The Big 1,000 Facebook Like Giveaway

giveaway Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog in some way, including liking the Facebook page and joining the Adult Ballerinas Facebook group. To thank everyone, I wanted to do a big giveaway. Thank you to the sponsors (who donated products to giveaway), including Terez Rose aka Classical Girl,  RubiaWear, and La Bella Boutique Leotards! Here’s what you can win (with the widget to enter each right below it!). We’ll provide more information about each one of the giveaway items in the upcoming week, but for now — start entering!

A Copy of Off Balance (Ballet Theatre Chronicles Book 1), a ballet novel by Terez Rose

9705802 This book is awesome (and I’ve got a review and Q&A coming up with Terez Rose soon, too!) If you win, you’ll have the choice between a hard copy of the book (if you live in the US) or a digital copy (if you’re in the US or elsewhere). a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Coupon Code for a Pair of RubiaWear Legwarmers

 

Seriously, I love these legwarmers, and they’re perfect for doing pointe work in a cold studio (especially if you’re feet tend to cramp up when they’re cold like mine!). Thanks to Ashley for supporting us! a Rafflecopter giveaway

$50 Gift Certificate to La Bella Leotards

Screenshot 2015-05-28 12.36.48 Thanks to Katie for providing this gift certificate to her leotard store on Etsy. I can’t wait to share with everyone my review of her leotards in the near future, too! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Ballerinas and Runners

If you’re anything like me, you’re totally guilty of waiting until the last minute to buy gifts (in fact, I’m even in the process of working on some crafts as gifts right now.  Here’s some recommendations of my favorite things lately:

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Last minute holiday gifts | FlipBelt

I love love my flipbelt. I mostly use it for running, but if I take a class outside of my normal studio (where I normally feel comfortable leave my belongings in my bag), I'd wear it to keep my phone, ID and cards on me. It's pretty awesome. Read my review of it here Use code Sweat10 for 10% off or email me at aballerinaproject at gmail dot com for a 30% code.

Last minute holiday gifts | Fleecys Keeping Dancers Warm

I just found out about these and bought myself a pair--but I'm already pretty sure HQ is buying me a second pair to wear to ballet class in the winter.

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Last minute holiday gifts | Zensah Socks and sleves

I love my compression socks, sleeves (and leggings too!). Zensah sleeves are my favorite, and they are by far the most comfy.

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Last minute holiday gifts | Adult Booties - Style Number: IM009

Although these are sold out a lot of the time, they're worth the wait. I have a large pair in red, and I'm waiting on a second (smaller) pair on backorder in purple.

Disclaimer: I’ve received a Flipbelt for free and have received Zensah socks for free in the past as well, but my opinions are my own.

“Plié is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master”

A plié is defined as:

Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees. This is an exercise to render the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic, and to develop a sense of balance. There are two principal pliés: grand plié or full bending of the knees (the knees should be bent until the thighs are horizontal) and demi-plié or half-bending of the knee.

American Ballet Theater

Pretty much every class starts with pliés and they’re usually the first thing we learn as ballet dancers, no matter what level we start at.

Suzanne Farrell said, “Plié is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master.”

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What is your favorite leotard?

The Adult Ballerina Project wants to know, what is your favorite leotard and why?

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I only own two (with a third one in a mail and on its way from Discount Dance Supply–although I’m sure it’s going to be a little while because of Sandy). I ordered a Theatrical pink leotard because the reviews weren’t bad and it was super cheap.

My favorite of the two is my black camisole one from Capezio–the fabric is soft and it does a good job at making me feel super sweaty (gross but true). It was also fairly cheap from Amazon.

So tell me what your favorite leotard(s) are and which ones you’d recommend to your fellow ballerinas!

I’ll be spending my day stretching and working out since it’s unlikely that my ballet classes will be held for the next few days!