Top Dance Blog Voting Period now open!!

Alright, so I didn’t get enough comments to get into the top 20 finalists, but I still have a chance to win the category contest. So please please PLEASE go to http://danceadvantage.net/2011/12/27/vote-top-blogs-2011/ and scroll down to the category voting section. Find the Teen Dancer category and vote for me!!

You have no idea how much your vote would mean to me. I could really use everyone’s support!!

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.

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.

My First Modern Class!!

So my first modern class was actually yesterday but I didn’t get to post because I was too busy with Turkish homework. But it was pretty fun. It also kicked my butt because after a summer filled with nothing but essentially sitting on the couch – I am way out of shape!!

So I’m a little sore today. The hardest part was the warm up because it was mostly aerobic activity and that’s what’s suffered the most from my lack of activity. But the rest of the class was fairly easy-going. We did a sashay combination that, technically, I found very easy. However I realize that I still need to work on injecting myself into the dance. I watched the girl our teacher pointed out and she was much more expressive. I guess that’s something that comes with experience.

Also our teacher is from Sweden – if I remember correctly. Somewhere over there. But she speaks really easy to understand english so communication shouldn’t be a problem. I also think I may have made an acquaintance in the class. We did lots of group stuff and she was in my group.

I must tell you about the falling exercises we did though. Right now the technique emphasis is on Humphrey and she was all about falling and catching yourself. So we practiced falling forwards and backwards. I fell on my butt twice while practicing the backward falls. My teacher seemed excited though. I guess because I was “pushing-the-limit” so to speak. I just thought is was funny. And it hurt a little bit.

But I think this class will be fun. I still haven’t made it to the gym yet (which will help with modern) because I’m waiting for my body to adjust to all the walking I’ve been doing. That’s how out of shape I am. Not to mention I live on the fourth floor of our building and the stairs are killing me. Also, my homework for modern is to practice doing a handstand. Not like actually doing one, but just practicing the movement.

But to recap on my other classes, Turkish has been a pretty good, fun class. Everyone in there seems pretty nice and sociable. There is a guy who keeps talking to me after class and it’s kind of annoying because I think he might like me and I don’t like him. But anyways, my american politics class sounds like it will be a fun class though a little challenging. I’m thinking that will be my class with the most writing. And my econ class so far sounds like a repeat of everything I learned in highschool. Which hopefully means it should be easier.

And so there you have it. It’s day 3 of classes and tomorrow’s the weekend. I’m going to go to Lowe’s so I can buy some pots and dirt for our free plants we got from catholic people at the involvement fair. Oh! This post could go on forever telling y’all about everything I’ve done the past week. But I’ll stop here. Maybe I’ll catch y’all up on welcome week a little later.

Dancing at BalletMet

So I move into Ohio State on the 18th. Today I was helping pack up some nonessential items and I had to go through my dance bag to see what I would take (since I am taking modern there). It made me realize how much I love dance and how much I do not, not want to dance while in college. None of the ballet classes offered by OSU fit into my current schedule so that only leaves the option of finding an outside studio.

The best solution I have found is to take adult classes at BalletMet. They have the biggest variety of classes at the lowest price. However, I’m still not sure the price is something I can afford. It’s something I’ll have to check on once I get in Ohio, because their website doesn’t offer much payment information.

And I hope they still allow registration. Maybe the adult classes don’t have a registration cut off like the youth division does. And I wonder if they’d allow me to do some of the basic ballet classes on pointe?? I still really want to improve my skills on pointe but they don’t offer a specific pointe class for adults. I feel like if I explained my situation they might be more lenient.

But I hope it is something I can afford and that I will have time for. I really love ballet. Even though I have also developed a love for modern, ballet will always be my first and strongest love. I don’t think I can rest until I achieve the level of skill I desire in ballet. It’s just such a beautiful and elegant art form. I desire so much to dance like that.

But, on another note, I starting to get nervous about moving off to college. I’m going to be so far away!! In a city where I know NO ONE. I’ve been waiting all summer for this day to arrive and now that it’s almost here, I want to postpone it some more….I’m sure I’ll be fine. It’s just nerve-racking. I’ve never been this far from home for this love. Even though I’m excited to go and exert my independence, part of me is still not ready to grow up.

Also, you probably don’t know, but all this summer I have been making a quilt to take with me to college. I wanted to make one 1.) because I wanted to say I accomplished something this summer and 2.) I thought it would be good to have a warm quilt during the frozen Ohio winters. Haha. But amazingly, it’s finished, and with a week to spare. Now I won’t know what to do with my days. I feel like most of the packing is done, besides the last minute stuff like toiletries.

So there. I honestly haven’t been up to much lately, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. But now that college is finally drawing near, I’ll probably be posting a lot more…at least until the newness of college wears off.

Becoming an Expert

I’ve always wanted to become an expert as something, to devote myself fully to something until I became the best. I just don’t know what that something would be.

I know, what about ballet & dance?? That’s the first thing that pops into my mind too. I love ballet and the discipline it requires, but because I started so late, I don’t know if I could ever dance on pointe the way professionals do. And I’d never consider myself an expert at ballet until I learned to dance on pointe. When I started pointe, my foot bones were already fused, so I don’t know if I’d ever be able to dance on pointe relatively pain-free (because my feet are definitely not suited for pointe work naturally). Of course foot bones and some pain are no reason to give up on a dream, but it’s just a thought.

What other things could I devote myself to?? I want to become good at something athletic. I’ve never been particularly gifted in the athletics department, so I’ve always been attracted to the idea of becoming proficient at something athletic. However team sports don’t appeal to me. I like to do things by myself so I can progress at my own pace. That doesn’t leave many things. I’ve considered taking up running, or perhaps martial arts. Maybe yoga??

Anyways, I still really love dance, don’t get that part wrong. I’m just trying out different scenarios in my head. Thinking out loud. Some things (like running or yoga) could go hand in hand with dance. I’ve just always wanted to be able to do something that could wow my friends (like dancing on pointe). Oh who knows?? I’d never give up dance if I have to. And I might still finish learning how to dance on pointe, even if it hurts my feet.

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