I just finished mapping out the acting for the Messenger Faeries today. I begin working with these two slightly silly faeries next week on Tuesdays. These are the faeries who make sure everyone's where they're supposed to be on time. When someone new enters the faery wood, they tell the different groups of faeries, who then come and dance for the new arrival. They try to make heads-and-tails of the paperwork they wrote in their own shorthand (which is very scribbly) and are rather intimidated by a few special guests that come to welcome the sisters!
As you all know, I had to cancel ballet yesterday because it was too cold (AGAIN!?!).
Instead of normal classes, I taught Callie one of her extra classes (her family had my brother at their house and had to bring him home, anyway). When we came inside after class, there were three huge boxes in the kitchen! It was so great to have Callie, Elaina, and Paula over to experience that exciting moment with my sister Anna and I!
We pulled out different costumes and "ooo"ed and "aww"ed over every one! Seriously, I just LOVE Curtain Call Costumes. I found them last year when I was searching desperately for a Dryad costume (as the deadline approached nearer and nearer). To my surprise, their costumes arrived in COSTUME BAGS. (who does that?) And they were high-quality, tend to be on the modest side, and arrived early both then and this year!
I've got one last group of costumes coming in from another company, and they're on backorder (again), so that's nervewracking. UGG. I hate it when I order costumes from a costume company and then sit on backorder for months and months. This is why I try to order earlier and earlier each year. Technically, I could order Jan 1, have them here by March 1, and take pictures the second week or so. But since I sit on backorder forever, I have to get them in early to be sure I have them by the performance, at least!
If there had been enough different, pretty, modest costumes from Curtain Call, I would have ordered from them for that class as well, but I'd already used their 7 best costumes. :) And I really like the one I ordered from them. I just hope it gets here in time.
One thing I love to death about Curtain Call is the texture in their costumes. They aren't afraid to go big, or to put things slantwise or in multiple layers. The Imperial Guards costumes have 3 different colors of tulle under the heavy, embroidered layer of their poofy skirts! And seeing the multiple colors through the top layer is what gives it such originality!
I'm back from Florida. I had a fantastic time. I swam in the pool, laid on the white sand beach, ate chocolate from The Chocolate Strawberry, read The Hobbit: Official Movie Guide, went on bike rides, read poetry, and generally did my best to just enjoy myself. :) Kind of rare that an opportunity to JUST enjoy yourself comes along. I tend to want to work right through vacations; sometimes it's hard to shut off. I've gotten so much better at learning to relax when the time comes to relax since last year this time, praise the Lord for that. "There is a time to work, and a time to rest" (Ecc. 3). I write about that a fair bit on my personal blog, www.joybetweenhispaws.weebly.com.
For more pictures of Florida, I refer you to my personal blog.
I am gearing up for my busiest two months of the school year. In February and March, I will have class 4 days a week instead of 2. Besides my regular Monday afternoon-evening and Thursday evening classes, I'll have extra classes for about 2 hours on Tues afternoon and 3-4 hours Friday afternoon-evening. Gets kind of busy, and also kind of confusing, as I will be teaching... let's see... 11 dances at once, plus learning my own, plus the Climax Scenes, which are a big mish-mash of acting and dancing. This is the part where last year I had headaches every day and I felt like bits of choreography were falling out of the back of my brain. I choreographed some pieces 4 times because I would FORGET the choreography! I was trying to remember approximately double what I am this year.
I thought this was so adorable.... I overheard these snatches of conversation last week at Monday classes.
Lydia: "Do you know Willow?"
Callie: "She's gonna be my big sister in the play!"
Lydia: "Oh yeah! I LOVE the name Cassandra!"
Willow plays the Older Sister "Cassandra."
There is a GORGEOUS picture of her on my personal facebook, by the way. I'm Joy Wieters on Facebook. I haven't yet figured out how to share it as Heart to Toe Studios. Anyway, the picture is by a friend of Willow's Mom and it's of her doing an arabesque under a streetlight in a perfect snowfall. LOVE it. :)
The costumes are shipping out on Monday! Horray! :) I'm so excited to get them and see them. I'll have to post some iPod pictures of when they arrive! :) Unfortunately, I won't get to see them until NEXT Monday. Not-so-unfortunately, that is because I am going to Florida!!! I will be gone from this Tuesday to next Sunday, staying with grandparents, my Mom, and some siblings for a fun vacation. Very excited!
I'm planning to take my books, swimsuit, sunglasses, and not too much else, so don't expect much in the way of posts from me! :)
St. Cloud classes, don't forget that there's no class next week!
This year has been so much less stressful than last year. I think it's mostly because the play is smaller and it does not involve so much "extra" stuff, such as...
huge sets of props (and huge props),
scenes with extras who all need to be dressed like royalty (facepalm),
characters who do not dance but only act (like Uncle Andrew),
as many BOYS (having only one boy in classes, my brother Mark, limits my ability to cast boys considerably, and last year I had to bring in two boys who did not dance to play Uncle Andrew and Digory),
and the sheer length (compare this year's 1' 20" performance to last year's 2' 30"! One hour constitutes a lot of extra choreography!).
A lot of that went away because I wrote the ballet this year, so I have a lot more control over what goes in and what stays out, so I can make it custom designed for my studio. I wrote it as a sister story so that none of the main characters had to be boys. I wrote myself as a GOOD Queen this year, which was my pet hope for this year. I like playing evil, but it was starting to get reeeally old after being the White Witch for two years. (oh, and I get to wear yellow, another big plus!) I wrote a part for my Mom, and there is NO, I repeat, NO Creation Finalle! (My assistants said they would flat out quit if I did another Creation Finalle ever, ever again! =D)
If you need to see last year's performance to understand what I am railing about, I have a few copies available for families to borrow. Horray! But I will only hand the disks to parents, so you need to come to the studio to get it and deliver it back to me (yourself) within two weeks.
The themes this year are going to be really fun to explore. This ballet deals with the desire of a younger sibling to be like their older sibling, seeing ourselves the way God sees us, pride (in both siblings), the way demons influence and discourage us, and the powerful danger of cliques.
What do you think about these themes? Are they themes which our society needs to see discussed more often?
Did you know that Heart to Toe actually started back in 1997? Christina Wieters, mother of current instructor Joy Wieters, started with five students in her church in Big Lake, MN.
She had been looking for a ballet studio that taught classical ballet at affordable prices and did not require her daughter to wear immodest costumes or teach her to shake her booty. When she came up empty-handed, her friends talked her into using her knowledge from her own years of ballet classes to teach their daughters the basics of ballet.
And so Heart to Toe Studios was born in a small, carpeted room with five little friends and a mother passionate about dancing to the glory of God.
I'm hoping to open another studio Fall 2014!
Where do you wish I would open a studio? Now's your chance to weigh in!
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Well Hi, everyone. This is Joy. I've posted only one blog in the past year, as you can see. :) I'm going to start posting more regularly about updates for Heart to Toe Studios as well as some bits of ballet trivia, ballet stuff I love, fun times in classes, and some of the history of Heart to Toe Studios.
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