Monday, August 29, 2011

How To Get Stronger Feet

As a ballerina, you obviously need strong feet. After all, they carry all your weight and are one of the main points of balance for any dancer. But how do you get strong feet in the first place?

Well, first of all, start of doing foot workouts every day. No matter where you are, as long as you have feet, you can do them. Stand on the balls of your feet and roll up and down working through your feet.
Do this fifty times on each foot. After 2 - 3 weeks you will notice a difference in the strength of your feet.
You should do leg lifts every day, too. This will add to the strength of your feet.

Another way to strengthen your feet is to actually get into those pointe shoes and so some work! A great exercise is to rest en pointe one leg at a time. Hold that position for a couple of minutes, and then repeat on the other foot. Do this three times every second day.

I know you will hate me for saying this, but you really need to do LOTS of releves to get/maintain strong feet. And when I say lots, I mean LOTS! Like, twenty in each position, including parallel.
So that's 120 a day!
You can do these en pointe or on demi pointe. It doesn't really matter.

One last tip I have for you is to do ankle circles. Do 20 clockwise, and 20 anti-clockwise on each foot every day.

If you are looking for stronger feet, I suggest you do these exercises. Try them for just three week and trust me, they'll make a BIG difference for you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inspiration Please!


OK, so I haven't posted for like a month or something ridiculous. I'm so sorry. Every time I get on the computer (which is like ten times a day), I think 'ooh, I really should update my blog,' but then I just end up checking my e-mails or doing homework or something daft.

But tonight I am specifically on the computer to update my blogspot.

Another thing that has been holding me back is that I'm not really sure what to write about. I feel like it's time to do an informative post, but I'm not sure what to write on it. Do you have any suggestions for what I should do an informative post on?
What would you like to learn about on my blogspot?

So I promise that the next post I do will be an informative one, but for now I have no inspiration. Come on guys - I'll write about WHATEVER you would like me to (regarding dance) in the next post.

Anyways ......

Going onto a 'diary update,' now. Mom and I filled in the exam form the other night. My exam is going to be some time in October.
We didn't know this, but it turns out the exam is in Melbourne. It'll be a bit of a drive, but it will still be fun. I can't say that I'm looking forward to it - exams are too scary for that - but it'll be OK.

On Saturday Mom and I headed up to the local ballet shop to get some new pointe shoes. My other ones are not too small for me, it's just that I've overused them so now they are pretty hopeless.

The ballet shop didn't have the ones we were looking for, but they have ordered them in for us and hopefully we will have them in the next couple of days. It was so quick and easy it was hard to believe!

Where we used to live, we would have to travel a few hours to Canberra and go to the big BLOCH store there. We would spend ages in the shop looking of the right pointe shoes.
However, this time, because I know what I'm looking for, it was basically just in and out of the shop in ten minutes.


I will post soon. Please remember to comment and say what you would like me to write about.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Poll Update

Just a quick update to tell you about how my polls have been going.

Well, the first one closed on Monday. The results were:

Awesome - 33%
Interesting - 38%
Boring - 0%
Informative - 17%

So thanks to everyone who voted. The reason I am setting up all these polls, is because I want to know what YOU think of my blog. Because after all, it's the readers who need to be enjoying it, as well as the author.

The next poll that I just set up a couple of minutes ago asks you what type of posts you would like to see more of. You can vote:

- Informative posts
- 'Diary,' updates
- Picture posts

This is just for me to get an idea of what posts I should do MORE of. However, if 'picture posts,' wins, say, it doesn't mean that I am going to totally stop doing other posts, it just means that there will be MORE picture posts.

Please vote on my polls. I really want YOU to enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing on it. As I have said before, you don't have to have a blog or a Google account to vote, so please, head right over to the right had side of the screen to vote now.

Thanks all!

P.S: Thanks you so much for not voting my blog as boring, everyone. ha ha. U R All Awesome :) lol

Monday, August 1, 2011

I Am, Officiall, Ready For The Exam ...... Almost!

Hey All,

I will apologise again for the lack of updates in the recent weeks. Sorry. I have been very busy. However, I have a few minutes now, so I decided to jump on the Internet and update.

On Thursday last week, I went to a ballet class in another town, with another dance school. The girls in the class were actually doing the grade of ballet above me (Advanced Foundation 1), so they were all about sixteen or so.

However, we all did the exercises from Intermediate so that the teacher could look at how I was going. The other students and the teacher were extremely nice.

At the end of the class, the teacher called me up and said that she thinks I am ready for the exam. There are a few things I have to work on, such as getting my leg higher in one exercise, and getting more 'whiz,' on my double pirouettes.
Otherwise, I'm set to go! So that's great and exciting news.

One thing the teacher also said to me was that my pointe shoes were looking a bit 'soft,' but as all ballerinas know, you don't want to get a new pain just before the exam. However, she gave me a really good tip: get new pointe shoes now, and wear them at the moment. When the time for the exam comes around, just wear the old pointes, that are already broken in.
So I reckon that's what I'll be doing.

Thought just to share it with you all .........

Thanks for reading/commenting. Will post soon.