Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ballet Class

My Golden Hours

It's my ballet class! I have been studying ballet since I was really little. I'm Russian- and Russians tend to love ballet! Since I moved to New York City, I've been studying at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. During the school year, I have ballet class on four days a week, even on Saturday mornings! I'm in Girls III- you can tell by the color of my class's leotards. I'm hoping to move up to Girls IV soon, where I'll get to wear a hunter green leotard. I'll also get to start pointe!

Inky at the barre

I practice all the time, because I have to make sure that my muscles stay strong. During the summer, I have off from ballet school, but I still try to do practice at the barre as much as possible. Luckily, Violet also take ballet classes, so when I've visited her, I haven't fallen behind.

Stretching>

This fall, I think I am going to audition for the Nutcracker for the first time. I've gone to see it both Christmases that we've spent in New York, so I know that it's a really big deal. If I make it, it will be a big commitment. There are rehearsals for months, plus performances several times a week for a little over a month.

Have you ever been in a performance? Were you nervous? Excited?

5 comments:

  1. Eva loves ballet, while Mia prefers jazz and Hip Hop. We live in a small town, so our performances are not like dancing on stage in New York! We still get nervous though. :)) Mia and Eva

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  2. I'm ballet in Star Valley. It's the Star Valley Academy of Dance (it sometimes has also gone by School of Dance but Academy sounds better, don't you think?

    We don't have a bunch of leotards yet, so Melissa just pretends we have them for now ;)

    We've performed Selections from The Nutcracker for three years now. The first year was just dancing to the song but the last two years we've performed it as a condensed/little bit altered story :) It's lots of fun, even if I'm not the best dancer. Since it's a small school, I did get to be a snowflake! Felicity got to be Clara last year! And we had some of the girls of Water St. (Jenn's dolls) join us in the production :)
    ~Susie

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  3. Were do you get all the different colored leotards and tights? At my dance studio I am in level 4 of 8, I go to St. Louis Ballet School. It's a pretty big studio. Once you pass level 8 you are asked into the company, or you can go somewhere else. All our teachers have danced at famous places like New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. If I move up to level 5 I get to do pointe and get a red leotard, right now I have a royal blue one. If you go to www.stlouisballetschool.org you can find everything about it. This year in Nutcracker I was polichinelle.

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  4. It is so cool that you go to school at the SAB! I am auditioning for the Kirov SI next year and hope to be asked for the year around program, but since I live in Virginia I can't go to any school in NY... :(

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  5. I bought Isabelle 2014 and have a bunch of leotards now. I love her pink hair extension. I took ballet and we were allowed black and pink. I went on pointe at 13. I danced a shortened version of "Swan Lake" my favorite ballet. A different girl danced the black Swan - I was the White Swan. I love Degas and his paintings of ballerinas. They're in Izzy's bedroom, she's getting an AG custom bedroom. The bedroom for Inky is very beautiful and creative. I especially love the shelves and all the little posters and photo frames.

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