Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday(ish) Dance Sales!

Thanksgiving 2011 has come and gone, but it means that it's that time of year - Black Friday! Most dance stores aren't going to be running special deals because most of them are online, and stores like Capezio won't be running those early bird specials we so love. So here's some of my favorite websites/catalogs to browse and their currently more-generous clearance sales:

Dancewear Solutions Clearance - is offering up to 60% off on a large range of tops, leotards, shorts and pants, shoes, and performance dresses. You're sure to find something you want (because dancers are always short a leotard or two). Their Last Chance Sale is really tiny, but there's a few nice items!

Discount Dance Supply Last Chance Sale - has got some nice shoes (ballet/jazz/tap) on sale, but is otherwise fairly small and limited.

Online Dancewear Last Chance Sale - if you're going for costumes for your senior solo piece (or any other piece), take a look here!

As far as I can tell, Capezio is not running any specials and don't even have a closeout section. There might be Cyber Monday deals, but I don't know of any as of now. I'll let you guys know if I find out!
Not the best collection of websites I've ever done, but such is the dance life. Hah I'm so punny...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I last make a long story short, I've been busy with school and dance. I want to take this time to thank everyone who reads this blog, especially those who have posted comments, thank you all for taking the time out of your busy lives and letting me share my thoughts with you. If you have any ideas as to what you'd like to see from me, please leave a comment on this post. Other than that, good luck and have safe trips for everyone traveling home, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving (or holiday/break if you don't celebrate)! Don't eat too terrible much and don't let yourself get out of shape!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Youtube Best of the Best: Updates 7

I've noticed that my Best of the Best have become a list of crazy-awesome hip hop videos with maybe one or two other styles thrown on, so I set out to change that in this update. This list will be comprised mainly of contemporary, modern, and ballet videos. Enjoy.

Megan Lawson - unrequited.
This is stunning cinematography. This is stunning emotion. This is stunning dance.

Angelin Preljocaj (Paris Opera Ballet) - Le Parc
Warning: this one's definitely rated R. There's no nudity, but heavy sexual suggestion and tension. This has to be the epitome of contemporary ballet. Not only does it have the most amazing kiss ever seen by the world of ballet (I kid you not - starts around 5:05), but it's so smooth and sensual, yet still completely balletic. Beautiful.

Gala Benois 2007
Warning: this one may be PG-13. I really have no idea what this is, exactly, the description doesn't say much...but this is absolutely incredible balletic/modern partnering. If you're offended by suggestion of nudity or sexual themes (again), please don't watch.

Jiri Kilian (Netherlands Dance Theatre) - Petite Mort 1/2   &   Petite Mort 2/2
Petite Mort is just one of those of those gorgeously flowy, innovative, and impossible pieces. There's some weird themes going on and props being used - it's very experimental dance. Again, ballet-based, yet incorporating contemporary and modern themes and movements. I just love the partnering at the beginning of the second part. It's absolutely connected and flawlessly effortless. Did I mention that Netherlands Dance Theatre has some ridiculously trained/talented dancers? Perfection.

Kyle Hanagami - Carnival
I promised mainly ballet/modern/contemp. Sorry. One teeeeeny hip hop video. If you like all of the videos I've posted before, all of the artists I've posted before...this video kind of sums it all up in one awesome explosion. Not only Kyle, but Miki Emura, Laura Edwards, Ian Eastwood, and others grace the stage in this piece. Not something to miss.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Higher Extensions!

I know I've been having trouble with my psoas muscles recently. It's a complicated problem that I've only just discovered...and am working to fix.

The basis of all injury is misalignment and incorrect usage. Technically, if you knew every inch of your body perfectly, you would never injure yourself (except for accidents that involve things/people other than yourself, of course). Strengthening and toning is an important way to prevent injury, but you also have to strengthen the right muscles.

Which brings me to this post on another blog that was sent to me by my lovely ballet teacher: Getting Higher Extensions! by Deborah of The Body Series blog. Strengthening the psoas muscle is not only easy and fast (10-15 reps every day for 3-4 weeks for results!), but is a sure-fire way to get your leg higher in developpes! I know I've been struggling with getting my leg past 90 degrees for a long time in front extensions, and with the problem I discovered earlier with my psoas muscles, this makes a lot more sense. I'll be adding this to my daily strengthening routine, will you?

As a side note, I've taken a quick glance at the rest of this blog, and it's brimming with excellent tips and advice on just about every topic a dancer could wish for, from a neuromuscular educator (it's her profession)! If you've got a certain issue or goal, take a look at her categories in the bottom right hand corner of the blog. You're sure to find some stretch or advice that will help you get there!