Have A Laugh!

Have A Laugh!

Ballet is a serious business. It can take a lifetime to perfect a technique, to strengthen your abilities to emote or to connect your story with your audience. As serious as a dancer is about their craft, there’s also a funny side to the art of ballet. With all of the time spent focusing, rehearsing and exercising, it’s not too hard to imagine that dancers need a good laugh now and then. It’s never been said (or said with any truth, that is), that ballerinas don’t have an awesome sense of humor. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. And when comedy meets ballet, all rules go out the window.

Today being Friday, we’ve decided that it’s probably time to share a good laugh with our readers. First off, here’s a terrible joke told to us by one of the studio’s instructors:

“How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?

Five!… Six!… Seven!… Eight!”

It’s terrible but, you laughed and you know it.

So, about that good laugh that we just promised you… We’ve, once again, scoured the internet to find one website and videos from YouTube that are guaranteed to make you laugh. First, the websites.

That last joke we told you was also found on the page that we’re about to recommend now! These jokes come from none other than The Rockettes themselves! Who doesn’t want to be a member of that prestigious kick line?! And, of course, they would come up with hilarious/groan-worthy cracks like these! Now, for the videos that you were promised. We won’t spoil them for you if you haven’t seen them already but, we are going to provide you with a tiny little description and review of them. So, here we go!

1.) This first one is called Funniest Ballet Performance EverAnd boy is it ever! What makes this piece even better is that these dancers are clearly trained ballerinas! Not only do we get to see this hilarious parody of the awkward dancer character, but we’re also subtly exposed to some actual ballet. With the combination of the two worlds in one performance, this performance is laugh out loud amazing!

2.) Making the switch from somewhat genuine ballet to not at all, this video entitled Funny Ballerina: A Funny Ballet Dancingis clearly made purely for a bit of comic relief. With a few props and a few clever maneuvers, this routine is sure to bring a smile to your face.

3.) THIS. LITTLE. GIRL. IS. EVERYTHING. The video is Johanna Channeling Aretha Franklinis beyond hilarious as we watch little Johanna take the stage in a way that no one saw coming. No more description is necessary. We’ll just leave you to witness the magic for yourself.

 

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Why Do We Dance?

Why Do We Dance?

It can be difficult to explain why we have the passions that we have. It’s true that we can pick up hobbies out of choice but, sometimes, we can’t help what we love. We can’t help having a true passion for something. Dancers are among the most passionate and artistic people in the world. Verbally, this post is going to be quite short. We’re going to let the passion of this young artist do the speaking for us. But as you watch, think about how much love she’s sharing in each movement. Imagine being so passionate about something that you are completely unable to fight expressing it. Dance isn’t just a fun little thing to do when a good song comes on. Dance is a story of many different emotions. The dancer is the author. If this video doesn’t motivate you to keep dancing, we don’t know what will.

Ballerina From Palestine Could Not Resist The Melody of a Street Musician in Italy.

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Icons: Margot Fonteyn

Icons: Margot Fonteyn

Ballet super star and crowd princess, Margot Fonteyn, was actually born with the name Margaret Evelyn Hookham on May 18th, 1919. At the age of 14, she was enrolled in the Royal Ballet School in the UK where she changed her name to Margot Fonteyn and was groomed to be the next prima ballerina. After displaying natural grace and talents, Fonteyn joined the Royal Ballet’s 1949 American tour where she portrayed Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in NYC. Crowds were stunned by her performance and she was soon considered the most successful ballerina in the world.

After some time, Fonteyn met unfavorable Panama political figure Roberto “Tito” Arias and the two were married in Paris in 1955. While “Tito” was planning an invasion of Panama City, Fonteyn was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 1956. After a failed invasion and a few more years of decreased work, Fonteyn considered retirement from the art of ballet at the age of 43. Fate had other plans. Fonteyn met her ultimate ballet counterpart Rudolf Nureyev. The two would go on to perform numerous classic ballets together that would become iconic pieces loved by generations. Her final performance was in 1986, at the age of 66, as the queen in Sleeping Beauty; the same ballet that began her road to stardom. Fonteyn passed away of cancer on February 21st, 1991. She is still remembered today as the little princess who stole the hearts of many in New York and would become one half of one of the greatest ballet duos of all time.

You Know You’re A Dancer If…

You Know You’re A Dancer If…

It’s no surprise that dancers, no matter the genre, live in a special world separate from the rest of us! They have their own style, lingo and memories that the rest of us can’t really begin to understand. It’s kind of like going away to summer camp and then trying to retell stories to your friends from home. Everything seems to be have a “you had to be there” vibe. So, it’s only natural that some of the best moments are shared among other dancers.

