“The Blogging Ballerina is now “Dare to Dance”!

So, a blog redesign has been on the cards for quite some time now. However, I’m right in the middle of audition season so I’m so limited in both time and money. I wanted to put my newly acquired coding skills into practice to build a new site myself from scratch, but it would simply…

Photo Gallery: Paint Powder!

So the other morning Jake and I thought we would have some fun with powder paint! It was early in the morning and absolutely FREEZING but we got some really fun shots! I loved doing it and we’re doing a similar thing soon so watch this space for more fun…   You can check out…

18 Things to Start Doing Today to Make You a Better Dancer

Hi there! I’m sorry that this is my first post this month, I’m currently smack-bang in the middle of my audition season, and I’ve never been so busy! I’ve had 3 auditions so far (one earlier today!) and I’m starting to get in the swing of it; I’ve got about 5 left, depending on call-backs….

Grit and Deliberate Practice

I have recently listened to an audiobook called “Grit: the power of passion and perseverance” by Angela Duckworth, which has been so enlightening to me in my dance training and pursuit of my goals, I feel I need to share some of what I have learned. First of all, I highly recommend that you read…

Goal-Setting: The Grid Method

Hi all! Sorry about the slight delay since my last post- I’ve been completing and submitting all of my dance course application forms. I’m starting to get my first audition dates through, so more on that soon! In my last post, which you can check out here if you missed it, I talked about my…

2017 Thoughts

Hello and happy new year! Reflecting on the past year, things have been pretty crazy for me, and not always in a good way. December really culminated in a series of big changes and setbacks- however, I’ve had my time for moping and now it is time to move on and take action. The infrequency…

Redesign Underway!

So, the blog is undergoing a bit of a makeover at the moment! It might take some time as I’m writing the code myself. Watch this space, and if you have any ideas about what you want to see here, leave a comment below! Jessica x

In The Face of Hatred, DANCE.

Today Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.   All throughout the day today, I have been hearing messages of despair, anger and fear. Watching with transfixed horror from the UK, it brings back painful memories of waking up early on a summer’s morning to the news that Britain had voted to leave…

October Update

  Hi everyone! Things have been quite quiet on the blog front recently. I’m sorry about the lack of new posts, but I’m here to give you a bit of an update and new posts are in the pipeline as you’re reading this! I did actually film a video last month, but I struggled to…

Things Dancers Can Learn from Olympians

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing, everyone’s attention is on these extraordinary people who have achieved the unachievable. These are people who have devoted themselves to a goal and reached excellence- seeing people’s dreams coming true as they win medals for their country is surprisingly emotional and incredibly inspiring. I found myself thinking-…

Kikki.K Stationery Review

If you’ve been reading my blog a while, it’s probably evident from my previous favourites and my post about The Dancer’s Journal that I am really into my stationery! I am addicted to buying and using nice stationery, and I find it impossible to walk past a Paperchase. Recently , however, I especially love anything that is…

Overcoming Setbacks

  The dance industry can be tough- physically, mentally and literally. Setbacks and disappointments are part of this journey. No one can be successful all the time- as a dancer, you need to learn how to deal with these challenging times, and not allow them to derail your progress. I’m going to talk a little…