Wow, it feels so good to be back! Thank you to all of you who pushed me and inspired me to come back to my blog. It has been way too long and I have been yearning to get back to writing. I realized after not doing it, that it gave me a release unlike anything else in my life. I feel very free and open to express, share, and inspire with all of you.
This time around, the pressure is off. I am going to write about everything and anything. I am not going to put a time limit on when I have to publish. You all might get more then one blog entry a week, or none at all but just know I am working on it and I won’t be away for long. I also want to start my videos again, but this time it will be answering your questions! I will try my best to make it entertaining but informative as well. Just email me your name and question from my website and you will see your answer on my video!
Ok, now that business is out of the way…
We started back for spring season rehearsals this past week and I finally have a schedule that I can regulate. I am not in any new ballets this season, but I am ok with that. New ballets are hard and it’s nice sometimes to just enjoy the slow times. I have a lot going on this season but it’s with ballets I have done for almost ten years! I’m starting off with Diamonds on opening night and I mean who can ask for anything better?!
On a frustrating note, I am still dealing with a hamstring injury, that has been plaguing me for the past 7 months. Yes…7 months. I danced swan lake with it, and all of nutcracker, winter season and tour. I’ve had moments of pain free extensions and performances but not many. I did however see someone this past week that has given me the most optimistic outlook I’ve had yet, while she’s wailing into my hamstring. It’s those moments where it hurts so bad in PT but you know it will work? I am staying positive and looking forward to tomorrow. A new day. That’s all we can do right?
I have come to appreciate that the definition of having a good day or a successful day comes in many different forms. It doesn’t all have to be flowers, sunshine, and people ogling over you. Sometimes it can be the smallest happenings that make the day. The day I wake up and don’t have pain in my hamstring, is a good day. Sometimes, shockingly and most surprising to me, it doesn’t include dancing or having Pointe shoes on. It’s taken me a long time to get here, and value the smallest things in life that make up the big picture. I want to have the fullest life possible, and for me in this moment, it’s relishing the the almost unseen moments of every day that keep me positive and smiling.
I can’t wait to share all those small and big moments with you this coming season! I’m sure their will be some tears and unhappiness in there as well, but it’s life.
See you next time!
Hi Sara! Recently found your vlogs and your dancing and work ethic just made me so inspired. I’ve loved dance since I was a kid but never had the chance to take dance (I just dance around my room hahaha) I’m thinking of taking adult beginner ballet class but I feel scared/nervous and just not confident enough to go enroll in a class. Any tips for those who are starting ballet older? 🙂
Good luck on your Spring season and I wish I could come see you perform!
Hi Sara! I was wondering if you could answer a few questions about keeping your rib cage closed, even in back bands. I have a tendency to sit in my mid-back and let my chest puff out, especially when I’m in a deep fourth or doing any kind of back bend. I know it’s such a bad habit and I’m trying my best to correct it and I’m wondering if you have any tips on how to get a beautiful lift without compromising the front of the body and harming my spine :/
Thank you for such a wonderful and positive post, I love following your journey (all the way from South Africa) and seeing how happy you are, no matter the circumstances. Keep the posts coming! 🙂
Do you have any tips on how to find those moments and inspirations in every day life?
Sorry to hear that you are still in pain! I miss hearing and seeing your vlogs, but I understand. I did have one thing to tell you though, be very careful taking any pain meds ok? Problems can arise from them, I am one who knows! Take care, love your dancing, be strong ok?
Hugs to you, Anne
Thrilled that you’ll be writing again! In addition to being a wonderful role model as a dancer, you have a very clear, relatable writing style. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts. Best wishes!
I’ve missed your posts Sara and have wondering about you! Hope that hamstring continues to heal up for you. Can’t wait to see you perform one day in person!