Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ballet Audition Season!

Its beginning to look a lot like audition season! Everywhere I go..there are ads in the magazines also on the tv screen with lots of places for me to GO!
Yeah I tried to be creative and put it into song form...
SO yeah auditions for summer intensives start NEXT WEEKEND!
I just realized I need photos for an audition next Sunday and my teacher leaves in 2 days so I am kinda freaking out and hoping she can do them tomorrow.
I am super nervous for auditions because my teacher wants me to audition for really hard places to get into and I am not sure that I will get in...but at least I am trying :)
Wish me Luck
⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Injury Recovery

Hey so I thought I would tell you about my injury recovery and what I do even if it is a small injury.
1) I ice it, I have a cold pack that is flexible and I use a scarf to tie it around the area.
2) I use a TON of arnica. Arnica is a natural gel that soothes bruising or swellings and it really works.
3) I use Icy Hot or Tiger Balm and put it on to make it feel better when I can't ice.
4) I stay off of it. This rule is hard for me to follow myself. For us, being dancers, it is really hard for use to NOT dance. But give it time to heal properly and don't rush back to dance if you are really injured. What helps me is to put something on that area to remind me not to use it. For example I just sprained my ankle, I wore my splint at dance so I couldn't try to dance even if I wanted to. As it healed and I didn't need the splint I am now putting a one leg warmer on it. This makes if feel different that the other leg and I won't use it as much.

These are just my tips on what I do to help me recover.
Also eating better and sleep are just tips that you should be doing always but they do help speed up recovery.
Hope this helped you guys :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Monday, October 28, 2013

:/ Nervous /:

Hey so my ankle still hurts from being sprained but I have the Nutcracker photoshoot tomorrow that I supposed to be in for Due Drop. The photoshoot is on pointe and I am super nervous about it since it still kinda hurts to do much. Hopefully it will all be ok, its not like a huge dance photoshoot it is more just pictures of us in tutus and pointe shoes so it won't be to straining on my ankle.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sprained Ankle

Hey guys so on Wednesday I sprained my ankle in dance class. I was doing a small jump and landed on my ankle rolled. The thing is it didn't hurt much when I did it and I iced it for a while but then I got up and marked the dance for a performance. It hurt more on Thursday at school and after I went to the Urgent Care because no other doctors were available. I got x-rays and it was just a sprain but I'm out of dance for about a week-ish. I have a splint for it and I am taking it easy. There is a nutcracker photo shoot on Tuesday that I was supposed to be apart of but idk if I can now. I really want to be in it but I will have to put on pointe shoes and go on pointe and idk if I will be able to. The main message in this blog post is to be carful and not to over do yourself.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blisters

So I have a blister on my pinky toe right now and I am going to tell you what I do when I get a blister
First: I soak my feet in epson salt with is a soothing salt that makes you feet feel amazing after pointe and it will dry out you blister a little bit. If I don't have epson salt I will do an ice bath.
Second: If it isn't that bad I will rube rubbing alcohol on it so it dies it out. I only do this if it is not too deep because that can STING!
Third: The next time I have to do pointe and I have a blister I will put New-Skin on it. This will also sting if it is open deep enough but it adds a layer on top of your skin and prevents it from getting worse.

Sometimes I will tape my toes but that is really rare. My teacher doesn't like us to take our toes she wants us to get callaces and build up our feet and thats what I try to do instead of taping them.
Hopes this helps you guys if you get a blister :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hair Accessories

So one thing that I am obsessed with is wearing bows and flowers in my hair at dance. My hair just doesn't feel complete without something in my hair. I like wearing hair stuff because it makes your outfit more unique and different than everyone without being distracting. I wear a ton of flowers from discount dance or forever 21. Also I have a bunch of handmade bows that I bought. I wear ribbons sometimes but mainly just bows and flowers.
Ok this was my Sunday Funday first post and I hope you all like it and have a amazing beginning to your week.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

School!!!

So today I actually missed one of my dance classes for school work!
I NEVER MISS DANCE like EVER! I have a test tomorrow in AP History and an in-class essay in AP English and a quiz in Pre-Calculus and possibly a quiz in Honors Biology and i'm kinda stressed. I wish I could concentrate more on dance but school gets in the way sometimes. It is so hard to find time to do everything and have fun being a teenager. Well 8 weeks till Thanksgiving and then a few weeks then Nutcracker and Christmas Break.
Hope everyone is doing well!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'M BACK!

