Beginner Ballerina Profile: Leanne Jessica

Beginner Ballerina Profile: Leanne Jessica

216portfoliosonlineCheck out this great profile of Leanne Jessica, who runs

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

I started doing ballet when I was 21.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

Sadly I didn’t take ballet as a child but I always wanted to. I did jazz and modern ISTD instead. I did so much as a child that I couldn’t do ballet aswell. When I grew up I thought it…

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Busy + Stressed = No Posts, But I’m Here, I Promise

Busy + Stressed = No Posts, But I’m Here, I Promise

Work kind of got the best of me last week– I had a highly stressful, but productive week (just not on ABP). I spent my weekend being a teaching assistant at Girl Develop It Philly‘s WordPress class and felt way out of my league at times, partially due to the fact that I hadn’t had a chance to review any of the materials for the class ahead of time. In the end, though, it was a great feeling to…

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Guest Post: Ode to Beginner Ballet Class

Guest Post: Ode to Beginner Ballet Class

Kristen’s post, “There’s A Reason Why We Do The Boring Exercises,” reminded me of advice I once heard: “Every dancer — even a professional — should take a beginner class once in awhile.” Initially puzzled, I gradually understood this statement.

For the past two years I have studied with a wonderful teacher at my studio’s Beginner II (Beg II) and Advanced Beginner (AB) levels. The labels are a bit…

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Let Training for the Philly 10K Begin! @thephilly10k

Let Training for the Philly 10K Begin! @thephilly10k

I’m not going to lie–HQ and I haven’t been running in about three weeks–and 10K training (for the Philly 10K I wrote about a couple months ago) has kind of crept up on us. I was kind of oblivious to the fact that it was almost time to train until I saw a post from Be Well Philly featuring a 10-Week plan for the 10K–and it clicked that we should probably get moving if this race was going to happen.

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Back to Work!

It’s been a fabulous two weeks off from the blog–but I’ve missed it! HQ and I spent three days on the beach to celebrate my birthday–which was wonderful.2014-06-20 10.47.36-2

After we got home from the beach, I quickly jumped on a train to head out of town again to help one of my friends, Sarah, pack her things up to move:

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Then on Sunday, I came back to Philadelphia pretty early because my parents were in town…

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A (Brief) Hiatus

Pink rose birthday cakeI’ll be taking a super brief hiatus over the next week and a half or so.  My birthday is at the end of the week (plus our anniversary is the week after) and I’ve been fairly busy at work, so I feel like a little break is necessary right now.  I want to be able to enjoy the brief free time I have over the next few weeks and not feel like I’m going to go crazy.

I’ve just about run out of ballerinas…

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Beginner Ballerina Profile: Stefaniya Arsova

Beginner Ballerina Profile: Stefaniya Arsova

This week’s profile is of Stefaniya Arsova of Bulgaria, who is inspired by other late-starter ballerinas such as  Misty Copeland and Vanessa Sah. She’s also performed as  a soloist and played Malvina in Pinocchio! 254_6 - Copy (1) When did you start doing ballet as an adult? I started ballet at age of  20!!! I am now almost 27. Did you ever take lessons as a kid? Yes, I took lessons as a kid. About 4 years.…

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Q and A With Gabrielle Menezes, Creator of Dancers, A Short Film About Adult Ballerinas

Dancers from Gabrielle Menezes on Vimeo.

Gabrielle Menezes created a short film, Dancers, because she had recently started taking classes herself and was fascinated by the other dancers in her class. Learn more about her and the film below!

What is your background in film and media?

I was a TV journalist for many years, and the West Africa reporter for Al Jazeera. I…

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Ballet Class Recap: A Confession

Last week was a particularly rough week. We’ve been searching for a new apartment (which is never fun) and I’ve just been busy and under a lot of stress in general.

I went to class last Monday (with HQ) which doesn’t start until 8 pm, and usually leaves me pretty tired since sometimes I don’t get home until 10 pm. It was a good class (I always really enjoy going to a back-to-basics class)–but I…

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Beginner Ballerina Profile: Devi Marianne Vanhon

Devi Vanhon - 2nd Arabesque en Fondu - bw2This week’s profile is of Devi Marianne Vanhon, who helped to start the first ballet in Cambodia. Check out her bio on the school’s website here and learn more below!

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

Almost three years ago, on September 12, 2011, at the age of 31.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

I did almost two years of ballet from the age of 15. I started in Chiang Mai,…

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