Pointe Shoes|Expectation vs Reality

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Heyyyy, there! As most of you know, I got my first pair of pointe shoes back in June, and since then I’ve had a couple of classes on them. And now I know how pointe shoes actually feel, and have dispelled some false assumptions. Here’s a few;

How They Feel

Expectation; It will hurt like heck and my toes will bleed.

Reality; It really hurts, but no bleeding so far. Yay?

How I Look In Them

Expectation; I will look beautiful and like a ballerina

Reality; I look like a stocky redheaded elf who decided she wanted to dance (and to make it worse my dance school decided to put me on their Facebook page, like why??)

Dancing In Them At The Barre

Expectation; I will be able to at least do a few simple things in them at first

Worry; I will never be able to get up over them and I will be a loser forever

Reality; FOR THE LOVE OF LEMURS WHY CAN’T I TENDU?!?

Dancing In Them In The Center

Expectation; Wait, there’s center work?

Reality; I’m really not ready for this…*does it anyway and barely manages it*

 

End Of Class

Expectation; I will be SO happy to get them off!

Reality; They hurt SO bad, but I want to keep dancing!!

When I Tell People I Have Them;

Expectation; Oh, that’s so cool!

Reality; What are pointe shoes?

 

Do you dance or play another sport?

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June Recap|July Goals

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Hello, cupcakes!

Whew, June both sped by and dragged. I think it’s been one of the best months ever.

Why?

  • My church carnival
  • I got to go to Washington D.C.
  • I performed in Cinderella, and wore my first real tutu
  • I spent an awesome afternoon with my cousin (she lives 4 hours away and I hardly ever see her) discussing Artemis Fowl, W.A.R.P., and Percy Jackson.
  • GUYS I GOT POINTE SHOES ASDFGHJKLQ!!

Aaaaaaaaaanyway, June stats;

Read;

  • Artemis Fowl Fanfiction

Hehe….I was so sad about Artemis Fowl ending (and the movie is going to s-u-c-k, so that’s no help) and then I found out there’s heaps of fanfiction out there? Me; *screams*

But I did read a lot of it, so….

Goals;

My June goals were;

  • Survive Tech Week ✔️
  • Write at least three letters✖️
  • Post a minimum of five times (not including this)✖️
  • Go strict keto for a month✔️
  • Sew a ballet skirt✖️

So 2 out of 3. Which is depressing no matter how you slice it. D’Arvit.

July Goals;

  • Enjoy dancing en pointe
  • Post at least five times (tryin’ again, guys)
  • Post on my doll blog at least three times

July’s going to be pretty lowkey, I suppose.

June Favorites;

  • POINTE SHOES!!!
  • I Want To Run|Mates of State
  • Bad Blood|Bastille
  • Studio C
  • Artemis Fowl Fandom
  • Having red hair

Miscellaneous;

  • I learned to flip off the diving board into my pool! It was rather scary at first, but it’s the coolest feeling when you nail it.
  • GUYS POINTE SHOES
  • I dyed my hair red!

^Before^ ………………………………………………………………………………………………….^After^

I love it sooooo much!

And here are a few pictures of pointe shoes;

AHHHH GUYS I JUST LOVE POINTE SHOES!!! *ahem*. I’m the one in the yellow shirt who’s looking down…

Now I’m looking up…

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Me trying to sous su but I’m not all the way over the platform of my shoe. I seem pretty darn happy though, understandably.

It was an amazing day. Although my ankles hurt like hell and I wasn’t even on pointe for ten minutes.

How was June for you?

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5 Common Ballet Myths Debunked

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Hello, there peeps! Today I thought I’d debunk some common myths about ballet-because as a dancer, I this drives me crazy! So, without further ado, real ballet!

Myth #1. Ballerinas Are All Skinny, Tiny Wimps

Yeah….no. First of all, we are not all tiny and skinny. I am certainly not an incredibly skinny person, and I dance. In fact, incredibly skinny people often have a lot of trouble in dancing because it’s harder for them to balance. Second of all, dancers are very, very strong. Think about it; we have to support our entire body weight through our toes and ankles. Plus, we have to have iron-strong cores in order to be lifted off the ground and not flop. We also have to hold our legs up at insanely high angles for long periods. We are not weak, guys.

Myth #2. ”Toe Shoes”

UGH! NO! They are known as POINTE shoes, not toe, block, or hard shoes. And don’t you dare spell it ‘Point’. And no, you don’t get them whenever you want. In order to get pointe shoes, you have to have correct technique, a strong core, and your feet need to mostly done growing. Otherwise, you can seriously injure yourself.

Myth #3. We Wear Tutus to Every Class

At my ballet school, we are only allowed to wear cap-sleeved or camisole leotards in our assigned colors, pink tights, and pink canvas ballet shoes. No lace, no keyhole backs, no leather shoes. Except on Saturdays, when we’re there for 4 hours, and we can wear whatever we want, any other kind of attire is frowned upon. We only wear tulle skirts for performances, and actual tutus are usually reserved for older dancers (except this year, I finally get to wear one! JOY!)

Myth #4. All Ballets Are About Princesses

Nope! Take the Nutcracker-not a single princess in that one, unless you count the sugarplum fairy. Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, and Le Corsair are all princess-free. So there. And another note-NEVER watch the Barbie versions of these ballets-they are utterly incorrect.

Myth #5. Ballet is Easy

It’s not. Just no.

 

Well, guys, I hope you enjoyed my little rant on the myths of ballet- I need to wrap this up quick, ’cause I have class in an hour, hehe.

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