Lighten Up!

STOP THE DRAMA!

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Time to take break from the oh-so-serious mood that can sometimes overtake a dancer! I thought about all the funny pics I could show you: easy, go-to images to make you smile:

Animals in Tutus
Babies in Tutus
Men in Tutus
All manner of goofy ballet and dance memes
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But maybe, instead of the easy laugh, the take-away here is really the remembering of JOY. You remember why you dance in the first place, right? Isn’t it sort of to feel like this:

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Oh I know what you’re thinking. Sure, THAT dancer can be happy and joyful, just look at her! That’s Marianela Nunez! When she leaps the angels sing, a thrill courses through all who see her, the sun and the moon and stars align and all is right with the world. I will NEVER leap that high, my leg is NEVER straight, and getting a split, much less an over-split, is NEVER going to happen.

Oh dear – Did you really just think up a sentence with three ‘nevers’ in it?

WHAT ABOUT THIS INSTEAD:

Girl jumps through water sprinkler.

Now that is arms-reaching-high, face-to-the-sun, pure JOY! I believe that if you remember this little girl, the one inside of you, that when you leap you will SOAR. And that will definitely make you smile!

Or…….. We could just go with this:

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Wishing you life filled with JOYFUL dancing!

http://1000awesomethings.com/2011/01/21/325-jumping-through-the-sprinkler-in-your-bathing-suit/

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To Give in Dance

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Consider the beautiful moment in this photo. As the dancer is lost in that moment it is when she is most found, and we can best connect with her and what she is communicating. But I also feel that this photo also illustrates an example of perfect giving in dance. By one’s authentic commitment, by giving one’s all from the deepest place, a dancer gives to her audience what they came to experience, and gives back to the art of dance.

Losing all sense of self-consciousness
Awareness of your privilege to dance
Seeing beyond yourself
Being truthful
No pretense
Courage
Heart
Vow

Don’t wait for the stage. Connect your body and heart in every class, every combination, every moment you dance.

photo credit:
http://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=11133

All In This Together

Because only another dancer truly understands…

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ENB. Angelina Ballerina.

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Photo Credits:
http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6427/77/Mouse-in-the-house

http://mckeondanceandgym.com/dance.htm

http://www.patrickfallonphoto.com/2011/08/12/intern-diary-houston-chronicle-ballerinas/

http://pvpost.com/2012/03/02/lancer-dancers-headed-to-national-championship-in-orlando-this-weekend-9019

Light Bulb Moment

If you take class with the work ethic, the passion, and the drive to improve, if you love, live, and breathe dance, then you have the heart of a TRUE dancer!

YOUR LIGHT BULB MOMENT: You are just as real, just as legitimate as a professional dancer, there is no difference!

Don’t get caught up in an end-result perspective. It’s the journey, yes? If you walk into the studio looking down because you will never be as good as a pro then you may as well walk right back out. Because you are missing the point. When you hit a move just right, it’s a thrill, right? Well, a pro feels the same way! THAT’S why they do it, and that is why YOU do it. You are kindred spirits, more alike than different.

When in class, get out of your head – No over-thinking, no comparing yourself, no adding unnecessary stress to your life. You need to be IN THE MOMENT in class – Enjoy the feeling of your body moving, get caught up in the beautiful music and embrace the challenge. I see way too many people using the ballet studio as a mini-lab for working out their problems of self-esteem instead of just letting go and giving themselves permission to enjoy what they are doing. I hope you can get to that place! Hugs~

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http://cfacweb.byu.edu/departments/dance

Repeat Repeat

It’s a new dance season and you’re back in class, working on your basics, your technique. Over and over. Endless repetition and practice.

We all know and expect to put in the work that is required to dance, so: Have you made peace with repetition? Even more so: Have you learned to love it? Repetition is not drudge work, it is opportunity!

To focus on every little nuance of movement.

To enjoy the feeling of your muscles working to capacity.

To have the opportunity to get into a rhythm with your breathing.

To have the freedom to relax while you move because you have the time, through repetition, to get it right.

Repetition is the best tool in your dance bag – Use it to your advantage and you’ll see results!

The Work Muscle

Without a work ethic in dance…

any natural gifts you may be blessed with are useless.