Tag Archives: Pointe

Are those snowflakes I see?

7 Dec

The Nutcracker is one of the most iconic shows of the holiday season, and is performed thousands of times all over the world every year. This is the first time in 23 years I am not performing in the Nutcracker, and I must admit it’s bittersweet. I have at one point or other probably done every female role in the ballet, and hearing the music while out at the mall or watching TV during the holidays brings back a flood of wonderful memories. I wanted to share the Waltz of the Snowflakes as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. Enjoy!

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Jaw-dropping much?

5 Dec

So by now you’ve all figured out that I seriously idolize Svetlana Zhakarova of the Bolshoi Ballet. She is one of the most mesmerizing dancers of all time in my opinion and seeing her perform in Swan Lake at a very young age made me want to be a ballerina. Here’s another one of my favorite solos of all time – the Grand Pas Classique from Paquita. Watching it makes me miss my days as a prima!

The Secrets of Russian Pas De Deux

2 Dec

After posting that article yesterday, I came across a video series on YouTube titled “The Secrets of Russian Pas de Deux” on DanceChannel TV. Featuring a former male Bolshoi principle dancer, these films are tutorial-style break downs of common pas de deux partnering steps. Considering pirouettes were always my own personal partnering vice, I decided to share this segment.

Sparkle for the holidays

22 Nov

I cannot believe the holidays are here already! I have finally finished up my choreography for our studio’s holiday show and wanted to share the costumes I found for my advanced pointe class on discountdance.com because they are adorable! As I mentioned before, I decided to mix up my choreography a little bit this year and create a pointe/jazz hybrid dance, so this draped sequin tunic in bright red was the absolutely perfect thing – and at a great price!

Another Classic…

20 Nov

Here’s another one of my favorite pas de deux of all time……They are so gorgeous together 🙂

Nothing like a new pair of shoes to cheer a girl up…

12 Nov

So for the last week I have been coping with a pulled back muscle as a result of some potentially over-zealous teaching – needless to say it’s been a tough several days! My mood drastically improved, however, when I got home to find the gorgeous pair of brand new Gaynor Mindens I ordered had finally arrived! I have been using Gaynors for about eight years now, and they are by far my favorite brand of pointe shoes. I have extremely strong, high arches, and I used to use Russian Pointes with the strongest shank possible. Even those I used to break in after only a few weeks of use. After snapping the shank of a traditional pointe shoe mid-performance, I finally decided to make the switch to these modern-material shoes. They are extremely quiet and durable, and well worth the extra money I pay for them every few months.

More fabulous style meshing…

9 Nov

This is another great pointe solo performed in a lyrical style – this dancer has AMAZING extension. Enjoy!