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Lost

Happy first of December! Weather is getting cold and staying in bed is something I look forward to each day. Hby?

Some Christmas inspiration for you all! โœจ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฒ

Today I went out and took these amazing photos. Aren’t they beautiful?

Its has been a while since my last post. How are you all doing?I haven’t reviewed class in a while either. I just had one the other day and one soon! (Saturday)

As usual class was great and though it was hard at times I really enjoyed it.; For the first time I did the whole class in my pointe shoes. My teacher recommended it to help break my pointe shoes because they were and still are, rock hard. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Every time I walk or jump my shoes would be ringing and I am terribly flustered by it. You see I am usually the unnoticeable one in the classroom and it is not any different in the studio.

Just as I was getting the hang of balancing on flat shoes the pointe shoes took it to another level. ๐Ÿ˜ญ But I’m so happy with the progress I am getting from wearing them. My legs are aching especially my calves after the other night’s class and it doesn’t usually happen often. Also I have noticed I hold my breath a lot during class and it always make me red in the face. Anyone else do this too?

Below represents well how I feel at the moment in regards to my mental and physical body. Tired. Confused. In turmoil.

I haven’t been quite honest with you guys. I have been awfully lost these past few weeks trying to discover what I am truly want to pursue in the future. Hence, for not posting in a while. I have mentioned previously I was attending college majoring in Computer Science. After several weeks into the course-maybe 2 months and a few weeks I have realised it just wasn’t for me. I was struggling a lot and it stressed me out so much. I hate to think of what I would be like if I survived 1st and started 2nd year.

I hated that ballet was placed in the back seat of my mind. All I was doing was going to class anxiously waiting for the next exam and waiting for the next day to arrive. I lacked motivation to practice my dancing and I wasn’t even happy.

In all honesty, I had previously told people close to me countless times during the last two months that I didn’t think it was the right choice for me but right after these conversations I would decide to continue on…

This is NOT a good thing to do! One thing I would say to anyone out there is that if you are ever doubting something whether you should do something or not don’t do it. It will save you time and you will be much happier.

Last week, I went to my programme office and told them of what I wanted to do, that was to withdraw from my course. This means I’m course-less at the moment! ๐Ÿ˜ญ I will have to wait until next year to reapply for another uni. Right now, I’m thinking of finding a much needed job to supplement me. Wish me luck!

On a brighter note, dancing will be of greater focus since I am officially-(kind of) taking a gap year? Still I know I will be returning to uni soon. I also think I may have found the right course after countless days of research and YouTube videos. ๐Ÿ˜‚ And this time I really feel it is something I see myself doing. I guess only time will tell what will happen in the future. I am also not forgetting my dream of being a dancer. But I have realised it is not a firing passion as it once was for me to become professional. Of course I will continue with dancing throughout my life and with this I will grow and develop my technique. I think a part of me is already accepting the fact that my chances are pretty slim now. But that doesn’t stop me from dancing. It would be a pleasure though if I had a fighting chance. A part of me is hopeful yet accepting too.

Somehow something clicked in me. Yes I want to pursue this dream but is it realistic?

A heartfelt post for you all and a tiny bit depressing.

I was debating whether to post this as I feel it is way too personal but I think all my followers (who are amazing!) have the right to know. It’s incredible the people you can meet through just writing. I am extremely grateful for you all.

As always,

Lots of โค๏ธ

See you in my next post!

May- Xx

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Ballet talk · Studio life

Two places at once

 

First and foremost Happy November Everybody! Hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween!


Do you ever get that feeling you live two lives? Where you feel like those two lives are yours yet when you compare them they are so far apart that it almost feels like there were two people living those lives?

Good news today is that I’m going back to my old studio to take class with a guest teacher/dancer who will be teaching us today!  Super excited about it.

A little biography about this guest teacher is that she attended northern ballet as a student in Manchester and she graduated from the conservatory of Scotland.  Her name is Haley Cunningham and currently a dancer with Ballet Ireland.

 

Next day….

By now, I have had the masterclass, let me tell you it was a superb experience! I really loved seeing everyone. It was so nice to be back again. Of course, class started with Barre work, which I was pretty happy about. I did, however, receive one correction from Haley and that was to push my knees out more as I bend in grande plie, which is definitely something that can be fixed quite quickly. Other than that I was happy with myself.

