Pointe Paint

Problem Solved!

As dancers, we dance on our toes, wear spandex daily, undergo a sequin and makeup transformation to be stage ready, and somehow manage to keep all those little hairs in a bun.  With our unique skillset comes a unique set of challenges — and at Grand Jete we have several new accessory tips and tricks to help make your life easier and your dancing better!

 

Problem: Need to keep leotards or costumes in place?

Solution: Suffolk Butt Glue

Suffolk Butt Glue

Suffolk Butt Glue is a super-adhesive, clear glue that you can roll straight onto your skin to keep leotards from riding up, keep costumes from slipping and put your mind at ease.  And it washes off easily with water!  This is a life saver when it comes to competitions and performances.  Use it with your formal wear too for a worry-free evening out!

 

Problem: Dance shoes slipping? Dealing with messy rock rosin?

Solution: Bloch Spray Rosin

Bloch Spray Rosin

Bloch Spray Rosin is rock rosin that you can easily throw in your dance bag and take with you!  Spray it on the soles of your shoes or on the tips of your pointe shoes to create traction between you and the floor so you can dance more confidently!  You can also use it to keep ribbons and dancewear in place.

 

Problem: Need to match your shoes to your skin or costume?

Solution: Pointe People Pointe Paint

Pointe Paint

The Pointe People have created the easiest way to matte or dye both satin and canvas shoes.  Their water-based paint is portable and simple to apply by alternately dabbing and dragging the sponge top over the shoe’s material until it is fully covered.  Finally…no mess!  Choose from their rainbow of colors, or find your skin tone in one of their 7 shades of nude.

 

Problem: Lost your drawstring???

Solution: Suffolk Drawstring Threader

Drawstring Threader

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things is trying to snug up your dance shoes by pulling tight on the drawstring, only to have half of it disappear inside the seam…  Rather than spend hours of digging and finagling, invest in Suffolk’s Drawstring Threader to easily hook and drag out that elusive bit of string.  You can also use it to upgrade and replace your cotton drawstring for elastic or vise versa.

 

Problem: I have too much hair to keep in a bun!

Solution: Suffolk Extra Strength Long Hair Pins

Suffolk Hair Pins

Long or thick hair can be tricky to keep all wrapped up in a bun, and sometimes those bobby pins just aren’t strong enough to do the trick when you start leaping across the floor.  Grand Jete now carries extra strength, 2.75″ hair pins in blonde, brunette and black.  They come in a convenient dispenser, with four compartments holding 12 pins and 2 bonus spiral pins.

 

Stop by and pick up one of each to toss in your dance bag!

 

Ballet dancer on pointe in a lunge - Caption: Summer Program Auditions

Tis the Season for Auditions!

The Nutcracker snow and flowers costumes have just been put away, and now it’s that time of year again:  Summer Program Auditions!  They’ll be happening all across the country during the next few months.  While it’s hard to fit in auditions with your normal dance and school schedule, a good audition may get you into a summer program that helps you reach your dance dreams.  Here are some tips to help you be at the top of your game while still being realistic.

 

1)  Major ballet schools will have auditions in a number of big cities, often at the same time.  Try to knock out a couple of auditions in one trip.

 

2)  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Audition for multiple programs so you have options if your first choice doesn’t pan out.

 

3)  The earlier you audition the better.  Schools can run out of space after the first month of auditions, so even if they wanted to take you, they might not have the space.

 

4)  Look clean and neat.  Wear a leotard that you feel good in – find something beautiful and unique that shows off your body, but nothing too flashy.  Wear light make-up – don’t go in full stage make-up.  Make sure you have all your shoes with you.

 

5)  Do your research beforehand:  if you’re auditioning for a school that is more Balanchine-oriented, familiarize yourself with that style.  If you’re auditioning for a Russian-based school, know what they focus on teaching.  In the audition, try to pick up on the style quickly.

 

6)  If you don’t get into a program this year, audition again next year.  If they see you again, they will be more likely to notice you, and it shows your drive to attend that program.  Make sure that you thank the instructor after class.  Don’t be too pushy, but showing respect can only help you.


View this year’s Audition Schedule for the Twin Cities

 

Best of luck this audition season!

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Audition Checklist

It’s that time of year again…AUDITIONS!  Many of you will be auditioning this month for summer programs, whether with studios in the Twin Cities or with programs around the country.  We’re here to help you make sure you have everything you need ready so you can enter your audition prepared and think only of your dancing.  Follow our checklist and tips, created by our own professional dancers to ensure that your auditions are a great experience!

Audition Checklist 2016

 

Tip #1 : LeotardsAllegra leotard low mesh back

Wear leotards that are unique, beautiful and flattering for your body type.  However, it is best to choose styles with a basic structure and clean lines that won’t distract from your technique.  You want to be able to move well and feel confident!

