The power of DANCE

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For years, dance has been a way of expressing myself. It has been a way of helping me stay strong and happy throughout my everyday life. When I dance, I feel a wave of strength and a surge of happiness through my body. It is like the feel of the ocean touching your skin, freshening your mind, and sending a chill though your soul. Dance is my way of overcoming obstacles and fear that may stand in my way.  Dance keeps me strong, for it is simply where I belong…

~Spoken through the light of a dancer

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Understand What You Do

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In dance class, you are told to do many movements and are constantly corrected on how to do them. Whether you realize it or not, every word that you hear for each combination has a definition that ties into how to do the exercise properly. Lately, I have been studying and memorizing the definitions to exercises and have actually noticed progress in some of the combinations that I do, whether it is progress in smoothness, sharpness, or maybe even attitude! Understanding what you do is a big part of doing it well. If you know the definition of the word you are being told (plie, tendu, fondu, froppe, etc.) you can put more style and flow into your movements. Studying the definition of these words have helped me, and they might help you too! Just go to a local dance store and pick up a ballet dictionary and you might notice progress in your dancing as I have in mine! 🙂

Intensive Update

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I just wanted to keep everyone updated on my summer intensives, if any of you were wondering how they have been going. We have been very busy all week long with both, classes and rehearsals. This week so far, we had a brief introduction to modern and improv. I am really enjoying all of my classes and having lots of fun exploring different styles in dance! We are also preparing and rehearsing a few dances for the performance at the end of the intensives to show to our friends and family the things that we have been working on and how much we have improved on them. For the show, there should be a hip-hop piece, a variation from ballet, group ballet dance, modern piece, and a contemporary piece.  There are a lot of pieces to cover in three weeks, but we are all looking forward to the performance and how it is going to turn out. In the meantime, it has been exactly one week since my ABT testing! The results still haven’t returned yet, however, I will definitely let everyone know the results as soon as they come in. Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

Fear

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“Do you allow fear to control your life? Do you refuse great opportunities for fear of the unknown? Fear is something that may seem big, but fear is smaller than both, the imagination and mind. Don’t allow fear to control you, take risks, try something new, and maybe even make a choice that will forever change you…”

~Poem to self when in fear

Passion

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I am posting pretty early this morning, because I need to be at the studio by 8:45AM. My summer intensive classes don’t start until 10AM, but I am going to be assisting with pre-primary and primary classes this summer every morning that start at 9AM. Throughout last year, I assisted with the primary level and really enjoyed it! I love little kids. I found that assisting with their primary classes brought a great joy to my heart and it always put a smile on my face. I am going to be assisting a lot this summer and helping with the junior intensives in July for levels 1 and 2. I am looking forward to today! My intensives are 10:00-5:00 on Monday through Friday. Even though it has only been 3 days since I have been in the studio, I am happy to start dancing again! Bring it, I’m Ready!!! 😀

Mini-Break

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I took my exam this morning, and I am so glad that they are finally over!!! I have a good feeling about the exams and I feel so much better now that all of that stress and pressure to do well is off.

Now, I have literally three days of break before my summer intensives start on Monday. I am getting very excited, because I am getting to spend the summer doing something I love. However, I am going to take advantage of the three days off and maybe go to the beach or spend time with family. Hello summertime!!!! 😀

Preparations

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Lately, I have been very busy at the studio preparing for my ABT exam! I have been in the studio Monday-Friday from 2:00-5:00 for the past few weeks, even though it is summer. We have been pushed hard to master each combination and perfect them before the exams. These exams will test me for mastery of a certain level in ballet. I am a little nervous, yet a little excited about the testing. Me and my fellow classmates have been preparing for months for this exam, and I am hoping that we all successfully master the level and move up! For this kind of testing, the instructor will grade us on the technique and the perfection on each of our individual movements. I have never done this kind of testing before, so it is going to be a new experience for me. We are going to be practicing for a few more days before the testing starts on June 4th. Practice makes Perfect! 🙂 Wish me luck!!