Hey everyone, how is fall treating you? For me it’s my favourite time of the year. I love it because of the beautiful colours and warm Cozy nights. The picture above is from Tumblr. 😉
I have been super busy lately, since last week I have gotten so much homework to do. I have been super behind reading other blogs too, *sigh. 😌
Time seems to fly and now I’m halfway through semester one(this week is Week 6). It honestly hasn’t been long since I started Computer Science and I still feel like it was yesterday since I was offered a place in this uni I’m currently in.
Ballet hasn’t been on the fore-front of my mind which is super frustrating for me. I really want to improve and take dancing to anther level but at the same time uni life is taking over me. On a brighter note, now that I know what my schedule is like I can make time to dance and cross-train.
Let me tell you about being a computer science major. It is definitely not easy starting out. Perhaps I shall makes a post soon about why starting out is so hard? Let me know!
Also, a little update I will be attending an open class with a local talent who will be teaching us in my old dance studio. I’m so excited! I really miss my old studio and wish I was back. It just seems so much more open and personal whereas dancing in the city with people who are older is quite daunting.
I believe things will work out somehow in the future though. If it’s meant to be it shall be. So, just have to wait and see!
The pictures above is what my life currently looks like: study and books-actually scratch that “a computer and PDF files,” long bus journey filled with Beautiful buildings and new scented candles along with sips of tea 🍵 and hot chocolate. ☕️
In the meantime, see y’all soon in my next post!
Happy weekend everyone! It’s been a super busy week for me and I always feel like time runs faster than I can keep up with. After finishing classes today I was certainly mentally exhausted and tired physically too. Okay, I probably have myself to blame for this since I have recently been going to bed later than I should… hehe 😏.
I was sitting on the bus going home listening to my music when I looked up and saw this amazing rainbow. It wasn’t anything special but I felt my spirits lift and thought I wanted to share it with you guys.
When I was younger I didn’t fully understand how and why little moments are the most precious moments. Now I understand completely. It didn’t take me long to be happy and content just seeing this normal but special phenomenon. Also, the other day, I was getting on the bus to go to uni and as usual people got on and got off and the bus frequently stopped. But there was one particular day when I was looking out the window just as the bus stopped; I was, needless to say in autopilot. But then a feeling inside of me told me to look left and I saw two people- probably a couple wave at me from the bus stop. I was surprised but that didn’t stop me from waving back. It is such a small gesture yet it ended it making my day. 😌 People are super kind and yet reading and watching the news makes people seem so bad. I think most people have good intentions either way.
I know this was not the usual post about ballet. I really just wanted to share this small but fulfilling experience that I want you to know about. It’s amazing how small things can make your day.
Because if we don’t appreciate the small things, how are we going to appreciate the big ones? Am I right? 👌😉
Lots of love,
It’s been a while since my last post, I have been quite busy this past week with a lot of uni-related things. Especially settling in; I’ve moved to a new location to make transport easier and a new studio to make my life easier too.
So far I really find Computer Science interesting. Whilst the male to female ratio may be a little bizarre it’s tolerable. Having moved from an all-girl school all through primary and secondary school it was a bit overwhelming to suddenly be part of a male-dominated field. At the same time, it has made the girls (18 girls so far in a sea of more than 100+ boys) more close-knit and we all have gotten to know each other well. This semester, most classes usually end after 50 minutes and most days I have class starting from 9:00am to 16:50pm.
Ballet is still ongoing, I will be taking two classes a week both on Monday and if I can I will try out an hour class on Saturdays too, provided that uni does not give me too much to handle. 😖 My ballet teacher got married this week thus we didn’t have ballet. It seems like such a long while since I danced. I am really looking forward to this Monday’s class.
Last Sunday, I also auditioned for a ballet Youth Company, despite not really wanting to join. I knew Uni would render me with a busy schedule, also the cost per term was too much for me to afford as a student. But I went that day, mostly for the experience and feel of how an audition is like. The teacher was super sweet and it was a small audition class thus the teacher was able to focus on us a lot more. We learned a Giselle variation and a Nikiya variation. It was my first time learning a variation so it was super new to me and I really loved it., though picking up steps needs a little work. 🤔
Also, I noticed, I barely breathe during Ballet classes or anything physical in all honestly. I always seem to forget to breathe, because of this the ballet teacher told us to breathe very deeply, in and out. I know understand why I’m always sweating buckets and red in the face while everyone is calm and composed. I also learned how to keep my shoulders down. I have had previous teachers tell me to keep my shoulders down and I always try to, but I didn’t really understand what they meant. Until this ballet teacher told me how to do it.
Essentially, you have to try and imagine pushing your shoulder blades down. It really helped me with correcting myself. Perhaps you might find it helpful too!
