Thursday, November 28, 2019

Packing for a Performance!

Someone reading this, somewhere, is probably performing today or tomorrow, or next week. Going to the theatre on the day of the show can be stressful. Especially when you feel like you are forgetting something... or are wishing you'd packed that extra pair of pointe shoes! I wanted you to be grateful for Nutcracker Season and make room for some self gratitude backstage, that is why I made this free downloadable Nutcracker Backstage Buddy Packing List!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ghosts in the Theatre?

Some people search for a scare on a night like tonight. Tonight is Halloween and we all are longing for some fright. Well, for all of the performers out there celebrating today... Ghosts in the Theatre?

The Stamford Palace Theatre

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Located in Stamford, CT, this ancient theatre was built in 1893 but soon burned down by a fire and rebuilt. Its owner, Mary Vuono, was said to have died in the apartment above the theatre. Today, people have claimed to see her roaming around the theatre in 'ghost' form, "checking in on how the theatre is doing". I have danced in this very theatre frequently and I do have a story to tell from my experiences. During one of our performances of The Nutcracker, we were about midway through the performance when the fire alarm began to sound. People started panicking and the director had to run out on stage to usher the performers and audience out safely. I was downstairs but I can vouch that I could feel the coolness of an unearthly presence there. By the time this issue was resolved, none of the cast or crew seemed to have accidentally or purposefully pulled this fire alarm because there was no smoke in sight...

 The Richard Rodgers Theatre

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You may be familiar with this theatre from going to see 'Hamilton' or you may have even performed here. Either way, you must know how recognizable and iconic this building is in the theatre world. Especially right now. However, according to Playbill it has seen its fair share of paranormal activity over the years, "'There are reappearing red lipstick smudges in the ladies room. They get painted and wiped but inevitably return. Stall doors open by themselves. Dressing rooms have strange sounds, and things spontaneously fall off shelves in one of them. Afterhours brings bizarre howling sounds". The strange sightings may be just a hoax or the Hamilton fans trying to spell out the lyrics to My Shot!

I hope these two theatres gave you the urge to find out more about theatres around you or gave you a scare on Halloween! Let me know in the comments below the post if you have ever preformed in or been to a theatre that you thought was haunted!

Monday, October 14, 2019

My Favorite Pointe Shoe Products

These are my current pointe shoes ~ Grishko DreamPointe 2007

Sometimes it is difficult for us as dancers to get through a pointe class without dreaming we were somewhere else not balancing on the tips of our toes. Well, make that dream feel like reality with 5 of my favorite pointe shoe products! You should be able to find most of these items at your local dance shop and if not, easily order them online. Enjoy!

1. Toe Candy

This cotton candy scented lambs wool will make you want to go baa-aak to your studio every class!

2. Rosin Spray by Bloch

Problem: If you are like me and have a model of pointe shoes with a low cut heel, your pointe shoes just don't want to stay on in class! Solution: Buy this wonderful spray (it works like magic)!

3. Arnicare Roll-on Homeopathic Medicine for Pain Relief

In constant rehearsals and classes, it is easy to get pain, swelling, bruises or worse! Luckily, with Arnicare you can help fix this with an easy to apply, roll-on gel.

4. Nexcare Absolute Waterproof Tape

For anyone starting pointe, this is important for protection from blisters and calluses!

5. De Feet Da Funk

Don't judge the bottle's small appearance - this eucalyptus, peppermint, and citrus scented deodorizing spray is a living miracle if there is one!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

About Me

As Audrey Hepburn once said, "Darling, don't ever be too shy to dance your heart out." To me, these are words to live by.

I'm Sadie, I am thirteen years old and I decided to start my own blog with a goal of giving my personal insights, tips, and knowledge on everything and anything about dance. I live in the New York area and I have been studying ballet for 10 years. I have also studied Horton Method (Modern), contemporary, character, and even some musical theater jazz on the sidelines. My passion is real and I believe that dance heals and sets a foundation for any dream a person can have.

I dream of becoming a dancer, choreographer, and writer when I am older. Besides dance, I enjoy planning and being organized, calligraphy, my dog Pretzel, and Broadway!

This website will include tips for wellness and injury prevention, interviews with dancers, helpful printables and fun tutorials, and also my wisdom from past experiences. I will be sure to include, what I find inspiring from its history to the ever-changing world of dance today!

I encourage you to leave positive feedback in the comments below my posts, enter your email to keep up with my blog, or check me out on my social media accounts, which I will link below. So, sauter right in!

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