Hey so I really again don't have any excuse for not posting but I guess it has not been at the top of my priority list.
BUT I'M BACK!!!!!
Here is my update
-I am well into school now and have tons of homework
-Nutcracker rehearsals have started and we are done choreographing and are cleaning now
-My solo is coming along

SO thats kinda my update............

⭐ Stella ⭐

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nutcracker Auditions 2013

So today is Nutcracker Auditions and to be honest I am kinda nervous...I really to do well and get a good part it is just auditing makes me jittery. Its on pointe and my shoes are really good right now so I dont have to worry about that and hopefully everything will go well. I do not have a specific part I want to be I would love to have a tutu and be in the tutu dance in our Entrada. Ill write about it tomorrow after its all over but wish me luck!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Motivation/Confession

So lately I have not been feeling as motivated as usual. I think its because I have not started back to school yet so during the day I have just been sitting around and reading and stuff. Also one dancer left my studio this year and she motivates me to do better and push myself and know I don't have that same energy. I hope this will change soon. Tell me what you guys do if you just kinda feel dance overload and just not as motivated. The thing is I want to do better and I want to improve and be the best but I just have not be as committed as usual. Hopefully the next time I post I will feel more inspired.

⭐ Stella ⭐
P.S I still LOVE DANCE and it is STILL my LIFE and this is the first time I have ever felt overworked and just not inspired so just to let you guys know.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Update!

Well I have been home for about a week now and its good to get back in the swing of things. CPYB was amazing and I learned a lot and it was a great experience. Im back and my studio taking normal classes and ya. Nutcracker auditions are this Friday and I am super excited about that! So sorry for not posting as much as I should. But hopefully that will change soon. Thanks everyone for reading this blog and I will post soon.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Having Fun at CPYB!

Well I have been her for 2 weeks now and its been a ton of fun! I have some amazing teachers here that are all really helpful. CPYB is know as the ballet boot camp and it really is...we take 4 classes each day and its of dancing. I also getting some privates her from teachers because I came here to really work my technique and ya. Sorry about not posting I have been so tired every day when I get back to my room at like 8:30 so thats why, I hope you all understand. Today we are taking a field trip and there is laser tag and go cart racing and it should be a lot of fun. Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Fourth of July.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, June 23, 2013

CPYB

So I am at CPYB (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet) for 5 weeks!!! I just got here yesterday and last night was my first night. I get like really homesick and only really slept for about like 4 hours but its ok I guess. Today we have placement class for levels...i am kinda nervous but it will be fine. I actually went here last year so I kinda know how it all works. I have been without internet for about a week now so that is why I haven't been posting. I thought I was not going to have internet in the dorms but it turns out I do so I will try to post frequently! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Recitals

This weekend is our recitals for my studio. It is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and all together I have 11 dances. It is crazy and hectic but a lot of fun. Yesterday I had 3 dances and today and tomorrow I have 4 dances.
Today is also my birthday!!!! I really excited to spend it with all of my dance friends and doing what I love best!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Water vs. Pointe Shoes

Today my water bottle spilled on the floor and my pointe shoes were on the ground and the box and a little bit of the shank got wet. These were brand new so I was kinda upset but it was alright. I wore them anyways today and they felt different and weird. I got 4 pairs of new shoes for my summer intensive and I was going to break this pair in before I went so this will just be my back-up pair. I still have my pair that I am using right now and going to wear for my recital this weekend so it will all be alright. I will right a blog post on it soon.

The water with the pointe shoes messes with the glue. The water loosens the glue and it just made my shoes feel weird. I have a hard shank in Russian Pointe Shoes and the water made it feel like a Flexible Medium shank and just now a supportive than they usually do.

Hope this blog post helps you if you ever spill water on your shoes. Water can help if you put a little bit on the sides if they are too tight like by your toes around the box. It can help but just be carful.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Solo

So yesterday I learned my new solo for next year! I learned it in under 2 hours which is really fast. It lyrical but different then last years. Its to the song "Read All About It" and I really like it. It has ballet steps and technique which more contemporary and lyrical movement incorporated and I really like it and can't want to perfect it.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sorry!

Well I haven't been posting for a long time now...almost two weeks. The sad part is I don't really have an excuse, I have been on summer so I can't blame school. Dance has been not too crazy but idk why I haven't posted just slipped my mind I guess. So this will be a very long post.

