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The Dancer Project…

21 Feb

 Hello,

So I asked a few of you if you wanted to see some more dance related posts and you said yes so hope you like this post.

So the other day my friend Lauren (her blog is brill & very dance if you are into that) took me and another Lauren (another brill blog and it’s new, so go follow her) around out town to take pictures for her art project. The project is based on pictures by ‘The Dancers Among us’ and ‘The Ballerina Project’ which are really cool picture projects that put dancers in normal situations. If you are a dancer, give them a Google. 😉 We live in a small town and not New York so the pictures don’t look as impressive as the city shots but I still think they came out pretty great. One thing I learnt from this shot was that doing pointe on wet grass/ on a bench/ on a swing/ on a tree/ tree stump is very hard, in a lot of the grass pictures I am sinking with horrible feet and legs. Please ignore them.

We went up to the park and then to the library because, why not? A pair of caked in mud pointe shoes and ballet shoes, and mud splattered tights later these were the results after we spent a day freezing our buns off. (Do you get it? Buns. Butts.)

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These are just a selection of the photos, but if you want to see more click here to go to Lauren’s blog and read more about the project.

If you like more dance related posts, let me know and I’ll be on my toes (yep another ballet joke) to find more dance posts for you lovely lot. Oh’ and let me know what you think of these photos!

Maisie x

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What’s in my dance bag?

2 Aug

Hello my lovely lot,

So as you might know if you’ve read my previous posts and follow my blog, I am very into my dance and especially at the moment I’ve become pretty dance obsessed, so I thought of instead of doing just a normal ‘what’s in my bag’ post, I thought I’d do a ‘what’s in my dance bag’ post instead. I hope you enjoy snooping around inside some of the stuff in my sweaty dance bag. (Lovely!)

The bag

My RAD tote bag

My RAD tote bag

So this is one of the many dance bags I got free from Move It 2013, a dance convention which is a must for everyone who loves dance in Olympia London. I got lots of bags and other bits and pieces completely free but out of all of them, this is one of the best quality and my favourite bag, so this is the one I use most of the time for dance and sports.

Leather ballet slippers

Leather ballet slippers from Dance Direct

Leather ballet slippers from Dance Direct

These are some leather ballet slippers I picked up recently from Dance Direct, which is bargain heaven for all dancers from leotards to pointe shoes, they have it but at a discount price. (These cost me £4.14… I know right, so cheap!) I brought these so I didn’t have to keep borrowing Laurens holey and stinky shoes (sorry Lauren 😉 ) But hopefully I’ll be carrying on with ballet after the summer, so these leather shoes will last me a long time.

Foot thongs

So yes... they do go on your feet

So yes… they do go on your feet

I also get these recently from Dance Direct for £7.16, and these are actually called Capezio Foot Undeez. They go over your toes for contemporary dance so your feet don’t get stuck on the floor and support your feet, I’ve found my feet getting stuck on the floor in dance a bit of a problem so I wanted to invest in these for a little while now. Tiny pants for your feet. What’s not to love?

Therma-Band

'Therma-band aka torture band for dancers'

‘Therma-band aka torture band for dancers’

I’ve been using this band quite a lot recently in order to improve my turn out and flexibility, and is also really good and improving the arches in your feet too, so this is an essential dance bag item for me. This band is actually really long but I got this band for free from the physiotherapist a few years ago which is good because it turns out this length of band can be quite expensive but a shorter band can be picked up for a few pounds.

Leggings

Go from everyday to dancewear with leggings.

Go from everyday to dancewear with leggings.

These are my crop ruche hem leggings that I keep in my bag because these are cooler to wear in the summer than a full length legging. These ones are from Next so they’re a really good quality so I get no VPL (visible panty line, if you don’t know the code) or completely see through , but leggings can be picked up cheap from basically any clothes shop.

So that’s basically everything in my dance bag, I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today, but keep calm and keep dancing, they’ll be another blog post coming your way very soon!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Maisie xxx

My new summer love…

28 Jul

This summer holidays me and my friend Lauren decided to keep up our fitness by carrying on dancing, we’re both dancers and dance students so we wanted to keep it up and improve. As well as doing yoga and step class (both way harder than you’d first expect and are more like torture classes than fitness classes) I wanted to learn ballet. So that is what I’m doing.

Me on pointe on day one. Be impressed…

Lauren is really great at ballet and has been studying it for years now, so she agreed to teach me ballet so I may be able to join in with her class in September which I really hope to do. When it comes to my dance background I did actually do ballet like most other 3 year olds do, inspired by Angelina Ballerina and carried that on for a few years then decided I’d had enough of the bitchy girls in my class and moved on to ballroom, Latin and Rock n’ Roll classes, which was the dance love of my life. To be honest ballroom is not really a style of dance you think of a 7+ year old doing but even though it wasn’t cool like street dance was I still loved it (and the shoes!) I carried on with that for years, doing exams and competitions mainly with the same one dance. Then I did street but I kind of went of dance for a little while but a soon as I started GCSE dance and met Lauren I became dance obsessed.

Look no hands!

Look no hands!

After a few hours of ballet, I do really love it, it is really hard work but I think I’ll get there eventually. To make me more determined I ordered some ballet shoes earlier and I’ll be on pointe in no time right? (I’m hoping anyway.)

What is everyone else up to this summer? Going on 20 mile runs or slobbing it watching daytime TV?

Maisie xxx

 

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