Dance Q&A + Chat | ft. My Pen Pal, Natalia!

Hey daydreamers! I’m back with another fun collab for this week! Natalia and I exchanged addresses when she won one of my giveaways, so we decided to become pen pals and have written to each other ever since. If you didn’t know already, I’m a dancer, and Natalia danced for a long time. So, we decided to do a little Q&A about dance where we each asked each other 10 questions!

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What I Got For Christmas 2020!

Hey daydreamers! I know I said that I’d see y’all in 2021, and I was originally planning on taking a break after Blogmas. But I really like to read these types of posts, so I thought it would be fun to show what I got for Christmas! We still have another Christmas to go to at my dad’s side of the family, but here’s what I got so far.

Also, I know that everyone says this, but it’s true: Christmas is not about the gifts, it’s about the best Gift of all – the birth of our Savior! I’m not trying to brag about what I got in any way or try to make anyone feel bad. Like I said earlier, I personally enjoy reading these posts.

We opened presents on the morning of Christmas Eve (Santa came early πŸ˜‰), and the next day we drove up to our cousin’s house and ate an amazing Christmas dinner and exchanged more gifts! We spent the night there and then went to our grandma’s house before heading home. I had a great Christmas eve/day, and I hope you guys did too!

First, I got some cute leopard-print Texas earrings from my cousins! These are so cute!

I also got two other pairs of earrings from them.

I was SO EXCITED when I opened this one from my mom, I’ve been wanting the Pura Vida wave ring forever and I’m obsessed! It goes with everything and is super cute and summer-y!

Also from Pura Vida, my mom got me this pretty white bracelet and the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness bracelet.

This one is maybe my favorite present! I was SO excited when I opened this, I was not expecting to get this haha and I’m so happy to finally have a Kendra Scott necklace! It’s gold with a pretty rose quartz jewel, and I’m wearing it right now as I type this! Thanks mom!

This TurnBoard is from my grandma, and it’s already helping my pirouettes! It’s really fun to use, and although it took a little bit to get the hang of it, I think it’ll help my technique a lot!

Of course, since it’s Christmas 2020, I got some cute Old Navy masks in my stocking πŸ˜‰

Eee, I’m so excited about this one! I’m a huge fan of Maddie Ziegler, and I’ve wanted this palette ever since she came out with her makeup collab with Morphe. The shades are stunning, and I’ve had a ton of fun experimenting with different looks! My favorite shade is Butterfly Fantasy, since it goes with anyting, but Angel is pretty because it changes hues with the light. Overall, this palette is super high quality!

My mom got me my first foundation from BareMinerals.

I also got some more makeup from my mom, some brow tint and Elf concealer!

I also got some Burt’s Bees lip balm and body lotion in my stocking, which is perfect for my because my hands and lips are super chapped and Burt’s Bees is super high-quality.

I got a face mask in my stocking, which I’m so excited to use because I love spa stuff like this!

I forgot I asked for this, so I was super surprised when I opened these Converse haha! I’m so excited about these, I immediately put them on and walked around in them almost the whole day XD They got a little bit dirty since I wore them at my cousin’s house.

From my cousins, I got this book called Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs. I always need a book to read before I go to bed, and I already started this one and it’s super exciting, full of twists and turns and conspiracies! I would definitely reccomend this one.

I got this super fun long-sleeve Christmas shirt from my mom! I wore it on Christmas day, and my cousin also wore one that said Fa-La-La-Llama on it, so we were matching lol!

I got a rock salt lamp from my ballet company big sisters, and it’s SO pretty and relaxing!

For my early Christmas present, my grandma took me shopping at this amazing dance store in the city, and I got a bunch of dancewear from there! First I got this super comfy basic Bloch leo in black.

I also chose this fancy Gaynor Minden one with a zipper down the front and a high neck, and it’s really cute!

I found this teal lace skirt on sale, and I always get a lot of compliments on it. It’s super fun to wear!

This one is one of my favorites that I got. It’s a simple camisole leo with a V-neck and really pretty back straps!

This one is another favorite – I finally have a patterned leotard! It has this gorgeous black-and-white design on the front, and the back is mesh with velvet lining all along the straps.

