Last Saturday was the year-end performance of the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy. I had the honor of teaching the 9am warm-up class before the dress rehearsal. Dancers ranging in age from 10 to 20-something were scattered all around the theatre; some were on stage (clustered around the lone barre that was available and some using stacked boxes or chairs), and others used railings, walls, and … Continue reading Perspective: VBBA Performance
On Wednesdays I teach an absolute beginner ballet class for adults. And what kind of class is that, exactly? It is a start-from-scratch introduction to ballet, which includes instruction on posture, positions for the legs and arms, fundamental steps, and movement combinations. My class size varies every week from two to five students. I have a few regulars, and then others who attend a bit more sporadically. … Continue reading Perspective: Comfort Zone
Well, it’s been almost a year since I first went on my hunt for a new style of pointe shoe. Though perfection is always elusive, a few months ago, I finally found something close. Actually, looking back at it, I think a certain pointe shoe found me. Continue reading “The Perfect Pointe Shoe Update”
It was Friday… opening night had arrived.
All of the classes and rehearsals from Swan Lake Week had led to this. But actually? Swan Lake Week was just the final stretch; the preparations for this ballet began many years ago. Continue reading “The Making of Swan Lake, Part 3: Opening Night”
On Thursday, Swan Lake Week was in full swing, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performances were fast approaching. I found myself once again consumed by ballet. Continue reading “The Making of Swan Lake, Part 2”
The Birmingham Royal Ballet is performing the magnificent Swan Lake at Chrysler Hall this weekend. Continue reading “The Making of Swan Lake, Part 1”
Unfortunately I don’t have much to report; not one word from the company in Japan, or the online company that I found. I will make more calls tomorrow … Stay tuned. (Click here for Part I). Continue reading The Search for the Perfect Pointe Shoe: Part II
Phase I of “Operation Get Jaime Back in Performance Shape” is starting strong. I have been taking class twice a week for the last two weeks, I am teaching ballet two nights a week, and I have been walking on the beach in the mornings. So I’m getting into the swing of things, and loving every minute of it! The plan is to add another dance class and a yoga class in the week, starting next month. And what’s so fantastic about all this, is that I can organize the timing of things in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with my work schedule. Woot!! Continue reading “The Search for the Perfect Pointe Shoe”
I realized something today … a few somethings actually. The first of which is that I feel the most at home in a pair of pointe shoes, wearing false eyelashes and chassé-ing around a stage.