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About ArucariaBallerina

  • Birthday 19/01/2003

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  1. I'm very sad that the day has come where I have grown out of some of my favourite leotards, but hoping they will find a happy new home. All are in very good condition and have a high cut leg line. Photographs available on request. Degas 9501 leotard in the colour Eglantine Size 12a £25 9502 leotard in the colour Lilac Size 12a £20 Collections by Claudia Tropical collection (2018) 'Coconut' (white) leotard in Aurora style Size Child XL £25 Bloch Black camisole leotard with lovely back design (sort of open diamond shapes separated by twists) Size Child's 12 £15
  2. I didn't even start ballet until I was 12, and was accepted into 2 classical upper schools. Everyone else has given amazing advice; the top 3 things which were game changers for me were: Conditioning exercises (set by my dance physio, and Pilates which i still do with my ballet school because it is so good for strength and posture!) Associate classes (you start improving so much faster when you're dancing with others who are at a higher level, and the longer classes helped me beyond measure as well as giving me amazing friends and fun times) Summer schools (taking multiple classes daily also accelerated improvements and improved my stamina and performance skills as they usually incorporate a demonstration at the end. I always think they are like being in a ballet company!)
  3. Hi, please could you send me photos of the Bloch leotards?
  4. The closest I've got is a cuddly penguin called Coppelia and I adopted a chicken for people in Africa called Kochetkova! Wish I could get some more pets just so I could name them after ballet or music ❤️ My family have Rue my black cat (off the Hunger Games), Cersei my sister's Siamese cat (off Game of Thrones), my tortoise Nagini - but I call him/her (still not sure) Nicki (Harry Potter) and lastly our big family Labradoodle - Maggie ❤️
  5. @ponklemum my school are doing daily zoom classes and I find it so much better than the livestream as the teacher can see you and give you personalised corrections. It's also a really nice atmosphere as others are 'in the studio' too. But I do like doing live classes for fun at the weekend ! So really just pick whatever suits best x
  6. @Peanut68 oh sorry I didn't make this very clear! Kathryn Morgan is a YouTube channel (she is a soloist with Miami City Ballet) who has a wonderful range of ballet barres (classes) and centres for all levels and purposes (e.g beginner-advanced ballet class, pointe class, turnout specific barre, barre for port de bras etc). She usually gives corrections to keep in mind before each exercise too. I use them a lot in holidays usually. P.S Love and good health to all dancers and families in these times ... I woke up today and had a massive heartache for already missing ballet. Im so grateful to have ballet classes tomorrow at school still x
  7. Kathryn Morgan barres are good for keeping up technique if you keep thinking of placement and corrections you have been given
  8. I would say (unless it's just me) that it's nearly impossible to maintain a fully turned out supporting leg in arabesque without lifting the hip a little. Of course you still have to turn out but mine is more of a 45 degree angle. I love a pure arabesque like the pros do though ❤️
  9. Wanted to pop in and say that I started dancing very late - age 12 - and am now in full-time classical training. I would say to make sure she can get as much quality technical training as she can (i.e ballet classes), especially as she gets older , for example associate programmes, EYB, summer schools and workshops. And also writing down my corrections and the corrections for the whole class was a game changer, and doing daily stretching and conditioning exercises (set by dance teachers). Most importantly to keep on loving dancing! ❤️ Good luck, I feel like my life truly began when I started dancing
  10. For non-fiction I loved Darcey Bussell's ballet book, the Ballet Companion by eliza gaynor minden, and 'Dancing Star' an old biography on the life of Anna Pavlova. Fiction my favourite newer series is Ballet Stars by Jane Lawes or any by Mal Lewis Jones.
  11. Yes when I went (2 years ago), Sunday evening was getting to know our house-mates (I was in a twin room, you can choose who you want to room with beforehand but I didn't know haha). And then classes were every day including Saturday, when there was a little show (you had to have a black/dark leotard for it). The evenings were fairly relaxed, we had a cinema night where we watched RB Romeo and Juliet, we got to watch a pas de deux rehearsal from Brandon Lawrence and Celine Gittens, a disco and I think the younger of the seniors were meant to have a mime masterclass with Marion Tait. But all the classes throughout the day are taken by BRB dancers.
  12. Thanks everyone, I have ordered some Bunheads and Bloch ones to arrive at school and hopefully they'll do the trick! (Will keep other suggestions in mind if they don't) . I have longish hair (just had it cut) but it's really thick and wavy and crazy with lots of shorter flyaways. Have to gel it down everyday to make it slick! My favourite brand was originally a German (I think) brand called Solida, they used to do a thick elastic, stretchy but tight invisible bun net which rarely got holes (I still have one from a year ago haha) but they've discontinued the model and now only make ones that barely wrap around the bun and are too delicate if that makes sense. I like a net to wrap around 2-3 times and no more or less so maybe I'm too picky!
  13. Hi and happy new year! My favourite bun net has been discontinued sadly and I have tried a few brands of bun nets which are either too flimsy and don’t stick to the hair, or cannot wrap around my hair more than once! I’m wondering does anyone have any recommendations for a bun net which is elastic but tight when wrapped around, say, 2-3 times? So not too big or too small if that makes sense. Preferably a style that doesn’t rip too easily too (always happens on days when my bun needs to be perfect)! thanks!
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