I got this fun gift box from my aunt that has all this fancy spa stuff! It came with fuzzy socks, a really good scented candle, a relaxing lavender eye cover, some lip balm, and Himalayan bath salt. I can’t wait to use all of this!

Finally, I got the Loopy rose gold marble phone case! It’s so pretty, and I like how the loop makes it really easy to hold while taking blog pics!

I hope that you guys all had an amazing Christmas! I would love to hear all about in the comments below! Once again, I’m super grateful for everything that I got! I might update this post after Christmas on my dad’s side, but if not, I’ll see ya next year! πŸ˜‰

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Nutcracker 2020 Recap (Blogmas Day 1)

On the first day of Blogmas, my true love gave to me…

Hey daydreamers! It’s finally the start of 12 days of Blogmas, and I’m so excited! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed, since today when this post goes up I’ll actually be taking finals, but hopefully after that I’ll be able to get the rest of the posts scheduled! I’ve never done this before, and I think it’s going to be really fun! I have a ton of post ideas lined up, with a few special guests too!

To kick off Blogmas, I was originally planning on doing a Christmas-themed giveway…but then finals and Nutcracker happened and I never got around to it. I’m really sorry, but hopefully y’all will enjoy it anyway! πŸ˜‰ Today, I thought I’d do a recap of this year’s Nutcracker!

I’m a ballet dancer (obviously, based on my blog design XD), and my studio/company’s annual Nutcracker is a huge part of my Christmas and is really special to me. I look forward to it every year, and this year would’ve been my first year performing as a member of the company! Of course, COVID messed it up, and in order to safely put on the production we had to do a virtual version of our show. It was still really fun even though I missed performing!

It took a ton of rehearsals and we ended up having to push filming back, but we were finally able to film the weekend before last weekend! I was super nervous the night before. Here’s what was in my performance backpack:

  • hairspray
  • hair bag with bobby pins, pins, hairnets, hairties
  • Wet Brush
  • extra pair of company tights and an extra leotard
  • my company jacket and warm-up pants
  • company earrings
  • huge bag of stage makeup with eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, concealer, brow product, etc.
  • light-up mirror
  • some homework to do backstage

Both days I had to wake up super early to do my hair and makeup and get there by my call time. We filmed at a fancy ballroom where people have weddings, and it was so cool: spiral marble staircases, elegant double doors, intricate tile flooring, tons of glittering chandeliers, and there were even peacocks walking around in the parking lot!

We didn’t have a normal dressing room, so we hung out in this huge bathroom that was maybe the nicest bathroom I’ve ever been in. XD There was even a chandelier in there! While we waited for our time to film, we touched up hair and makeup and hung out backstage. That part was kind of boring and made me miss the actual show a lot, since filming got really delayed and we were there from 7:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 on each day.

The actual filming part went pretty well! It was kind of stressful, because there’s so many moving parts and we couldn’t always start over since we got really behind. My feet were also dying – they were stuffed in pointe shoes for 5 hours and we danced on concrete, ouch!

I played two parts this year: a Petit Fluer (Aka little flower) in the Waltz of the Flowers, and a party girl in the party scene. It was my first time performing en pointe! We had to wear masks while we danced, which we were all super used to from filming, so that was good!

This was my party girl costume! (Taken in the fancy bathroom, lol) Both of my “big sisters” had also worn this costume when they were party girls, so that was cool! I liked the pink/peach color and it was so fun to dance in. We also had to wear these hairpieces to look like 1800s ringlets.

We had to film the party scene twice, since there were two Claras. I’ve watched the first one and it turned out pretty well, even though we had to retake it a few times! I haven’t seen the second one, though, and I randomly started doing the wrong steps and we didn’t have a chance to refilm it. That was probably the most stressful part: we didn’t have a dress rehearsal or a lot of time to prepare!

This was my costume for Waltz! The bodice/corset thing was super tight and kind of hard to breathe in, but the costume was so elegant and professional.

Filming Waltz took a lot of takes, and we had to film it three times for each Dewdrop Fairy. It was difficult to dance on the slippery/textured floor, but we figured it out and the end result was really good!

Overall, Nutcracker 2020 was definitely a different experience than normal and I really missed performing, but I had a ton of fun and the end result was really cool. Doing a virtual Nutcracker was definitely better than having no Nutcracker at all, and I’m really greateful for the experience!

