ballet, dance, Developpes, Legs, Uncategorized

Developpes

Developpes are so beautiful and every ballerina wants the beautiful sky high extensions. The truth is they are easier said than done. My developpes aren’t perfect, but everyday I do these things to try to achieve developpes like the pros….

1. They’re are tons of great leg exercises….to many to list but here’s a few I do daily…. squats, walking lunges, calf raises, mountain climbers, sumo squats, burpees, and squat jumps.

2. To have great extensions you have to have strong hips….it’s something that adds to the beauty. You’re not just throwing your leg up there, you’re showing your strength and control.

butterfly, pigeon pose, glutes bridges, and mountain climbers

3. Stand in first position and put your foot in passé and slightly raise your passé and lower, just little pulses. Do 30 reps and repeat on other leg.

4. Developpe your leg, hold, pulse and lower do it a few times and repeat on other leg.

5. The best way  you get better extensions is to practice every single day!!!! Your extensions will improve I promise!;)

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Ouch

I was practicing my turns and was wondering why my foot hurt more than usual…..

only hurts a little….many people don’t notice the pain and work behind ballet. A lot of people think it’s prissy and pink, but the truth is it’s grueling. In ballet there will be injuries and painful things like splitting open toepads. The work and effort that goes in adds to the beauty of the dance…most people don’t see how hard you work or know how your dance looked before you cleaned it and that’s just one of the little pleasures of being the dancer, the artist.

ballet, dance, Legs, Uncategorized

Leg stretches

Yesterday I rode my bike for a little over a hour. I haven’t biked in over 5 months, and little did  I know today I would be sore. My hips are really tight and my thighs are sore. Sometimes after ballet I feel the same way, with tight hips and sore legs. I decided that I would give y’all some stretches and exercises to prevent and soothe the soreness.

1.lunges: great way to stretch out your glutes, hips, and quads

2. Downward dog: stretches out your calves

3.squat stretch: stretches out your thighs

4. Lunge grabbing back leg: stretches your hips and thighs (get in a lunge position and rest the knee of your extended leg on the ground reach back and grab foot and try to pull close to your body while pressing hips toward the ground)

5. Frog: for your hips and helps your turnout;)

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Liebster Award

I am excited to announce that Dancers Ballet Life has nominated me for the Liebster award! Thank you so much! (check out her blog it’s my favorite!)

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 answers to the questions:

  1. Favorite food?

My favorite food would definitely be donuts. Donuts are so yummy, I could eat a dozen a day! I’ve never came across a donut I don’t like, but my all time favorite flavor would be chocolate coconut

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is Dusty Button, she is so inspiring and I would give anything to actually see her perform. Just like her one day  I hope to dance at the Boston Ballet dance company. Dusty never gives up and strives for perfection in everything she does. When I see a video she posts on instagram I am left in awe of her grace, skill, and technique. When I am at my breaking point I think of how hard Dusty has worked today and that she never gave up and I shouldn’t either

3. Favorite item of clothing?

My favorite item of clothing would have to be a dress I got from the apparel post. The dress is mint green and has pockets.

4. Best experience you have ever had?

The best experience I have ever had would be going to my 1st summer ballet intensive which was taught by Luba Gulyaeva. The camp was 2 weeks long and there was technical, point, and contemporary which was taught by Barbara Coroli. I learned so much, improved my technique, made new friends, and did what I love.

5. If you could speak any language, what would it be?

If I could speak another language it would be French. French just sounds beautiful and would be fun to learn, its also the language where all the ballet terminology originates from.

6. Favorite drink?

My favorite drink is vitamin water. I love every flavor, but my favorite is dragonfruit.

7. How many countries have you travelled to?

Sadly, only the one I live in, though one day I hope to visit France.

8. Scariest moment?

My scariest moment was when I forgot a part of my dance costume for a dance competition. I was freaking out, there was only 5 minutes before I went on stage, luckily someone had an extra leotard of almost the same color. I was so relieved and now I check twice to make sure I have everything I need.

9. Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog for an English project at school, we could basically choose anything we wanted as long as it involved writing. I decided to make a blog because it sounded cool to me and had been something I’ve always wanted to try. I love to blog and I think I will continue it after the project is over. I chose to do it about ballet because it’s something I love and do all the time and wanted to inspire dancers.

10. Favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is ballet of course.:)

11. What’s your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is never being able to dance again. I don’t think I would be able to survive without it.

11 random facts about me:

  1. I’ve been dancing for 11 years
  2. My favorite color is purple
  3. I hate sphaghetti
  4. Wearing false eyelashes is pretty much the worst thing ever
  5. Baseball is my least favorite sport
  6. I don’t have any pets
  7. I like to skateboard
  8. Strawberries are my favorite fruit
  9. I can recite pi to the 300th digit
  10. My favorite song is Crave you by Flight Facilities
  11. My favorite verse is Acts 20:24

My nominations: 

  1. mister beebop
  2. swo8
  3. danseurignoble
  4. two fat americans
  5. Longreads
  6. My OBT
  7. BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY
  8. LA BALLERINE D’ALPINISME
  9. Maysa Rose
  10. marweber
  11. The J.O.D. – The Joy Of Dance

My 11 questions: 

  1. When/why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
  4. who inspires you?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What is your favorite color?
  7. If you could be anyone for one day who would it be?
  8. Are you a morning or night person?
  9. Favorite vacation?
  10. Most exciting moment in your life?
  11. What scares you the most?

Looking forward to all the responses;))

arches, ballet, dance, feet, Uncategorized

How to: Get Better Arches

 

How to: better arches

Everyone’s feet are different, some people have flat feet and others have naturally arched feet. It’s easy to get jealous of the girls with feet that almost bend in half, but never fear I will show you how to improve those feet.

Exercises
1. Theraband stretch- take a theraband or a ballet band of some sort and sit on the ground with your feet straight in front of you, take the band and hold it in each hand and put it around the balls of your feet(straighten your feet) and point and flex about 15 times, rest and repeat 2-3 times.
2. ABCs- (can be done with theraband) lay on your back, take your knees to your chest and write out the ABCs in the air with your foot and repeat with your other foot.
3. Pointe stretch- sit on the ground with your straight in front of you and have someone sit at your feet and press down your feet to the ground and hold it for 20-40secs.
4. Point stretch 2- stand and place your hands on the wall (or on the barre) in a parallel 6th and prop up your toe and press the top of your foot, hold 20-40secs. and repeat with your feet.

Do these 4 simple stretches and I guarantee you will be happier with your feet:)