Also, this month I have set myself for a new challenge. Since I got mirrors in my studio now I can see how my feet look and they are not pretty. 😂 I definitely have more biscuit feet than Banana! I began with doing a lot of releveés in first and then doing reverse toe presses then toe presses. It’s been a few weeks and I think it looks a little better. 😎
Also, if you haven’t seen the new trailer for World Ballet Day 2017 you should! It got me so excited. It also inspires me to dance too and to keep on going with my journey. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post. I love jotting down my life as not only to show you guys but for me to look back on and remember these beautiful and sometimes not so beautiful times.
This year I’m starting on a new journey with going to Uni and that means I’m moving away from home. That also means that I will be leaving my old studio. 😦 It hasn’t even been a year since I started Dance and already the time to move on is already coming. On the brighter side, I will be most likely be keeping in touch with my old studio, perhaps attending a few classes every now and then.
There is a saying “The grass is greener on the other side.” If you have never heard of it, it means that things that are not in our possession seem better and bigger and greater. In reality, it is not. It is just the same as the grass you are standing on. Moving away from home is a little like that. I wanted to move away from home, be independent and hopefully become more mature and rounded but then I feel a bit homesick for the simple life and moments I had in my hometown. I think this experience has made me more humble as an individual and understand that little moments count. I really cannot explain to you how different and life changing moving away from home may be and change you emotionally and your perceptions. A part of it is experiencing it for yourself.
Today is another ballet class with my new teacher, Ms. C and again I am looking forward to the two classes I will be attending today. Last week was a bit of a challenge as we did the full (RAD) intermediate exercises. I also had a grade 5 class which was new but doable. To get to the level I should be I should have it completed as fast as I can, as well as developing the strength and flexibility correctly. Of course, as well as technically. Oh ballet, you are a work in progress. 😌
A few hours later…….
Okay, I have just finished my classes in my new studio and boy is pointe work hard. I find it super hard to get over my pointe shoes, perhaps it’s because they are super hard! But then I don’t really want to break them in, in case I do something wrong with it! Oh, the struggle! I will definitely be incorporating more pointe work into my daily routine from now on. 😌 The first class- grade 5 was not too hard and easy to follow. Since I have only started this grade last week I can see that it definitely is getting better until intermediate came along. I guess you could say it was a “bad day” for me with ballet. I struggled a lot during the pointe exercises. Because I joined the new term halfway in intermediate level many of the girls there knew what to do and have worn their pointe shoes for a while. Thankfully, I asked for a modified level and was permitted to make my own set of pointe exercises! Phew!
Tomorrow is also my orientation day and my first day at uni, so I am super excited. Changes are exciting but overwhelming at the same time. I have found myself grateful for past experiences I had. I will touch on Uni more in the future to let you in on my life as a dancer as well as a computer applications student. 😉
That’s all for now from me! Stay tuned for more updates which will surely be interesting. 😉
Tomorrow marks the start of a new term for me in Ballet. Since the intensive I had in TDI, I have learnt so much. Even though it was only 5 days, I honestly felt like I improved faster than in a normal weekly class which takes a few weeks for me to see improvement. This post is inspired by Alessia and her post: “My eight goals to start with the right attitude.” Please go and check out Alessia’s blog, she’s a fabulous and mature individual who I believe, will achieve great things in the future and her journey is certainly an interesting one I wouldn’t miss. 😉
So let’s start! These are my goals for this year.
Better Turnout. Turnout is a huge problem for me. My technique is not bad but what makes it look horrible is my 150-degree turnout. At my old studio, we didn’t have any mirrors or Marley floors, so we sufficed with only corrections from my teacher. At the intensive, I was able to see myself for the very first time while at the barre. Now, I realize why mirrors are so important. Corrections from teachers are good but to be able to physically see what you are doing wrong is important.
How I will achieve my goal: Do a lot of exercises to target the glutes eg. Clam shell, butt lifts etc. Kathyrn Morgan’s turnout improvement and Goulet Ballet’s video. Also, stretching out your glutes is important so I will aim to stretch them after every ballet class. Tension can certainly inhibit movement in the hip.
2. Better feet flexibility.Since I have started Ballet not so long ago, above anything else I knew perfect feet is desirable in ballet. I have been implementing some foot exercises using the Thera-band and also a tennis ball for a few days and I can definitely say there is a noticeable difference in my feet.
3. Better back flexibility and strength. Back flexibility is something I have been working on for a while and to some degree, I have a decent amount of flexibility in my back. While I was in the dance intensive I was given the correction of not pushing my hips forward, but engaging my core while bending back in fifth position. This has made me realize that back strength and also the core is very important.
How I will achieve my goal: Back strengthing exercises eg. supermans, swimmers ( swimming motion with your legs and shoulders raised from the ground), pilates. Kathryn Morgan’s back workout.