I kind of liked making this type of post! It is Diary of a Daydreamer, after all, so do you think I should do more journal-entry type of posts? Or should I stick with more informative ones?

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3 Hairstyles for Dance Class! | How to Do A Ballet Bun

Hey daydreamers! Y’all seemed to like my stage makeup tutorial from last week, and I’ve been really into trying out new hairstyles lately, so I decided to show you guys some bun styles for ballet class!

There’s not really a right or wrong way to do a bun – it just takes a lot of practice, but it’s pretty simple once you master it! There’s a lot of different techniques and styles that you can do, so here’s a few of my favorites (and the first two only took me less than 10 minutes, and the last just a little over that)!

#1: The Classic Ballerina Bun

I JUST REALIZED I’M WEARING THE EXACT SAME SHIRT AS LAST WEEK! AND I’M IN THE SAME SPOT….HOW WEIRD IS THAT!

First, start by brushing your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure to smooth out any bumps and get it at the crown of your head. Secure with a hair elastic.

Now, separate the ponytail into two equal sections and twist one of the sections until it’s almost like a rope.

Take that rope of hair and pin it all the way around the other section until you’ve made a little donut around the remaining half of the ponytail.

Next, twist the remaining part of the ponytail into another little rope.

Take that rope and pin it all the way around the donut until you have a cinnamon roll! Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – we’ll fix that in a minute. Try to pin down as many flyaway hairs as you can.

Twist a hair net (you can find them at literally any grocery store, drugstore, dollar store or anywhere that sells beauty products) around the bun — and voila! It magically turns that mess into a neat, clean ballerina bun. Hair nets are my secret weapon when it comes to dance hairstyles!

Finally, spritz some water around your head to smooth out any flyaways. Use a barrette or hairlip to pin up any hair that’s hanging out on your neck into the bun.

If you would like, add a cute scrunchie to finish off the style and cover up the hairlip and any loose hairs, and you’re done! Lastly, spray with hairspray. And that’s how you do a simple ballerina bun!

#2: The Donut Bun

My face in this picture πŸ˜‚ For this next method, we’re going to be using a hair donut. You can find these basically anywhere – Claire’s, any beauty or drugstore, grocery stores, dance shops...

Start by, again, pulling your hair up into a medium-length or high ponytail, and make sure to get rid of any bumps. Make the ponytail nice and tight. (Mine’s pretty loose in that picture, but I fix that in a bit.)

Now, place the donut around the ponytail – like how you would wear a scrunchie or hair tie. Make sure the donut matches your hair color!

Spread your hair all over the bun, like a fountain. Then secure with a hair elastic. You should have some hair left over.

Next, separate the leftover hair into three equal sections and braid each section. Make sure to tie off the braids with a clear hair band.

Go around the bun, pinning each braid with bobby pins.

Pin them all the way around each other, and then spread the hair on the donut equally around it and pin in place.

Add a hairnet and – magic! – your bun is smooth and clean-looking! (Haha I sound like a commercial for hairnets)

Finally, pin up any excess hairs with a barrette, and smooth everything with water. Lastly, spray with hairspray, and add a cute scrunchie. Aaaand….you’re done!

#3: French Braid Twist Bun

For this one, you’ll need to know how to French braid. Basically, you braid from the top of your head all the way to the bottom, picking up more hair along the way as you braid. Here’s a great tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7iuiVBpao&t=326s

First, separate your hair into two equal sections.

Start at the top and french braid both sections all the way to the bottom – don’t worry if it looks a little messy!

Now, twist the two braids together to make a long, thick rope.

Wrap them in a circle around each other and pin all the way around in a circle, making a big braided donut.

Make sure to secure with a hair elastic and add extra bobby pins to stop wispies!

Finally, clean it up by adding a hairnet, smoothing with water, pinning down braids so they stay flat, and spraying with hairspray!

And you’re done!

And that’s it for this post! I hope you learned something new and maybe you tried out some of these hairstyles, whether for ballet class, a special occasion, or just around the house. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

How do you do your hair for dance? Your favorite style out of the three? Can you french/dutch braid? What’s your go-to bun method?

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What’s In My Dance Bag #2 – Updated Dance Bag Tour!

