So much has been going on lately that I’ve completely been slacking on both this blog and my Facebook page with posts. Between starting a new job and growing my photography business (which also has its own blog, website, social media etc!) and still having down time for friends and family, 2017 is flying by!
Anyway, I’m finishing month 2 of being back to ballet/pointe class, and just finished a month back to aerial class as well. I’ve been on pointe (even if only a few minutes) almost daily due to the #30daypointechallenge on Instagram (follow me there @aliciaaerial). What is the 30 Day Pointe Challenge!? It’s a series of pointe exercise done daily with videos and photos posted to Instagram with the hashtag. Don’t have Instagram? Here’s a screenshot from one of the challenge coordinaters!:
There are no rules for how many reps you do of the exercises, just that you try your best and work safely. There are a few descriptions that are confusing such as “pullbacks” which turned out to just be rising en pointe and doing pliés without pushing over the arch but keeping the feet right as they are. One footies I’m not sure of because we aren’t there yet!
The first few days, having been so on and off pointe last year, caused me to get the typical arch cramps (and muscle burn!) of having been a slacking dancer, but after a few days I felt stronger. I would do reps until exhaustion, even if the full video wouldn’t fit on Instagram (we only get one minute!) the benefits were worth it! The challenge is currently on Day 26, but people start late and it’s a good reference for when you’re looking to just strengthen your feet. I’m still battling with finding “the shoe” because I purchased another pair of my life changing Stellars, but was only able to get the regular shank, which has seemingly made them a whole different shoe. I may be going back to my Bloch’s or just try to get the light shank, or last resort go back to Boston where I was fitted and see what kind of witchcraft they worked on the previous pair!
Day 1 of #30daypointechallenge with @sashaspiraling @actually_maryjane and @drkfaery1, theraband exercises! These are awesome for strengthening and articulating through the metatarsals for stronger and more beautiful pointe work and well as stronger ankles and calves! My teacher makes us do these before class sometimes on top of a really awesome floor barre! #strength #pointeexercises #theraband
Day 3 of the #30daypointechallenge is #prances! I'm wearing some old shoes that I've recycled the ribbons on and definitely wouldn't wear to class but I figured they'd be perfect for prancing since they're pretty dead and don't make my feet look pretty! Hosted by: @sashaspiraling @actually_maryjane and @drkfaery1 🙆🏻
Day 4 of the #30daypointechallenge is controlled rolling up and and down in 6th position! Definitely a great warm up, and I go back to class tonight, just hoping that not being able to give my job any schedule restrictions isn't going to kill all my classes 😞 this week has been bad enough, I don't think I can do it having to give up the few things I have to look foreword to as well. Kinda thought the music was appropriate as well. @sashaspiraling @drkfaery1 @actually_maryjane
Day 5 of the #30daypointechallenge (take FOUR!) The first time I was out of frame, the next 2 it was blurry, so I used the front facing camera the final time because my feet were crying! The first take I did about double what I did here lol, needless to say I got my strength workout! 😂 @sashaspiraling @drkfaery1 @actually_maryjane
Here's my terrible day 6 of the #30daypointechallenge! I basically have ZERO fifth position which frustrates me to no end because it used to be fairly ok but since I've gained so much weight and all of it goes to my inner thighs I literally can't close fifth without bending my knees. I'm also really tired and cranky from working a 12 hour shift on my feet today so there's that. Time for wine! @sashaspiraling @actually_maryjane @drkfaery1
Day 7 of the #30daypointechallenge is elevés and relevés in first! I did leg day and Pilates today so my legs are toast, and excuse my useless left foot lol 💁🏻 But anyway it's snowing here ❄️❄️❄️ and I was really close to attempting to be cool like I was with my yoga today and take my video in the snow haha….but no. @sashaspiraling @actually_maryjane @drkfaery1
Now here I go to work on my turnout since I clearly have none!