Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How To Improve Your Pirouettes

Hello, my fellow dancers out there! Today, this one is for you! I know I've mentioned numerous times this past year that I've had some exciting helpful content hiding up my sleeves that I've been desiring to share with you; well get excited because today is the day I'm letting the cat out of the bag, and just in time for audition season!

I'm sure you've gathered by now that this post is all about turning, my favorite thing! Take note that the turning tips you will be receiving today are not originally mine nor are any of them going to be directly given by me. I'm providing you with some Youtube clips down below. They are not just any old random clips though, but only the BEST OF THE BEST clips you can find out there right now pertaining to how to improve your pirouettes! 

A couple of years ago when I felt like I was just hitting a wall when it came to improving my pirouettes, I decided to scour the internet, and specifically Youtube since I'm a visual learner, to see what I could find to get better. The random collection of Youtube video clips shared below is the very same random collection of video clips that I came across and watched and learned from to "break through my wall", improve, and perfect my pirouettes. The information shared in the clips below revolutionized my understanding about turning and honestly transformed the way I did them. Nothing I could tell you about turning could be said any better than what's said in these videos. You have to check them all out! 

I'll warn you though so that you will be prepared to catch your jaw when it drops, that you are about to watch and learn from some amazingly outstanding talented people. Enjoy.  

#1. Claudia Dean Coaching 

#2. Chun Wai with Houston Ballet   

#3. Kathryn Morgan  

#4. Fouettes with Claudia Dean  

Lastly, this article written by David King from aballeteducation.com also offers some great insight to help you accomplish all your turning goals.

Okay. Well, the secrets are out! Everybody is different. I hope you can find something that works well for you! My contribution of advice is to never be afraid of failing, but to just go for it! You will surprise yourself with what ya got! Let me know how things go for you and share your accomplishments in the comment section down below!
Happy Turning! 
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wonderful Weekend Whatevers!

Hello Friends! We made it to the weekend, yay! I hope you've been having a good one. It has been cold here in Jackson. I've enjoyed spending most of the weekend indoors sitting in front of the space heater in my cozy bedroom. This weekend has been a great balance between getting stuff done and relaxing. Those are my favorite kinds! Now for the wonderful weekend whatevers you have been waiting for...

1. I've developed an obsession with this game...

2. Speaking of phone apps, this week one of my housemates introduced me to that fact that one of my favorite ministries, The Voice of the Martyrs, has a phone app in which they provide daily prayer requests featuring a different nation each day! Prayer warriors check this one out!

3.  Today was Day 50, the last day of the book of Jeremiah bible study, through Proverbs 31 Ministries' First Five App - a great app I highly recommend! I think I'm going to do a study of the book of Romans next!
4. All my single ladies, if you have 30 mins on your hands, you're going to want to watch this entertaining message. It will get you. 😃 If you watch it, leave a comment down below to let us know what you thought of it! 
5. I am on the hunt for some cute pajamas. Any recommendations on where I could find some cute classy ones? It would be so fantastic If I could make my own like these! 😍

6. If your looking for some new edifying online material to read -the blog of a friend of mine. 

7. I attempted making this "Easy Lemon Herb Roasted Potato" recipe this weekend. Mine ended up mashed. 😩 Cooking is not my strength. They still tasted good so I wouldn't consider it a complete pinterest fail... 😅

8. I am probably the last person on the world wide web to realize that you can now "organize" you pins on pinterest, and I am just addicted to doing so! Whoever came up with that concept is brilliant. It is about time we've been given the capability to clean up our pinterest boards... and I just LOVE organizing- anything!

9. My housemates and I had fun doing this Big Five Personality Trait Test.

10. Can't get enough of this soundtrack.

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Have yourself a great week!
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Best of 2018 In Snapshots

We are halfway through the first work week of 2019 here at Ballet Magnificat and I'd say things are going pretty well! It's wonderful to be back in Jackson, MS with dear friends like family. Together, my housemates and I took down our Christmas decorations yesterday, putting the joyous celebratory chapter of the holiday season behind us and looking forward toward the future. Oh, what 2019 has for us, I know not, but I hope for lots of ADVENTURE! Before we get too deep into the new year, I want to take the time to pause and post an update reflecting on times past and share with you my favorite happenings from 2018. I told you to expect that I'd be posting this soon and to be looking forward to a post filled with photos encapsulating the finest memories and experiences I underwent from this previous year, so here it goes!


This  past  year  in  snapshots :


Honestly, January was a slow month; Just remembering how to grocery shop on my own again after spending three weeks at home on holiday break being taken care of by my parents... returning back to Jackson to an awesome set of housemates... doing the usual dance thing at the studios... and my blog getting ranked a Top 60 Ballet Blog!


In February our tour season kicked off with our first stop being Israel! With all the sightseeing and experiences underwent, so many pictures were snapped that month, but this picture is one of my top favorites! These people are what MADE the trip. To see more snapshots from our trip to Israel click here!

I designed and made my very first ballet "Shirt Skirts" -Abbey photobombing in the background... we toured to a number of fun places... at the end of the month we performed in a series of Easter productions put on by Northland Church in Longwood FL which was very memorable!

In April we got to perform in my hometown for the first time in all of my six years touring 
with Ballet Magnificat Alpha. Many of my family and friends were able to attend our performance. 
It was such a heavenly evening for me!

May was moving month. Out with the old, in with the new.

June. Ya gotta love Junes! I got to be a spectator of the International Ballet Competition that takes place in Jackson, MS every four years and also got to participate in the IBC tutu fashion show... made my first leotard... I had a blast teaching for Ballet Magnificat's first ever Junior Summer Dance Intensive... and spent lots of my free time soaking up the summer sun!

I had a fantastic month counseling these beautiful women during the 2018 Summer Dance Intensive.

In August new friends moved into town... like my amazing beloved new roommate from South Africa...
I learned how to make an elephant out of towels and welcomed her with one...and Emma gets married!!!

The Ballet Magnificat school year begins. Here my housemate and I strike a pose together on picture day.

Out of all the wonderful things that took place in October I would have to say that 
attending the Mississippi State Fair with some very special people was the highlight of the month.

Roadtripping to Louisiana to spend Thanksgiving with these friends was the best decision I made in November.

We had a wonderful set of performances in Jackson the month of December... from Carols by Candlelight with First Baptist Jackson... watching the Trainees perform at Ridgecrest... and doing Snow Queen at Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson. We finished the year with tired bodies but happy hearts!

That's all folks! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Since I kind of neglected The Occupied Optimist last semester, it's about time that I've posted a substantial life update for those that have been waiting to hear about it. It has been a long time coming. For those of you that don't find these kinds of posts interesting... well that is just fine. Creating posts like these are so good and beneficial for ME. It cultivates thankfulness. You know what I mean? I think everyone should take time now and again to pause and go back through old memories and photos to recount all the past workings of the Lord. With every sunrise and sunset, He is so good and faithful.   

I don't know if you got anything out of this post today, but if anything, I know I did.
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Happy Wednesday!
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