Monthly Archives: May 2011

An exercise in Amplitude

In ballerina class the other day, Smirnoff trying to teach us to express a sense of amplitude. He says, “you’re offering bread to your guests.” We offer bread. He is dissatisfied. He calls to Best Girl, “demonstrate please. Ok, and … Continue reading

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Ballerina class is different

Ok, so pointe class. It’s not a once-you-go-pointe-you-never-go-back type situation, which I used to kind of vaguely think it would be? When people refer to Going En Pointe it sounds kinda permanent, right? Maybe for little kids who are going … Continue reading

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Black Pool is the name of this color

Just got a Hells Yes manicure. That is all. Carry on with your day.

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Darn It All part 2: even more darned

Ok. Got to class early, teacher is sitting in the lobby waiting for the other class to finish and get the hell out of our studio. He says, “Hello! How are you doing with your shoe-sies?” Yeah, the man said … Continue reading

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Darn it all

Here’s my darned shoe. Teacher wanted me to do just one and show him so he could approve my stitches and at first I was all like ‘Forget that, Old Man. If I’m doing one I’m doing both!’ (picture my … Continue reading

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Attitúde a lá flippy tail

Working on our attitúdes. Smirnoff has Best Girl demonstrate an attitúde: standing leg straight, other leg bent behind, with the foot and knee at a level, like they’re resting on a table. Word on the street is attitúde means ‘bent’. … Continue reading

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Darn simple

Ok, so I stayed late after work today and made these samples of different ways to darn pointe shoes- blanket stitch, chain stitch, all these fancy ways… So I could show my teacher and he could say, “No no no … Continue reading

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Weight, what?

Did you know that Audrey Hepburn was 5’7″? And she wanted to be a ballerina but that was too tall for ballet in her day so her first dream was dashed which was really a good thing for me because … Continue reading

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The Nerve!

Omg, you guys- There I was, in the embroidery aisle, finding a heavy thread to match the color of my pointe shoes, (Ballet teacher has not remembered to bring in the thread he wants me to use for darning, so, … Continue reading

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Big-eyed, long-legged inspiration

The Adult Beginner is a big fan of picking up manga and casually flipping through it at the comic book store while grinning. The drawing style! Hilarious! Fascinating! Beyond stylized! Never bought and read one, because, I mean, where to … Continue reading

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