Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


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Fouetté This!!

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Guys. It finally happened. I did a freakin fouetté!!!! And my teacher saw it!!! And she said good!!! Holy. Crap. I never thought I would get it. We were doing pirouette, fouetté, attitude in center. I was trying, and trying, and trying. And then BAM!! I hit it!! I was so proud of myself. I think my teacher was too! She knows how long I’ve been struggling to get just one. I could only do it on my right side though. Good enough for me!!

Then we moved on to a different combination. Piqué, piqué, fouetté. No bueno. I can get the piqué, piqué….and sort of fouetté. But I kept pulling my arms in instead of throwing them out to second. Woof. Maybe next time?!

We worked on fouetté preps and fouettés at the barre too. My right is pretty ok. My left, not so much. I keep leaning out from the barre. It’s like I’m afraid of the barre on my left side. I’ve definitely slammed my knees off the barre a few times. Not fun. Gotta keep practicing!!

My pirouettes were off last night too. I’ve been fighting a cold and horrible cough. I was coughing a lot during class and between that and the constant turning…I was getting a little dizzy. Sigh.

We started working on our recital dance for my ballet 1/2 class!! It’s to a really pretty piano-y song. I think it’s called Porcelain. Not sure who it’s by. I’m liking it a lot though!!!

Today is my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday and my little friend Jane’s 9th birthday!! So happy birthday my loves!! We are going out to dinner tonight to a place called Brasa. It’s a Brazilian Steakhouse?! We’ve been there a few times. It’s basically all you can eat meats. It’s really good!! Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday 🙂


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Christmas Tree 2012

As you all know, my husband and I went to pick out our Christmas tree yesterday!!! We go to a local place every year called Greig Tree Farm. We’ve never had a bad tree from them. This year’s pick was harder than last. Last year the first tree we saw was “the one”. This year it took a little longer. I think we looked at 5-7 trees!! We finally settled on one and then my inlaws finally picked “the one” too. I love doing this with them. Every year now we go and have brunch at this local place then go pick our trees. It’s so much fun!! We put the tree in the stand when we got home and let it open up.

Today was decorating day!! My husband is always in charge of putting the lights on the tree. Then I put the ornaments on. He gets to put a few up lol. We have certainly grown our collection since we’ve been married!! We have a beautiful Disney collection starting. Every year we have gone to Disney together, we get an ornament to remember our trip. It’s usually either a Mickey and Minnie holiday one, or one with the whole gang on it with the year written on it. I love this ornaments so much. These get placed high up on the tree so no bad little kitties or dumb doggy break them. I’ve also started getting unique glass ornaments from Macy’s every year. I have some really pretty birds, owls, round glass ones, feathery birds, etc. I love decorating the tree. I look forward to doing it all year long. And last but certainly not least, our tree is never complete without the Disney Monorail underneath it. My husband is also in charge of this. He loves this thing. We got it last year on our trip down there and have said it will go under the tree every year.

Pretty soon gifts will be piling up under the tree!! I love giving gifts (and receiving!!!), but man do I hate wrapping them!! All that work and it takes 2 seconds to rip it off. At least they look pretty!! Even the dog and kitties get gifts under the tree and their stockings!!

Even though it is now officially December, it has been raining all day here. What?!?! I actually am kind of looking forward to some snow. Last year we barely got any and it just wasn’t the same.

Well, back to the grind tomorrow!! The husband and I have officially decided to hold off on hard core dieting until after the holidays. I’m still going to eat healthy everyday.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!! 🎄🎅🎁😃

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Nutcracker Love

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So last night was the highly anticipated Nutcracker show!! I loved every minute of it!! Our seats were amazing. We were right in the center, back far enough to have a good view of the entire stage. LB and her husband were a few rows in front of us!! It was a fun night out with them!! I know she was as pumped as I was for this.

The stage and set decorations were so pretty and very well done. I liked Act 1. It was interesting to see all these ballerinas dancing around in ballroom shoes. They were exquisite. It really shows their level of professionalism and versatility as a dancer. Their dresses were pretty neat looking too. Clara, who was played by Katherine Minor. This was her first year with Joffrey Ballet Company, so I guess her having this role suited her. In their production, Clara really didn’t do much dancing. She was the main character in Act 1, and appeared in all the Acts, but she only really danced in Act 1. I think she did a good job. Her feet looked beautiful and she danced her role extremely well. Scene 3, The Land of the Snow, was very pretty!! The snow falling paired with the exquisite music and dancing was really magical. The Snow Queen was played by April Daly. She was absolutely stunning. Watching her hit her leg extensions with all the snow falling was just beautiful. She looked beautiful and danced effortlessly. And her costume was gorgeous.

Act 2 was by far my favorite. There was so much pointe work being done!! Between the Waltz of the Flowers and the Divertissements, the choreography was stunning. The Sugar Plum fairy was played by Christine Rocas. She was my favorite dancer. Watching her dance was simply amazing. She looked beautiful. The choreography for her was perfect. I loved her costume too. She was the only one to do fouettés, and boy did she do a great job!! The Divertissements were so cool too. I loved them all. My two favorites were the Chocolate from Spain and the Tea from China. I liked the Chocolate from Spain because of her footwork and choreography. She nailed her role. And I loved the Tea from China because I also thought their footwork was amazing and their costumes were adorable.

The Grand Pas De Deux was just breathtaking. The choreography was so awesome. Both dancers hit every step and looked beautiful while dancing. This was such an amazing end to this ballet.

I have to say I really,really enjoyed this ballet. The costumes were beautiful, the sets just right, and the dancing was exquisite. Being able to appreciate the hard work and years and years of dedication these dancers have given really is humbling. Watching professional ballerinas is just so amazing and inspiring. So after seeing this ballet, I still stick with my feeling….. I am a ballerina. I’m an adult novice ballerina. They are adult professional ballerinas. I know I’ll never dance like they will. I’m not supposed to. I didn’t dedicate my entire life to dance from a young age. And I’m ok with that. I love the ballet I do get the opportunity to do. And even though my arabesque looks nothing like any of the ones I saw last night, I’m still proud of myself. Who knows what I will accomplish in my dancing.

I encourage you to look up the Joffrey Ballet. They are considered one of the top companies here in the US. It definitely showed in their dancing last night. I really enjoyed clicking through the biographies of all the dancers. I’m very fortunate that I was able to go see this production. I hope to see more some day.

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