I am so thankful that my daughter, has been helping me as my editor in most of my "English posts", as you know my english is not my best asset and sometimes I can't find the words to express exactly what I want to tell you, so her help is really appreciated. She has been telling me that I should take some grammar classes, and I think I should do it; since all the grammar that I learned was when I was in Elementary school, and it has been quite a few decades ago, I think that it is time for me to take some serious english classes.
I am inviting her again as a guest writer, she recently performed in the Swan Lake Ballet and I made some swans cookies for some of the dancers as a "Merde" gift.
She will explain you how important is been a leader in ballet and a little bit about her experience dancing in the Swan Lake Ballet.
Hello! I will be talking about what it is like to show leadership in ballet. As a senior dancer I represent the studio as a whole. Not only do the pre-ballerinas look up to me, but also those girls who are one level below. My teachers place a strong emphasis on setting a good example and being a good role model for others to look up to. Not only can the younger girls mirror a specific step or movement, but they will also mirror our character and artistry. A lot of times ballet is not about the sequence of the steps or the strongest technical abilities, but it is about how you express the story and how you reflect your own persona through the character you play.
This year we performed Swan Lake, definitely one of the best ballets ever! It is so beautiful to watch and I definitely enjoyed dancing as a swan and a princess. I think the swan part has been one of the most difficult, but rewarding corp pieces that I have ever performed. It is extremely tiring and what surprised me was the the amount of pain that can be felt when standing on the sidelines, holding a pose, sweat running down your face, pretending to not have a care in the world, for about 5 minutes. I know it does not seem like a long time, but trust me it is. On top of that, there is an extra pressure when being a senior dancer, because there are high expectations and in reality you are one of the leaders of the "flock."
Being a princess was a bit different, but what made it special was the fact that I danced with some of the girls that were graduating. Of course, since it was their last show it was an emotional dance. I also enjoyed that it was more of a character piece. As the princess of Spain, I had to sell my sassy self in order to win the Prince over. I thought it was hilarious because the other three princesses and I had to compete for him with his actual girlfriend. Yet, he falls for none of us at the end and he ends up with the mysterious Queen of the Swans. Very dramatic, and to add to the drama the Prince and the Swan face a tragic death. For some reason the underlying theme for lovey dovey ballets is that if you fall in love with a complete stranger you end up dying. Tragic, but fun!
Anyways, I loved playing the part of a sassy princess and a significant swan. What I loved most about the ballet was the fact that I could express myself with two totally different characters. I think that since I embraced the artistry of both parts, I did not have to worry much about the technicalities. I dedicated a lot of my time and effort in order to perform to the best of my abilities and I hope that my younger sister swans did mirror that dedication on their performances.
Thanks Anilu! It was a plesure watching you dancing and I am so proud of you, your dancing is so beautiful that makes my heart bounce like crazy!
For this show, I made these cookies as "Merde" gifts, I made some swans cookies
You know, that I love to add sprinkles and everything else I can to accessorize my cookies, and for this time I add tiny pearls and mini white sprinkles to the swans.
For the princesses cookies, I used the costumes as my inspirations, so I made them in different colors and add several kinds of sprinkles.
As you may remember I always make emphasis on the presentation of your cookies, I found this cute blue bags on The container store and make the swans look so elegant.
For the princesses I didn't have time to look for a special presentation, I just used a cello bag and a ribbon, I think they will look lovely in a see through box.