I’m done! I finally finished up physical therapy and can say I’m injury free. It definitely took longer than I expected, nearly three months, to nip this back pain in the butt. With that being said, I thought I would talk about some of the things used to relieve pain in case you wonder what they are like.

Cupping- Ok so most people reading this either know what cupping is or what it is like, but for those who don’t, I’ll discuss. They type of cupping I would have is just suction, no heat. A glass is suctioned to your area of tightness and is pulled around to release and relax the muscles. It feels like suction of course, but not painful. While the glass is moved around, it might be slightly uncomfortable while the muscles start to release. Depending on where your being cupped it may feel like it it is rubbing against bones a little bit. Overall there really isn’t pain, pretty similar to a massage, but instead of pressing down into your muscles, your muscles are being lifted up.

Dry Needling- Dry needling was something I was very curious about before trying it. I am not great with needles, so I was a little nervous. The needle is poked in and doesn’t hurt at all going in, until it hits a knot. Once a knot is hit, it feels like a pressure point deep down inside of you has been struck. Not the best feeling, the needle is usually poked into it and moved around causing the muscle to “jump”. It is similar to a spasm. Dry needling can sometimes be needle in and out or the needle will be left in for awhile. After dry needling you will probably sore, kind of like after getting a vaccine or shot.

Pulse Stimulation- This wasn’t for my back, but I did have pulse stimulation done on my quads to help them relax. The feeling of pulse stimulation is like when your body part is asleep and you move it. Similar to the little shock you feel then, you feel during pulse stimulation, but much more controlled. It’s a strange and funny feeling at first, but not at all painful.

All of these treatments are great for relaxing your body. If you ever find yourself injured and needing to do one of them, I hope this post is helpful. Of course I can only do my best explaining what they are like, so ask your physician any additional questions. See you next week!

audition time

It’s that time of year again, audition season. I’ve written about auditions twice before on this blog, but I think it is a nice topic to revisit each year, since they can be so different.

This year I’ve decided to audition for three places; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, and The Washington Ballet. I’m sending a video to Oregon and Washington because it is just much easier for me. This last weekend I filmed my video and it was a very easy experience. For me personally filming an audition, if the circumstances are right is just much better. A main reason for this is because I have to drive at least an hour to nearly every audition I want to go to. It is exhausting and time consuming, so that is why I rarely go to in person auditions.

Anyways, I’ll be going to one in person audition this Saturday, so you’ll be sure to hear how it goes and any results I get by then. With that being said here are a few tips I have for in person auditions that you probably don’t hear very often.

  1. Wear What You Like- I highly recommend wearing a leotard that you feel really good in. By that I mean, wear something that makes you feel good because it will affect your dancing. I feel like most people think they need to wear something that will make them stand out, but I simply don’t agree. When you feel good and comfortable about how you look it makes it easier for you to focus on your dancing.
  2. Eat Something- Ok this might sound stupid, but just try it. Eat something, not a whole meal, but something small like a bit of chocolate or some fruit a bit before your audition. It will give you some extra energy so that you can really shine while you dance.
  3. Don’t Compare- I feel like no one ever says this about auditions, but DO NOT compare yourself to the people around you. You should focus on yourself and your dancing instead of stressing about those around you. No one ever says it, but go into your audition with you in mind and no one else (that being said, don’t be rude to people either).
  4. Enjoy the Class- Obviously you should be working hard and giving it your all at an audition, but at the same time appreciate the class. An audition is a time to experience a new teacher and get new corrections. Even if you don’t get accepted into the summer intensive or year round program, hopefully you got a good class out of it.

Those are my tips, hopefully it is some new information and not the same old “smile” or “perform”. Those are helpful tips too, but I tried to share some little tricks that will help you do your best, while also making sure you get the most out of the audition. At the very least you can hope to get a good class out of an audition and enjoy a new teacher. As you go through your auditions for summer intensives I wish you the best of luck!


Happy New Year! The first half of the season went by way faster than I was expecting it to. This last half of the season is definitely going to be busy with many different shows and rehearsals. As I gear up for classes beginning again this week I’ve decided to share some goals. Not the most creative blog post, but I find that making goals helps me a lot to focus and hone in on my objectives.

  1. Relax and enjoy. I never just enjoy things as they are happening and I always stress. To finish off this season I want to appreciate things while they are happening instead of just missing them once they’re gone. I said it to some people on the last day of Nutcracker, but I should listen to it myself “Enjoy how it is now because it might not ever be like that again”.
  2. Put myself out there. I’m told over and over again to go beyond what I need to, so it is my personal goal to do just that. I think everyone gets comfortable and I’ve hit the point in my training where if I don’t challenging myself a bit more I won’t keep improving.
  3. No more off days. Of course we always have our off days during class and won’t be able to dance quite as well as most days. That being said I don’t want to let it be my excuse anymore. Sometimes I’d have an “off day” and let that be a reason for me to stop trying during that class. No more of that, obviously I won’t will myself out of a funk, but I’m not going to let it damper my dancing for the rest of class.

So that’s it three goals, not too bad. It’s not the typical I want consistent triples or I want higher extensions because that doesn’t work for me. I’ve made some goals that will change how I approach my dancing and my mindset with my dancing. Hopefully these goals are helpful to you too and I hope your 2019 started off well. Until next week!