If you’re a fan of YouTube, and who isn’t, then there are more than a few awesome videos with dancers being their key audience. Buzzfeed absolutely killed it with their video 13 Weird Things Former Dancers Do and Refinery29 shows us some cringe-worthy moves with Lucie Fink Trains Like A Professional Ballerina. There is, however, a different kind of video meant specifically for dancers that are more relatable than any other more professionally polished video out there. Yes, we’re talking about the S**t People Say trend from 2012.

This trend took YouTube by storm in early 2012, giving audiences a peek into the lives and inside jokes of different lifestyles, ethnicities and interests of people around the world. All videos were done in humor and good faith and the most popular seemed to be those focusing on those involved in various sports. So, of course, OUR favorites are all of the s**t people say videos made by dancers. Here’s one that we just can’t stop laughing at! S**t Dancers NEVER Say!

We hope you laugh as hard as we did!

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Plainfield Dance Academy is on Pinterest!

Plainfield Dance Academy is on Pinterest!

In this social media driven world, you’re nobody until you’re being followed on all of the top social media sites! So, it makes sense that Plainfield Dance Academy is wrapped up in the fantastic world that is Pinterest!

Why Follow Us On Pinterest?

We add new pins to our 14 amazing boards ranging in topics all having to do with ballet and dance and, of course, Plainfield Dance!

What Kind Of Boards Do We Have?

We’ve got all kinds of boards covering topics such as Health & Nutrition, Life Beyond The Curtain, how to Shop Like A Dancer, and SO many more!

We add new pins to our boards daily and follow back as many of our followers as we possibly can because we want to see what interests you, too! Check out any of the links within this post and we’ll see you on the boards soon!

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3 Amazing News Websites for Dancers!

3 Amazing News Websites for Dancers!

Finally something for the dancers!

Every news website either seems to be aimed towards audiences focusing on either pop culture or politics. But, we’ve done our research and found our top 3 picks for all the news in dance!

1.) Dancing Times (UK)

dancing-times.co.uk

2.) Dance Spirit

dancespirit.com

3.) Pointe Magazine

pointemagazine.com

These sites have countless articles varying in topics from technique to diet to life behind the curtain. If you love reading about the world you’re so immersed in, you should check these three regularly. AND US! In addition to world dance news, we also upload regular posts about the goings-on here at Plainfield Dance Academy! So, make sure that you’re keeping up with all of our posts at plainfielddanceacademy.com/plainfield-dance-academy-blog

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Refinery29 Shows Ballet Some Respect!

Refinery29 Shows Ballet Some Respect!

The dance world on the internet has been going crazy for the past 24 hours because of a recent video posted by pop culture mega channel, Refinery29. Refinery29 covers all sorts of topics whether it be breaking news, fashion, music, films, etc. In their series called Lucie for Hire, one of the execs. named Lucie tries a new profession for 24 hours. The video causing such a stir stars Lucie training as a professional ballerina for a day.

Here’s where it gets interesting…

Rather than splicing together a montage a’la Rocky where Lucie goes from a no-nothing dancer to a pro ballerina, she starts the video by stating that it takes years, nearly a lifetime, to perfect many aspects of ballet and that she will be nowhere near professional by the end of the video. THIS is what has the internet a-buzz.

The respect that Refinery29 has shown, in this small way, to those who dedicate their lives to this art form is rare. And we couldn’t be happier to share the video with you, too!

Watch it here!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=978hy7luTnc

(This article was inspired by a synopsis written by DanceSpirit.com)

Happy National Dance Day!

Happy National Dance Day!

According to the calendar, July 29th is the U.S.’s annual National Dance Day! While this isn’t a widely observed day like your more traditional holidays, we think it should be! We are a dance academy, after all! So, let’s a look back a dance through the ages!

Since the earliest of times, people have been greatly entertained by another’s ability to dance; to express emotion or tell a story through movement. Theatrical entertainments began as early as the Ancient Roman Empire with plays being put on for royalty and nobles. While these plays were not musical and involved little to no dancing, true ballet did not begin to appear until the Italian Renaissance in the 15th Century. As it grew in popularity, it began to be studied and developed in France where many of it’s technical terms are now based.

As the age went on, ballet and many other forms of dance began to evolve and grow more popular with larger audiences. Once Hollywood finally added sound to films, they mad their first musical, The Jazz Singer. This film is full of song and dance and only grew the popularity of dance in the mainstream. The 1950’s and 60’s saw countless movie musicals being produced and adapted for the stage. While the movie musical genre is a well-known form of dance entertainment, the dance found on Broadway and Ballet have never been more respected and competitive. Young men and women train from some of the earliest years of their lives all in the hopes of reaching the top of the dance world. With all of this history and adoration for the dance world, what are you going to do to celebrate National Dance Day? Will you take out your favourite concert dvd and binge watch a Russian ballet? Will you and your friends choreograph your own dance? Maybe you’ll venture out of your comfort zone and post a dancing video on YouTube! Who knows!

Any way that you do it, do it with all your heart! That’s what dance is all about anyway!

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