Category Archives: Video Updates

Happy National Dance Day from the city that lets me run out in the middle of the street every summer and doesn't let a taxi hit me
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Annika’s Update: My Summer in NYC Ellison Ballet

My second summer attending the Ellison Ballet Summer Intensive in New York City was just as amazing, but in different ways. Last year it was all new and exciting. This year it was exciting, but I felt I had a much deeper experience. Maybe it’s just that I’m looking at things a whole lot differently…

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Annika’s Update: Ready for Fall

After a long long summer of dancing in the beautiful city of New York City, I am ready for the new school year and the fall season. I took a month off of dancing at the end of summer before school started so my body is definitely out of shape! I’m working on it though!…

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Annika’s Update: Squeezing the last drops out of summer

What a summer it’s been! School’s starting everywhere but I’m still in summer mode for a little bit longer! Here’s a little update about what I’ve done on my last couple weeks of summer and a peek at what’s to come…. Love, Annika XOXO PS. Make sure to subscribe to my email updates. I’m working on…

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Annika’s Updates: My Summer in New York City

  Wow! What a summer this has been! I had the best time in New York City at the Ellison Ballet Summer Intensive. Here’s all my video updates that give you a peek into my experience. Hope you enjoy! Love, Annika XOXO PS. Make sure to subscribe to my email updates. I’m working on new…

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Coppelia Lookback: My first lead role in a ballet

My mom is always documenting our family. One way or another, she’ll get us on camera. And if there is ever a first, you can bet she’s going to want a piece of it. Before I left for NYC and after my performance as Swanhilda in Coppelia, my mom sat me down and asked me…

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Harassed By The Cops For Playing My Violin

This last month has been a pretty crazy time for me. Not only with ballet, as in Crazy Good, but with my violin playing, as in Crazy. Just Crazy. As you may know, I’m also a violinist and I play on the street corner in my hometown to help pay for my summer ballet intensives. For the…

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Audition Tips

7 Ballet Audition Tips

1. Arrive early as you can. About an hour before so you can be vary warm and just in cace something goes wrong you’ll be on time 2. Clean your bag for a clean head. Keep the essentials Because you are going to have to quickly have to change in to pointe shoes. And with…

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Stretching After Ballet Class

I have had a fun time in jazz class with a bunch of exercises so I thought I’d share them with you. These stretches will get you down into a split within a couple of days. It will also help your leaps and front jumps. You will finally be able to touch your toes! These…

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My Yoga Warmup Before Ballet

Ballet is dancing with every part of your body. That means you have to warm up your body before class starts. Some people warm up right before class, at the studio. Some professionals take a yoga class right before ballet class. So, I decided I would just pull out my yoga mat and do some…

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My Weekend With The Kick Cup

My tae kwon do school recently won the Kick Cup. The Kick Cup Challenge is an annual competition between our school and our sister school in another nearby town. Our school won the trophy back this year by scoring the most points in a tournament last spring. Since then Master Wayne thought it would be…

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