During this masterclass -which was open to our class and also students outside of my ballet studio, I met a girl who also, coincidentally lived in the same town as me and attended the local ballet school there. When I first started ballet I actually emailed this local ballet school to see if they had a class catered to my level, unfortunately, they did not but they did recommend my now- old/current ballet studio.  My teacher, Ms. S was actually a student of this ballet school too! After this class I went home to finish my dreaded programming homework…ugh, it was such a pain, perhaps even more painful than ballet physically is, I’m serious! Anyways, of course knowing me I got distracted right away and ended up looking at my facebook, then noticing a friend request from someone. I took the time to see if I could recognize this person and was aware of how familiar she looked. Then it clicked I knew who she was and sent her a message asking if she was the girl who attended the masterclass. She replied within minutes. We started chatting and realized we were more alike than we thought. She told me she was in her last year of secondary school (or high school for y’all American friends out there!), in intermediate level and grade 5 in ballet, and also was a late starter to ballet (she started two years ago). I told her I also started late; now it is a year since ballet has been in my life and since then I have been put in grade 5 and intermediate. Both of us were of similar age although I am a year older than her.

What I couldn’t believe was how fast I have progressed.  I went from not knowing any ballet to intermediate after just a year into it. Now knowing how I CAN catch up makes me so optimistic. I can’t tell you how happy I am about this!

But what made my day the most was the comment she gave me. She asked me how long I have been dancing and when I told her she was quite surprised and asked if I have had any previous experience in gymnastics. I told her no, then she responded by saying she wouldn’t have known I was a late starter.

You have no idea how much that meant to me.

On the other hand, Uni is another story. In the previous posts, I have made I promised a little insight on the course I’m doing in the previous post. To be honest, it probably the most difficult thing I have done in my life. There are countless times where I would stay up until 1am to finish an assignment. Every assignment I get takes up my time, so much so that I barely have any time to myself let alone practice ballet. I’m still trying to stand on my two feet despite it being two months already. Good thing is, I’m not one for parties and I prefer to spend time in solitude and practice Ballet any chance I get. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m back home for the weekend meaning more time spent doing ballet and stretching. Yes!
Have a nice weekend everyone!!

As always, 

see you in my next post.

May- Xx

 

 

Studio life

New Changes

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ  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. ๐Ÿ˜Œ


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. ๐Ÿ˜Œ 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!

My new studio. โค๏ธ  Thankful to have mirrors and Marley floors.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s all for now from me! Stay tuned for more updates which will surely be interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

May xx

Studio life

TDI Day 1

A lot of you might know I’m going on a Summer intensive for dance as I have talked so much about it in previous posts. Well, I’m happy to say Day one is done and dusted!

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be so intense. I’m the kind of person who always seems to have an abundance of energy even after a lot of exercises. I guess I was wrong, or maybe I’m just unfit! That’s probably the correct conclusion since I spent all summer not doing any dance at all. All in all, I had a fabulous time and even though I got tired halfway through I would still continue to Dance.

Classes started at 10am, I got the bus to the city/where the dance studio is at around 7:40am which usually takes around an hour to get to. By the time I arrived in the city it was already close to nine. Then I walked to the studio arriving few minutes before class started. We had jazz first which was my first jazz class. It is so different from ballet though some of the moves were sort of the same such as jumps and pose turns. The jazz teacher was a very funny woman and constantly made funny jokes! It was a lot of fun until she got us to do planks, push ups, jumping squats and crunches and that was only the warm up! I was sweating bullets afterward!

Ballet was taught by an alumni from English National Ballet. Barre was sort of a warm up for centre. Here we did parallel feet, slow pliรฉs, first positions, rond de jambe and a lot of balances! Centre was quite difficult as many of the steps the teacher did was not in our vocabulary or muscle memory yet. I can’t even remember the French words he used to distinguish the steps. But still the class was very good and I think this class really helped with my transfer of weight which I kind of struggled with throughout the combinations.

Another very good class we had today was Bollywood dancing. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun, and I truly believed it wouldn’t be my “thing” since I’m more of a classical type of person.

We also had few minute breaks in between the different classes we had so that we were not all dead by the end of the day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lastly, we had Ballet Repertoire wherein we learned the swan lake, the part where the corp de ballet danced as swans in unison. I kind of struggled to learn this for some reason. Yes, the steps we were to learn was gone through very quickly but I usually pick up combinations easily with a few repetitions. I guess I was just tired after all those classes.

Hopefully, tomorrow will bring more improvements and muscle memory. When I learn something new using my body, my mind finds it hard to process and I end up screwing up a lot. However, the next day/class when I repeat the steps it all just seem to click in. Does this happen to any of you?

One of the two studio I dance in. I could live here if I could. ๐Ÿ˜
Stairs leading up to the studios. โค๏ธ

That’s all for now everyone! I hope you enjoyed reading about my life as a first timer in a summer intensive. 

Stay tune for more! 

As always, see you in my next post!

Be kind everyone! 

May-

Studio life

Back to the studio 1

Yesterday evening I finally went back to the studio to attend ballet since June. Words cannot describe how fulfilling the time spent dancing was. The evening class was 7-8pm but to me, it felt like it was only 15 minutes.

