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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Nervous or Excited



Sunday Nervous or Excited

Life is enjoyable –or not - depending on how you look at things. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that. Today’s Link of the Day below describes this brilliantly.

Instead of thinking “I’m so nervous about the performance”, say to yourself, “I’m so excited about the performance”. That’s a different thing altogether, isn’t it? It changes your mindset. Simply put, nervous is negative and excited is positive. And I’ve blogged several times about how important positive thought are – especially for dancers!

So today, watch the below video, and begin replacing the word nervous with the word excited. You’ll feel much better.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Motivational Secret #134:
“Replace the word nervous with excited.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Guest Blog on Eating Disorders

Today’s guest blog comes courtesy of https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/.

How Online Therapy Can Help You with Your Eating Disorder

No matter whether you are a dancer or teacher, farmer or businessman, stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your body. In some people it can cause anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder while in others it may present itself as depression or bipolar disorder. However, in many people, especially dancers, anxiety can lead to an eating disorder. There are several types of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Anorexia
Is characterized by someone who is not eating enough to sustain their health. They will be extremely underweight but see themselves as being fat. Even to the point of their bones and ribs sticking out. When they look in the mirror, they see something different than the rest of us.

Binge Eating
Secretly eating a bunch of food in one sitting, sometimes even up to 5,000 calories, and then feeling guilty afterward is a red flag of binge eating. They will try to hide how much they ate and say they are never going to do it again, but then they do it again. Those with binge eating disorder are usually overweight or obese and can end up with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disorders.

Bulimia
Bulimia is similar to binge eating but the person will make themselves vomit or take laxatives to purge the large amount of foods they eat. This is just as dangerous as anorexia as their body still does not get the nutrients from the food. Their teeth will lose enamel, they may have ulcers, and it can also cause damage to the heart.
According to the National Eating Disorder Foundation, approximately 10 million women and 1 million men have eating disorders. Although anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, it is most common in certain people such as:

·        Women
·        Family history of an eating disorder or other mental health condition
·        Those with low self esteem
·        Previous diagnosis of anxiety or depressive disorder
·        Having a major life change like divorce or loss of a loved one
·        Living with people (family or roommates) who are pressured to be thin (such as dancers)
·        Anyone who was called fat or overweight as a child
·        Victims of sexual, physical, verbal, or mental abuse
·        Those who feel their life is out of control

Although being a dancer means that you need to stay in top physical shape, it does not mean that you need to starve yourself to do it. In fact, if your body does not get enough nutrients, you will not be able to dance. You will get sick; your bones will become brittle, you will constantly feel exhausted, you may have heart or kidney problems, and you can end up with life-threatening anemia or other blood disorders. This can suck the motivation right out of you and you will not be able to do anything, let alone dancing. Without motivation, you may not even want to get out of bed. That is not going to get you anywhere.

If you or someone you love has symptoms of any type of eating disorder, contact a professional right away. Online therapy is very effective in treating eating disorders. In fact, studies show that online therapy is just as good, if not better, than traditional face to face therapy. And one of the best benefits of being able to talk to your therapist online is that you do not need an appointment so you can do it whenever you want. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, you do not have to leave the house to talk to your therapist. In fact, you can do it right from your own couch, easy chair, or even from bed.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Fun Friday Fingers



Fun Friday Fingers

I’ve talked about fingers before, and how they need to have energy (no drooping) and be correctly shaped. Here’s another way to think about it.

Imagine that the fingers are tiny hoses, and the water needs to be able to flow out through the fingertips and onward into space. The fingers maintain their correct shape, since the water will conform to it.

But if the fingers are hyper-extended or kinked, the flow of water will be interrupted. Scary.

Allow a lovely, uninterrupted flow of water from your fingertips.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #6ggg:
“Imagine the fingers as hoses, and let the water flow.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Dip your fingers n the spring stream or lift your face to the summer rains. Listen for me in the winter wind I'll come back for you.”
― Evangeline DenmarkThe Ice Child: A Winter Fairy Tale

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Peg Entwistle



Throwback Thursday and Peg Entwistle

Born on February 5, 1908 in Wales, (while her parents were traveling), Peg Entwistle is better known for her manner of death than for her Hollywood and Broadway careers.

