized name pin for some girl. Once I told him that one wasn’t up for trading, he still traded me for the beloved pin I had searched so long for.
Gosh, don’t you just love pin trading!?!?

Here’s the set of pins. Mickey, the one of the left, is the one I traded for.


Death by Leotard

I’ve had a couple days off from work this past week so yesterday I decided to take a trip over to Capezio’s in the hopes of finding a new leotard. I’ve bought countless leotards from online and in stores and only 1 or 2 of them seem to actually fit me. It’s not like I’m incredibly over weight or even plus size, I just happen to be tall (5’6″), with a large chest, and some meat on my bones. I don’t consider myself “fat” but I know I’ve gained some weight since high school. But hey, that’s part of life. I just wish I could find a leotard that actually looks nice and fits me!! I mean we all can’t be size 0 or 12 year old girls! I wish these companies would make more leotards for girls (and women!) that are fuller in size. Just because I’m not 12 or a professional level dancer doesn’t mean I don’t deserve quality, good looking, nice fitting leotards. I recently stumbled across an awesome leotard that I freakin love. It’s from MotionWear and it’s made for long torso bodies. It fits me perfectly and it actually has a cute strappy back!! I wear this thing constantly, which is why I wish I could find another one. This company seems to make a couple different leotards that could fit, but the store that carries them is about 30 minutes away from where I live, so getting out there isn’t always easy. This same store also gave me a pair of tights to try out while I was there. Yes, gave me. They are Eurotard brand with the comfort waist band. Yes, my other biggest complaint is the tight options us non-perfectly-sized people have to choose from. Every type I got had a super tight waist that would cause very unflattering “rolling” right around it. Very frustrating. Before these Eurotard tights, I was using a convertible body tight. You’re supposed to wear them with these clear, uncomfortable straps, but instead I just wear the tights. They stay up and do not really have a waist band, so there’s no “rolls”. The only downside to these new tights is that I can’t find them online anywhere! The lady at the store I got them from said she has to specially order them. Sigh. Talk about never feeling normal. I can’t wear normal leotards or normal tights because I’m not super thin. Very frustrating!! I just wish more companies would start making products for people like me. I will not let these leotards be the death of me (at least in the dancing world!!).

On the bright side, I did find a very cute sweater to wear over my arms for class. And the store just called me today to let me know the leg warmers I wanted were in. Double yes! My classes were cancelled on Monday due to my teacher being sick, so I don’t have class until Thursday. Looks like I will be practicing at home until then!