Hey daydreamers! Random question: how early is to early to listen to Christmas music? Usually I strictly ban it until after Thanksgiving, but the Jonas Brothers just came out with a new Christmas song and okay, I admit I’ve listened to it about 15 times since it came out…

Anyway, I know I just did a “what’s in my dance bag” in like August, but my dance bag has changed a LOT since then. First of all, volleyball season ended, I got pointe shoes, new leotards, I’m now at the dance studio 24/7…and oh, yeah, I got a new bag. So yeah, I think that justifies a new tour! If you want to check out the first one, click here.

Let’s just dive headfirst into the post, since I can’t wait to get started!

First, we have the actual bag! I got it for my birthday, and it’s this really cute duffel bag from Rebok. I love the blush pink color! (Pretty much everything I got for my birthday is blush pink…) There’s a mesh pocket on the side, another side pocket with a zipper, and a front pocket with velcro. There’s one main strap that goes over your shoulder, and two smaller straps that velcro together to hold stuff on top of the bag – I use it to hold my pointe shoe bag in place!

In the mesh side pocket, I keep my ballet shoes! I normally just stuff them there after class. That way they can air out after getting all sweaty from dancing (ew). My ballet shoes are leather split-soles from SoDanca, but I’ve been thinking about switching to canvas ballet shoes so I can point my foot more easily.

And next, my pointe shoe bag! I keep my shoes in a blue mesh bag that I stick in the outside pocket. Like my ballet shoes, that gives them a chance to air out after getting sweaty, so they won’t break down as easily!

In my pointe bag, I have my toe pads, toe tape, and of course, pointe shoes! I wear Pillows For Pointe Gellows toe pads, and I love them because they’re reversible! I really like the gel side on my toes – for the first few releves, it’s actually comfortable because the gel feels really soothing. (After that, well…not so comfortable.) I also use Gaynor Minden Microfoam toe tape, which I don’t use super often since I haven’t gotten any blisters yet (thankfully!).

Then, of course, my pointe shoes! Like I said in my pointe fitting vlog, I wear Bloch European Balance, size 4, No X. Translation for non dancers: the number of “X” you have determines the width of your shoe – so if you had XXXX, you’d have really wide feet, and No X means your feet are so narrow that they’re not even wide enough to have one X. Like me. πŸ˜‚

Here are some gorgeous pictures of my feet. πŸ˜‚ These involved me tying them, standing on top of my desk, bending down and desperately grabbing the wall while I tried to balance on one foot in the left picture. You’re welcome. 😜

The side pocket contains a very dirty-looking Ziploc bag that contains a travel hairbrush and used to have bobby pins and hair ties in it, but I don’t know where those ended up…and also my red Theraband, which looks really cool in front of my desk lamp, lol!

Finally, let’s look INSIDE the bag!

First, I have another mesh bag containing all my shoes that aren’t actually ballet-related. I’ve had this in my closet since like fourth grade, and I just decided to use it to keep all my shoes together. It’s really cheap and flimsy, but it works!

Inside my purple mesh bag, (how many times have I said the word “mesh” in this post??) I have my jazz and contemporary shoes! When Payless had this huge closing sale I got these tan jazz shoes for only $4 or $5. I think I got the contemporary/lyrical shoes off of Amazon?

Some more slightly weird looking pictures of my feet that also involved standing on top of my desk! In the right one, you can see how the contemporary/lyrical shoes fit over your foot. I actually don’t use these very much; I’d rather go barefoot. The other day in contemporary class, I tried to wear them, and I actually got annoyed that they were slipping off my feet and took them off! I just keep them in my bag anyway.

Then I have my pink leg warmers I got from Target in my birthday shopping haul post that I love! I wear them all the time, especially in my early-morning weekend classes to help me warm up.

Then I also keep this warm grey sweatshirt in my backpack to wear in between rehearsals and on the way to class! It’s really cozy and now that the weather is FINALLY cooling down here in southeast Texas (πŸ˜‚), I wear it all the time.

I love how the filter made my dirty desk look like a clean white background, lol! I also keep these black Spandex shorts that I wore under my uniform during volleyball season in my bag, but now that volleyball is over, I always wear them over my leotard and tights during class! I also keep blackish-navy biker shorts in there too in case I don’t have my Spandex for some reason.

