Ballet on Valentine’s Day

As many of you know, this past Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.

I had ballet on Tuesday morning, as I do almost every morning.  Continue reading


Indians, Pirates, and Lost Boys, Oh My!

I have a dance recital coming up. It’s tomorrow, actually. And in case you didn’t guess from the title of this post, the theme of our performace is Peter Pan.

Last night there was  a dress rehearsal for the younger girls to practice their dances on the stage, to get used to the spacing and use of the wings.

We also ran two dances that I am in.  Continue reading

Princess Maleficent

There was a conversation today in a little kid ballet class that I wanted to share with you.

At my studio, the younger children, ages 3-6, have a teacher as well as an assistant. The assistant takes the girls to the bathroom and makes sure they pay attention while the teacher is teaching. Today I was subbing as an assistant for one of my friends.

For part of class the girls sit in a circle, and, when their turn comes, they choose a princess and walk around the circle on releve. There were a lot of Anna and Elsa’s, and two girls wanted to be Aurora. The last child, however, had an interesting choice. The conversation went something like this: Continue reading

It’s the time of Sugar Plums….

It’s getting really close to Christmas now, which means that it is the time of the Nutcracker Ballet. I went and saw a performance yesterday; I hadn’t been for four years.

We sat in a box seat. I’m not fond of heights.However, box seats actually offer a great view of the stage, and you could see the choreography much better than from either the Mezzanine or the floor seats.

Back to the ballet. Continue reading

Coloring! My Pointe Shoes?

I’ve got a ballet performance of Sleeping Beauty this Saturday, and I just learned that my piece is on Pointe. For those who are not dancers, this is when the ballerina is on her toes in shoes much like wooden blocks.
This year, after three years in a row of dancing The White Cat, I’m Bluebird. This is traditionally a male part, but my studio (excluding Hip-Hop classes) is all female. We bring someone from outside the studio to be the prince.

So my shoes have to be blue for my part.

I’m going to share how I did this. Continue reading