Today I am going to be sharing with you all some of my necessities I use for ballet/pointe! Also, you can follow along with some of my tips and tricks. If some of you are not dancers, still feel free to read and see what a day in the life a dancer’s feet is really like!
I wear my pointe shoes about every day for at least 3 hours. I am training at a local ballet school at the moment. I wear Gaynor Mindens. For those who might not know what these are; Gaynor’s are a newer type of pointe shoe that are made entirely out of plastic and foam, rather than the traditional pointe shoe. Typically, most pointe shoes are made out of a paper mache, but Gaynor Mindens kind of changed that idea so that the shoe itself could last longer! I do like them a lot, especially since Gaynor Minden has helped me create the my perfect shoe!! I absolutely love that the shoe itself is quiet and most of all lasts a whole lot longer. And they are so pretty, each time I sew a new pair of pointe shoes I feel like a princess!! I feel like most ballerinas spend there whole career looking for the perfect shoe, almost like princesses in the fairy-tales! The picture above is me wearing my Gaynor Mindens. I really do like how they immediately shape to my foot and I can warm-up/roll through my feet nicely at barre while wearing them! I have also tried Freed’s by Freed of London. I loved the shape of the shoes, but they died after a day of rehearsals and I have not had the time to find another shoe just yet. So, I am sticking with Gaynor’s forever and always!! Let me know what shoes you might wear and what your thoughts are!
I will show you a bit of what I wear on my toes!
I have found that warming my feet up specifically before class always helps and it is a lot healthier for your body, even if it is simple! It’s the little things that lead to great things! I have a set routine that I do everyday before class:
20 rises onto demi-pointe
10 reps of windshield wipers with a thera-band
20 reps of pointing and flexing my feet with a thera-band
25 reps of caterpillars (for the arches)
Achilles tendon stretch on half of foam log
Here is a video for a better look, I have listed everything above in order of the video:
Hello everyone! Today was a pretty great day, but I would like to share with you a little snippet from yesterday, Sunday. So Sunday is always a nice day, and this Sunday was very special to me. I woke up in the morning to go to church with my grandparents and my mother. I always love spending time with my grandparents, because I did not get to see them very much until they moved out here closer to us. Tomorrow, Tuesday, they will be leaving for Florida. Since the weather is getting colder, they like to be in warmer climate, but just until it warms up. Back to what happened on Sunday. We arrived at church and started singing, all of a sudden the lights went out when we sung the word, darkness. This was rather strange, but we soon found out that all the power went out due to a fire close by. Even without lights, we kept singing! This made me think, no matter what, you are still able to see light in darkness! This goes for us in the real world, as well. No matter the chaos the world may bring, your flame will never burn out! I wanted to share a quote my grandma gave me on a little sheet of paper before she left:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.”
No matter where you are in life, you should never look back and never worry about tomorrow! Life is always best when you live in the moment. Life is about moments. Do not let your flame burn out because of what happened in the past or because you are worried about the future! Just burn bright in the moments you are given!
To continue with my fall trend, I have decided to make a sweet autumn treat, pumpkin bread! I love everything pumpkin and thought that this pumpkin bread would be perfect to share with you all. This loaf smells so good when it is baking in the oven and complements a crisp fall day, as a sweet treat! This bread is so moist and when it is sliced open the pumpkin color is so vibrant! Let’s get started!
2 cups all-purpose flour (If you live at high-altitude, add an additional 2 tablespoons of flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 15 ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin, I like to use Libby’s (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour your loaf pan.
In a medium bowl combine, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and all the spices together. I like to sift the dry ingredients using my little sifter, but if you don’t have one just whisk your spice and everything nice together! Set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or hand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. The mixture might look a little grainy, but that is just fine! Add pumpkin and beat well.
At low speed, mix in flour. Batter should be fluffy, thick, and orange of course! Turn batter into your loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
Once your loaf is fully baked, let it cool in the pan with some tin foil covering it for 10 minutes. This will keep the moisture in as it cools, so your bread stays moist an soft!
Hello everyone! It is early in the morning here. I just decided to wake up early today, might as well get ahead start! I will also be creating a new blog post today about autumn and what I am looking forward to! That will be up tomorrow, so take a look! If you were wondering, I go to ordinary school just like everybody else. The only difference is that I have a special schedule that allows me to finish up school work when ever I can! So I guess I am kind of homeschooled, so that I have enough time for ballet in my day! That might have been a little random, but why not tell you all something more about me! I thought today I would talk about never giving up. Let me just tell you how difficult it can be to never give up in ballet/dance! The demands of ballet are very taxing on your body and can be to your mind as well. I have been working very hard lately since it is Nutcracker season! This year I have made a big difference in my attitude about the whole never giving up thing! There are days that are hard, but when I have those days I use that “fuel to keep the fire burning!” This makes me work even harder. When you put the right attitude towards whatever you may be doing, you can do anything! Nothing is as important than believing in yourself! Also, when things might not be going your way, work even harder. At the very end of a ballet class is when I am the most tired, but that is when I give it my all. This will make you stand out! Bring your 100% to the table even when you think you can’t or that people won’t like what you do! Life in itself is supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t then everyone could do it! It always helps me to just dance for myself because why not? JUST GO FOR IT, that is my motto! Most of all do not live with limits, you will never become better at something unless you take the first steps toward it. Most of all do not let others tell you that you can’t do something, just do you!
“Never give up on a dream, just because of how long it may take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.”
~Quote from becuo.com (found in motivational quotes)
Hello! So as you may have noticed, this is my first blog post! I am very excited to give some helpful tips for a healthy, happy, life and to start I am going to be talking about being real. In other words, be YOU! The key to a happy life is really just being yourself. I know it may seem hard to “just be you” because you see other people who seem to have the most perfect life. Honestly, that is not true because there is no such thing as the perfect life and I do not think it would be fun to live a perfect life! I have found that life is a lot more exciting when you are you! Most of the time people want to be like someone else or act like someone else may act, but what fun is that? To be real, means to be 100% you and that is the best you can be! Enjoy your life through your eyes, not through someone else’s! As you may or may not know, I am a ballet dancer. As a dancer, I have to play roles or a certain character when performing a ballet on stage. When I am playing that particular role, I try not to just be that character, but add my own flares to the character! This is my little secret to give you all! When I watch a ballet dancer perform, I am most inspired by the dancers who are unique. That is it, that is the secret! Be real, because no one can believe in something fake! Be YOU, because being you creates something beautiful!