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Friday, December 18, 2015
Informed opinion is that toddlers and pre-schoolers should have a minimum of sixty minutes up to several hours of daily, unstructured physical activity. They also should not be sedentary for longer than an hour at a time except when sleeping. Perhaps some children labelled as "hyper-active" actually are not but have parents who cannot cope with their energy levels. If you need to take a break you can get a free uber ride using an uber promo code.
Toddlers at about eighteen months old will experience music by dancing with happy enthusiasm. This does not mean they are ready for formal classes. They are not usually sufficiently mature to follow the instructions issued in a session, nor do they have the necesssary physical control. We must remember that children develop at different rates.
Reputable schools will not usually take little ones for ballet or tap until they are three or four years old. All instruction in dance forms such as ballet, tap and jazz should directly relate to the childs physical development. Physical development and chronological age do not necessarily go hand in hand.
The one to two year old can safely attend "Mommy and Me" sessions where they have the re-assuring presence of someone well-known to them. Some establishments allow two year olds to take part in a weekly thirty minute class. There are schools which start with simple formal ballet lessons at three and a half.
This is not necessarily a good idea. It is easy to damage young bodies through faulty teaching. In ballet the "turnout" if undertaken too early can cause problems. The "turnout" is the external rotation of the leg from the hip so that the dancers knees and toes are facing away from the body. Undertaking "pointe" (where the dancer rises to the tips of the toes while performing ballet steps) work too early can lead to deformation of the feet.
Two to three year olds do not need formal lessons. They need creative movement classes where they can let off steam, have fun and use their imaginations. Pupils under the age of seven should not take part in recitals. Performing for strangers can be a negative experience for some.
What do you need to look for in choosing a school? Having made the decision to let your child learn to dance how do you find a suitable teacher? First of all take on board that retired dancers do not as a matter of course make good teachers. It is necessary to understand the social and physical developments of childhood as well as child psychology.
A teacher must like the younger age groups and be able to strike a rapport with them. The late, great Dame Margot Fonteyn said "The art of teaching ballet and the art of dancing are two different arts, not always achieved by the same person." Teaching is a vocation and needs training, knowledge and experience. Those practising must hae sound teaching methods, imagination and boundless enthusiasm. The person in charge needs to be able to stay in control of the class without getting flustered or raising his or her voice unduly.
Parents should be allowed to watch the class through a window or TV monitor. Their presence in the studio itself would be a distraction.
Numerous types of movement come into consideration for example as already mentioned ballet,and jazz, also improvisational, rhythmic gymnastics (a combination of dance and gymnastics) and tap dance to name but a few.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Throughout my life, I have believed that some things in life come more by luck and genetics, and less by hard work. In other words, not everything can be achieved with mere struggle. You need to be in sync with your good luck to attain the best of everything. Ballet, for example, is something that everyone can learn but only few can master.
Take me for instance; I was naturally inclined to the fragile yet powerful beauty of this form of expression when I was too young to understand intricate concepts of life. This feeling – this love for ballet – has been inborn to me and my ballet teacher knew I had some spark from day one. While other girls would trip and collapse in every futile attempt of balancing their body on their toes, I would take less time in attaining the natural balance/equilibrium for dance. It took me some time to learn the basics too, but my flow had been smoother and more effective – and this showed in my every final performance.
This goes to explain why I am always inclined to think that struggle is futile while fate is at work. You can fight hard times but you can’t quite fight your luck. Well, maybe my luck for ballet really had to keep me busy for 40 years of my life, and mind you, all this time has taught me that ballet is really not for everyone. Amateurs can learn and perform – but real performers shine because they are natural performers.
They really have some unique character that is tough at attain with sever hard work although the power of consistency and determination should never be underrated.
My luck has also had tough time with hair matters too, I guess. Now, I see my hair roots getting silver – and this is indeed the yawn of old age. It doesn’t trouble me. What troubles me though is the fact that my hair is getting brittle, falling off a lot and thinning away.
As for those who are losing their charm for this art because they think they’re not made for it, well, give it some time – you may be just a step away from unlocking your lucky craft at this thing. Patience, they say, pays off.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
They say that being a mother is the hardest job in this world. And I agree with them. As a parent of two children, I have experienced so many trials and hardships of bearing a child. I knew that being a mother is hard but I think that what I experienced is harder. I got pregnant when my first child was only a toddler so I had to work double time in everything. My income was not enough to provide them a decent living. I needed to look for a part-time job so I could provide them all the things that they need.
My friend told me that I could be a part-time writer and work at home. I thought that I will not be able to do it because I also work as a public relations officer. But then I still took the chance and believed in myself. It was a life-changing moment and I never thought that it would make my life better.
Before, I needed to stay in the office and render overtime because I have to earn and give my children the best life that they could have. The best thing that a mother could ever ask is to give the best to their children and I agree with that.
Working at home is very convenient for me. I don’t have to spend money for transportation and food expenses. I can also a lot more time for my family now than before.
I am also thankful that I can use my Journalism degree in my work right now.