This class wasn’t the usual class where we warm up, do barre, stretch, then center work. We did floor barre this time which was super hard surprisingly! It made me much more aware of activating certain muscles in my body that I wouldn’t think about (although I should!) in ballet. There is so much to remember in ballet in every step you do. To me, that’s what makes it so pleasant because you’re always striving to better yourself one way or another.

We did tendรบs against the wall in First position, really focusing on keeping the hips down and using our core to get our leg up as well as really pushing our feet from the wall and pointing it. We also did it in parallel. Then we did Rond de Jambes which was a bit harder because you really have to be more controlled. Also, the music was slow so we had a lot of time to feel the right muscles.

Coincidentally the soundtrack was from Beauty and the Beast but a different version. Just a couple of days ago I learned how to play the full Beauty and the Beast theme song on the piano. However, the version my teacher had sounded so much lovelier! Afterward, we did knee raises/pliรฉs in parallel while lying on our backs and then stretching out to flex and point our feet. We also then did this in the Frog position, having to turn our feet outwards after stretching the legs from frog position.

Next, we focused on our arms; we sat with our legs crossed and pushed our hands outwards horizontally making sure the heel of our hands are pushing forward then we raised our hands up like the hand raises in swan lake. My teacher told me that this helps and is a good exercise for our wrist flexibility and also makes sure our shoulders are down and square. We also did port de bras, slow ones from en bas/ preparation position/low fifth to first to second then down again to en bas. Then we repeated it again instead this time instead of second we raised our arm higher to fifth and with out fingers guiding us down we slowly brought it down to second then to en bas again. This again was done fairly slow to allow us to really think about the position of our hands. I know I have a tendency to let my hands face downwards when dropping my arms to second from fifth. This exercise made me realize I really need to open my hands more as if I am holding two pennies in my palm.

Perhaps if you are just getting back from a long break or summer vacation you would like to incorporate some of these exercises to do at home before going to the studio. These exercises are really good at fixing some basic technique issues, I would recommend you to try them.

Afterward,  we did center work which included transfer of weight exercises like standing up on passe in parallel walking forward backward, right side then forward backward left side and again for three times. Then we learned a simple combination relating to transfer of weight. I was very proud of how fast I could pick up the combination, and surprised myself by doing the combination without any mistakes as I usually would last year. I can finally see improvement.

The sky’s the limit!



This is my splits progress. Since last year I struggled to get my splits but after I began ballet within a few weeks I could get both sides. 

Overall it was a fabulous class, I’m really looking forward to next week where we will be attending another preparation class before the term starts which is so exciting and I also will be attending my intensive next week! 

More future posts soon! So stay tuned. :p

May xx 

 

Studio life

First Day of Ballet Class

Hello everyone! You might notice from the title my blog and my other topics for other posts are very random.Most of the time I post things that really Iโ€™m very sorry if you are a writer, traveler etc or anyone who is categorized in a certain topic and you are following my blog strictly for the purpose [โ€ฆ]

via First Day of Ballet class โ€” Maytos

So, this is a post I have previously posted on my other account and I wanted to separate my passion for dance with my ordinary life as a teen blogger. That is why I am sharing it with you on this blog. And also, above all to inspire people into making their dreams come true! I hope you enjoy this read and comment below what you feel about it. How does it make you feel? 

As always see you in my next post!

May -XXX

Studio life

“today is a perfect day to start living your dream”

 

Last Friday was my last day in Ballet class and already I am missing it. This week has been extremely hectic as I had many exams to do. However, I was fortunate to be able to attend dance classes twice a week this week. It was honestly the best week of ballet class ย I had. It was without a doubt beyond challenging but I felt I really improved since the beginning of my ballet journey. I, however, wish my teacher would push us more. Currently, there are two other teenagers in the same class as me and who have also begun the same time as I did in Septemeber and every Friday we would learn and dance the intermediate Foundation level material. On Thursday we practice our grade 3 material and on this day we have around four more new teenagers who are also passionate about dance! If anyone is wondering, I’m currently taking the RAD syllabus. (Royal Academy of Dance) Last Thursday, my teacher challenged us to do passe turns coupled with chaines ending with your arms in second position arabesque. It was difficult but an amazing exercise. I was happy with my progress. However, I think turning my head is still something I need to work on.

I can’t wait until the next term comes around! A lot of change is about to happen as I will be attending University next year, I’m hoping to pursue Physiotherapy. I hope this will bring me to understand the human body better which will enable me toย apply this into my dancing too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Now, that’s summer vacations here and I don’t have any exams (bar one-Spanish on Tuesday) I am looking forward to getting stronger and practicing more on my passe turns, chaines and pirouettes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks everyone for reading my posts. I REALLY appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed glimpsing a bit into my life! So long, and see you in my next post. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely, looking forward to writing more about ballet related topics and me as a late starter. So stay tuned for more.

M-

 

 

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