Dance Spring Show!//my experience

Dear Readers

this weekend was the show! The spring performance of my dance studio! It was an interesting but rewarding experience. Let’s get into the post!


tech rehearsal–the warm up

tech rehearsal is basically when we run all our dances in our regular dance clothes, not costumes, makeup, and hair. This is so we get used to the stage and marking formations. This year at tech, we went to get boba tea before to get a pre-snack and to give us a boost, since it would, no doubt be a long night.

BTW: edited on VSCO! I love VSCO soooooo much!

So after getting our boba, we left to the theater, with our bags full of pointe shoes and yoga blocks. i was pretty worried about this years show since I was in a total of 8 pieces. This meant I had A TON of “quick changes” meaning you only have one dance number (about 2-3 minutes) to change your shoes, costume, hair, and sometimes makeup! Yeah, I know, that alone pretty much finished me for the night. Luckily for tech, all i and to change was the shoes. Tech ran smoothly and long. By the time we left, it was 10 PM (and still a school night for most of us). I still had homework and was exhausted from almost 5 hours of dancing. I crashed as soon as I got home.

dress rehearsal–the disaster

Dress Rehearsal, basically the show but with no one in the audience. I show up to the theater in full hair (a high well gelled ballet bun) and makeup (thick show makeup). I was scared since today was the first time trying out my “quick changes” as well as the day they took pictures. we took class to warm up, then the night began. It started out fine, except my turns weren’t on spot. But, they were still better than what was about to come. So I went through my quick changes, barely making them, covered in a  layer of sweat. Part 1 was over so it was on to the next part. Then, I made my mistake. Instead of practicing my dance (a really hard adv ballet piece that I was the youngest in), I decided just to chill out and relax, as I was pretty tired. WORST MISTAKE EVER

I ended up forgetting that dance (on stage) as well as slipping and falling on my butt during it. and yes, all the way DOWN

and yes it was pretty much this bad (even though that’s obviously not me)

Yay! icing on that disaster cake was when I talked to my teacher (more like desperately apologized to him). He didn’t seem that happy with my performance. The rest of the night (kind of) made up for that huge disaster cake, as I did really well in my last 2 pieces of the night. I left the theater excited, but mostly nervous for the next day. showtime

show no. 1–recovery

I walked into the theater with a vision of performing perfectly that night. I was running late so I grabbed my ballet shoes and began to run to the stage, where warm up was. I sighed as we began ballet class, relaxing into the familiar movements and music. However, I still had a layer of nervousness wrapping around my mind as I remembered the mess ups of last night. AFter class, I changed into my costume and took some cute pictures (with my Polaroid of course). before we knew it, it was time for the show to begin. the curtains rolled open and the stage lights lit up the  stage. The first dances went well, I still wasn’t quite happy with my turns but they weren’t that bad. My quick changes were hard to get through again, but I made them. i did do a major-ish mess up in my last ballet dance of part 1 but I covered it up as best as I could.

Part 2 now began. I changed into my sparkly gold costume and did exactly what i didn’t do the day before. I practiced, and practiced, and practiced. Did I mention that I practiced? The dance went WAY better than the day before. I actually did pretty good. The accomplishment of that made me get through the whole night. I took a couple more pictures and then went out to greet my family, and friends.  1 show down, 1 more to go.

show no. 2-a goodbye

This show was not bad but I feel like it was a little worst than before. Nevertheless, I still felt happy with my performance in general. However it was also a day of goodbye. We had to say goodbye to three seniors and another girl moving to an arts boarding school in Michigan. We were also saying goodbye to all of our dances we’ve been working on since February, and the 2016-17 team.  I have to say at the last bow I was tearing up a little (actually a lot). I will miss everyone and hope they always come back to visit.


This show week ended on a bittersweet note however I never wanted it to end. I hope you enjoyed my post!





Audition for LINES Ballet Summer Intensive//my experience

Dear Readers,

Two days ago, I took the best ballet class of my life. It was for an extremely prestigious and selective summer program, Alonzo King’s Lines ballet. I was really nervous to go since I would be one of the youngest dancers auditioning, but I was extremely happy I decided to go! This is my thoughts… my takeaways…my experience.


What was the audition like? 

I felt very nervous as I stepped into the crowded studio. Girls were sprawled all over the dance floor stretching. Some of them had messy buns that loosely flopped out of their heads, others with buns so tight it seemed like it hurt. I humbly walked to the corner of the room and put down my dance bag, trying not draw much attention. I got there early to stretch and it seemed like most people had the same idea. I quietly stretched, not trying to be intimidated by the amazing dancers around me. One guy did push ups, his arm muscles bulging. Another girl lifted her leg up over her head like it was nothing. Every one seemed older than me and more mature.

Finally, our teacher walked into the room. A couple of people were divided and escorted to another room to audition because of their age. Still, 65 dancers remained in the room i was in. Only about 20 went to the other room. We were placed, based on our audition numbers at barre.

Our teacher was amazing. His name was LeeWei Chao. He was so inspiring and made class so fun. As soon as we started the first combination, I knew this class was going to be different.

“Breathe… the movement never stops.” he said as we plied. I feel like I gained so much knowledge and artistry in that one class. Even if you aren’t planning to attend the summer intensive, I would recommend just taking the class.

We did a full ballet barre warmup. Be prepared to learn it fast because he said the combination pretty fast and expected us to know it and repeat it to the left. After barre, he separated us into groups for when we did the combinations, again based on numbers we had. I was lucky to be placed in the front and center of the third group. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t placed in a good spot, because the judges are great at watching everyone.



