Thursday, March 27, 2014

Things I Learned from my First Year of Dance Company


This is my first year in a Dance Company, and there are a lot of things that I've learned in the past seven months about studio life & competition that I didn't know before. So I've put together 5 things for each to share with you all. I hope if you're a dancer or wanting to get into dance that this will benefit you!

When it comes to the many classes you will be taking:
1. Bring extra clothes, tights & shoes. There could be something wrong with your outfit (rips, spills, tears), or someone else might show up to the studio coming from somewhere else and forget to bring their bag. So having stuff for them to use is also good.
2. Bring a large water bottle (trust me you'll run out of water fast!), bring snacks if you have a break in between classes & also extra hair ties and bobby pins.
3. Try and focus the ENTIRE time you are in class. It is really disrespectful to talk to your friends who you've seen all day at school or you're going to see after class, and not pay attention to your teachers who are genuinely wanting to teach you things that will benefit your dancing life.
4. SPOT. Not much too this. Just wanted to throw that in there.
5. Don't skip your classes, and show up early. I admit, I've showed up some ten minutes late to my classes on more than one occasion due to the fact that I live half an hour away from my studio, or I was doing something before hand. And I don't know about anyone else, but it stresses me out a bit. I like to show up early and have time to put on my shoes & stretch a little bit, not rushing in and putting on my shoes while the class has already started.

When it comes to competition this is what I've gathered.

1. You are going to be in a hotel with a TON of other people! Try limiting the amount of times you have to use the elevator to get to your room as much as possible.
2. If there are extra classes being offered on the first day you're arriving, TAKE THEM. Also attend all of your classes. Your parents, or whoever is paying for you to be at convention are paying a lot of money for you to be there, so you might as well get the most of it.
3. Make sure you have plenty of time to get ready before you compete. If your teacher or studio owner has given you a time to get to the dressing room & you know you have time before that to get ready, get as much of you ready as you can. From my experience, getting ready in my hotel room is a lot less stressful than in a room with what seems like a million other girls.
4. Again with the elevators, if you're done with your dances before the competition is over, go ahead and pack up your stuff and take it up to your room. It will save you the stress of standing in a really long line with your giant suitcase trying to get up to your room. Then you can come back to the competition room or dressing room and support the rest of your studio.
5. This is one that a lot of people stress over. Besides you, the other people in your dance, and your choreographers. NO ONE knows how your dance is supposed to go! If you make a tiny mistake, or everyone starts it on the wrong beat, the dance is not ruined & most likely no one is going to notice. Because they have not seen it before so they have no idea how it is supposed to go.

(I know I said just 5 each but this just came to me)
6. Prepare meals and snacks to bring to convention before hand. For someone who's first competition experience ended up getting stuck at the hotel for 3 extra days, I can say only eating hotel food is not what I would recommend!
Plus it will save you a butt load of money since hotel food isn't necessarily cheap either.



So there are my tips and things I've learned from my first year of being in dance company. I hope this helped some people, and if you have any other tips or things that you know as well I would love to hear them!


-A

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chocolate Neutral Eye - Featuring NAKED 3 & Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette




HELLO!
Filmed a new video for my Youtube yesterday. A makeup tutorial featuring two new makeup palette's that I have gotten over this past month, that I am absolutely IN LOVE with!

They are both pretty popular right now, seeing as Urban Decay & Too Faced have only released them recently so I know that some Ulta's & Sephora's still don't have them in stock, but if you do have them and you do get the chance to use them well let me know what you think and if you try out this look!





-Ashley

Saturday, March 8, 2014

DMI 2014//Branson//Stuck in a Hotel for 5 DAYS???


hello!
This past weekend me and my dance company DANCE est Joie, went to Branson Missouri to compete at DMI (Dance Makers Inc)
This was my first time ever doing a competition so I wasn't too sure what to expect but I for sure liked it!
The hotel was HUGE and the first night there wasn't too much to do if you weren't competing or watching, so everyone was pretty much walking around until the bonus classes started. I was already getting a little stressed which isn't good for me since I'm prone to panic attacks.
Saturday morning at 7am is when everything started. Got up, ready and had breakfast in one of the girls rooms before we went to warm up at 8.
All classes started at 9. Several hours of classes and a Jazz audition (which was a lot thrown at you so I didn't do too well but I didn't stress too much about it) we had lunch, went back to some classes then whomever was in the first lineup of competition dances had to get ready in the dressing room by 3:15. I had to miss the hip hop class which was a bummer.
I try to usually keep other people calm when they get stressed, saying like "You're okay, it's okay, calm down" lol but when I'm stressed it's like a whole different thing! Which for something like this I was getting a little stressed, and not really for any particular reason just because of the whole experience I guess? There were sooooo many people, and I don't do the best when I'm in places with a lot of people, but I thought I was doing pretty good that weekend considering what it could be.
I competed, thought I did pretty good! Got first place in 2 of my dances and second in the other one!  (managed to get a chunk of hair stuck in my mouth that I couldn't move without it being obvious, and thinking my dress was coming down when it clearly wasn't) but you learn from your mistakes and make notes of things you can do for competitions in the future!
There was a big snow/ice storm coming in that evening, (as many of you are probably aware) and many many of the parents decided to leave that night. I was too tired to leave, so we stayed the night. The next morning it was pretty obvious we weren't going to leave for another day, so me and a couple of the other girls went to some classes and then entertained ourselves with ice cream and movies for the rest of the day.
On monday morning me and my mom had all of our stuff packed up, getting ready to leave that morning, she went down to the front desk and checked out. My mom came back up to our room and called my dad and he said that the roads from where he worked to our house were solid ice and that we shouldn't come home.
Of course, I was aggravated. If you've ever been stuck in a hotel you know my pain. It's boring, and my friend whom I had been hanging out with left that morning to go home. (It took her 5 hours to get half way! And it's a three hour drive.) Me and my mom watched HGTV all day and ate over priced hotel food for the fourth day.
Tuesday came, we packed all of our stuff up got in the car and LEFT! Roads were clear, there were only some parts that had a little more snow/slush that hadn't been cleared off yet but for the most part we made good time and I was happy to be back home!

If you even made it to the end of this long post, I hope you enjoyed my story/rant of this past weekend. It was a little bit of a crazy adventure, but for sure one I will always remember. Do you have any stories like this? Feel free to leave them in the comments, I'd love to read them!



-A