Archive for December, 2014

Dec
29

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

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Happy holidays from our family here at Nutcracker Jewelry to you!

We have spent a good bit of our holidays traveling and are currently preparing for a pretty eventful new year! How did you spend your holiday? Hopefully you are all well-rested and received everything that you asked for! Be sure to check in next week for our theme for January: A New Year and A New You.

Dec
09

How To: Balance Nutcracker and Schoolwork

As we are in the season of Nutcracker, it is important to make sure that you are keeping up with your studies. Your classmates get to go home after school and study. You are heading to the theatre straight from school to take company classes and then for hours of rehearsal. It’s hard to find time to work on schoolwork and you may find yourself falling behind right before exams. Yikes! Here are some pointers that I used to stay on top of school.

1. Work ahead. If you haven’t had your Nutcracker weekend yet, then I suggest asking your teachers for work ahead of time. If you have syllabi for your classes then you can see what is coming up on the calendar and work a little bit ahead of schedule. While your peers are doing their work, you’ve already finished it! This way you can focus all of your attention on the performance coming up.

2. Talk to your teachers. One thing that helped me so much was to let my teachers know when I had performances coming up. My studio always had educational performances which I would have to miss school for, and we sometimes had technical rehearsal cut into school on the Thursday before our show. If you let your teachers know what is going on then they will be much more willing to work with you. It’s easier for both of you to be proactive then to try to help you play catch up after you’ve fallen behind. Plus, then you can invite your teachers to the show for some extra support! They’ll love that you’re including them too.

3. Work at the theatre/studio. Focus when you need to. Sometimes you can’t get work ahead of time. Sometimes you can’t take a test ahead of time or get an extension on the paper that’s due next week. That’s OK! Make sure that you schedule time to work on homework. Maybe you’re cast as Mother Ginger and have technical rehearsal for the Land of the Sweets. You have all of the other dances to do work during! Make sure that you are around and can hear cues but bring a notebook side stage to do work. Make sure that you’re finishing your math homework while you’re eating lunch and enjoying some down time. It’s hard to do work at the theatre. Your friends are around and there are so many people running around to distract you, but you will be much happier that you finished your work during the day. If you don’t then you will get back from the theatre at 10 o’clock at night and still have work to do and that is no fun…14584013_m

Enjoy your performances! And good luck with exams!

Dec
03

The Best Foods to Eat Before a Performance

Eating before a performance is always a tricky task. You have to do one of two things: give your body fuel to energize your performance and have something light enough so that you don’t feel weighed down by the food sitting in your belly. Here are some of our favorite snacks for right before a show:

1. Trail Mix. Trail mix is super easy, you can decide exactly what goes into it, and you can munch on it whenever is convenient.

Our Favorite Ingredients: peanuts, cashews, pretzels, Chex cereal,raisins, and a few naughty pieces of chocolate.

2. Nut Butters and Pretzels. It’s important not to eat too many pretzels, but it is important to get carbohydrates in before a workout.

3. Smoothies. Smoothies are great because they include those carbs that we need. Yogurt and oatmeal can make your smoothie filling and healthy as well!

Our Favorite Ingredients: raspberries, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and oatmeal. 

What do you guys like to eat before a show? Let us know down below!