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Part of my issue with losing weight is that I don't like to shower. Well, no, I do like to shower and be clean, but if I shower too often (once a day is too much for me) my skin and hair dry out and crackle like hell. Yet when I exercise I sweat like, ridiculous amounts. So. I try to avoid getting sweaty at times when it doesn't fit into my shower schedule (every other to every third day, depending.)

As a result of my "I really don't want to get sweaty right now" issue, I'm about forty pounds over where I want to be.*

Today I turn over my new "taking an extra shower is okay" leaf. I took a shower this morning and am going hiking this afternoon. It will drive me nuts to take another shower, but I need to sit myself down and say, "Self, this is okay. Just don't use too much soap."

Hurrrrrrr.

I want to pole dance, which is where all this is going.

First world problems?

*MA didn't help. Reading 2000 pages/week and writing for your life = stuff one can't do on a treadmill, unless one is from Long Island and that ability is in their genes.

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nirix5: (Lucia Techno)
I haven't been blogging about the stuff that I do here at Binger much. I'm either too tired, or too scatterbrained, or whatever. I don't know if I've talked about dance that much. Long story short, one of the doctoral students is also a dancer and dance teacher, and we wound up putting a small informal class together last semester to do ballet (Jesse, bless him, never bought into the jazz bullshit, which is the problem I always had when it took classes anywhere else- if it was in my price range, it was three plies at the barre and then 45 mintues of jazz crap.)

So it was Jesse, me, Kerry, Melissa, Hannah, and Cat. Now it's us plus Narjess and Yosra on weekends (I teach them! Whee!) Jesse told us about the company he wanted to start, taking dance to the ignorant masses. We were down with this.

Now we're legit company members!!!

I'm a professional dancer. Omg omg omg.*

Also I have a formal role in the company: the Repetetrice. I rehearse people and lead warm ups, stuff like that. I get a big stick to bang on the floor as well. I've turned into Mme. Giry, lol.

This is soooooo much fun. We've got a workshop on Sunday morning for ballet and then we're hosting one on the 5th. Exciting!

Here's the site if you want to go check it out. There's not much up yet, but there it is.

http://jessekaten.com/company.html

Yay!

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*except not really. It's funny cause I can put it on my resume, but couldn't audition for NYCB or anything.

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nirix5: (sara- shower)
What I really need are icons that somehow embody the instrumental music I'm listening to a lot these days.

Anyway. Ballet starts up again tonight. We were supposed to do it last week but Jesse had a meeting he had to go to, so it fell through. I'm very happy that I found my other ballet shoe, but since I've found it I've lost it again, and I'm not sure where the other one is. I'm pretty sure I didn't throw it away. They've got to be around here somewhere.

For all of you out there who like slash, try this ballet video! It's probably one of the sexiest things I've seen in my life, regardless of how much I like the genre. It's beautifully danced- and this is only rehearsal footage.



I'm glad I have a laptop now- I can take it to the studio and play my dance mixes without having to burn CDs and track down a boom box, or worry about having to keep headphones on when I'm doing anything other than barre work.

Preliminary dance mix:

"Les Temps des Cathedrales" (Notre Dame de Paris)
"Main Theme (Piano)" (Silent Hill)
"Main Theme" (Silent Hill")
"Room of Angels (Piano)" (Silent Hill)
"Trois Serus" (NY Ensemble for Early Music)
"A Chantar" (NY Ensemble for Early Music)
"Message for the Queen" (300 OST)
"Prelude" (Advent Children)
"For the Reunion" (Advent Children)
"Those Who Fight" (Advent Children)
"Cloud's Theme" (Advent Children)
"Why (Instrumental)" (Crisis Core)
"Sexy" (Black Eyed Peas)
"What Becomes Of Us" (Cinephile)
"Carol of the Bells" (Destiny's Child)
"Autumn In New York" (Ella Fitzgerald)
"Till I Collapse" (Eminem)
"Inside and Out" (Feist)
"Aerith's Death Scene Orchestrated" (FF7)
"I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" (Foreigner)
"Noah Visits" (The Village OST)
"The Vote" (The Village OST)
"Katamari on the Swing" (Katamari)
"Everlasting Love" (Katamari)
"A Fairytale About Slavery" (Miranda Sex Garden)
"Porcelain" (Moby)
"Toccata & Fugue in D Minor" (Vanessa Mae)
"Oor Es Mayr Eem" (Ararat OST)
"Morning Grace" (Princess Tutu)
"Defying Gravity" (Wicked OST)
"Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Opuses 17, 23, and 36" (Dustin O'Halloran)
"Night of Seclusion" (Crisis Core)
"Duty and Friendship" (Crisis Core)
"Final Distance" (Hikari Utada)
"String Quartet No.2, 3rd Mvmt." (Borodin)

Some of them work better for skating- like, WAY better for skating- but whatever. Who knows the
next time I'll get to control the sound system at a rink.

Should probably go do work now.

