Top Dance Blogs 2011

So danceadvantage.net, a dance blog I love to read, is hosting a competition this year for the top 20 best dance blogs. While I admit, my blog has become a little less dance focused since entering college, I have still decided to enter. No harm in trying right?

I am going to enter in the “teen dancer” category because I’m still only 18. I personally think the “adult dancer” category would be a better fit but I gotta follow the rules. Haha. Anyways…

I need y’all’s help. In order for me to be a finalist in this competition, I need YOU, my readers, to comment on this blog post. The blogs with the most comments will become finalists in the voting round. So again, YOU need to comment on THIS blog post to show your support for me.

I know I don’t have a huge amount of readers, but I know I have a few and I would appreciate it so much if you could help me and support me in this. Even if I don’t make it in to the finals, your help would still mean so much to me. And I encourage y’all who comment to share “why they read your blog, what makes it special, or which are their favorite posts.”

Thank you so much for your support.

http://danceadvantage.net/2011/11/29/top-blog-2011/

 

Quick Update

So its been a while since I posted so I figure I’ll give y’all a quick update on my life.

I had my second midterm for polisci and econ not too long ago. I did really well on my polisci exam but not so good on my econ one. I’ll really have to study for the final exam in that class. I honestly do like economics, but the math is getting to me. All the graphs and formulas are difficult for me to understand and remember. But I have to pass the class because it’s a prerequisite for my major, so I’ve really got to do some studying for the final.

This weekend was Veteran’s day weekend so all of my friends went home. Nothing much exciting happened. I spent most of the weekend with my boyfriend. I tried Ethiopian food for the first time and I have to say, it was really good. They put all of the orders in one big dish and everyone shares. And you use this really strange bread as your utensil. It’s spongy and kind of sour tasting but it goes really well with the food.

Mainly things have been pretty routine. Dance is going well. We moved on from learning the Humphrey technique to studying Cunningham’s technique. We haven’t been studying it very long so I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. The new exercises we’ve learned are really fun though. One exercise we do is set to the theme song from “House”. It’s really high energy with lots of jumping. It’s probably one of my favorite dances we’ve learned so far.

I won’t be taking any dance classes next quarter because I can’t fit any of them into my schedule, which I’m okay with. Now that I’ve gotten experience with modern, I realize, it is fun, but I love the challenge ballet provides more. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about ballet. I really wish I could dance up here but I just don’t see it fitting into my schedule anywhere. What with classes, trying to spend time with my friends, and fulfilling the requirements to be in the International Affairs scholars program, I don’t really have free hours. But I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to do it over the summer at my old studio. I still occasionally pull out my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but…dorm rooms aren’t really conducive to dancing. Haha.

But honestly, I’m happy up here. Regardless of the miserable weather, I really enjoy myself up here. The academics are good and there’s always things to do. For the first time in a while, I actually have a social life. :P

So yeah, not much new or exciting to report on. It’s just college. I feel bad because I haven’t been posting that often, but now that I’m so busy, there’s not as much time. For the first time in a while I don’t have any homework to do, so I figured I’d finally take the time to give y’all an update.

Oh, and turkish is going well. It’s probably my favorite class. I made an A+ on my midterm in the class. We’re still only learning the basics, but I’m slowly learning how to converse in turkish. I really need to practice my vocabulary though. The verbs are killing me. For some reason I find them so much harder to remember than spanish verbs. Probably because the spelling of many verbs is very similar. For example: “dinlemek” means to listen, whereas “dinlenmek” means to rest. There’s only one letter’s difference!!

But yeah, that’s life.

What I did for Halloween

Ironically, modeled after the Grinch.

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I miss Ballet!!

Modern is a fun class, but every time I’m there I wish it was ballet.

I miss ballet so much. I put on my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but then I’m frustrated because I haven’t made any progress (because I haven’t done ballet in close to 6 months). It’s like this ache deep inside of me, this feeling of jumping out of my skin, I have to get back to ballet!!

