Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


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Back to the Barre

This past week flew by. After my dance recital our studio had the following week off before starting again for summer session. It was nice to have the week off, but I’m ready to be back at the barre!! We’ve been working on our recital dances since like November, so it’s going to be weird at first not to be doing them now! It’s going to be nice to get back to working on technique. I’ve certainly missed it! Our summer session runs through August, giving us another week off before the fall session starts I believe.

I still can’t believe our show is over with!! It was so much fun!!

I’m hoping to work on my turns a lot during the summer. I want to practice fouettés too. As for pointe, I just want to keep improving in everything. My strength, my turns, etc.

I’m still having problems with my left calf. That’s a whole different story though. I have a doctors appointment scheduled for next week, so I’m hoping to get some answers. I still can’t run without pain. Very frustrating and disappointing. We shall see though.

Do any of you have ballet during summer?? If you don’t, what are your plans for the summer then?

Anyone taking any ballet intensives?

Hope you all are enjoying the sun 🙂

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Dance Recital = Success!!

Well it’s all over!! Our dance recital was yesterday, and man was it a good time!!! I only have a few pictures from the day, which is kind of a bummer. I have all the memories though!

Pointe was the opening number. Talk about big expectations!!! I was so nervous. My legs were really shaky, but I tried my best to calm my nerves. Luckily, the girls I dance with are so encouraging. Well, the curtain went up and off we went! Once we got past the slower beginning, my nerves settled a little. It was a serious dance, so we didn’t smile. The task of not keeping my mouth hanging open to breath was the difficult part. My mom afterwards said I looked down a lot during it. I guess that’s ok….I was really nervous!

I then had the rest of the First Act to watch the other girls perform. The company girls are so amazing! They had a bunch of dances and each one was done beautifully. They truly are amazing to watch.

Then, came Act Two. My other two ballet dances were towards the beginning. They were only separated by 2 other dances, giving us just enough time to change. My Ballet 1/2 dance went great! I think I did a good job. I know I slightly flubbed up my one set of chaine turns, but it was because we had a small area to turn. I didn’t want to hit into the one girl near me, or push her into the curtain, so I had to adjust my turns as best I could. I felt the most confident in this dance, mainly because it was just below my skill level. Only a single pirouette, chaine turns, piqué turns, and a soutenu turns.

My last dance was my Level 2 dance. This was the dance I have been stressing over. I struggled with consistently landing all the turns. Other than that, I felt confident with everything else in the number. Well the time came….and I hit my double pirouette!! Even my husband said, “You hit your double turn and landed it so nicely!” Yay!! The other turns were just so-so. I know I came around out of each, but I think they were a little sloppy. The first set was a tour jete into an outside attitude turn into an inside pirouette. The second set was a tour jete into a double inside pirouette. That’s the one I think I flubbed a little. I also slightly flubbed my one attitude turn, boooo.

All in all, it was a great experience. I enjoyed every minute of it. I will eventually have a video from it, but until then I am lost to wonder what I really looked like!! Eeeekkk!

Thank you everyone for all your kind words and support!! It’s so awesome to have the support of other fellow adult beginners 🙂

Here are a few pics. The one is of Legal Ballerina and myself in our pointe costumes. Then the other pic is from us performing our pointe dance in stage. If you are looking at the stage, I’m the farthest on the left and LB is the next one in slightly in front of me. The last pic is of LB, me, and her little sis- who also danced with us!!

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MAY 30 Day Challenge Recap

Well, as usual, life got in the way of my 30 day challenge. Sigh. I was able to work on a few things, but not on others. Here’s what my goals for May were:

Ballet:

1. Stretch daily.
2. Clean up double pirouette on right side.
3. Clean up my arms in my dances.

Running:

1. Get myself to a steady 10:00 pace.
2. Improve my 5k time.
3. Increase my distance to 8-9 miles.

Well, I can tell you now…I did not stretch daily. Heck, I barely stretched. Most of it was due to my nagging calf muscle. Stupid calf muscle. I have cleaned up my double pirouette on my right side….just slightly though. I still struggle with being consistent. I’ve also worked on my arms a lot. I’ve cleaned them up considerably in the pointe dance.

My running goals didn’t really get to happen. After I injured my calf, my teacher put the axe in me doing any more running until the recital was over. With the exception of my Cleveland 5k that was. But in running the Cleveland 5k, I improved my 5k time to 28:06…..took 4 minutes off my last PR. Also in that race, I ran a 9:02 pace. Most likely a fluke, but we shall see. I was not able to work on distance. That will try to happen in June.

All in all, my May challenges went pretty well. I was able to achieve some improvement in both ballet and running. I’m looking forward to new June challenges.

How did your 30 day challenge for May go??


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Recital Week is Here!

Well it is finally here!! Recital week is upon us! With these last few days left, I will be practicing as much as I can. We have our normal class tonight and Thursday. Then our rehearsal is Saturday with the show on Sunday. I’m still really nervous. I’m nervous for my turns in our ballet 2 number. I’m confident about my level 1/2 dance. And I think I’m mostly ok with the pointe number. I originally was terrified of it, but I’m actually doing pretty well with it. We shall see what happens! I hope my family likes the show. Compared to the dance I did last year, these are much more advanced! So hopefully everyone will enjoy the show and like what I do.

I will eventually be getting a video of our recital, but I’m not sure if I will be posting any of it. I will have to talk to my teacher and see how she feels about it.

I can’t believe this dance year is coming to a close. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time. I’ve been frustrated with my dancing a lot this past year, but I have to keep it all in perspective. I’ve come a long way and my teacher is proud of me. I may not be perfect at all of my turns yet, but I’m getting there. Even just in pointe, I’ve come a long way. I’m amazed at what I’ve learned to do. And I feel confident in it. Which is nice. I’ve become closer to the girls in class, along with my teacher, which has all been so great! I really enjoy dancing where I’m at and I’m thankful for the opportunities my teacher has given me.

So here’s hoping that this week goes well. I’m hoping to have a good last 2 classes. We will be having class in the summer too, so I’m excited. I’m also excited to be able to get out there and run! I’ve missed it!! Good luck to all of my other fellow bloggers who have dance shows coming up too! I’m sure everyone will do great 🙂