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LeoSATarday: Beckanne Sisk’s Green Leo

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Photo: Ballet Zaida Dancer: Beckanne Sisk

Here’s another unknown source leo worn by the amazing Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West Demi-soloist and Breaking Pointe dancer. The deep hunter green looks great on Beckanne. I didn’t even realize it was a zip front – LOVE this feature. The mesh sleeves add some nice texture. I wonder though, does mesh work well with sweat?

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Photo: Ballet Zaida Dancer: Beckanne Sisk

This photo not only shows off Beckanne’s awesome body (her legs!!) but also her leo. It’s elegant and charming- the color is so vibrant especially against the brown of the soil and yellow of the grass. The leo reminds me of Audrey Hepburn for some reason. Oliver Endahl the photographer of Ballet Zaida knows what he’s doing. 🙂 If I ever become decent in ballet, I would be honored to do a photo shoot with him!

2013 Adult Summer Intensives

2013 Adult Summer Intensives

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I want to provide some links to adult summer ballet intensives since they can be quite difficult to find. Yes- there are adult summer ballet intensives!!!! I’ve attended Boston Ballet’s Adult Intensive as well as Sun King Dance Saratoga Springs Intensive’s and I do plan on writing a post about them in the future. I actually signed up for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s 5-week Intensive this year!

For this list I went through the Intensive guide in Pointe magazine and looked for any that listed 18+, beginner, adult, or something to that nature.

Labeled as Adult Summer Intensives:

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey

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I had the great fortune of watching Alvin Ailey perform not once, not twice, but three times. 🙂 A little obsessive, I know, but I LOVE that company. They are exhilarating to watch and I realize that I do not watch enough dance. I was much happier with their mixed program than their more traditional program.

Coppelia

Coppelia

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So I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the ballet Coppelia. I’m not sure when but I think I did. CLEARLY,  I wasn’t paying attention because this time around I was annoyed with the story line. Or maybe my sensibilities have changed or maybe I wasn’t having it that night. But I was bothered to the point that it distracted me from the ballet or kept me really engaged and actively questioning it which now that I think of it might not actually be a bad thing. It’s definitely the most involved I’ve felt at a ballet – at least in this way where I felt like I was in constant dialogue with my ballet buddy about how appalled I was. It’s quoted as “The happiest ballet” but what is so happy about continously messing around with an elderly man, tricking him, and laughing at him. What is so happy about your love interest falling for a pretty face (THAT HAPPENS TO BE A DOLL) he sees from afar? Seriously? Maybe I was taught to respect my elders a little more than the rest of us but not cool person who created Coppelia. Not cool.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for fun and games, but there were some seriously sad undertones. Doctor Coppelius seems to have no family or friends and his only joy in life is this doll he has created. He wants to bring her to life so to speak and then when he “does” she turns out to be a rude, brat. It’s Frankensteinian but Frankenstein was misunderstood – Coppelia is just poking fun at him.

It’s funny because the part where he shows her the mirror – I thought was very interesting because if you all of a sudden came to being and never saw yourself in the mirror – how would you relate to yourself? What would you think of yourself?

Also, who brings in an entourage when sneaking into a house? …

On a brighter note, the little girls were absolutely fantastic. Kathleen Breen Combes is an enchanting actress. She really embodied Coppelia and despite the character’s antics I could definitely appreciate and admire how well she was in the role. It didn’t feel like she was just dancing or acting, she just was Coppelia – capricious, a little malicious,  bratty but pretty.

There was a part with Amazons I believe that I didn’t quite get but it was still cool to watch. 🙂

CPYB Leosat right tights unflattering leo

CPYB Leosat right tights unflattering leo

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So I tried some new Capezio tights that were knittied and I have to say I was pretty happy with them. They felt really nice on. The oversized waist belt thing showed a bit under my leotard but it wasnt too bad. They are so so soft but feel sturdy too.

I tried on my first ever short sleeve leo with pinch front and while I have no complaints about the leos contruction – the sleeves were not restrictive at all and the neck line is lovely- the style does not seem all the flattering on me. I feel like it made my torso look shorter or rather it emphasized the shortness of my torso. Not sure. I think it would be fine if I had tights over it though – if you’re going to have a short torso at least elongate the leg line like crazy right?

Funny how sometimes its hard to translate what you’re seeing into what you’re doing. We were stretching at the barre and I had the wrong leg up and i was trying to figure out why my arm was so awkward and how the hell I was going to stretch. The guy behind me whispered “it’s the other leg.” Thank goodness someone knew their right from their left because my brain was not understanding the girls configuration in front of me. Funny how that can happen sometime. 🙂