My level color is royal blue, so I have two leotards in that color! The first leotard has spaghetti straps, a lower neck, and V-cut back. The only problem is the straps are a little loose, but otherwise it’s really pretty and comfortable!

My other one is like the opposite of the first leotard: it has a very high neck, thick straps, and back that’s higher than the top. Both are really cute and comfy, though! I also have a black leotard, but when I was taking the pictures for this post I was actually wearing it since I had just gotten back from class. πŸ˜‚

And, of course, I have tights. I always wear convertible tights, because it’s so much easier to put on toe pads and go barefoot for contemporary class! Once again, I have another pair, but I was wearing them at the time…

I also have a random hairbrush and spray bottle that I use to do my hair for class and rehearsal on the go. There’s not actually thickening spray in the misting bottle – it’s actually just a totally random bottle that I’ve had since the beginning of time, and it’s full of water.

I also, quite randomly, have a pinkish-red fox Squishmallow in my dance bag! Isn’t it cute? For pre-pointe class, we would do releve exercises in parallel, and we’d have to keep a small stuffed animal in between our heels without dropping it. We’d also have to do bourres with them in between our thighs to keep your legs together! Now that I’m on pointe we don’t really use this that much, but I still keep it in my bag in case we do.

(Okay, but the picture on the right actually looks really pretty?) I also keep Spenco 2nd Skinβ„’ Squares in my bag. They’re like little jelly squares with blue backings on them. You stick the square on your blister and peel off the blue backing, and finally attach it with toe tape, and it completely covers up your blisters and keeps them from rubbing! Once again, I haven’t had to use these a lot because I haven’t gotten a blister yet (YAY).

Finally, I have a bag with all of my pointe sewing stuff in it! (Not sure why there’s an empty band-aid box?) The bag is actually the baggie my pointe shoes came in! Inside is scissors, some ribbon and elastic scraps, stretch ribbon that I don’t use but came with my Bloch stitch kit that has some thread and a seam ripper plus some ribbed elastic, a Bunheads stitch kit that has thread and needles, and some measuring tape.

And that’s it! Wow, that ended up being way longer than I expected, and I even left out some stuff. Applause if you made it to the end! πŸ˜‚

Also, don’t forget: There’s still time to ask questions for the Q&A next week! All you have to do is simply comment down below, and I’m going to be answering all of your questions this Saturday!

I hope you enjoyed looking at what’s in my dance bag, and happy Saturday! *waves*

How early is too early for Christmas music? Do you dance? What’s in your dance or sports bag? How do you organize everything? Any questions for the Q&A?

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GETTING MY FIRST PAIR OF POINTE SHOES?! | First Ever Vlog

I’ll never forget the day I found out I was getting my first pair of pointe shoes. It had been a long, crazy, horrible day, and I was feeling so stressed and frazzled when I walked into the studio, I couldn’t remember where to put my bag. I was pretty suspicious, though – there was supposed to be a parent meeting that day. And that could only mean one thing!!

My mom and I walked into the studio to find my class huddled in a circle around my teacher. She handed us each a packet that read-

Dear Emmie*,

The image of dancing on pointe as effortless is a mere illusion. Much energy and skill is required to assimilate hundreds of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones to rise up and dance on pointe. Many dancers have impatiently waited for their first pair of pointe shoes only to be shocked at how difficult dancing on their toes can be. the results of such misunderstanding can lead to frustration, disappointment, and in some cases, injury.

As you begin your pointe study, please be aware that it is a privilege that is accompanied by significant responsibility.

1. Your attendance to each class is imperative.

2. You will be required to dance in the summer to maintain your sill and strength. If you don’t dance at least 4 weeks in the summer, you will not be able to return to pointe study at the beginning of the next fall term.

3. Don’t work at home in your pointe shoes on your own, as you may develop improper habits. Be patient and endure!

*Not what the letter actually said, obviously, it said my real name lol.

As soon as I saw the packet, I knew – it was real. It was actually happening. I was going to get my pointe shoes! And after 3 weeks of waiting, the day of my first pointe shoe fitting had finally come.

Hey guys! Today I’m doing something a little different – I decided to make a vlog about my first ever pointe shoe fitting! I filmed the entire day, from waking up, heading there, the actual fitting (sort of), and when I got back! I’m so excited about how this video turned out and I really hope you guys will like it!

