Preparing for Nutcracker

I have a little less than one week away before performances start next Thursday. I have to be really prepared and that includes meal planning.

Despite having lunch served to us on Thursday afternoon, I find a ham and cheese sandwich insufficient for my dietary needs. I also am a picky eater for breakfast (err… in general), it has to be light but high in protein, carbs, and fats to get me through till lunch.

So this morning I got up and dashed to the grocery store for necessities. I stocked up on 9 grain bread, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, eggs and milk. I have some strawberry yogurt for the morning and I made a simple recipe with bisquick from Care’s Kitchen to make me quiches for quick breakfast eats. They freeze well too so I can nuke some later. The great thing about this easy recipe is you can build them any way you want so if you’re picky you can make them as good as you want ’em!

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I used 2% organic milk, left over cheese needing to disappear, fried bacon and a yellow onion plus a green one. I should’ve added a a protein additive but I may do that the next round with sausage, potato, and kale :9 om nom nom!!

Much to the chagrin of other dancers I’ll be bringing a tuna fish sandwich after every performance since I need the instant protein replacement. This worked during my 6 hour day at rehearsal I didn’t feel starved by the end of class and could actually wait for dinner at a normal hour. Major plus!

Besides meal planning I’m still waiting on make up to cover my tattoos, and last night I bought false eye lashes to make my eyes dazzle. They were actually a requirement.

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I have to prep a make up bag with every thing. Like EVERYTHING. Spare hair nets, a ton of bobby pins, hair spray, rosin, two pairs of tights. Spare leotard, extra clothes, plenty of spare shoes, etc. EVERYTHING. Oh boy. So Saturday is regular rehearsal and Sunday is DRESS rehearsal! I hope I don’t rip the dress.

Now I have to run off and get ready for class!

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Hair did

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This is some pretty convincing hair device! My teacher/director insisted we get faux hair pieces for our show during the party scene. I was having a heck of a time finding a decent quality piece for a reasonable price. Some local pharmacy stores had some super cheapo ones for $20. Online had decent ones not including shipping around $30. Wig store wanted $300+ for real hair and the mall kiosk had a rinky dink short straight hair one. eBay had some nice ones for $10 or less including shipping but was unreliable in its shipping time. I cruised through the dance websites and remembered Discount dance sold some hair pieces for competitions. I found a nice one for $22.50 with $4.90 shipping making it $27.40 and get here in at least a week.

Came today after ordering it on the 20th so pretty quick! It’s a nice quality set of curls in a dark brown a little lighter than my hair but it’ll work. It’s composed if a stretchy net that had an elastic cinch that was stretched over a hair claw. I thought the claw would work best but turns out with my bun not so much. So removed the claw which wasn’t too hard and cinched the net a little placed over my bun and placed a bobby pin to hold it. Wa la! Instant do! I likey!!

So if you’re ever in the need for your hair instantly did, I highly recommend the Discount Dance ones :B

Had rehearsal tonight and I thought I could get out early but nope. Got out of the studio at 8, so clocked in four hours.

I let my toe nails grow out during my small break during thanksgiving. Cut them all before class and did some pointe work and my toes hurt now. Bawwwwwww

Battement

I’ve been struggling a little with my battements. Yesterday was the first time in a while that I can remember that we did 3 consecutively after doing two slow ones. I stumbled upon this video of girls working on their battements on the floor and I thought it was a great idea to help strengthen my core and my hip flexors. It’ll also increase and/or keep up my flexibility. I can’t wait to try these!

Dead Tired

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I woke up dead tired yesterday probably because I was catching up on bad sleep from earlier in the week. Yesterday though I spent six hours in the studio and left my water bottle and powerade behind. Besides that it was stretching and rehearsal. I feel I still need lots of practice!! I think I’ll wear my chacotts on stage for my doll performance hoping my shanks won’t snap on me. I don’t think they will, but my chacotts are super bendy.

Rehearsal though is always after class and I’m so bushed and tired! I can’t wait for thanksgiving!

De-shanking

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My Sensei challenged me in a very incognito way to up my foot strength. She told be before class I could bring in a pair of dead pointe shoes and de shank them use them in class when I TA.

1. I do not have a real pair of dead pointe shoes yet.
2. My first pair are too big and the TMT shank is securely glued to the shoe.
3. I have a pair of Bloch suprimas I heavily dislike.

Settled! I’ve already taken the liberty to pry the first shank mostly out, fiddling with glue on the end/toe box area. Bye Bloch suprimas! You were a bad choice but it was best I didn’t buy you at full price! Now I will utilize you regardless!

Shoes

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Most professional ballerinas actually don’t like heels. I must say because of my knees heels aren’t my favorite things to stand in- but I do love them. Just as much as my hand bags. I finally invested in a shoe rack, and I love it! And so does my cat.

Honestly though, I could use more shoes. Brightly colored too.

My brain is dying

While at work today I noticed I was fairly light headed. I struggle with this constantly because my metabolism is so high. My body instantly incinerates anything I consume and despite eating healthy my body thinks that’s being silly. I do not get enough fat in my diet. I try to get a daily caloric intake of 2,000 or more but that’s a struggle because my stomach does not want to eat maybe more than 1,600+.

I guess that’s why they want dancers to eat 6 small meals a day. So now I have to have like sandwich plans laid out for the day or something. UGH. I hate meal planning! It’s getting to that point where I get light headed here and there frequently despite my best efforts to eat as much protein, fat, and carbs I can get my hands on. It’s just never enough and leaves me feeling faint.

Guess I’m going to have to journey with you guys on my meal alteration. So… six meals a day plenty of carbs, proteins, and fats.

While researching some things I found a cool online dance magazine, Dance Informa, with really helpful and informative articles on health- my favorite kind hur hurrr :B Some of my favorite articles so far:

5 super foods for dancers

Protein needs for dancers

Swan Lake Quiz

2011 Christmas Gift Ideas