Yes, there are some judges, 2-3 that watch your class. They have some sort of grading sheet used to evaluate everyone.

In my class, we did tendus, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and diagonal in center. I did pretty good except I wish I learned the combination better, which would have made me more successful.

Then, we went ONE BY FREAKING ONE from one side of the room to the other doing improv. We first did it to a ballet song, then we were surprised as an electro remix began to play. I love improv because it really helps show your individual movement. What makes you different from teh rest. Just be yourself and you’ll do fine in improv.

And that was it. The audition class was 2 hours, but passed by surprisingly quick.

What are the people there like?

What I learned is that the people there are a mixture of very outgoing and kind, fake nice, snobbish, or downright cutthroat. I befriended a girl about the same age as me which was great because we went over the combinations together, gave each other pep talks, and made each other laugh. I suggest trying to make a friend or two or bringing someone you know because it will make your class more enjoyable. One girl was very fake nice. She had a ton of makeup on from “Yagp.” I’ll admit, she was good, but she just seemed very fake and was only being nice to make the judges think she was a pleasant person to be around. Another girl, tall, mature, with a face of freckles, was very snobbish. I tried to say hi to her but she ignored me. I get that you want to be focused but SERIOUSLY CAN YOU NOT BE SO frEAKING RUDE GIRL??? Finally a couple of girls were downright cutthroat. Pushing people out-of-the-way to be in front, giving me dirty looks, jesus girl CALM DOWN. Most people were quite plesant however. It was nice to meet dancers from all around the area.


I would go again just for the class. BEST CLASS EVER. I had such an inspiring teacher, met some inspiring dancers (as well as some not so nice ones, and had a great audition experience. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get in, based on how selective it is, but I do know I tried my best, I’m happy with what I put out for the judges, and that i would do it again in a heartbeat.
Next week I have another audition for Joffrey Ballet. And I can’t wait!




Pool Parties+Updates

Hey Readers,

Ahhh I’m still recovering from last night! Last night I had our end of the year dance team pool party. And it was like 9 at night, 40 degrees, and the winds were going at full force. But it was still fun because I mean it was a pool PARTY, and Liv’s pool was heating to the point where the pool was letting off some steam. So I decided to jump in. Except, I forgot my bathing suit. I came straight from an orchestra concert so I forgot to grab my bag with the towel and bathing suit. Shoot.

Luckily, the host, Liv, had a drawer full of bathing suits so I grabbed the ones that I thought would fit me. (aka the one with the least padding in the top and the smallest bottom size) The top fit me fine. It was very cute and I actually plan on possibly purchasing it. (If you are too,*wink wink,* click here.) It was slightly padded, meaning it gave me a lot of support when I was swimming. The bottoms were…. Big. that’s all I have to say. Liv is a year older than me and she has a more curvy body type. I don’t- I have a more straight up and down body. . So I spent a lot of the night hiking them up. It didn’t help that there was a bow on the butt that weighed it down so that every time I got out of the pool, it was sliding down. Anyways, after changing into mine Liv’s bikini, I looked at my team, all sporting bikinis and dancer’s bodies, and I ran out into the freezing cold, the wind blowing at me, and jumped straight into the pool! (You only live once right?) After that, the night became more fun. The host ordered Chipotle and one of the Dance Moms brought homemade mini cupcakes. The food was gone after we went through it. I mean think about it, 15 hungry girls coming from dance class! We grabbed our food and ran into the hot tub. Next, we played pterodactyl, brought to us courtesyly by Kristen.  In pterodactyl, you can’t show your teeth. You are in a circle and you have to say pterodactyl-hence the name. If you show your teeth at all, you are out.  We all crowded in a circle in the steaming, bubbling hot tub and we started. It was fine at first, but soon I got out along with half the girls. Since it was the Top 5, Kristen changed up the rules a little. You have to say a body part, either an internal or out-ternal organ. We cracked up at that. I was feeling so hyper from the Sprite I just had. The finalists faced off. Everyone cracked up again when Anika Selena muffled out vagina. That put three of the girls out of the game. Now it was finals. Sasha and Selena faced off until Sasha became the reigning champion.

Next, we separated in groups and each made up a dance/singing routine. I immediately got in a group with Sasha, Liv, and Selena. We started our dance which we decided would be to Who Run the World-by Queen Bey! It involved us doing a kick-line, some booty shaking, some sassy walking, and some off-key singing/screaming. We ended by jumping into the pool. It was pretty cool. We performed ours along with everyone else, and while it was good, the title of winner went to Kristen’s group, which was a remake of Sexy and I Know It but it was called, We’re better than Nona’s and We Know It (Nona’s is our rival school that we always beat)! It featured some rapping from all the girls in the group, and an almost Broadway-ready dance routine.

Finally, we just sang all of our competition songs, talked about all the funny things that happened this year (like Faith grabbing Julie’s butt causing her to snort up water and throw up in the pool at Jump), and having swimming races. Finally the night came to an end. We were all tired, except Kristen who is never tired. We left and said our goodbyes. The new season was starting next week. On Sunday, there auditions and who knows if we’ll all be back next year. We had one last group hug. 1, 2, 3 PBS!

Updates: Here are some posts you might see in the next week or two.

-Dance Team Auditions: part 1

-Dance Team Auditions: part 2

-May Favorites

-Summer Plans

-(hopefully) Advice Column #2

-15-16 School Year Reflection


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