Aside from working, I started writing a blog years ago not just because I want to vent out my ups and downs in life, but also to inspire others. I developed this web page in order to tell others that they can surpass their problems. I know that my experience is just a small thing compare to others. But I just want to give hope to some who encountered troubles in life.
You rarely hear the impact that you have to others. But sometimes, it is good to know that people notice and they are moved by what you do.
I used my talent in order for me to earn. I also use it to express my feelings and show to the world that I am an advocate of freedom. I would like the world to know that we all have the responsibility to hone our skills, be best at them, display them, and teach them to others the best way we can.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Our Valentine’s day performance is one of the most-awaited performances for the year that is why everyone is giving their utmost time and efforts for it. After the holiday season, I told my students to work out and undergo diet so that they will lose all the fats they got back then. We are doing all the best that we can to give everything for this. We can’t miss this one.
I told my students that I already prepared the music that we are going to use for the performance. I have already completed the line up so they they can familiarize themselves with it. Since it is a performance for Valentine’s day, it should be soulful and romantic. Something that would bring the audience on the edge of their seats.
We will be accompanied by a violin ensemble too. I gave them the music sheets so they can prepare while we are practicing. Our school designer also gave me the sketch of the stage design. It will be filled with red roses and white ribbons. I believe that all of these will help the performance more romantic than everyone expects.
I am inviting our alumni, mostly couples, to witness this kind of performance. Most of the invitations were already sent and most of them have already confirmed their attendance for Heart’s Day Event.
One problem though, my colleague who also teaches ballet is suffering from flea bites so she has not been attending the classes for two weeks now.
She visited her dermatologist to get some medication and she is getting better everyday. I advised her that if she really cannot avoid keeping her cats, then she should get some flea treatment for cats so she won’t have any problems in the future. Good thing that she listened to me and she sees that her cat looks better now.
We cannot miss a day of practice. As a ballet teacher for two decades now, my job requires me to give the best in every performance. I brought my students in international competitions and we have been taking home so many trophies.
I also don’t want my students to be pressured because it will just add burden on their performance. I taught them to relax, meditate, and think of happy moments as much as possible so that is what they are going to feel when they give their shot.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I have been asking my college friends to work as a content writer ‘cause I know that they have so many expenses nowadays. Two of them graduated with a degree in Journalism so I know that it will be easy for them to apply and get accepted for the job.
I told them all the benefits of working at home. I shared to them how I am able to manage now my time than before. I can focus now on taking care of my children and husband. I don’t also have to spend extra money for gas and food.
When they found out the advantages of my work, they got interested and we set a meeting in a coffee shop near our office building and I was able to discuss it further with them.
During the discussion, I also showed them the blog that I started years ago when I was still venting out my experiences in life, especially when I got pregnant with my 2nd child.
We stayed a couple of hours in that coffee shop. They realized that being a content writer would give them not just extra cash but also more time for their loved ones.
One of my friends got convinced because of the idea that he doesn’t have to spend overtime just to get extra money for his expenses. He said that he could just simply go home after business hours and then work at home. He believed that working at home gives him less stress.
My bestfriend applied also as freelance writer. She mentioned that working at home makes her more productive because it has quieter atmosphere and lesser distractions.
Personally, I prefer working at home. But we also have to consider working in the office because of the benefits you can get from your company. Being a freelance worker will not give you certain medical and dental benefits. So, aside from working as a writer for multiple sites and marketing firms, I also work as a public relations officer for a prestigious company in the country.
It might sound exhausting for others, but if you really love what you are doing, then you will never feel tired in your life.
Just like what Confucius said, “choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a single day in your life.”
Monday, October 5, 2015
It’s been an exhausting season for me since I needed to focus on some of my students who cannot follow the routine in our upcoming performance that will happen next year. First, of course, I need to get a good music that will suit the entire performance. Something smooth that will bring the audience at the edge of their seats. So, I decided to visit some music stores and ask some friends who works in the music industry to look for a good playlist that I can listen to.
Aside from being busy looking for a good music to follow, my students and I have been working out to get rid of those unnecessary fats. Everyone is expecting us to have at least perfect curves so we have to give it to them.
So, the first thing I advise my students is to eat healthy and exercise daily. I am aware that it’s hard to go on a diet especially this holiday season, knowing that the best food in town are placed in our and relatives’ tables. Thus, I also told them to get some diets that work fast, the some diet pills that I have been using and recommending for the past years. This really helps me to achieve the body that I want despite this age.
I told my students to enjoy the Christmas season but I also told them to think of our upcoming performance. It’s been a great year for us. So I want to start next year with a bang!
I think discipline is the best thing that they can have for the meantime. Well, we all need it just in case I forgot that I still need to teach them after this break. Haha!
My colleagues used to tease me about this performance. They have been waiting for the day to come. Last year, I remember, we needed to perform ballet on a tune of Wicked Musical. That was indeed one of the greatest performances of my life and we did get standing ovation from that. So I hope that it will continue next year and for the upcoming years. Teaching ballet is my passion and it is the love of my life. If I will be given a chance to change my career in my next life, I will still choose the same path and career.