Archive | May 2014

Summer 2014 Ballet!

So I just saw the summer schedule for my studio and I’m happy to announce that there are two teen/adult classes offered! I am so very excited. My instructor did say she was going to put a word in for me about adding a class, but I didn’t think it was actually going to materialize! So from June to August I will be ballet-ing two times a week with a curriculum that will actually help me progress. I am excited and actually touched the studio wanted to help accommodate my needs, even if not just mine but other students who desire the extra classes! (Boom).

An important side note, I have been continuing to progress despite the lightened schedule. It seems that stress was my biggest inhibitor after all. It also doesn’t hurt that I have been working out like a maniac for the last two months. I have serious muscle again, not to mention that I can jump like a squirrel on steroids. (Well, kind of.). All thanks to good old plyometrics!

So what are my ballet goals? Honestly, I am still struggling to figure out how to get a decent grand battlement. I am strong and relatively flexible, but my leg will not extend much past 90 degrees in first position. Then I see younger, weaker girls who just put it up there with no problem. What in the hell am I missing?!?! My theory – I am utilizing the wrong muscles when I extend. I focus on my hamstrings and not on my butt and feet to help lift the foot into the air. So how do I practice this? Anyone have any suggestions on improving this or should I be resolved to defeat?

Hmmmm. I guess only time will tell. 😉

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Disney Vacation Part 2

I have not been ballet-ing. Nope. No ballet for at least 7 days.

What I have done was vacation with my family. It was wonderful. Fun. Sun. Tanning these buns. A much needed escape from my everyday life and responsibilities. I was so far removed while in Florida I didn’t even take an impromptu “ballet pic”. Sorry. I just didn’t feel the need. However, there was a en pointe moment or two. I have to be true to myself!

Attached are some pictures of me and my family on our much needed vacation. Hope you all are doing well.

This is me and Thor. He was there, I was there. We decided to take a humble pic. Ha!

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This is me getting (happily) attacked by a gator. Any questions? I think not.

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This is my family at Animal Kingdom. Note the unhappy daughter. Yes, it was an eventful day, but she is my mini-me. Love her!!

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Kids at the pool. This is all that really matters to them.

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And finally we have Magic Kingdom. I never thought I would love this place, but I do. I had an amazing time. Love these folk. (Not pictured my mother-in-law, Kathy, and father-in-law, Tony. Wouldn’t not be Disney without them). 😘

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