An Historian About… #RWBVespers

It’s not often that you get to see the world premier of a ballet- often it will be a premier for that company, but typically not for the ballet as a whole. I was able to see the world premiere of Vespers, on Friday, May 12, 2017, and it was incredible. Although I typically skew towards preferring the classical and story ballets,  I could not have loved this more. Vespers is nuanced and detailed and full of emotion, and the choreography felt organic and layered.

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From Class to Stage, Part III: Performance

I’ve been so excited to write this post, the final in my series on ballet! Today is all about the performance, the end goal, what arguably everyone associates ballet with. I think that a lot of people have been to the ballet at least once (or a play/ musical/ opera/ symphony), and have some understanding on what is going on from the audience side. However, everything behind the stage? It usually stays backstage. It is much like the duck on water; floating along calmly on top, with feet moving incredibly quickly and chaotically beneath the water. Without further adieu, a day of performance!

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From Class to Stage, Part II: Dress Rehearsal

Welcome back to the second part of my series on my experiences with ballet! Last week was all my ballet class experience, what I do to get ready, what I need for class, and what goes on in a class. This week is all about dress rehearsal, something not usually seen by “outsiders”. It is sometimes a little hectic and chaotic, there is a lot of warming up and continual movement, and there are usually quite a few mistakes. However, a bad dress rehearsal means that it will be a good show!

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From Class to Stage, Part I: Ballet Class

Welcome to the first of a three part series on my experiences in ballet! Ballet has been a pretty big part of my life from the time that I was yay high until, well, now. This series is going to move from ballet class to rehearsal to the performance, complete with behind the scenes tidbits you didn’t know existed! I hope that you enjoy this, as ballet is incredibly important to me and I wanted to be able to share it with you.

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Ballet at Covent Garden, Travel Thursday

Starting next week, I’m going to have a three part series on the blog on ballet- ballet class to dress rehearsal to performance. In the meantime, these are some ballet pilgrimages I’ve taken and moments I’ve had throughout my travels! I consider myself lucky that I’ve been able to convince multiple travel mates to let stop and take pictures in front of various places around Covent Garden, arguably the home of English ballet.

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An Historian About… the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dracula!

With a world-renowned ballet company like the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in my city, I take advantage of any chance I can get to see one of their performances! In a very odd twist of fate, I was able to see Dracula twice in October, or at least parts of it. I’m not usually a Halloween type of person, but this does seem to be quite fitting viewing for the holiday!

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Laughing is the Best Form of Exercise

So, unfortunately my plan to get to the gym every day at lunch was squashed by the fact that there are now thousands of students back on campus who all need things done immediiiiiiiately. I took what I could get, and focused on finding smaller amounts of exercise whenever possible. Another fitness goal that I have added is being realistic and patient, and understanding that sometimes an hour workout just isn’t possible, no matter what I plan. Continue reading

Giving Your Body a Break- Fitness Update

It might just be me, it might be all of us, but I am feeling old. That’s probably due to the fact that I was a serious ballet dancer for close to two decades, but I am really feeling it everywhere now. It’s getting fairly important that I keep moving and stretch every day. I notice that if I am sitting for a few hours straight, my muscles tighten up a little. If I don’t stretch every day, it makes it 10x harder the next day. Getting old is inevitable, and I’ve had to to accept that I need to work with it rather than against it…. Continue reading

Ballet Class- Staying On Top of Everything

Week three of my summer ballet class has come and gone! The more that I dance, the more that slowly filters back into my brain and the more that my muscles are slowly returning to their dancer state. I’m still incredibly sore after class and briefly wonder how I managed when I was dancing 5-6 days a week, but then I also remembered that if you dance every day your muscles don’t actually ever tighten up…. Continue reading