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I really hope you guys enjoyed! I’m so sorry this video is SUPER late, but that’s because this took so long to edit and upload, plus I’ve been busy with dance and school so I haven’t had time to actually type this post up.

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The Pointe Book {Mini Book Review} + Pointe Shoes Expectations VS Reality Ft. Natalie @ Taking The Cake

Whew. That was quite the long title.

Hey daydreamers! Today I’m doing something a little bit different than usual: I have two posts that aren’t really long enough by themselves, but since the topics go PERFECTLY together, I decided to smoosh them into one giant pointe-shoe post!

In case you didn’t catch the CRAZY EXCITING announcement in my last post, I’m getting my pointe shoes in exactly 2 weeks from today! I’m so excited, so while I’m impatiently waiting for October 19, I’m trying to soak up as much pointe shoe information as I can. And what better way to do that than read The Pointe Book by Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesigner and ask Natalie from Taking The Cake some questions about pointe?

So today I’m going to be doing a miniature book review, plus a super fun collab with Natalie where I share my pointe shoe expectations, and she gives me the reality! This post is going to be AWESOME, so let’s get started!

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A complete examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes is provided in this guide. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from a thorough explanation of the shoemaking process, and the book includes tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order toe shoes. Interviews with ballet stars reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes, while the basics of the pointe technique, different methods, and its history are also discussed. With a handy reference on pointe-related injuries and their remedies, this new edition also offers the latest information on contemporary designs, materials, products, and suppliers. A sampling of pointe technique schools around the country offers an authoritative syllabus for teachers and students alike.

Synopsis & Cover from BarnesAndNoble.Com

Cons

  • The cover is really bland: it’s literally just a bunch of text in boring fonts slapped on a stock photo of pointe shoes. Not exactly my favorite design, but the back cover looks really nice! I think maybe they could’ve used more interesting fonts and aligned the text better, or maybe a different image where the shoes don’t look so yellow.
  • Some of the information was oudated, but that’s expected from a book that was published in 2012. Maybe they’ll make a fourth edition?
  • I didn’t think some of the sizing recommendations were super helpful for a beginner, since I had no idea if I had a high arch or tapered toes or a large instep since I didn’t have anything to compare to. (I did figure out I had high-ish arch and slightly tapered toes, though!)
  • I think the chapter that just listed dance flooring companies was pretty unnecessary. I think they could’ve done a list of the names and websites, maybe not writing out the entire flooring company’s catalog and history.
  • It was pretty wordy.
  • These are actually the only cons. This book was awesome!

Pros

  • This was so inspirational! The history of pointe chapter was mind-blowing, and as I read, I just wanted to dance forever!
  • I thought it was really cool learning about the different pointe shoe companies, how the shoes are made, and different ballet companies and academies.
  • The “Conversations on Pointe” chapter is one of my favorites. It was super cool seeing how famous ballerinas wear their pointe shoes!
  • I’m definitely going to keep this book in my dance bag for reference, especially for the Injuries sections. They had tons of different remedies for lots of different pointe-related injuries, from calluses to corns!
  • I think it was set up really nicely, starting with history and ending with questions on whether pointe shoes are relevant today.

Overall

This book was super helpful and taught me a lot about pointe shoes. It showed me what to expect and cleared up misconceptions. I recommend this book to anyone who’s just starting pointe or has been dancing for years!

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I rate this book 4.5/5 stars!

Next, I’m going to be sharing some of my expectations for pointe shoes, and Natalie is going to be debunking them and sharing her pointe shoe realities! Thank you so much for collaborating with me, Natalie! This was so fun! πŸ˜‰

Emmie’s Expectation: It’s going to take 9 million years to find my first pair of pointe shoes, but once I get them, I’ll never want to take them off!

Natalie’s Reality: Actually, I’m pretty sure it only took about a half hour of trying on shoes for me to find the right ones-I have very wide feet so that kind of narrowed the options down. I’m also still wearing the same kind of pointe shoes, Bloch European Balance. My dance teacher actually told me I wasn’t allowed to wear anything else because my feet are so wide.

Emmie’s Expectation: I’m going to get a TON of blisters.

Natalie’s Reality: I have never ever gotten a single blister, so fear not, young padawan. I have rubbed some skin off on my little toe, but that’s about it and it didn’t hurt.

