Monthly Archives: June 2011

ABT’s Swan Lake, in under 2000 words

You guys, it was awesome. Awe-some! Ok, so I bought my ticket online. Never been to the Metropolitan Opera House before!. Went for a dress circle box, a $40 seat with an “obstructed view”. Figured there might be a column … Continue reading

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Adult Beginner doodles in a museum

Went to the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Fashion and Textile History Gallery. I hate this place. It’s my own special torture chamber: all these exquisite vintage and contemporary garments right frikin there in front of me, and … Continue reading

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Like Devo sez, you must grip it.

Ok so before I cold-busted my ankle, I took a basic class at BDC. And there was a neat moment where I got to enjoy what is for me an unusual perspective: the view down the barrel of a portable … Continue reading

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Books. Aw yeah.

Here’s what I got at The Strand: The Pointe Book second edition, shoes, training, and technique by Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger Rori of roriroars recommended it when I was pointe shoe shopping, and four eyed ballerina did a write … Continue reading

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What do we do when we’re not dancing?

Well we might stalk people who are. I mean, hypothetically. We might go to someplace like oh, I don’t know, let’s say Steps On Broadway, just to see what it looks like, and we might push through the door and … Continue reading

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Sneakers tied ballerina style

Been seeing a lot of this in NYC- Or maybe it’s always been a thing here and I’m only just now noticing: people tie their high-top sneakers by wrapping them around the ankle. Like a pointe shoe. But, you know, … Continue reading

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A less glamorous ballet accessory

Had a massage yesterday. Turns out the masseuse is a former dancer! So, post-massage, I’m drinking my little paper cup of water, she says, “look, I’m really glad your ankle isnt hurting you too much, and I’m not a doctor, … Continue reading

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Adult Beginner has a melodrama of a day

Feeling pumped after my good experience with Basic Ballet at BDC, I took a readers recommendation and looked up Ballet Academy East, which had not popped up in my previous googlings. Beginners class, convenient time of day, bam! I’m there. … Continue reading

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Come on let’s sweat, baby

This is the plan: Ride the sweaty subway. Take sweaty class. Change, throw sweaty ballet clothes into bag. Walk around city all sweaty day, carrying bag with sweaty ballet clothes. Have dinner somewhere air conditioned. Return to hotel. Take sweaty … Continue reading

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Adult Beginner takes Manhattan. Again!

Oh hey, lookit that, I’m in the city First order of business: Broadway Dance Center. Signed up for basic ballet, you know, see if I’ve improved since last time. With my fave teacher. But horrors! He was out! There was … Continue reading

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