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dancing weekend

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After the Saturday 3:30pm, 6:30pm and Sunday 1pm shows my complete body was exhausted.  Not only did I dance in 3.5 routines I also helped to chase down 3-18 year olds to make sure they were where they needed to be.

For me, this was the best recital I’ve been apart of while I’ve been dancing/teaching at Spotlight.  All the “older” girls did a variation to the Sleeping Beauty ballet within the recital. I heard great reviews with having a ballet production within the recital.  I had a minute solo as a “gift” to Sleeping Beauty and then was joined by  two beautiful dancers who just started pointe.

gift to sleeping beauty

For our Teacher Dance, not that we wanted to but we waited until the morning of the recital to choreograph our piece…there just isn’t any time to teach ourselves a dance when we have hundreds of other dancers to worry about!  Our dance turned out great and each teacher was give two counts of eight to showcase a little of our talent. Along with some turns, I kept it simple with a leap…

teacher dance

The green in our costumes glowed in the dark and there were a few sections where we had black light on. I can’t wait to see the video to see how the dance turned out but I’m pretty sure we rocked it.

teachers!

I’m so proud of all of our dancers; they truly did a great job and worked so hard for our three performances this past weekend. Now with the recital checked off my list and our wedding is exactly one month from today I’m ready to focus on my daytime job and finishing up wedding plans….though, I can’t wait for our summer session to begin at the end of June!

**the first two photos are by KJay Photos. and the third is from my camera.

Reunited!

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Isn’t it wonderful when  you find out a friend from back home lives less than 2 miles from your new residence?! Well hooray for that! My friend and fellow ballerina, found me, here.  By here, I mean, this blog!  I wrote about her place of employment on my blog and it popped up on her google alerts, she contacted me, and in the past couple weeks, we’ve reunited!

reunited!!

Here we are in our hay day…we were always paired together because we are so similar in height.   Holy cow, I think this photo was taken 6 years ago.

ballerinas

I’m really looking forward to sharing more memories on this side of Lake Michigan with her!

dance-tastic.

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Performing in 5 dances, three ballet-one lyrical-one hip hop, with bruised toe nails, swollen feet, and an exhausted body later–I’d say it was a successful recital weekend.
my flowers!

my flowers!

I’m so apprecative of the all the people who came to watch! Thanks to all who sat through the show.  It really means a lot to me.  Much love to my mom who made the 5+ hour drive to repay her dues for missing a few recitals when I was a little girl.  I think her debts are  all taken care of.  

soaking feet.

soaking feet.

I toted in my pan from home to have an ice bath for my feet in, before and after each show…I’ve never had such sore feet like this before.  I’m not going to post a close up photo of my big toes, it’s not a pretty sight.

 

jai ho costumes

jai ho costumes

My solo turned into a quartet, which was fine by me.  My creative juices weren’t flowing and it turns our choreographing with three others is amazingly fast.  We started on Tuesday and finished Friday afternoon, just in time for the big show on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to choreographing I had three more costumes to make (for the quartet) and altering of the bazillion costumes I made, not to mention  two dress rehearsals making for one busy week.  I’ll have photos soon of all the costumes I created.  For now, it’s time to rest and prepare for the next recital…in August.

a new leo

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The ballet fairy I wished about never came knocking on my door so I decided since this Fridays paycheck brings a bonus, I could justify getting myself this leotard in black.

New York City Ballet Dress

New York City Ballet Dress

At my old ballet company we had a leotard very similar to this one except it had a cute little bow in the front.  I LOVED this leotard.  I felt like the best ballerina ever.  I bet I’ll feel just as special in this new one.  In 3-7 business days I’ll let you know!

The old NYC dress I had.

The old NYC dress I had.

Looking the part is half the battle so now that I have new pointe shoes and my leotard is on its way, I’m halfway there! Now I just have to work on that thing called grace.

En Pointe

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Aren't they pretty?

Aren't they pretty?

 

 

I found the perfect pair of pointe shoes this weekend.  At least I think I did.  We’ll know next week  after payday and a couple classes to see if they really are perfect. 

They are, Capezio’s “Glissé Pro” G115 size 7.5 WW.  It was definitely time to start searching for a new pair.  The ones I’m currently on are 5 years old and I have a blister the size of a nickel on my big toe in result of them being too broken in.  When pointe shoes are too broken in it becomes dangerous.  My ankles are still trying to gain the strength they used to have and falling off “en pointe” isn’t anything I’m looking forward too.   

I’m really looking forward to a shiny new pair of pointe shoes!  While I’m at it, there is this leotard I’ve been eyeing for a couple months.  If there is a ballet fairy out there, I would like it in black and in a size M or L please :)  follow this link to the #1076 by Danskin New York City Ballet Dress.