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nirix5: (sara- shower)
What I really need are icons that somehow embody the instrumental music I'm listening to a lot these days.

Anyway. Ballet starts up again tonight. We were supposed to do it last week but Jesse had a meeting he had to go to, so it fell through. I'm very happy that I found my other ballet shoe, but since I've found it I've lost it again, and I'm not sure where the other one is. I'm pretty sure I didn't throw it away. They've got to be around here somewhere.

For all of you out there who like slash, try this ballet video! It's probably one of the sexiest things I've seen in my life, regardless of how much I like the genre. It's beautifully danced- and this is only rehearsal footage.



I'm glad I have a laptop now- I can take it to the studio and play my dance mixes without having to burn CDs and track down a boom box, or worry about having to keep headphones on when I'm doing anything other than barre work.

Preliminary dance mix:

"Les Temps des Cathedrales" (Notre Dame de Paris)
"Main Theme (Piano)" (Silent Hill)
"Main Theme" (Silent Hill")
"Room of Angels (Piano)" (Silent Hill)
"Trois Serus" (NY Ensemble for Early Music)
"A Chantar" (NY Ensemble for Early Music)
"Message for the Queen" (300 OST)
"Prelude" (Advent Children)
"For the Reunion" (Advent Children)
"Those Who Fight" (Advent Children)
"Cloud's Theme" (Advent Children)
"Why (Instrumental)" (Crisis Core)
"Sexy" (Black Eyed Peas)
"What Becomes Of Us" (Cinephile)
"Carol of the Bells" (Destiny's Child)
"Autumn In New York" (Ella Fitzgerald)
"Till I Collapse" (Eminem)
"Inside and Out" (Feist)
"Aerith's Death Scene Orchestrated" (FF7)
"I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" (Foreigner)
"Noah Visits" (The Village OST)
"The Vote" (The Village OST)
"Katamari on the Swing" (Katamari)
"Everlasting Love" (Katamari)
"A Fairytale About Slavery" (Miranda Sex Garden)
"Porcelain" (Moby)
"Toccata & Fugue in D Minor" (Vanessa Mae)
"Oor Es Mayr Eem" (Ararat OST)
"Morning Grace" (Princess Tutu)
"Defying Gravity" (Wicked OST)
"Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)" (House of Flying Daggers)
"Opuses 17, 23, and 36" (Dustin O'Halloran)
"Night of Seclusion" (Crisis Core)
"Duty and Friendship" (Crisis Core)
"Final Distance" (Hikari Utada)
"String Quartet No.2, 3rd Mvmt." (Borodin)

Some of them work better for skating- like, WAY better for skating- but whatever. Who knows the
next time I'll get to control the sound system at a rink.

Should probably go do work now.

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nirix5: (catgirl kiddo)
I'm just sitting here, waiting for pizza. After that, Dad's giving me a lift to Fairmount.

Dance.net is vastly amusing. The grammar mistakes are horrible- you can tell that these are a lot of teenagers who spend way more time in a studio than they do on their English homework. There are also a lot of people who have English as a second language, and their grammar mistakes can be forgiven- but damn, they have some of the funniest posts. Not intentionally, of course.

*picture of dancer doing an arabesque en pointe*

Dancer 1: OMG look at her vrist!!!
Dancer A: I don't see anything strange about it.
Dancer B: ...? huh ?
Dancer C: it looks okay shes holding a vase though
Dancer 6: I think she means "arch." "Vrist" is Norwegian for "arch."

The dancers rejoiced. I learned a new Norwegian word. Everyone went home happy and full of cotton candy.
nirix5: (catgirl kiddo)
I'm just sitting here, waiting for pizza. After that, Dad's giving me a lift to Fairmount.

Dance.net is vastly amusing. The grammar mistakes are horrible- you can tell that these are a lot of teenagers who spend way more time in a studio than they do on their English homework. There are also a lot of people who have English as a second language, and their grammar mistakes can be forgiven- but damn, they have some of the funniest posts. Not intentionally, of course.

*picture of dancer doing an arabesque en pointe*

Dancer 1: OMG look at her vrist!!!
Dancer A: I don't see anything strange about it.
Dancer B: ...? huh ?
Dancer C: it looks okay shes holding a vase though
Dancer 6: I think she means "arch." "Vrist" is Norwegian for "arch."

The dancers rejoiced. I learned a new Norwegian word. Everyone went home happy and full of cotton candy.

Aaliyah

Jun. 19th, 2005 08:46 am
nirix5: (first step=doozy (alice/cliff))
Since I'm desperate for music these days, I've started poking through my sister's CD case and have rediscovered Aaliyah. There's a couple of songs on her last album that I've fallen in love with- not so much for the content or whatever, but for their danceablility.

"We Need A Resolution" is great for port de bras. It's got this really nice scaling saxophone (I think- something that sounds similar to me, anyway, but I don't play anything , so I'm not sure) in the background, tempered by a toned down beat. Throw in the acutal vocalizations, and you've got something that's awesome for adagio and arm work, with a little edge. There are little dinging notes in the background of the rap, too, which makes the rap a nice section to pick up footwork a bit, with little piques or something.