I’m not going to sit here and say modern is easy for me, but it doesn’t provide a challenge like ballet does. Modern is too natural. Dancing in bare feet, rolling on the floor – while it’s difficult to coordinate my body movements, the actions in and of themselves are normal. I dance in bare feet everyday. I don’t dance in pointe shoes. Ballet is a challenge because it is so unnatural.

I want to get back to ballet class so badly. I suppose I could give my own class in my dorm room, but really?? I’ll never any serious improvement like that.

I’m just wondering how I would fit ballet into my busy college schedule. Most of the dance classes offered by OSU I can’t take because their hours conflict with my academic classes. And I really want to go to BalletMet, but that costs extra money, plus the time lost in the commute by bus.

I suppose where there’s a will there’s a way, but right now it just seems so impossibly unreachable. I want to desperately improve my ability on pointe. I don’t want to be a professional dancer anymore, but I want to be on their level (or close to it). I want being on pointe to feel as natural as being barefoot.

I long so much to be back in ballet class. Part of me wishes I had stayed home and gone to the community college so I could still keep attending my home studio. That is how much I miss ballet (because if you know me, you know I swore I’d never go to ASU).

If I decide to make this work, it’ll take some serious planning and time management on my part. And it will take serious dedication as well, because it won’t be easy. For the first time in a long time, I actually have homework – and a lot of it. I guess I could do homework on the 20-30 minute commute it takes to get to BalletMet.

But then there’s money. As a college student BalletMet offers adult classes at $7 per class. That’s not outrageous – but it adds up. I obviously cannot afford to go to school fulltime, dance, and have a job – so my parents would have to pay for it. Hm. I hate adding on more expenses to my college. But is there any other way??

I guess I’ll figure it out. But I just don’t know how much longer I can go without ballet.

Being Barefoot

Just a little shameless advertising here. Y’all all know how much I love social networking. What you may not know is that I’m a huge supporter of the barefoot movement. I have spent the majority of my springs & summers barefoot, and it’s killing me being up here in cold Ohio where I have to wear shoes more often.

Anyways, because I love being barefoot so much, I made a facebook page for it. Yes, there were already existing pages for it, but I decided to make my own nonetheless. I’m hoping that if you also love being barefoot you will like my page and show some support. ^_^

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Being-Barefoot/279081455445951

White Water Rafting

College has been so busy!! I haven’t exactly been keeping up with this blog because of it. Of course nothing too exciting has happened, except this last weekend I went on a white water rafting trip with the IA Scholars.

It wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it would be.

Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy myself had to do with the “forced socialization” aspect of it. I didn’t get to choose who was in my cabin, I didn’t get to choose who was in my “pod” which also caused me to have very little choice over who I got to raft with. I mean, I lucked out because 2 of my friends were in my pod and we rafter together, but our other friend was stuck all by herself.

I understand why adults think “forced socialization” will work, but I hate to break it to them, it has never worked. I have experienced a lot of it in my short time, and I can tell you, it does nothing to stop cliques from forming; and in many cases, it makes them worse.

But of course, I could write a whole blog on just that topic, so moving on…
The actual rafting part wasn’t as fun as I has hoped as well. I thought it was going to be rapids the entire time. Instead it was rapids for 2 seconds, followed by several minutes of calm water paddling to the next rapids. I blame part of it on the fact that the water level was low and caused some of the higher classed rapids to be less dangerous and exciting.

I also didn’t get soaked the way I thought I was. I showed up in full rain gear, waterproof everything – expecting to get drenched. I didn’t. My arm got wet twice I think. granted I did have water go down my pants several times, but I still didn’t get soaked. I think everyone hyped up the experience way too much.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the trip. It was enjoyable. It just wasn’t what I expected.

One reason I am glad I went though, is that fact that West Virginia reminds me slightly or Georgia, and it curbed my homesickness for my home state. It was nice to hear some people with Southern-ish accents!!

Being out on the river though made me miss the marshes off the coast of Georgia a lot. I don’t get to go there often, but man I love the marshes!! And it was surprising to me to think they don’t have to worry about alligators in West Virginia. I kept expecting to see one, but obviously I never did.

