Continue to Challenge Yourself!

Hi everybody.  Today I spent the day in a town about 2 ½ hours from mine at a dance convention.  If you don’t know what a dance convention is, it’s where a bunch of famous choreographers/dancers/dance teachers come to teach different age groups and dance levels of dancers in a variety of dance styles.  Sometimes, they have dance competitions with them.  I have attended two dance conventions in the past, with my former studio.  One of them was out of town and we spent the weekend there.  This one I found out about from my new ballet teacher at my new studio.  My new studio isn’t a competition studio, so they don’t have the usual recreational dance company made up of students who take classes there, the kind of company that goes to competitions and conventions.  Instead, it is a ballet focused school that prepares pre-professional dancers for careers in dance and runs a professional ballet company.  My teacher comes from both worlds, so she gets me.  I have moved away from constant exposure to several different dance styles to focus on ballet.  Sometimes I miss some of the other dance styles and I don’t want to lose all of the skills that I’ve learned, but I know that ballet is the foundation of all dance.  My teacher told me that if a dancer has a really good foundation in ballet, then they can learn all other styles of dance.  She told me that she learned how to tap dance in a couple of weeks when she was hired to dance on a cruise ship and she’d never even tapped before!  But she was able to pick it up enough to be in the tap numbers that they performed.  Anyway, I attended today’s convention just so that I could keep up with everything that I’d learned in dance so far.  I took five classes today – jazz, hip hop, ballet, musical theater, and something called street jazz.  I was kind of nervous about going to a convention without being a part of a studio that was attending the convention.  I didn’t know anybody there and wasn’t with any friends.  Sometimes you can feel all by yourself, even in a room full of hundreds of people.  When I got there and started dancing, it was all good, though.  I learned a lot.  I was challenged.  And I had fun.  The ballroom that I was in was packed!  There had to be 500 or 600 dancers at the whole convention.  My mom and my dad drove me down.  We got up at 4:00 a.m. to get ready (well, they did, I woke up at 5).  We left the house at 6:00 a.m. and they stayed at the convention center all day while I was in the Tween Ballroom dancing.  They sacrifice a lot to help me to achieve my dreams.  They were there in the lobby when I came out during our break and during lunch.  I am happy that I went.  The ballet class was my favorite, of course.  Street jazz was the hardest.  The combinations were so fast!  In all, the convention was great and I’m glad I went.  I’m still learning every day to overcome my fears and to challenge myself.  Everybody should do the same.

About

Hi, my name is Ainsley.  Welcome to my blog, “What Ainsley Likes.” I am eleven years old, soon to be twelve.  I will be in the sixth grade during the 2014 – 2015 school year.  I wanted to have my own blog because I love to write and because I thought that other girls my age might like a lot of the same things that I do.  So, I decided to share with you all of the things that I like.  I love to dance and have been taking dance since kindergarten – mostly ballet, jazz, and tap.  I like to read, do craft projects, and of course, I like to wear cute clothes.

My favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.  My favorite colors are pink, purple, and yellow.  My favorite foods are fruits and vegetables and mashed potatoes.  Oh, I also like candy.  A LOT!  But, I don’t think that candy counts as a food.  The TV shows that I like to watch are The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, Adventure Time, and Dance Moms.  And even though SpongeBob SquarePants has been on for a long time, I really like him too.  I am a dog person, not a cat person.  I try to treat everybody like I want to be treated.  I don’t like P.E., getting dirty, bugs and insects, or mean people.

Other than that, I’m just a normal tween age girl!  I hope you like my blog.

Ainsley

Throwback Thursday and Two Days Until the Recital!

I didn’t get home tonight until 8:30 pm. Dress rehearsal ran a little late. Tonight we ran through Show #1. I had a lot of quick changes and I am tired. Tomorrow night is dress rehearsal for Show #2 and looking at the order of dances, I’m going to have even more quick changes! I’m ready for recital on Saturday and then I get two weeks off from dance. It’s been a long year! How about I show you the last of my Throwback Thursday dance photos?

Here are the pictures from last year when I was in fourth grade, the 2012 – 2013 year. I was in a ballet dance to The Cello Song and wore the red tutu. We did a musical theater dance called Ugg-A-Wugg from Disney’s Peter Pan. One of the girls played Peter Pan and another one played Tiger Lily. We had dancers dressed as The Lost Boys and dancers dressed as Indians. Guess which one I played? We did a tap dance to I Want My Mullet Back in jean shorts and plaid shirts. I also had a red fringed flapper dress for a jazz dance to Le Jazz Hot. Finally, I had a similar costume with less fringe for my very first solo. It was a jazz salsa dance to Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez! Well, it’s time for bed.

I won’t talk to you again until after recital. Wish me luck!

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Sunday Evening Tired!

I just got out of dance a few hours ago and I am tired! We had a three hour rehearsal today. It was a dress rehearsal for the Arts Festival coming up in a week and a half. We’re going to perform there on Tuesday, April 22nd. Next weekend, we’re going to a dance competition. So we spent Friday and Saturday rehearsing for that. On Friday after school, I had dance rehearsal from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, I had dance rehearsal starting at 8:00 a.m., then regular ballet class from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then more rehearsals until 3:30 p.m. After my last rehearsal, I was a helper at our studio’s dance workshop. It was a fundraiser to help my dance company go to Disneyworld this summer. And then there was today’s rehearsal from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. So, in all I was at the dance studio for twenty hours over the last three days! My mom and dad are always talking to me about commitment and dance is a big commitment for me. I love to dance, and it gets really busy this time of year, so I know that I have to put in a lot of extra time at the dance studio. It’s at times like these that I have to remind myself just how much I love it, because I am sure tired and my muscles ache from all that dancing. My parents don’t always like how much time I spend at the dance studio, but they let me decide how I want to spend my time. I want to see how far I can go in dance and in order to be good, I have to practice and practice and practice. And it takes up a lot of my free time. Other than school, I don’t have a lot of time to do other things, but if I want to perfect my technique, then I have to make a choice and right now I choose to keep on dancing! My advice to all the tweens out there is to do what you love and spend the time it takes to be really good at it.
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2013 Arts Festival Jazz Ainsley only 1

Here’s a couple of pictures of me dancing at last year’s Arts Festival.