Archive for November, 2014

Nov
24

Balancing Thanksgiving and Rehearsal

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!! (Imagine that I sang that to you) And by the most wonderful time of the year, I mean that we only have 31 days until it is CHRISTMAS! But first, we must get through Thanksgiving. So let’s talk about getting through the holiday that lends itself to eating our weight in turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce when you have rehearsal the next day/over the weekend.

After Thanksgiving you often hear comments like, “I’ve literally gained 15 pounds over break,” or, “I can’t believe how much food I ate!” I’ll admit, it’s hard when your dinner table looks like this:

You spend all day cooking food, smelling the food, and then you have to watch everyone else eat that food. And your supposed to stay away from bits of it? Nah! This is what I will say, don’t deprive yourself! Have a little bit of everything! Just make sure that it’s in moderation. You don’t need to go back for that third plate…but you can have a little bit of everything! I mean how do you turn down the pies?

Listen to your body. If something makes you feel heavier, then have less. You want to make sure that you still feel well enough to rehearse. You won’t gain fifteen pounds in one day, but you may feel like you’ve gained fifteen pounds in one day…You don’t want to spend your entire day feeling like you want to be this baby:

Lastly, be responsible. You know that you have a show coming up. You know what your body can handle. Take care of yourself so that you can be ready and alert to rock rehearsal after your Thanksgiving!

Nov
23

It’s That Time Of Year

Be sure to order your Nutcracker charms in time for your dancer’s performance!

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Nov
10

Almost a Month Until Nutcracker!! :-D

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It’s November! Now, this is one of my favorite times of the year. The colors of the leaves are changing, it’s getting chillier, and it’s almost socially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. November also means that you guys are approaching that month mark before your Nutcracker performance. How are ya doing?

It can be hard to balance school, friends, and crazy rehearsals. How many of us have seen all of the “I can’t I have rehearsal” merchandise out there? (Raises hand) Here are some tips on how not to burn out during this time of the year and how to stay fresh and rejuvenated so that when Nutcracker comes around you are good to go!

1. Stay on top of your school work. Rehearsals are hard enough without having to play catch up with school work too. Bring your work to the studio so that while your director/instructor is working with another group you can get some studying in also. You’ll be really happy that you stayed on top of your work when your peers are playing catch-up after your performance.

2. Stay fueled. Whether your snack of choice is a protein bar or almonds, make sure that you have something. It will be tempting to not eat before rehearsal so that you don’t feel bloated and your tummy is nonexistent but trust us. When you have class in the morning and then 5 more hours of rehearsal, you need something to keep your strength up. Make good decisions. Drink a smoothie. Have some celery with almond butter. Make sure that you’re eating foods that will give you the energy that you need.

3. Stay focused. Now is not the time to be missing ballet classes. Make sure that your technique is on point (pun intended). So many times, we perform beautifully in the studio and then are disappointed by our stage performance. Practice your part until it is second nature, watch your technique, take every note that your instructor gives you to make sure that you have everything in your arsenal for the best performance possible. You don’t want to still be working on mastering your choreography when you get to the stage. Your only worry should be getting your body used to the stage, everything else should come easily.

4. Relax. This one was my hardest obstacle. When you are stressed out, it shows. Your body can’t move the natural way that you want it to which stresses you out more. You’re more susceptible to getting sick. Just relax. After rehearsal have some tea, settle down with a book, do something that is good for your mind.

5. And have fun!! You get a few weekends of Nutcracker every year. Enjoy them.

 

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Nov
03

Friday Night with the Joffrey

This Friday, I was able to see the Joffrey Ballet Company perform Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect as I had read that it would be a new retelling of the classic ballet, but I didn’t let that stop me and went in to the performance with an open mind. Naturally, photography wasn’t allowed during the performance, but I’ll share some extras from the night! Let me take you through my night in pictures!

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We left early for the city and were stuck in traffic for a good 45 minutes before we made it to a delicious dinner.IMG_1288

I got a beautiful little salad of fresh greens with goat cheese and walnuts in a light balsamic dressing.

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Along with a crab cake in a pesto.

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And then we made our way to the theatre where I impatiently waited for the production to begin. I bided my time taking pictures of our beautiful surroundings.

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Firstly, I was so impressed by the dancing. I have had the privilege of seeing a number of dance companies, but the caliber of dancing found at companies like the Joffrey is remarkable.

Secondly, the choreography was definitely different than what you see at most performances. Wheeldon reimagined Swan Lake and transported it from the traditional 15th century setting to place the performance in 18th century France. We were watching a ballet company put on a performance of Swan Lake, and we saw how the Principal Dancer playing Siegfried saw parallels between Swan Lake and his life through dreams. The setting allowed for a number of references to Degas’s work of dancers which I personally loved the decision to move the time period because I had a teacher who was obsessed with Degas’s dancers and saw how she used the paintings for inspiration when I was younger. Though different, the story was beautifully told, and I don’t think that the format took away from the story except at the end.

I do wish that there had been the same tragic impact that the original telling of Swan Lake had. Because of the dream like story telling everything was still okay at the end of the ballet whereas, I do enjoy a good tragic ending. So while I really enjoyed everything about the ballet, I don’t need a retelling of my other favorite ballet, Giselle, anytime soon.