Starbound:
I went to Starbound last weekend in San Mateo and got an Elite Gold. I went as an Independent and I found out later that Independent entries cannot place in the Top 10 even though I got a score of 294.5/300. I should have placed I think 5th. Oh well, I felt like that was once of my best times doing my solo and that was also my last competition for this season and doing that solos so its was kinda sad. :(

Team Choreography:
Last night we learned a new dance for next year to the song "Bottom of the River" and we get to use a pier!! Its a really cool dance, it's contemporary and more hard hitting. So ya

Solo Choreography:
Today at like 6:00pm I am learned my new solo for next year and I am super excited! I tell you guys how it went in the next post

I'm really sorry for not posting and I will be back on an regular posting now. Hope everyone is having a great summer!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, May 12, 2013

After Masquerade 2013

So I competed at Masquerade on Friday night and I just wanted to give a recap...
I got Platinum for the point systems which I was really happy about.
Also I got 7th Overall.
Even though it wasn't like 1st 2nd or 3rd or higher I was really happy about this placement.
I felt like everything was not I'm my favor and I still did well, first I was competing 15-19 and at the bottom of the age category. Also my teacher put me in Elite when I probably should have competed in Intermediate like the rest of my team except one student and my other teacher would have put me in Intermediate. Also I didn't really have a chance to have a private last week and I didn't have it for two weeks before that so I didn't run my solo with my teacher for 3 weeks.
Also I bet a couple girls that placed higher than me at other competitions from a really good studio around here so I was pretty excited. :)
Masquerade was a very fun competition my studio did go but I Senior and Teen Team did not do their group dances because of a conflicting High School Dancer Performance. I probably will go back next year.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I LOVE POINTE

I found this cool photo and thought I would share :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

*This is not my own photo and was found on http://favim.com/image/583930/*

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Before Masquerade 2013

So it turns out (pun not intended) I will be competing this weekend at Masquerade. I will be doing my solo and I just got registered today! My teacher somehow got me registered and I am so excited because I didn't think I could compete because I had a performance on Saturday but I am competing on Friday night. I am kinda nervous because I am competing age 15-19 and I am at the bottom of the age category but hopefully it will be ok and I think I am competing in the advanced elite level which I'm probably not ready for yet so ya. Hope everyone is having a great week :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, May 5, 2013

FREE WEEKEND!

So I know I have been terrible at posting lately but I have school and a ton of dance but this past weekend I actually had NO DANCE! Can you believe that! I got to be a normal teenager at have a sleepover with my friend! I really love having a weekend off but I love dance. So not much new here...next weekend I have a performance and I think I'm going to see my friends dance show at their school so that should be fun. :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring To IT!

So today I had a fundraiser for my dance academy for Nutcracker for next year. It went really well. I performed 3 dances; my solo, Little Swans variation from Swan Lake, and Stars and Stripes which was a group dance. The space we had to dance in was really tiny and the floor was super slippery but somehow I managed for nail 5 turns...idk how but my solo to me was one of the best times I have performed it. Hope you weekend was great everyone :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Knee Problems

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been supper BUSY with dance. Ever since Jump my knee has been hurting though. I have hyperextended knees and I guess I overworked it and it started to hurt. I tried to take it easy and last Friday it started to feel better. Last weekend though I had choreography for like 8 hours with a guest choreographer and that make it hurt more. I have been icing it and putting arnica and tiger balm on it but it still kinda hurts. I haven't told my teacher yet because she was getting mad because a lot of people lately have been getting injured. Also this weekend there is a fundraiser for my dance group so this is kinda a bad time so I hope it feels better soon.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Got Fouetté?????


I just enjoyed this photo because idk I just like it.

⭐ Stella ⭐

*This photo was found on Facebook under 32 Fouettes Dance Skirts Page*

Sunday, April 14, 2013

JUMP AFTER 2013

I got back from JUMP a couple of hours ago and I have been super busy! I have a ton of homework and I missed school on Friday to compete my solo. Sorry this blog post is going to be short. I had an amazing time a JUMP! I love the teacher and staff there. JUMP is so organized and always a favorite. I loved the combinations that we did and overal it was a fun weekend. I am going to be sore tomorrow.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Friday, April 12, 2013

JUMP 2013

Today I competed my solo at JUMP, I got a gold. It went pretty well except my first turn. I came back home because I was done at 12. Again my studio is not going to this convention I am going independently with 3 of my friends. Tomorrow we have classes and Sunday as well. Also tomorrow I have to drive back to my dance school for team auditions for next year and solos and duo and trios. IT IS GOING TO BE A CRAZY DAY!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Thursday, April 11, 2013

JUMP 2013 Before

Sorry this post is kinda late...I have been SUPER BUSY with dance and didn't have time earlier. SO...tomorrow I am going to JUMP and I am really excited! I am competing my solo around 10:42 ish   and also do the classes. It is really late and I have to be up at like 6 to get ready so I'm going to bed now. Wish me luck everyone!

