The Not So Serious Side of Ballet

This video has been blowing up all over social media today…because well…it’s freaking awesome!  Not only is the dancing AH-MAZING he shows the humorous side of ballet.  Had to keep the sharing going, so enjoy!

Spreading My Social Butterfly Wings

It’s official peeps…I have branched out into the Facebook and Twitter sphere’s!

On Facebook, I’ll be doing some different kinds of updates there…just some fun and interesting stuff I come across which makes it another fun and easy way to stay connected.  On Twitter, this is my first time using it so I’m not sure how that will go, but I am a prolific Facebooker and you will definitely see me there!

Be sure to check out the links on the upper right side of my blog page for links to my Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest pages. I can’t wait to see you there!  Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page too!

Until next time peeps…

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Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July

Loveballet89 had a great idea to post NYCB’s Stars and Stripes performance for the 4th of July! I had to share the festive love too. 🙂 Enjoy and God Bless America!!

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New York City Ballet’s Stars and Stripes

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Did You Know You Could “Port Your Bra”?

You must be thinking…Wow…you can dock yours?  Mooring lines and everything?  I bet you use those “bumpers” for padding too.  Well noooo….

I follow a blog called The Real Full House. Check it out.  It’s a very honest, heartwarming blog with a lot of great humor. The author recently posted an entry titled, Port Your Bra that is his hilarious interpretation of a dad while at a parents observation day at his daughters ballet school. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I thought it was so relevant for those of us in the adult beginner ballet world.  I hope some fellow readers will be able to relate and get a kick out of it. Any person who is new to the language of ballet, or those of us refreshing, have heard some of the phrases said by our instructors and we’ve had to do some mental acrobatics to assimilate what was said, peek at the nearest dancer at what they are doing,  and then tell your body to do the same.

I would love to hear others’ funny interpretations of ballet movements!

Hang on to Your Tu-Tu’s!

Hang on to your tu-tu’s peeps….the Russians are coming…..to a theater near you!

Tonight is the night the Mariinsky is dancing Swan Lake live!  Check out my post on the Mariinsky here for their website and participating theaters.

I have learned that the beautiful Ekaterina Kondaurova will be dancing Odette/Odile.

This is gonna be a night to remember!

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Image courtesy mariinskycinema.com

 

This One’s for You

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Dedicating this to all who all love ballet!

This certainly brings to mind all the fellow adult ballet beginner bloggers out there who made me feel I certainly was not the only one out there.  This one’s for you 🙂

Swan Lake LIVE from the Mariinsky Theater

Folks…I am hyperventilating…..for realz…

You can see the Mariinsky dance LIVE for the cost of a movie ticket…It is being broadcast LIVE from the Mariinsky Theater II on June 6 only.  You can view it in 2D or 3D.

Here is the link to the website Mariinksy Cinema

Here is the promo video… 

Use this list for finding participating movie theaters.  I found it more up to date than the one through the Mariinsky Cinema site.  At first it said there were none in my area offering this movie but I did some more research and discovered there were theaters offering it in the big city nearby.

I’M GOING TO SEE THE MARIINSKY DANCE LIVE!!!!!!!    Oh! I just may faint….

Run to your online ticket retailer and get your tickets.  You know all the local dance schools are going to be rushing to see this and will have sold out shows.

This is my dream ballet performed by my dream company…I would never have an opportunity to see this live in the Mariinksy and this would be the closest I will ever get….Yes, my tickets are purchased. 🙂

** Please note I was not compensated or asked to promote this at all…I am really just that excited about this and wanted to share it with all of my peeps to go and enjoy it too! **

Visions of Sugar Plums Dancing in My Head – Part Deux

The conclusion to Sugar Plums Dancing in My Head

I am fired up now.  “Ballet!  Pink tights!  Plies!  I’mma be a bunhead!”  I go to the website for the studio I went to before and they thankfully have daytime adult beginning classes and some open intermediates too.  I soon learn it is the only studio in the area that offers adult daytime classes.  Not that the town I live in is dripping with ballet but we do have some nice studios. I am a mom and a nanny and with the tikes getting out of school soon, day classes over the summer would not be possible.  Evening classes would not either.  My husband’s work schedule fluctuates greatly in the summer and who knows when I could make an evening class.  I don’t want to be stop and start about this new endeavor.  I want to make the commitment.  It looks like I will need to wait until the kiddo’s are back in school.  But that is soooooo far away!  I want to go NOW!

