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Small Progress & Fall is Here!

My gosh, is there anything better feeling than having a good dance day??! As an adult (a currently injured adult), I find a good dance day seems to be more and more of a rare occasion.

In my video last week I updated you all on my injury and loss of my mother-in-law which caused me to take a break from ballet. As I'm easing back to class, I'm modifying and stopping when I feel I'm about to do too much. I'm happy to report that last Monday I was able to add in a tiny more to my class participation! I did some small jumps - did them very small and focused on articulating my feet through the floor. I did okay and it felt so good to keep moving!!

And then because I was feeling okay I thought, "why not put pointe shoes on?!" as one does when they are a crazy-ballet-loving grown woman. I did a few exercises at the barre and definitely felt the leg muscles soreness the next day - yesssss.

I vlogged this whole day so follow along with me as I geek out over fall weather and having a good dance day :)

- Jana

I Took A Break: Injury, Loss

Hey everyone, Jana here.

I have been silent around Ballerinas By Night for the past month, and I'm sharing all about that today in my new vlog. You can watch it here. Though if you only have time for a written, condensed version, keep reading.

If you saw my sad Instagram post from last month where I shared how I was feeling distant from ballet you'll know I was already in a weird mental place with things. That following week I went to a class that was wonderful and I was feeling so good - I ended a combo across the floor with chaines turns and felt a stinging pain in my first metatarsal in my right foot. This happened to me last spring and I knew immediately that I had another stone bruise :( I stopped dancing immediately. I was mentally feeling okay about it at the moment, though, because I was so proud of how I had been doing in class.

Then two days later I was informed that my mother-in-law had passed instantly from a heart attack while she was at her second home in New Mexico with my father-in-law (you guys would have seen them in my Hiking in Taos vlog this summer). We went out there for a week to help with things and it was from that point I realized what a huge shift we were in for with the family dynamic.

So, I decided to put a hault on all things ballet. Clearly my body needed the break and my family needed me. It's been a rough time though and selfishly I worry quite a bit about getting back to full dancing strength even though there are more important things going on. Class helps me keep my sanity!

Right now I am going to one class a week, but only dancing until jumps, and I'm modifying what I need to keep the metatarsal pain at bay. I'm avoiding pirouettes and any releves that involve a quick change of direction as that tends to cause pain. I share quite a bit of class footage in the vlog of me trying to modify and get through the best I can!

Thank you guys, as always, for your support. And if you have any advice for me in losing an in-law and/or healing from a stone bruise/metatarsalgia, I'm all ears :)

- Jana

Feeling Good, Out of Retirement!

Happy Sunday! We have a new video on YouTube today! Abby vlogs about how life is going currently, including pointe shoe woes and getting back into performance ready mode!

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Jana's Pointe Shoes Collection

About a month ago I shared my collection of ballet flats, so now it's time to give the pretty pointe shoes the spotlight!

I have to admit, I love the process of pointe shoe fittings! It's like trying to solve a puzzle. I don't have overly complicated feet, but my longer second toe tends to be the biggest issue for me when finding a good fit. Here are the shoes I've worn in the past 12 years since coming back to ballet as an adult!

Freed Classic Pros - 1X, Cross Maker
Freed Classic Pros - No X, Anchor Maker

See them all in action with my thoughts on each in the video below!
- Jana

Friday Dance Links

A weekly round up of dance links from the adult ballet community + dance world.

If dancers delivered mail, it would never make it out of the warehouse!

Check out this lovely trailer for Ballet Austin's Romeo + Juliet (Abby's going this weekend and she's super excited!)

If you're uncomfortable taking class with professionals, read this perspective on a professional in a student's class.

Think outside the ballet studio to find a positive perspective in class.

Wendy Whelan's film, Restless Creature, that Jana saw in New York is now available on iTunes!

Abby's been into Ivan Vasiliev videos lately, and you can see why in this video of Flames of Paris.

Two big announcements this week: Robbie Fairchild is leaving NYCB and Daniil Simkin is leaving ABT!

This is an interesting study on aesthetically-relevant body posture changes in performing art over nearly 60 years.

And finally, Ryan Gosling said he takes open ballet classes. Surely somewhere in this community has taken or will take class with him and we better hear about it when you do! :)

And from us at BBN this week:
  • Jana shared on Instagram that she's been taking lower level classes to help work on technique.

    Happy Friday!
    - Jana & Abby

    Friday Dance Links

    A weekly round up of dance links from the adult ballet community + dance world.

    This clip of Manhattan Concert Productions' rehearsal of "I've Got Rhythm" from Crazy For You is a tapping treat!!

    Houston Ballet to Hurricane Harvey: "The show will go on!"

    Get to know ABT corps member Lauren Post in this fun interview from Cloud & Victory.

    Aran Bell (from First Position) is all grown up!

    Isabella Boylston is #goals in the studio and in the gym!

    And from us at BBN this week:

      Happy Friday!
      - Jana & Abby

      Got My Ballet Attack Back!

      Abby vlogs about getting back to ballet class after having to evacuate from Hurricane Harvey, and has a very important realization about her ballet attack!

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      Texas Sealife Center
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