⭐ Stella ⭐

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday 4-10-13


Happy Wednesday Everyone, halfway through the week!

⭐ Stella ⭐

* This photo was found off of Dance Photography app for iGoogle*

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Fitness Pal

Today I am going to share my favorite way to keep healthy for dance. I don't really need to lose any weight but I still like to eat healthy. I do a calorie counter with an app for the iPhone. It is called My Fitness Pal. This app you can plug in what you eat every day and see how many calories you should be eating. What is great about this app is it also lets you see how much calcium, different vitamins, sugar and other information on what is in the food you eat. You can scan the bar code of an item that you ate. The thing I like best is you can add in all of the exercise you do to get a pretty accurate result of you calorie intake that day. This is just what I do sometimes not everyday but when I feel urged to be super healthy.

⭐ Stella ⭐
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

*Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with My Fitness Pal this are all of my own opinions to their app*

Monday, April 8, 2013

10 Things Ballerina's NEVER Say

This is so true...except for #8 because I have hyper extension and it is bad for you if you overuse it and it can really injure your knees. I love having it because it looks pretty but I don't want knee problems later.

⭐ Stella ⭐

*This photo was found shared by Ballet Auditions from Lauren Richter*

Sunday, April 7, 2013

School and Dance

A hard thing about dance is managing it with school...Last week I was on Spring Break so I had a lot of time to post and relax with worrying about school but tomorrow I go back. It is sometimes really hard to be in high school with a lot of homework and go to dance. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I don't leave dance until 9 and don't get home until like 9:15. I can sometimes get some homework done before dance but it is hard to manage everything. I like to get ahead on weekends but sometimes I am unable to because I have a dance competition of a ballet summer audition or a lot of rehearsals.

⭐ Stella ⭐

Saturday, April 6, 2013

After NEXSTAR 2013

Hey so I just got home from NEXSTAR and I had an amazing time! After competition and awards I went shopping so I could have been home at 4 but I'm home now at 10...
I competed my solo is the 15-16 year old devision in Lyrical in the Nexstar (Advance) Level. I got Platinum which is the scoring for your dance and got a pin. Also I got 1st in my devision which was the 15-16 year old Lyrical solos in Nexstar (Advance Level). Because I got 1st I received a trophy. Also I got 9th Overall which is of all of the Nexstar (Advance) Level solos ages 15-19! I was really happy with this because I placed in the Top 10. For this award I received a plaque that says High Score. Also I entered in the Title Competition and WON Miss Nexstar. This was out of the people who entered title ages 15-19. For this I won a plaque that says Title Champion and I get to be in the booklet for Champions for 2013 for NEXSTAR. Overall this has been a great day. I don't think my solo was the best it could have been, but it certainly was not my worst. I still have a couple more competitions this year which I am excited about.


⭐ Stella ⭐


Competition Day NEXSTAR 3-6-13

Today is competition day and I am supper EXCITED!!! I can't wait, I just woke up and getting ready to do my hair and makeup and we I am competing at like 12. I really want another trophy or metal or crown. I am competing Senior and in the bottom of my age category and in the hardest level so I am kinda nervous but hopefully everything will go well. It is a beautiful sunny day out already and I have a feeling today will be awesome! Wish me Luck today everyone :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dancing Makes You Smarter

Dancing makes you smarter...who knew!

⭐ Stella ⭐

*This photo was found on Facebook under The Unknown; but not hidden*

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Before NEXSTAR 2013

Hey guys,
Saturday I am going to NEXSTAR Talent Competition and I am super excited to go! I have never been to this competition and can't wait! My studio is not going and I am going Independently to compete my solo. This will be my 5th time competing my solo this year and I hope I will do very well. This is only my second year having a solo; last year my solo was Musical Theater and this year it is Lyrical. My solo is called I'm a Dancer and uses a lot of ballet technique and I really love it. I will be competing in 2 days around noon and I will be sure to post a blogpost after awards are over. Wish me luck everybody :)

⭐ Stella ⭐

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My First Blog Post!

Hey everyone:
This is my very first blog post!!! :) I'm super excited!
I have never done a blog before so this is a new experience for me to try out.
SO...lets get started and enough with this intro thing
This blog will have post on all thing dance, from clothes, summer intensives, dance competitions, and everything dancer need to know!
I have been dancing for 11 years and I am super excited to share.

⭐ Stella ⭐