Now, I am a believer of providence.  Things happen for a reason and timing is a part of that too.  I really need to lose weight.  I now have an awesome purpose for losing weight.  I have finally found the motivation I need to lose the weight but I need the time to lose the weight.  This summer delay may not be so bad after all…I could start to lose some poundage over the summer so maybe my wrap skirt will actually wrap all the way around me as opposed to refusing to meet me in the middle like before…(Yep…I’ll leave you with that visual for a moment, take your time.)

Before I know it, I have grabbed a notebook (the one I replaced with my pretty pink one here.) and started brainstorming on how I can dump this weight, get stronger, and be more flexible.  I evaluate the time between now and classes starting in August.  For ease of math, I make it a 20 week goal.  (It is actually two weeks beyond the start of ballet classes.)  At losing 2 lbs a week, that is forty-freaking pounds!  I can totally do this!  Had I decided how much I was going to lose before figuring out how I was going to lose it…well I would have felt like it was not possible.  This really is do-able.  That wrap skirt is SO going to wrap….

If you have made it this far (I hope you have!), you may be wondering, “How did a notebook turn into a blog?”  Because it can, baby!  I love to write. It’s in my soul nestled somewhere close to dance. I wanted something that felt formal and made me accountable to achieve these goals.  I didn’t want some random Facebook post that didn’t mean more than the time it spent at the top of my timeline.  So, I turned to WordPress, tinkered around a bit and had this site, as you see, up and going.  Only you couldn’t see it.  I set it to private.  After debating, I decided the best thing was to share this with others.  I really learned a lot from other bloggers and wanted to give back, per se.  Plus, it felt more real and while it can be hard to put your 195 lbs self out there for others to read about and what-not, it adds to the accountability I need to attain these goals.  Going public was a good decision.  What’s different than when I walk out of my house and other strangers “see” me in a store or walking down the street?  The difference in a blog is they will “see” more of what is going on in my life than the 5 seconds it took to glance and move on.  So I changed the settings to “public” and now here we all sit together before our computers, tablets, and smartphones.

So that’s it…that’s all she wrote folks.  (Well, I will write more, just saying)  Thank you for reading this loooong post and hanging in there with me.  I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received and for that I am deeply grateful.

There is one thing I learned after I finished writing this blog post…even though I had stopped dancing for the past 24 years…the sugar plum fairies never stopped dancing in my head…

Dancing in My Heart

My mom has done it once again.  Sent me an email yesterday that got the tears welling up in the eyes and I had to share this one.  For anyone who has danced or wanted to dance, I know this will speak to you…

“Do you remember the time when there was a dress rehearsal for TFB*  for I think Cinderella or maybe it was Swan Lake…. Anyway there was a little girl who was severely crippled and in a wheel chair.   Her eyes sparkled with joy afterward when I and the other mom-volunteers were helping the exiting kids who had come as a school trip.   I can’t recall the exact circumstances of how she came to express her feelings after attending the ballet but her words have inspired me many times.  Actually I was afraid it might make her feel sad because she could never walk, much less dance.   But when asked how she liked the ballet, she said, ‘Oh it was wonderful.    Now I know how to dance with my heart.”    

I love you!
Mom

That just gets to me…I hope it touches somewhere in your heart too.

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The playbill from the ballet my mom thinks the little girl attended.

Yes, it reads 1983

Yes, I am THAT old…

* (TFB stands for Tennessee Festival Ballet, my original ballet studio where I received my training before it closed and I had to move studios.)