"Loose Rap"... OMFG I LOVE THIS. I don't think I would use this for ballet so much, unless it was barre work- plies and grand plies, maybe. No, this song is made for... um... I don't know how to refer to it. Not quite grinding, but definitely close dancing- i.e., it comes on the radio and you grab your significant other and start dancing around the living room or kitchen. It's got this kind of rolling sound going on, which would work with a few Latin steps, merengue maybe... yay for dances that involve hip movements. Plus the lyrics are killer.

"Read Between The Lines" is so damn edgy. This one is also perfect for any kind of Latin dancing, because it's very passionate with a staccato piano and horn section background. Plus it has maracas and things. It's good for a close, flirty hip hop too; or something close and filled with tension if you want to work with the lyrics.

"I Refuse" is probably my favorite song on this album. It's very defiant, but it starts out slow, with a beautiful, haunting piano background. Then a guitar and strings get added, and the beat picks up- but it's an odd one, kind of an echoing clapping sound. Aaliyah's voice is exceptionally pretty in this one, and there's lots of breathy background lyrics. The song gets progressively more strident with the orchestrations, and in the middle they add a subtle electric guitar. The hook drops back to just the piano and guitar for a minute before adding a clarinet followed up by a whole woodwind section. Then they drop the whole thing for a very striking section with the whole orchestra and OMG tympanies! (I love tympanies. So much. Big drums make me happy.) The whole thing is very moving, ending with a pretty guitar riff and the piano. It's perfect for classical ballet... you can start out small with delicate, affecting footwork and then move into bigger steps. There's room for pirouettes and fouettes, arabesques, and even big leaps towards the end. The end is soft enough to return to the choreography from the beginning, which would tie the whole thing up nicely. It kind of reminds me of [livejournal.com profile] blueice20. Classical music and these lyrics... it mirrors his strength and occasional sadness.

The rest of the album is okay. It's stuff I would use for background music while doing other things, like rearranging my bookshelf or doing laundry. And it has the adverse side affect of making me miss my Alicia Keys CD's.

Aaliyah

Jun. 19th, 2005 08:46 am
nirix5: (first step=doozy (alice/cliff))
Since I'm desperate for music these days, I've started poking through my sister's CD case and have rediscovered Aaliyah. There's a couple of songs on her last album that I've fallen in love with- not so much for the content or whatever, but for their danceablility.

"We Need A Resolution" is great for port de bras. It's got this really nice scaling saxophone (I think- something that sounds similar to me, anyway, but I don't play anything , so I'm not sure) in the background, tempered by a toned down beat. Throw in the acutal vocalizations, and you've got something that's awesome for adagio and arm work, with a little edge. There are little dinging notes in the background of the rap, too, which makes the rap a nice section to pick up footwork a bit, with little piques or something.

"Loose Rap"... OMFG I LOVE THIS. I don't think I would use this for ballet so much, unless it was barre work- plies and grand plies, maybe. No, this song is made for... um... I don't know how to refer to it. Not quite grinding, but definitely close dancing- i.e., it comes on the radio and you grab your significant other and start dancing around the living room or kitchen. It's got this kind of rolling sound going on, which would work with a few Latin steps, merengue maybe... yay for dances that involve hip movements. Plus the lyrics are killer.

"Read Between The Lines" is so damn edgy. This one is also perfect for any kind of Latin dancing, because it's very passionate with a staccato piano and horn section background. Plus it has maracas and things. It's good for a close, flirty hip hop too; or something close and filled with tension if you want to work with the lyrics.

"I Refuse" is probably my favorite song on this album. It's very defiant, but it starts out slow, with a beautiful, haunting piano background. Then a guitar and strings get added, and the beat picks up- but it's an odd one, kind of an echoing clapping sound. Aaliyah's voice is exceptionally pretty in this one, and there's lots of breathy background lyrics. The song gets progressively more strident with the orchestrations, and in the middle they add a subtle electric guitar. The hook drops back to just the piano and guitar for a minute before adding a clarinet followed up by a whole woodwind section. Then they drop the whole thing for a very striking section with the whole orchestra and OMG tympanies! (I love tympanies. So much. Big drums make me happy.) The whole thing is very moving, ending with a pretty guitar riff and the piano. It's perfect for classical ballet... you can start out small with delicate, affecting footwork and then move into bigger steps. There's room for pirouettes and fouettes, arabesques, and even big leaps towards the end. The end is soft enough to return to the choreography from the beginning, which would tie the whole thing up nicely. It kind of reminds me of [livejournal.com profile] blueice20. Classical music and these lyrics... it mirrors his strength and occasional sadness.

The rest of the album is okay. It's stuff I would use for background music while doing other things, like rearranging my bookshelf or doing laundry. And it has the adverse side affect of making me miss my Alicia Keys CD's.

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