4. Better straddle/Middle Splits. Middle splits and straddle is a struggle for me. Flexibility comes quite easily to me once my muscles are extremely warm and sometimes I’m able to do things my mind believes I can’t so I tend to hold back. But middle splits is something I really need to work on. I recently strained a part of my upper right thigh, I think the pain stems from a glute problem, so I can’t stretch that side much. Hopefully, it will get better soon! I’m one of those people who loves to stretch. Are you? 😉
How will I achieve my goal: sitting in straddle and stretching each hamstring in that position, doing hip stretches eg. butterfly, pigeon pose, plié in second, opening my legs in straddle against the wall. Hold middle splits for a min.
5. Improve Arabesque. If I follow through with the previous goals I believe my arabesque will certainly be achievable. Hopefully if I can, I will be auditioning for more summer intensives this year and I really would like to get this arabesque.
There you go dancers, these are my goals for this year. They certainly are achievable if I work hard. I realize strength and flexibility are very important to achieve the results of the above pictures. Many of these dancers train a lot to achieve such amazing results, it certainly didn’t take a day!
As much as I love the final end goal I love the progress even more. Ballet is a journey, an unforgettable one.
What are your goals for this year? It doesn’t have to be dance it could be academic or relating to work. Shoot them to me!
Dream big everyone! Don’t stay in your bubble, you’ve got one life to live.
Unexpected thing arrives when you least expect them to. That’s what happened to me this Saturday (three days ago) when I got my first pointe shoes. I wasn’t expecting it to be so soon but it happened and I’m really happy now! 😛
My teacher made an appointment for us to get fitted together. I went with another girl in my class, and it took around 20 minutes for each of us to get fitted. I probably tried on nine pairs of pointe shoes before settling down for one.
Initially the fitter thought I had a 1XX width and made me try on a few but when I stood up I knew it didn’t feel right since I kept on sinking into my shoe. My toes are actually pretty spaced out and that gives the impression that my feet are wide but when they are actually compacted together my feet is pretty narrow.
The picture above is a Bloch shoe, European Balance, 1X, size 5.5. I’m currently in the process of sewing them. Finally a little bit of my dream is becoming my reality. 😍
Hope you enjoyed reading about my experience. I have a question I would like you to answer yourself, are you living the life you want or are you just doing it because that’s what people want you to do?
What makes you not look forward to going home? Or better yet not looking at your phone?
My answer would be dance and sometimes I forget to eat! (I do eat but the way if you want to know!)
I think as a young child we all had certain perceptions of what our dream careers would be like and how every day would seem to us. Not just in dance but in many other professions, whether it is being a doctor, nurse, teacher or Lawyer. Everyone has preconceived ideas that do not fit the reality of what they will experience. Sometimes the truth can be heartbreaking and diminish people’s fire they once had for a path in life. I think that is why so many people fall out of love with their jobs. They see them for what it really was. People change and grow but sadly the job doesn’t.
For me, I had a preconceived idea that dancers dance all day long, performing most evening and lived a life filled with immense passion and love for the work they do. Yes, I’ve heard of the blood, sweat, and tears but it didn’t quite resonate with me and so I definitely didn’t really understand the meaning behind these words.
Now after countless research of Ballet and Company life I am happy to say I know a little more about it. A dancer’s life is a tough life. It is not airy-fairy, don’t let the dancer on the stage fool you with her easy smile because inside she probably is feeling pain from the countless blisters she obtained from consistent rehearsals juxtaposed to happiness for being able to do what she has always wanted- that is to perform.
A really good documentary I watched recently was “Agony and Ecstacy” . In my opinion, I think it portrays the ballet world and the BTS of what Company life is really like. From ahard-to-impress ballet masters to injuries, to overwhelming character understudy-ings, to competition and funding. It is all a visible reality of what life is really like inside a theatre/company.
The world is a hard place to live in and even a place filled with dreams are not an exception.
A chance to be a dancer is very slim. Injuries are likely and money is an issue.
I’m glad this documentary has shown me the reality of what to expect. Otherwise, I know I would be extremely overwhelmed and that is if I am even capable of finding a company to work with. “Nothing is impossible” as they say.
Now you must be wondering if I am feeling off-putted by the harsh reality. Quite the opposite actually, I am determined to do a lot! If you are a young dancer reading this, don’t despair. If you really love it, there are bound to be ways where you can make it! I believe it is important to know the truth though. I know when I first started going to my first job, I was completely taken aback at how nasty and mean my colleagues were. I cried the night I came home because it wasn’t what I expected. 😦
Life is tough my friends, as sad as it is. But it’s up to us to make the change! I know I can, can you?
I hope that gave you a real insight into Dance and the struggle. Being a ballet dancer is a real profession that requires just as much mental and physical strength. The Company is a business like any other business. I think this has made me appreciate the art of ballet even more because it takes a strong person to go through these obstacles.