Advice from the Pros:  Try bringing a few different leotards with you to the audition – it’s nice to be able to see what styles other candidates are wearing before you decide which leotard to put on.  Also keep in mind the style of the program you are auditioning for. 

Tip #2 : Extra Tights & Shoes

It’s always important to have back-ups during auditions!  The last thing you want to worry about before an audition is a run in your tights or a hole in your shoe.  How you present yourself visually plays a big role in the audition process.  Always bring an extra pair (or two!) of tights and shoes that are clean and in good condition.  If you’ll need multiple types of dance shoes for your audition, make a checklist for that day so you make sure you have each pair with you!

Pointe shoes in a row

Tip #3 : Pointe Shoe Options

If you are auditioning on pointe, make sure to have several pairs of pointe shoes with you that are at different levels in the break-in process.  Depending on the type of audition, you may need a pair that is broken in to the point of being soft and flexible, or you may need a pair that is newer and stiffer for more support.  Since your pointe shoes are essentially an extension of your foot, you want them to function well to best show off your beautiful dancing!    

Capezio Booties 001Tip #4 : Warm Up Before Registration

Experience has shown that while a break may be expected between registration and the actual audition, the registration process can often start late or take longer than expected and run right up to the audition start time.  Plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time to warm up and get everything in order before registration.  This way, you won’t feel stressed or rushed to get a proper warm up in before the audition starts. 

Tip #5 : Plan Ahead!

Look up the location, directions, audition time and any needed materials the night before.  Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to the audition early.  As they say, “life happens,” and a time buffer allows for traffic, parking, walking, finding the audition, etc.  Plus, it will help you feel more relaxed and confident going into the audition if you feel prepared arriving.

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Tip #6 : Hair & MakeupCalista leotard

As with choosing a leotard, basic, clean lines are best when doing your hair and
makeup for an audition.  Hair should be in a clean bun – use hairnets and hairspray to control frizziness or fly-aways.  Makeup should be nice, but not over-the-top – definitely not like your stage makeup!  Use foundation or powder to even out your complexion and cover any blemishes.  Keep eyeliner and eyeshadow basic and natural.  You want to present yourself as a sort of “clean slate,” allowing your auditioner to focus on your dancing and visualize which level or role they would like you to fill.

 

Twin Cities Auditions

January 8thBallet Arizona: “Upper Division”
Minnesota Dance Theatre –
Registration – 6:30 pm; Audition – 7:00 – 8:30 pm

January 9thJoffrey Ballet
Ballet Royale – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

January 10thKaatsbaan Ballet
Ballet Royale – 12:30 – 2:00 pm

– Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Minnesota Dance Theatre (see website: mndance.org)

January 16thKansas City Ballet
Ballet Royale – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

January 17thMilwaukee Ballet
Metropolitan Ballet –
Registration – 1:30 pm; Audition – 1:30 – 3:00 pm

– LINES Ballet
TU Dance 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

January 23rdWashington Ballet
Minnesota Dance Theatre –
Registration – 6:00 pm; Audition – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

– Boston Ballet
Minnesota Dance Theatre
Registration – 12:00 pm; Audition – 12:30 – 2:30 pm

February 6thSan Francisco Conservatory of Dance
TU Dance – 4:30 – 6:30 pm

 

 

3 Brightly Colored Smoothies

How Do You Take Care of Your Body?

   An interview with Saint Paul Ballet Company Members

Brittany Adams & Anna Roehr

                                                                  

Headshot of professional ballet dancer Headshot of Professional Dancer         

What are some nutritional tricks you’ve learned work well with your body?

 

 

 

Meal Planning

BA:     I definitely eat breakfast or I would pass out.  I don’t usuallyPlate of Dinner make a specific meal plan, but I definitely need to eat a good full meal when I get back from rehearsal or class.  I need to start and end the day with “real food.”

AR:     Breakfast is usually rushed – if I’m up early enough I’ll make eggs or something with protein.  We both like making smoothies with fruit, cashew milk, chia seeds, spinach…keeps us from getting too hungry.  We usually eat dinner together – I like making meals in the crockpot a lot.

 

Tasty Treats

Pizza is a definite weakness and a fun treat.  You can even make it semi-healthy!

"You can't make everyone happy.  You are not pizza."

KIND Granola BarSnacks

BA:     It’s a good day when I remember to bring snacks with me.  My rule of thumb is to bring lots of snacks that keep me going but don’t weigh me down.

AR:     Lunch is more a cliff bar/granola bar during a 10 min. break to change shoes.  Same if I need to grab food before teaching.

 

 

 


3 Brightly Colored Smoothies

Snacks of Choice

Trail mix – because I can buy a big tub and leave it at the studio.