Peg Entwistle began working on Broadway in 1926, and her breakout role was in The Man from Toronto. She soon became the embodiment of the flapper girl of the day with her short blonde hair and good looks. She also inspired Bette Davis who said: “I had to be an actress, exactly like Peg Entwistle”.

She became a contract player with RKO studios after finding success in the play The Mad Hopes, with co-stars Humphrey Bogar and Billie Burke. Her first major role was in David O. Selzneck’s Thirteen Women, but unfortunately her appearance ended up on the cutting room floor, and this was her first and last appearance in a major picture.

In 1932, at age 23, Peg Entwistle ended her life by jumping from the H on the Hollywood sign (it was Hollywoodland at the time). She is buried in Glendale, Ohio, next to her father.

But today in Hollywood, there are those who claim to have seen the ghost of a young, blonde woman dressed in clothes of the 1920s-30s wandering the Hollywood hills. They say her appearances are accompanied by the scent of her favorite perfume – gardenias.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
 Entertainment History Factoid #134:
“Peg Entwistle was an actress who jumped off the Hollywood sign.”

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Quote of the Day:
“It was haunted; but real hauntings have nothing to do with ghosts finally; they have to do with the menace of memory.”
― Anne Rice

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wacky Wednesday Confusion



Wacky Wednesday Confusion

Two ballet terms that are seldom heard today are dessus, and dessous. You’ll soon understand why they are not heard much anymore.

Dessus, which means top, is pronounced duh-SUI.  This term means that the working foot passes over the supporting foot. Dessous, (underneath or below) is pronounced duh-SOO, means that the working foot passes under the supporting foot. Well!

If that isn’t confusing enough, remember that dance studios are usually large, echo-prone spaces and in such an environment making out the difference in the two pronunciations is problematic at best.

That’s why most people use over and under.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21kk:
“Dessus means the working foot goes over, and dessous means it goes under.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Over, under, around, or through. There is always a way.
- Soteria”
― Sherrilyn KenyonAcheron

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Technical Tuesday Balance



Technical Tuesday Balance

There are two basic structures in the inner ear that help us maintain our balance. First are three semicircular canals that are connected at right angles to each other, like a gyroscope. Second is the vestibule (containing the saccule and utricle) that connect the semicircular canals to the cochlea.

To maintain balance the semicircular canals are filled with fluid (the endolymph), and each canal has a cuplike structure (cupula) that has fine hair cells. When you move your head, the fluid moves and gives off signals. These signals are detected by the hair cells and converted into nerve impulses that are sent to the brain.

The brain interprets these signals and thus helps the body maintain its equilibrium, whether walking, dancing or doing multiple pirouettes.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #27ggg:
“Two structures in the inner ear help maintain balance.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Your dreaming self seeks to tell you something your waking ears will not hear.”
― Jacqueline Carey

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Mad Monday Churning



Mad Monday Churning

The word “churning” means “to agitate” or “move about vigorously”. Unfortunately, this is what many students do during a pirouette in an effort to achieve more turns. Scary.

Churning pirouettes is counterproductive and unnecessary. Once the dancer is out of plié and onto relevé, all they have to do is maintain their position and spot.

It’s like a merry-go-round, or any amusement ride. You get on and enjoy the ride. That’s it. Churning the torso or the shoulders or the arms isn’t going to do anything except destroy the alignment.

No churning. Just ride and enjoy!


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14uu:
“Churning pirouettes isn’t necessary.”

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Quote of the Day:
n order to reflect, think and plan, you must quiet yourself. You can't see your reflection in churning waters. Water must be still to see your reflection.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kindness




Kindness

Make this day beautiful…

Quote of the Day:
 The Paradoxical Commandments 

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” 


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