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Monday, November 29, 2010

Tutu Cute!

I just finished making a new collection of holiday tutus for little ones and I just had to share as I think they are TUTU cute!

Maybe it's because it's all the Nutcracker rehearsals, but I tried to make each tutu reflect a character from the beloved ballet.  I think my favorites are this one:
A Snowflake
And this one:
Sugar Plum Fairy
 These are going be on sale at Brentwood Dance and Activewear, but if you want a special holiday tutu for your little one, email me and let me know!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Black Swan

I was lucky enough to get to see an advanced screening of the new Darren Aranofsky film Black Swan this past weekend and it was quite an experience.  I felt like it didn't quite live up to my expectations.  It's not that much about ballet as it is a psychological thriller that just happens to be set in the ballet world.  And I left wanting to have gotten a better look at the ballet world and all the interesting people who inhabit it.  This film just fell flat and was so over the top, it seemed just plain silly.  But like all of Aranofsky's films, Black Swan has stayed with me this week.  I cannot stop thinking about it. 

All the actors are great, but Natalie Portman's performance is spot on perfection.  She becomes that character.  The film did a decent job of conveying the isolation, the need for perfection and the stress that comes with being a ballet dancer.  But it also relies on every trite, ridiculous stereotype in the ballet book - Crazy stage mom, lecherous artistic director, fragile ballerinas, and so on.  It's annoying because it only enforces a negative perception of the ballet world to the public.  It felt cheap, un-researched and ultimately uninteresting.

It's definitely a film to see, but don't expect to leave with the feeling to put on your pointe shoes and perform....it's not that kind of dance film!

That little review leads me to my real reason for posting - these posters!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fluff n' Stuff

Hello Lovelies,

I have been doing a lot of thinking in regards to my Etsy shop.  I haven't been that successful with it and I am considering scrapping the whole thing and selling my wares solely from the dance-wear store at which I have a consignment deal.  But of course, there are some things that aren't selling that well there either.  In any case, I am thinking of re-branding my shop on Etsy and adding the tutus that I have been selling at the dance store.  

I also want to add a whole bunch of holiday items, but naturally haven't found the time.  In any case, I want to know what you think.  Any suggestions, thoughts or words of wisdom?  

Here are some of the tutus I've made and am going to add to the shop later this week~

Also, as a passionate dancer and dance teacher, I have decided that for every item that I sell I am going to donate two dollars of the proceeds to the Dizzy Feet Foundation. This inspiring group helps underprivileged and at-risk youth find self-esteem, artistic expression and healthy life skills through the art of dance.  I am a big believer in the power of the arts, so I feel personally motivated to donate to their cause.

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