Emmie’s Expectation: Sewing my pointe shoes will be pretty easy. 

Natalie’s Reality: Well, that depends. I learned to sew when I was really young, so sewing wasn’t hard for me, but I found sewing the ribbons the first time to be stressful since I had just gotten these beautiful shiny pink shoes and I didn’t want to ruin them. Also, sewing elastic is such a huge pain the first time. (at my school, were required to have elastic on our pointe shoes in addition to ribbons)

Emmie’s Expectation: The first time I stand en pointe will be totally magical! And painful. πŸ˜‚ 

Natalie’s Reality: Yes and no. Yes, it’s freaking amazing and it feels like being 8 feet tall and on top of the world. And no, it doesn’t hurt, it actually feels just fine, except for a little pressure on your toes. If the shoes hurt when you step up on them, then they probably aren’t the right shoes.

Emmie’s Expectation: I’m going to need a million layers of padding – tape, Ouch Pouches, lambs’ wool, Second Skin…

Natalie’s Reality: I wear toe pads and that’s it. It’s very important to be able to ‘feel the floor’ beneath the shoe,and with too much padding, that’s really hard. And like I said, I’ve never gotten a blister.

Emmie’s Expectation: My first class will pretty much be sewing and tying ribbons. 

Natalie’s Reality: My first pointe class we actually did get to dance a good bit. At my ballet school, level 4 and up wears ribbons on their flat shoes, so we all knew how to tie them. Our teacher just helped us burn the ends of our ribbons (so they don’t fray) and then we were up and dancing.

Emmie’s Expectation: It’ll be pretty easy to releve, but literally impossible to pirouette or even stand on one foot. 

Natalie’s Reality: Rolling up onto releve feels fine the first time, uncomfortable the fifth time, and ”OH MY GOSH I WANNA DIE” the tenth time. As for pirouettes…eheheh, still working on those. 

And that’s it for this pointe-shoe megapost! I had so much fun doing this collab with Natalie and reviewing The Pointe Book! Thanks for reading!

AND IT JUST OCCURRED TO ME THAT THE NEXT TIME I POST I WILL BE TWELVE. WHAT.

Do you wear pointe shoes? What were some of your expectations that you had? Do you take ballet? Or dance? Have you read The Pointe Book?

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What’s In My Dance+Volleyball Bag?

Hey daydreamers! (Sorry this post is a day late. I started this one really long post yesterday, and it was really dry and boring, so I decided to scrap it but didn’t have time to start a new one.) You guys seemed to really like my What’s In My Backpack? post, so I decided to do a sort of sequel to it and show you guys what’s in my dance/volleyball bag!

pair of brown ballerina shoes
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GASP?! Emmie, you’re a DANCER?!! It’s not like you have dancer graphics plastered ALL OVER your blog and talk about dancing ALL THE TIME!!!!

Yes, I’m a dancer. (Could you tell? πŸ˜‰) I’ve been dancing longer than I can remember, but I started at my current studio when I was about five years old. Since then, I’ve moved up the levels at my studio and this year, I’m hopefully going to be getting my pointe shoes soon! *is totally not freaking out with excitement and fear* Over the years I’ve totally improved as a ballerina, and also have tried out styles like Contemporary and Jazz that I love, too!

women playing volleyball inside court
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Wait, you play volleyball? *Actual realistic reaction unlike the one above*

Since like two weeks ago, yes! πŸ˜‚ 🏐 A ton of my friends have been playing volleyball since second grade, and they FINALLY convinced me to try it out! I joined my school’s Junior High/Sixth Grade volleyball team, and I like volleyball at lot so far! Even though I’m on the C team, lol. At least I actually get playing time, and I’m not the worst person on my team (but not the best either). I play Defensive Specialist (back row) right now and I’m hoping to be picked as libero for my team! Our first game is this week, and I’m also definitely not freaking out right now. πŸ˜‚

Okay, that was a pretty long intro! You’re probably just DYING to dig through my sweaty gym clothes and ballet shoes with me, so let’s get started!