Smoothies or Oatmeal – I like soft foods that are light but have good fiber & protein.  I like smoothies especially because you can add whatever you want to them – like caffeine, flaxseed & supplements.  I make my own and buy frozen fruit.

Bowl of oatmeal with bananas on topHow conscious are you of carbohydrates, proteins & fats?

BA:     Not as conscious as I should be, but I definitely can tell if I haven’t had enough protein.  I find meats hard to buy and eat consistently, so eggs are a go-to.

 

AR:     I don’t keep track of specific amounts, but I follow something similar to the Paleo diet – not a lot of bread, rice, potatoes, red meat or milk.  I avoid refined foods in general because they just don’t make me feel very good – I just eat healthy and whole foods and eat when I’m hungry and that pretty much takes care of it.

BA:     I pay more attention to supplements, especially since I currently have a labral tear.  I take magnesium to rebuild muscles & fish oil for joint health, and I drink Emergen-C almost every day for Vitamin C, energy & potassium since I don’t like bananas.

 

Brittany’s Favorite Combo

*Toast with half a ripe avocado and a hard-boiled egg on top.Eggs

What exercises do you make sure to fit in outside of rehearsals/classes?Girl in yoga pose on yoga mat

BA:     I do most of my stretching & roll out my feet while exercises are being demonstrated at the barre.  I always have to stretch my hip flexors between barre & rehearsal.  And I roll out my back like 80 times a day 🙂

AR:     I have to stretch my IT band and my splits every day – they get really tight.  It’s kind of a nightly routine for both of us to roll out with a foam roller while we watch TV or something.

 

 

2 light pink weights

Do you cross train?

BA:     I like hot yoga and do the “work for trade” program at Core Power.  I also walk outside sometimes when it’s nice and occasionally lift weights for specific or challenging choreography.

AR:     I take yoga and Pilates now and then – depending on what I have time for – sometimes I’m too exhausted.  I cross train mostly to keep my core tight and sometimes lift light weights for arms since I don’t get as much of a workout with arms as I do with legs in ballet.

How do you help yourself stay hydrated?Bottled water pouring into a glass

BA:     I always have a water bottle with me, but I don’t count the ounces.  I can tell when I haven’t had enough, though, because my muscles don’t respond well, or I’ll wake up thirsty in the middle of the night.

AR:     I try to have a big glass of water in the morning before coffee or anything else.  I have water with me during class/rehearsal – I know I need to get even more than the daily amount because of how much I’m exercising and sweating.  It helps just to keep it with me.

What do you do for down time?

BA:     I would kill for down time since I really don’t have any – that’s been a real struggle this whole year.  I don’t really feel healthy or balanced without it.  I need a lot of sleep and often don’t get enough, so sometimes down time ends up being a nap.  Ideally I’d like to spend more time with friends and get more things done around the house.Cartoon Tiger Sleeping

AR:     I have an ok amount of down time…it usually ends up being late at night, which means I stay up later than I probably should – just whenever I’m home from teaching.

Brittany and I will make plans together, which is nice – it’s helpful to do something not dance-related.

What are some creative ways you’ve found to relax in the middle of a packed schedule?

 BA:    I take Epsom salt baths and try to schedule massages regularly if possible. 

      AR:     I listen to music.   

Music notes on a wavy staff

Ballet dancer on pointe in a lunge - Caption: Summer Program Auditions

Make This Audition Season Your Best!

The Nutcracker snow and flowers costumes have just been put away, and now it’s that time of year again:  Summer Program Auditions!  They’ll be happening all across the country during the next few months.  While it’s hard to fit in auditions with your normal dance and school schedule, a good audition may get you into a summer program that helps you reach your dance dreams.  Here are some tips to help you be at the top of your game while still being realistic.

 

1)  Major ballet schools will have auditions in a number of big cities, often at the same time.  Try to knock out a couple of auditions in one trip.

 

2)  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Audition for multiple programs so you have options if your first choice doesn’t pan out.

 

3)  The earlier you audition the better.  Schools can run out of space after the first month of auditions, so even if they wanted to take you, they might not have the space.

 

4)  Look clean and neat.  Wear a leotard that you feel good in – find something beautiful and unique that shows off your body, but nothing too flashy.  Wear light make-up – don’t go in full stage make-up.  Make sure you have all your shoes with you.

 

5)  Do your research beforehand:  if you’re auditioning for a school that is more Balanchine-oriented, familiarize yourself with that style.  If you’re auditioning for a Russian-based school, know what they focus on teaching.  In the audition, try to pick up on the style quickly.

 

6)  If you don’t get into a program this year, audition again next year.  If they see you again, they will be more likely to notice you, and it shows your drive to attend that program.  Make sure that you thank the instructor after class.  Don’t be too pushy, but showing respect can only help you.

 

Best of luck this audition season!