Snow Queen

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The feeling you get when everyone is watching you is unbelievable…

The feeling you get when you guide the audience through your adventure on an icy tale is indescribable.

The feeling you get when you take a bow as the principle dancer is absolutely incredible,

but the feeling you get when that curtain goes down for the very last time is beyond words.

I don’t even have words that come close to expressing how awesome it felt to dance Gerda. Ever since I was a little girl, it was my dream to land a leading role in a ballet, but I never thought that this dream would come true when it did. Through it all, my friends are the real reason that I was able to pull off a great weekend. From the second the cast list came out to my final bow, they were all there cheering me on… They gave me the strength and confidence that I never thought I had. This experience was better than I had ever imagined, and I will never forget Snow Queen 2017.

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ARRIVED!

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The weekend, that I have been anxiously waiting for, has finally arrived. It is going to be an incredibly busy next few days!

Tonight, we are performing one 8pm show on top of a 5pm dress rehearsal… Tomorrow, we will have three shows on top of ANOTHER dress rehearsal… At times like these, I am so thankful to be double casted! My friend and I switch back and forth between Gerda and corps de ballet roles. I love having the opportunity to portray so many unique characters in a single weekend (sweet & shy, icy & evil, graceful & comforting, etc.)!

Wish me luck everyone!!

*Tiger Balm, Heating Pad, Band Aides, and Ice.

Hopefully, our production of Snow Queen will turn out “nice”. πŸ˜‰

Perfection

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“I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.”

~Drake

Why do we spend so much time obsessing about mistakes and being afraid of failure? We place so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves to do things perfectly all the time that we ruin experiences that could be filled with so much joy and happiness. There is never going to be a moment that we are completely flawless, and it is unrealistic to expect ourselves to be. It is important to do the best in everything we can (school, work, dance, life), but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about every little mistake. Enjoy being YOURSELF. Enjoy Life. Enjoy these fleeting moments, because they don’t last forever. Goodnight everyone. πŸ™‚

Life’s Garden

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“What is life without a storm?

Although you may not enjoy those days where the tears fall from the sky, it is how life’s garden grows. It happens so that you can bloom into the best you can be.”

~Maysa

*Just a simple mix of poetry and photography to close off this lovely evening… Goodnight! πŸ™‚

Through The Eyes

In continuation of my previous post:

As promised, here is the poem that I have submitted to the America Library of Poetry Contest!! πŸ™‚

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Through The Eyes

Through the eyes of a dancer,

the movements unfold,

telling you stories that have never been told…

 

Through the eyes of a writer,

you read deep into the soul,

feeling the pages of secrets slowly unroll.

 

Through the eyes of a ballerina,

you experience the truth

about all of the days of work that we spend of our youth

 

Through the eyes of an artist,

the vibrant canvas unwinds

as all of the shapes and colors combine…

 

When you look into the eyes of me,

tell me… What do YOU see?

For, this is all that I am and ever hope to be…

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What do you think???? Do you have any ideas that would have made this even better? I would love to hear your input in the comments section.

Night of Variations & Beauty and The Beast…

The applause rained halfway through my variation on Friday night… By the time I finished, I had the biggest smile plastered on my face; I significantly surprised myself. The variation that I chose was a huge challenge, and it was a great accomplishment to prove to myself that I CAN DO IT! People who have seen me dance know that I am not known for my flexibility (one of my biggest challenges), I am known for my fast footwork, cleanliness, and technique. It was definitely one of the fastest variations that I have ever attempted, but I am so proud to have done it! In the end, it was so encouraging to have been told that I was a “fireball” and “firecracker” by multiple peers. All in all, it was an beautiful performance, and I really enjoyed watching my friends dance so gracefully.

The Beauty and the Beast performances also went well! All of us felt very proud, and it was so rewarding to have performed dances that we finished only two days before the show! This weekend truly proved to us ALL that we are capable of so much more than we think! Thank you all so much for all of the support and encouragement. You are the best! πŸ™‚

Blog Award!!!

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I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Ballet Basics on https://ballet182.wordpress.com/

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs.

5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.

6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 questions:

1: When/why did you start blogging?

I actually began this blog in 2013, but I haven’t been actively blogging for that long. I took a break from posting for almost two full years before I came back around mid-2015. To be honest, I don’t really remember why I FIRST started blogging…Β 

2: What is your favorite thing to do?

Dance!! I love being able to express myself through my movements, and the power/ joy that I feel when I am onstage is not even explainable! It is the most incredible feeling, and nothing else makes me feel the way that I do when I perform.

3: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have always thought Paris would be an incredible place to visit…

4: Who inspires you?

New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder!!!!!!

5: What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is definitely my mother’s homemade chicken and dumpling soup! She is absolutely outstanding at cooking this, and it has always been one of my personal favorites.

6: What is your favorite color?

PURPLE!!! πŸ™‚

7: If you could be anyone for one day who would it be?

I think that it would be cool to step into Sara Lane’s shoes for the day, literally. πŸ˜‰ I think that it would be pretty amazing to dance as a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. She is such an inspiring dancer, and I would love to be her for the day.

8: Are you a morning or night person?

I would definitely say that I am a morning person, (once I pull myself up out of bed and resist that snooze button).Β 

9: Favorite vacation?

Visiting Key West, Florida has to be one of my most favorite vacations!!

10: Most exciting moment in your life?

One of the most exciting moments in my life was the day that I held my baby sister for the very first time…

11: What scares you the most?

I think one of my biggest fears is something bad happening to me or someone I love. I hope that my loved ones continue to be happy and healthy for years to come. πŸ™‚

11 random facts about me

1. I scored High Honors on my American Ballet Theatre exam, 2015

2.Β  I have two dogs

3. I love going to the beach

4. I placed 8th and scored high gold in Universal Ballet Competition, 2016

5. I use to play the piano

6. I have been home schooled since 7th grade

7. My favorite subject in school is science

8. I performed with the Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker, 2016

9. My favorite season is spring

10. Photography has always been a hobby of mine

11. I have a music obsession…

And now, the moment that everyone has been waiting for… I NOMINATE:

1: https://clumsyandsilly.wordpress.com/

2: https://inspirationalsteve.com/

3: https://adashofjhaee.wordpress.com/

4: https://hitherandyond.wordpress.com/

5: https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/

6:Β  https://bloomingballerina.wordpress.com/

7: https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/

8: https://estersgblog.com/

9: https://maniparna.com/

10: https://amummyfirst.wordpress.com/

11: https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/

YOUR Questions (if you were one of the 11 ^)

  1. How did you come up with your blog name, and why did you choose it?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?
  4. What is one of your biggest habits?
  5. What is your top goal in life?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. Would you rather fly or drive, if you were given a long-distance transportation option?
  9. Name two things that you absolutely HATE!
  10. Name two things that you absolutely LOVE!
  11. What is your favorite holiday?

Again, I am super thankful to have been nominated by Ballet Basics! I really enjoyed participating in this fun award, and I cannot wait to read my nominee’s responses. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your day everyone; thanks for reading this very long post!