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What Ballet “Tools” Do You Use?

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By TurnedOutPointeOfView on Monday, November 18, 2019

Thank you for the question, @andreeaunicorn

I use four main tools everyday. An elastic theraband, a bouncy ball cut in half, warm boots, and my make shift ankle warmers.

Before I start ballet class in the morning I pull out my elastic theraband and I do at least 10 reps of pointing and flexing each foot. By adding the resistance, I’m waking up my muscles for the day.

Flexed Foot with Theraband.
Pointed Foot with Theraband.

The bouncy ball cut in half, was given to me from my great colleague, Jon Axel. This half ball I’ll step on throughout the entire barre releasing tightness in my feet.

Warm boots. Yup. Just to keep my feet warm. I live in them at the theater. I will wear them at the very beginning of class but only for maximum two combinations. I really don’t like the feeling of having anything extra on my feet when I’m dancing. But they are great to have on everywhere else. Especially as the days get colder! You’ll catch me in my boots throughout the day between rehearsals, at lunch, putting on my makeup, walking to a costume fitting or before a show. Basically anytime I’m not dancing.

I’m wearing my green pair of boots as I put on makeup for a Swan Lake show.
Backstage in full costume for Diamonds and my boots.

Lastly, my make shift ankle warmers. I really like my ankles to stay warm. I buy those really fluffy socks from Tiger and then cut the toe off and the heel away. I do this instead of using ballet legwarmers because 1- they are super cheap. About 15kr. 2- They hug my ankle nicely as they are made to be socks. You will always find me with ankle warmers on.

Having fun in the Gym after hours with my ankle warmers on.
Learning Giselle’s Mad Scene from Sorella Englund with of course, some ankle warmers on.

I will use a foam roller but I’m not religious about it. It’s more if I remember or if I’m killing time.

xoxo,
-Hol

What Is A Good Ballerina Mid-Night Snack!?

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By TurnedOutPointeOfView on Monday, September 23, 2019

Mid-night snacking is something that we all do! And so one should! Live life to the fullest, right!?

The downside of mid-night snacking is that we usually don’t reach for the healthiest option. That tub of ice-cream or bag of chips feels like it is calling out our name. I get it. I love ice-cream. I ration a tub of ice cram with the simple thought, “Well, I deserve it.”

Snacking is tricky, especially when trying to keep that ballerina figure. The pressure is real. So, in order for me to not feel guilty night after night, I reach for my favorite, ballerina approved, 100% satisfying snack,

POPCORN WITH RANCH SEASONING.

You can eat a lot of it without adding a daunting amount of calories to your day. You can eat it kernel by kernel or by the fist full. No judgement here. At my house, we eat it by the fist full. 🙂

Here is the recipe!

All Ingredients

Ranch Seasoning Recipe for Mid-Night POPCORN!

1 tablespoon (1tbsp=15ml) SALT
3 tablespoons GARLIC POWDER
2 tablespoons PARMESAN CHEESE
2 1/2 teaspoons (1tsp = 5ml) ONION POWDER
2 teaspoons DRIED DILL WEED

Please note that the seasoning needs to be kept refrigerated because of the fresh Parmesan cheese.

Measure out your Salt and put it in a cup.

Add the Garlic Powder.

Add the Cheese.

Add the Onion Powder and Dried Dill Weed.

Mix all together.

Either make your own popcorn or the lazy method, buy a 4kr bag(s) of popcorn from Netto. That’s how I roll. 🙂

Fill up your bowl/cup/container half way with popcorn and add a spoons full worth of the seasoning.

Then, fill up your container of choice to the top and add as much seasoning as you wish! You can shake it up to help spread the seasoning to every bite!

Sit back, turn on Netflix’s, put those tired feet up, relax and ENJOY!

xoxo
-Hol