So far 2016 has had its ups and its downs. Being the positive person that I am, I prefer to think of all of my accomplishments as tiny grains of salt that I add to my potato, which represents the year 2016.
I got to add a grain of salt to my potato when I accomplished my new year’s resolution of overcoming shyness and becoming a confident person.
My audition for several university dance programs are coming up in August so I am working really hard and I am really nervous about getting in. So this summer I will be working really hard. In ballet, I currently am working on the 5th variation of Paquita. Honestly, I am super excited because this is my very first variation (I did not start dancing until I was 16). One of my weaknesses in ballet would definitely be my arms. My ballet instructor told me that this particular variation is a good fit for me because I have the technique for the skills but this piece will allow me to learn to use more artistry and learn to really soften the arms.
Here I am working on my very first variation. This is my final pose in Variation 5 of Paquita.
One of my other New Year’s Resolutions was to become a more well rounded artist. I have continued to expand my knowledge in the fine arts. In March, I actually went to my first orchestra concert. Pieces of music from Disney’s Fantasia were performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Something really cool about this orchestra concert in particular was that while the orchestra played the pieces of music, the audience could also watch the corresponding Disney scene from Fantasia.
I am almost able to add a another grain of salt to my potato for time management but I am not quite there yet. I am learning that I am really good at making and executing tasks, but I need to prioritize my tasks better and learn to complete them in a more timely manner.
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I have always been a shy child. For whatever reason(s), all of my life I have had a lack of confidence. Looking back, my lack of confidence is somewhat puzzling. I have always been a goal driven person, a hard worker, participated in sports and extra-curricular activities-yet I still feared simple life tasks such as talking to new people.
For 2016, I made it my new year’s resolution to overcome my shyness and become confident.
Yesterday I had my end of semester conference with my dance teachers. One of my teachers looked at me and said, “You have made a lot of progress as both a dancer and a person. There was a time when I remember you could not look anyone in the eyes without acting timid or scared. But look at you now,”. That was the moment that I knew I had done it- I had conquered my new year’s resolution.
Honestly, I do not think that it was just one thing I specifically did caused me to overcome shyness, I think it was a combination of things. While driving to anywhere that I would have to interact with people, I would listen to ultra motivating songs such as Confident by Demi Lovato, Lose Yourself by Eminem, Believe by Britt Nicole, and one of my more recent favorites Team by Iggy Izalea and You Don’t Own Me By Grace. These past six months, I really poured my heart and soul into my creative interests: dance, make-up, and theater. On top of that, I think I was also just flat out tired of being taken advantage of and I wanted a change from my current situation.
Even though I constantly set goals, I always make a point to have New Year’s resolutions.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to go see more art as well as learn about it (whether it means a ballet, an art museum, a play, an orchestra). So far I have seen three live ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and most recently, Giselle. I am super excited because I just purchased tickets to go see the ballet “Romeo & Juliet” and I purchased tickets to go see the YAGP Gala.
Photo from the State Ballet of Russia
My second New Year’s resolution is confidence because it is something that I have always struggled with. I am naturally a rather shy person but once I get to know you I become comfortable and “normal”.
As far as my New Year’s resolutions for dance go, I want to make writing down the corrections and combinations that I am given a habit. I have a notebook and I sometimes write them down but I do not do it consistently.
Another dance goal of mine is my releve (in other words what my feet look like when I stand on my toes). I have naturally arched feet but I have been working on my feet quite a bit. This has helped the arches in my feet to become more defined. Nevertheless, there is room for improvement. I am wanting the arch of my foot to be in line with the tip of my toes. This is what my releve looks like right now:
This is what my foot looks like when I releve with ballet shoes off
As you can see the arch of my foot is behind my toes. This is what I want my feet to look like:
These are Yana Kudryavtseva’s perfect feet.
Notice that the arch of her feet is right above her toes.
I do not own the photo of Romeo and Juliet or Yana Kudryavtseva.
Last semester in dance I improved a lot but there is room for even more improvement. Last semester, I made the mistake of not having everything I needed when the semester started because I was waiting to see what was required. This time, I am going to go shopping for some dance supplies before the semester starts back. At the college I attend we are only allowed to wear black leotards so I ordered a few and I will post pictures when they arrive. Of course, I need the “usual” dance supplies: new shoes, tights, hair nets, and hairpins. Make-up wise, I always wear mascara to class and my mascara is water (sweat) proof. Currently, I am on a mission to find black water proof eyeliner (I have tried a few eye liners that say they are water proof but they did not work). Eye shadow wise I have some browns, a pink, and a grey but I need to get a blue and an orange. Also, I have some dance goals for my New Year’s resolutions that I will post on December 31.
Here is a short recap of ballet fall 2015:
Here I am stretching before class.
My Attitude At The Barre
Stretching at the barre.
Here I am with my ballet professor after class.
We are not allowed to take pictures or videos during class so all the photos in this post were taken either before or after class.