My ballet private was on Monday this week, which was a nice change! It was a great class, and I feel like I’m making a lot of progress which is exciting. I’m starting to really enjoy center work again, because I’m picking up things a lot faster and just going with it. Now that I know most of the variations for the exam I’m taking next year, my teacher said it is now a matter of adding the finishing touches! I feel like I have learnt more about ballet this year than I did in the ten years I took it as a kid.
Tonight I took a limbering class at my dance studio with a few of my ballet friends and it was so good! I don’t think I have mentioned it on here, but I stopped taking Yoga classes because it wasn’t helping with my flexibility, and I even felt it was beginning to hinder my ballet technique! The limbering class was Yoga based, but we were encouraged to use turnout, and point our feet = all of the things I used to get told off for doing in Yoga class.
I also tutored this afternoon. I have been tutoring this particular student for almost two terms now and she is growing and developing so much. Her confidence towards her work, and planning for assignments is amazing to see. It’s so rewarding to be able to witness that!
Tomorrow night, mum and I are going to the Festival Theater to see the Russian Ballet! I AM SO EXCITED! Act I is the Nutcracker; Act II is Bolero; and Act III is: Don Quixote, Russian Dance, Le Corsaire, Ne me quittes pas, Light Calvary, The Dying Swan, Gopak, Giselle, Can Can Surprise!
I REALLY hope the Don Quixote section is the Kitri Variation, and I also hope that the Giselle section is the variation from Act I!!!!! I wish they were doing Esmeralda too, but I know it is going to be amazing regardless!
ALSO - My last ever day of Uni is rapidly approaching… Just over two weeks to go until I’m a TEACHER! (Well, as long as I pass all of my topics that is)
So, last night, we had to learn some of this ^^^^ dance! As soon as I heard the music, I was internally no - no - no - no-ing! It was so hard! As daunting as it was, I hope we work on it again though to make it better! New challenge, perhaps?
Yesterday was such a massive day - I definitely slept well after doing the Pure Cardio Insanity Workout, a half day at uni, carrying a four year old around a shopping center for four hours and two full ballet classes!
Today, I clean, study, go to work, and conquer the pylometric workout again! Dad also makes me do weights… So, I’ll do that too at some point!
I was quite sore from my ballet private yesterday because my teacher was working with me to use my turnout muscles, so we did a lot of piriformis work and stretches! This is the first time I have been sore in such a long time!
I didn’t feel like doing day three today, but I did it, and was so happy about that afterward. It actually helped my sore muscles, because I was able to do some Yoga after the workout to stretch everything out… And because my muscles were so warm, it really helped to get a good stretch!
Tomorrow is Cardio Recovery, and I just know that it’s not going to be a conventional ‘recovery’ workout ha ha! I’m going to stick with this though. It’s one of the hardest fitness activities I have ever participated in, but I love it!
Left me like:
That workout was harder than the 12 KILOMETER marathon I ran last month! It was intense, but I’m so glad I finished it. Bring on tomorrow!
ANYHOW - RESULTS
Switch Kicks: 65
Power Jacks: 50
Power Knees: 66
Power Jumps: 39
Globe Jumps: 46
Suicide Jumps: 46
Push Up Jacks: 40
Low Plank Obliques: 81 (or 40 if you are supposed to count both legs as one whole thing)
I hate to know what the actual program is going to be like after the fit test. I am pretty fit right now, but that was a challenge for me. I can’t wait until the next fit test to see how many more reps I will be capable of doing! :D
Making a cook book with all of my healthy recipe inventions! That way, I wont forget about them all! :D
What didn’t go fast was waiting for ballet… My private’s aren’t running over the two week school break because of dance competitions and it just seems SO long between classes. I don’t know what I ever did before I had a mid-week class to pass the time. I’m excited for next year because for those of us doing exams, we will probably be getting an extra class throughout the week!
I didn’t have Yoga either, because that too breaks over the school holidays. I’m contemplating whether or not to go back to the Yoga studio I have been going to, because the other one nearby is considerably less moneywise, and the classes are longer too. Considering I have to pay for my teacher registration certificate within the next month or so, I really need to save money where I can. My parents said they would pay for it, but I feel that this is something I need to take responsibility for myself.
This weekend will consist of studying, studying, oh, and more studying. I’m going to take the dog on a nice, long walk later today too… It will have to be near dark though because it is really sunny outside and being the palest person in existence, I burn easily. Dad has me lifting weights too… It is interesting to say the least, due to my non-existent upper body strength. He assures me that if I keep it up, I’ll be STRONG! ha! Yeah, right.
