June Challenge: Confidence & Humility

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It’s that time again!  Blog Challenge time!  June’s writing prompt is this (writing prompt? I feel like an English teacher now):

Dance is both confidence building and humbling… write about a time you experienced either.

Not sure what to write? Here are a few ideas to get you going.

  • Teachers… share how you inspire confidence in your students
  • Students… share a time you felt confident after a class or performance
  • Is it possible to feel both confident and be humbled at the same time?
  • Is there a good balance?
No matter what you decide to write about, make sure you come back and leave a comment below with a link to your post.
No blog?  No worries!  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Performance Pinspiration

In honor of May’s Blog Challenge, Performance Pics, I scavenged Pinterest for some great pictures that made me think of those exciting minutes leading up to a great performance!

Check out these photos and follow me on Pinterest while you’re at it!

Hair and make-up first…

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Russian State Ballet – Photo by: Helen Maybanks Photography

Warm-up before the show

Russian State Ballet – Photo by: Helen Maybanks Photography

Peeking to see if your special audience member arrived yet:

Azra Šahinović Photography
Photo by Natalie Frigo

The busy dressing room, everyone rushing to make sure everything is perfect.

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Finding your way backstage, calming your nerves and getting ready for the show to start.

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One more run-through before going on stage…

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Waiting for the cue..

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Do you have a pre-performance ritual or a favorite part of the performance?  Share below in the comments!

April Blog Challenge: Dance Imagery

“Flip the pancake!” my ballet teacher used to say as we did our fouettes (jumps not turns).  “Pretend your pelvis is a bowl of soup… don’t spill the soup!” was another one of her favorite metaphors.

This month’s challenge is to share your favorite dance imagery–either sayings that you use as a dancer or teacher, or favorite visuals your teachers use.

Share a your dance sayings on your blog and then come back here and leave a comment with a link to your post so we can all share!

If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate!  Just leave a comment below.

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February Blog Challenge: A Day In The Life

It’s that time again… time for another Dance Blog Challenge!  If you want to read more about why I’m doing this, read this post. Then come back and join the fun!

This month’s blog challenge is “Day In The Life” post.  Take one of your busiest dance days, bring your camera (or camera phone) and take lots of pictures from the moment you wake up until you return to bed.  Or if you’re an overachiever, make a video!  

This month’s challenge is a bit more involved than last month’s, but that’s what makes it fun.  I will try to vary the ‘involvement’ of each post so if you’re not feeling quite up to the challenge this month, do an easier one like January’s photo challenge or wait to see what March brings.

Post your photos or video (with or without narration… its up to you) on your blog and leave a comment with the link here!

I can’t wait to see what everyone’s studios and dance lives look like!  And if you’re not actively taking or teaching classes, you can participate too… I want to see what you do in your job or school everyday.  And snap a quick picture of an arabesque in the hallway while you’re at it… the point is to have fun!

Just make sure if you do take pictures of other people that they are ok with you putting their lovely faces on the internet.  Or use photo editing software crop or blur their faces 🙂

Think your life is boring or need ideas of what to document?  Keep reading after the jump for ideas.

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January Blog Challenge: Personal Dance Firsts

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Attention all dance bloggers, here is your January Blog Challenge – we're starting off with a fun, personal one.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to share a picture and story of one of your "dance firsts".  First class, first show, first shoes… whatever inspires you!

The Details

  1. Choose one picture that represents your dance first
  2. Share your story
  3. Include a link back to this post (Permalink: )
If you participate, leave a comment below with the link to your post so we can share in the fun!

UPDATED JAN. 29, 2012 – Here are all the participants so far:

And with that, here's my dance first…. 
My first dance performance!

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Happy New Year: Blog Challenge

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Attention all dance bloggers – I am excited to announce that starting in January, I am going to be posting monthly blogging challenges called “Dance Buzz Blog Challenge”.  I hope you all find a few that sound like fun to participate in.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I enjoy being part of a community of dance bloggers and I think it will be fun to get different perspectives or learn new things about the bloggers themselves.

I also enjoyed participating in Pas de Trois when that was going on, and I miss the inspiration.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Hopefully these challenges will jump-start your writer’s block, should you encounter that anytime soon.  The next time you’re stumped at what to write about, you can check out all the challenges for inspiration.

And you get to add this sweet badge to your blog if you’d like. BONUS! (To add the badge to your page, save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog).

Blog Challenge:  So easy you could do
it while perched on a young man’s
shoulder.

SO… HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
After I announce the challenge question or theme, write your own blog post related to that theme. Then add a comment on the original challenge post (on this blog) so everyone can share.

DO I HAVE TO POST IN THE SAME MONTH AS THE CHALLENGE?
No.  Absolutely not.  I am doing it by month because I think that is a reasonable time period for me to come up with another challenge.  If you decide to do the January challenge in July, so be it – just please still add a comment to the challenge post so we can all share!

CAN I SUGGEST A CHALLENGE?
Yes!  Email me at thedancebuzz@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

SO WHAT’S JANUARY’S CHALLENGE?
You’ll have to wait until January to find out…  but I can tell you that it is a fun one!