(Do ya like my setup thingy?) Alright, let’s get started with the stuff that doesn’t actually fit inside the bag! πŸ˜‚ Those puffy boot thingies on the left are my dance booties, which I can pull over my ballet shoes (and eventually pointe shoes) while I’m walking to and from the parking lot and the dance studio so my shoes never touch the concrete (they’d get ruined within seconds)! Then, of course, I have my volleyball! (Which I don’t actually take to practice but looks cool in this picture so here ya go.) I have regular ball somewhere in the garage, but pictured is my Tachiara Volley Lite, which is great for beginners and is much lighter than a regular volleyball.

Now, for the actual bag! It’s pretty much just a duffel bag with a broken zipper and a watercolor galaxy pattern, with a mandala on the front. My basketball team gave it to me a year and a half ago when I got back from the hospital when I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, which was super special! There’s not a zillion pockets like in my backpack, so everything’s just kind of stuffed in there.

Okay, we’ll actually take a look inside now!

First, the essentials for any young athlete: a half-empty water bottle and a Maddie Ziegler book. πŸ˜‚ Just kidding, but HYDRATION IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE so I always, always, ALWAYS keep a water bottle with me. I also HAVE to bring a book, (like The Audition, shown here) because I’m always waiting around for practice to start or driving to class, and I like to have something to do while I’m waiting!

Second, we have my Nike slides and volleyball court shoes! I got my black-and-rose gold Nike athletic slides from Academy for I think $30 dollars. Like dance booties, volleyball players have to wear them to and from the court since you also can’t wear volleyball shoes outside. They’re really nice since I can wear them over my socks and kick them off whenever! I probably never would’ve gotten volleyball court shoes, since they’re like $75, $80 dollars, except one of my friends offered to sell us her old ones for $25! So that was pretty cool! They’re kind of big, but they work. πŸ˜‰

Next, here’s some of my dance shoes! On the left, I have tan jazz shoes I got from Payless when they had this huge closing sale, so they were only like $5 dollars or something crazy like that. Those tan thingies on the right are lyrical/contemporary shoes (the brand calls them Toe Undeez) that fit over the ball of your foot and keep you from slipping when you’re dancing barefoot. I don’t actually use these very much (normally I just wear my jazz shoes or go barefoot) but they’re nice to have if I need them!

I also have my ballet shoes (of course)! They’re pink leather, and have split soles so I can do pre-pointe in them. They also have crossed elastics, and they don’t have those annoying drawstring thingies (yes)! I actually got these at the beginning of summer for summer classes, and of course by the time I’m back to dance after a 3/4-week break, they’re getting too small. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Next I have my kneepads and socks for volleyball! If you’re not familiar with the sport, in volleyball you have to dive for the ball sometimes so most players wear kneepads. Mine are Mizuno brand from Academy – and my mom washed them, so now they have lint all over them… And the socks are, well, white socks. Not much to say about socks.

Also, I have my Spandex shorts and a pump belt! As part of our practice uniform, I have to wear these really short Spandex/compression shorts under my practice shorts. (They’re actually surprisingly comfy!) Also, I have black pump belt, which is basically this fabric band I wear around my waist, under my shirt, and it has a little pocket for me to put my insulin pump in.

In my bag, there’s also my practice uniform, which includes my Athletics shirt and these really huge, annoying Adidas shorts that we have to wear! They’re so long and baggy, and so big I have to pull the drawstring as tight as possible! They look like basketball shorts! πŸ˜‘

Then, I have my ballet outfit! At my level, I have to wear a royal blue leotard, so I always make sure to keep that in my bag so I can get dressed for dance without digging through my drawer. I also have a pink cover-up skirt to wear in-between classes, plus black shorts for jazz/contemporary. I also have light pink ballet tights, along with tan footless tights if I have a jazz or contemporary performance.

And lastly, I have a red and a yellow stretch band! The one on the right is tied up in knots that I can wrap around my feet, hands, legs, etc. in order to stretch. The red one is just regular, with no knots or anything. I actually don’t use these stretching bands that much, but for some reason they’re buried in the bottom of my bag. You can find them for pretty cheap by searching “TheraBand” on Amazon. (Lol that sounds like this post is sponsored, it’s not πŸ˜‚)

And it looks like that’s it for this post! I really hope you enjoy it – and if you did, don’t forget to share this post and get free desktop wallpapers! Have you ever danced or played volleyball? If not, what other sports have you played? What’s in YOUR athletics bag? Would you want to see a post with a daily stretching routine or a Top Ten Dance Moves post?

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