I also want to do some ballet practice, some yoga/stretches over the next few days. Time is going to be limited next week again because Uni is back </3
On a final note, I officially finish Uni in four weeks, except for assignments. My last assignment will be due on November 14th. I hope I can find a teaching job before next year… Slightly freaking out, but whatever happens, happens. If I need to, I’ll do relief teaching until I can find a contract, but I will consider that when it comes to it. Fingers crossed I get some kind of contract… Even if it is for one term!
AND this turned into an essay about my life. Sometimes I need to write things down to keep up with everything happening in my life! It’s only going to get busier and busier from now on!
Hope you are all well.
GUISE, I did centre-work en pointe in my late class tonight. I was so nervous because I never got to pointe centre work before I quit ballet the first time. It was actually really good. I enjoyed it. We did a variation with:
- Posé passé en avant
- Piqué Passé
At the start I was over-analysing, but once I got the rhythm, it was okay. My ankles are so much stronger than I give them credit for. My teacher told me today that some of her younger students would give anything to have my feet.. Ha ha ha! Need to keep strengthening, strengthening, strengthening though. Maybe one day in the future I will learn to do pirouettes en pointe. That’s going to be my newest goal. It might take a while to get to that point, but I’m determined to get there. :)
I just love ballet so much. So much.
My ballet teacher had me to single leg rises en pointe today in my ballet private, and wow, I wasn’t expecting that so soon after only one class en pointe before this. It wasn’t as difficult as I remember it to be… Perhaps my shoes are just really well suited to my feet and make it easier to achieve things like that.
Anyhow, I’m excited for more pointe work… But I still love ballet with my soft shoes. I think I appreciate it more now that I have ventured to wearing those little pink coffins again.
Still trying to break in my new pointe shoes so they make my arches look as bendy as they are! Any tips?
I really encourage pre-service teachers and teachers to make an account and start blogging. It’s a link that you can include on your CV for potential employers, and a great opportunity to expand your teaching network.
Follow the link to see some of the things I’m blogging about. :)
In light of National Keep Australia Beautiful Week, run from August 19th – August 25th, 2013, I have created this teaching resource to involve students in contributing to Australia’s sustainable future. Sustainability is a core component of the National Australian Curriculum in all subject areas, so this is an excellent way to address the issue in a meaningful way.
The task aims to raise awareness of the importance of keeping Australia clean so that our future generations can enjoy the landscape just as we have in our own lifetime. It also incorporates elements of persuasive writing, where students are required to keep information brief and specific to appeal to a particular target audience.
Australian Curriculum Key Learning Outcomes
If activity is given to a year 8 class
Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
If activity is given to a year 9 class
Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
If activity is given to a year 10 class
Understand how paragraphs and images can be arranged for different purposes, audiences, perspectives and stylistic effects (ACELA1567)
Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)
Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
General Cross Curricula Priorities years 8-10
OI.6 The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
OI.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.
I must say that I’m extremely impressed with my ability to write essays these days. I’m writing a 1000 word essay at the moment, which is absolutely nothing. 1000 words used to seem like SO much in high school, but 1000 words to me now seems the equivalent of 200 words. I’ve been writing for less than 15 minutes and I’m almost done! Ha!
Recipe: "The healthiest cupcake on Earth"
- Blanched Almond meal/flour
- Organic coconut oil
- Organic rice milk (the type with no added sugars/flavours)
- Finely shredded dessicated coconut
- One apple, boiled and pureed/mashed
- Chia seeds
- Half an egg (half the yolk, and half the egg white)
- Five pumpkin/pepita seeds for decoration
- *Optional* - one teaspon of organic vanilla essence
- Combine almond meal (roughly 3/4 cup), coconut oil (roughly one tablespoon), and rice milk (a small amount depending on consistency) until a cookie-dough consistency has been achieved
- Place two to four paper pans into a cupcake pan, and divide mixture evenly
- Press mixture into pans to form a pie-like base
- Bake in oven until golden brown
- Meanwhile, chop apple into small squares and place in a microwavable bowl with enough water to cover the fruit. Cook in microwave until soft
- When apple is soft, drain the water and mash the apple until it is the texture of apple puree.
- Place apple mixture into the baked almond bases.
- Mix 1/4 cup of dessicated coconut, 1/4 cup of almond flour, half an egg, a small amount of rice milk, and a small handful of chia seeds in a small bowl. Combine ingredients until a cookie-dough consistency has been formed (however this consistency should be a little more moist than the cupcake base)
- Divide mixture evenly between cupcake pans, ensuring that the apple mixture is enclosed inside (like a pie)
- Bake in oven until golden brown
- Decorate with pumpkin/pepita seeds
Makes: Two-Four cupcakes
Notes: Sorry for the lack of measurement for each ingredient. I didn’t use a recipe, or measuring cups/spoons/devices, because I only needed to make two cupcakes. It’s just a matter of experimenting with the ingredients until you’re happy with the consistency at each step. Be creative. :)