But it was an experience. And it’s not like it cost me and arm and a leg to go. At least now I can say I’ve been white water rafting. I think in the future though, I’d much rather go kayaking or canoeing, or even rock climbing.

Anyways, an update on the rest of college life:
All of my classes are going pretty well. I’m slowly getting the hang of Turkish and we’re starting to learn more complex sentences. I really latched on to the Turkish numbers though. For some reason their numbering system really makes sense to me.

Modern dance is also going well. We’ve been slowly adding on more complicated movements to basic phrases we already learned. I told y’all I was one of the “advanced” dancers right?? So I think I’m progressing quite nicely. I now have to decide though if I want to continue to take modern dance classes in the upcoming quarters. I’m on the fence. Part of me feels like I won’t have room for it on my schedule with trying to get all my GECs and major & minor prerequisites in. But part of me also feels like I need a class which encourages physical activity. I still haven’t managed to motivate myself enough to go to the gym. I’m getting so out of shape.

And Econ and Political Science are going the same. I’m having difficulty staying awake in my Econ lecture – it’s so boring!! Luckily, most of what she is teaching I can understand pretty well from reading the book. We have our first midterm next Monday. In Political Science I had to give a debate. I think my group did really well, though I can’t be sure because she still hasn’t put our grades up yet.

So that’s how college is now. Exciting isn’t it??

**On a side note, this is my 100th post.

Modern Dance, BalletMet, & ECP

Modern dance is going really well, though I’ve been quite sore from it (I still haven’t made it to the gym yet). But I was quite happy today because the teacher told me that I was really good at modern, especially coming from a ballet background. I think in this case, not having devoted my entire life to ballet is good. It gives me enough knowledge to be able to catch on to combinations quickly and understand certain terminology, but ballet is not so ingrained into my body that it’s interfering with my modern dancing.

She also asked me to demonstrate a falling exercise for the class because apparently I was doing it the way she wanted it done. She wanted the class to compare my falling to another guy’s falling which the class had pointed out as being impressive. We’ve also been doing this floor combination and she let me be one of the few who got to learn a more complicated version of it. I have to work on it though for my homework. It is more difficult!! Plus I’m finding my lack of activity over the summer has resulted in a loss of my flexibility (even though my blog posts make it seem like I stretched a lot). So I need to start working on my flexibility again, especially so I can perform the floor combination to the best of my ability.

I do feel a little self-conscious in the class due to my lack of flexibility. Mainly because we have a few ex-gymnasts who are VERY flexible. I’m certainly not letting my inflexibility stop me from doing my best but I just want to feel like I’m on the same playing field as the other girls (who I consider more advanced).

Anyways, I emailed the people at BalletMet and got a reply that told me with a student ID one class is $7. I’m not exactly sure how good of a deal that is but it does allow me the option of choosing how many classes I take a week. (With the standard adult payment you only get to choose between a 1 or 5 class card). I’m still waiting to hear back about whether or not I can take a beginner class on pointe (yes I did bring my shoes with me).

But on another completely unrelated note, being that I’m part of the International Affairs Scholars program, I am required to join this program called the English Conversation Partner program. We get paired with an international student in order to help them learn about American culture and learn English better. And we in return, are supposed to learn about their culture and hopefully make a friend.

My ECP person wasn’t at the orientation meeting, so tonight I had my first meeting with her. I have to say it was very awkward. There was a lot of forced dialogue. That’s how the leaders said it would be though. They are forcing us to make friends after all. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most social person. Hopefully things get less awkward as time goes on. I don’t know if we’ll actually become friends, but hopefully we can establish some sort of relationship.

Also, she’s from Hong Kong. I was really hoping to get someone who’s Turkish so I could practice my budding Turkish skills, but seriously, everyone in the program is Asian. Oh well. I joined the Turkish Student Association and the also do something similar to that, so maybe I’ll take that up too. I really want to become fluent Turkish.

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