Red Nose Day ūüĒī

It's Red Nose Day don't you know !! I noticed a lot of red ballet wear in the studios today. A simple and effective way to show your support for this very special charity. If you haven't donated already here is the link .,,

https://secure.donate.comicrelief.com/?gclid=CJuGv8_b79ICFcQp0wod_wkBlw ūüĒī

NATS

NATS

LIV

LIV

HIKARU

HIKARU

VAL

VAL

LAUREN

LAUREN

ESTELLE

ESTELLE

LETTIE

LETTIE

BEN

BEN

FERNANDO AND DAVID

FERNANDO AND DAVID

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LARA AND NATS

THE ULTIMATE BALLET WEAR FOR TODAY, FROM BALLET MASTER- CHRIS !  

THE ULTIMATE BALLET WEAR FOR TODAY, FROM BALLET MASTER- CHRIS !  

Sleeping Beauty Headdress

 Here's a closer look at the gorgeous headdresses from ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty'. They are pretty, feminine and fabulous ! 

Yuhui - Aurora act 1

Yuhui - Aurora act 1

Yuhui- Aurora Act 2

Yuhui- Aurora Act 2

Tina - Countess  

Tina - Countess  

Yas - Floristan  

Yas - Floristan  

Ro - Red Riding Hood

Ro - Red Riding Hood

Kristen - act 1

Kristen - act 1

Chi - lilac fairy assistant  

Chi - lilac fairy assistant  

Me - Aurora friend  

Me - Aurora friend  

Claire - Lilac Fairy  

Claire - Lilac Fairy  

Julia - Knitting Woman

Julia - Knitting Woman

Camille - Garland lady  

Camille - Garland lady  

Akane - Enchanted Garden Fairy  

Akane - Enchanted Garden Fairy  

Sleeping Beauty Costumes Up Close

 The Sleeping Beauty is one of the big productions in any ballet company's rep. It was the ballet with which the The Royal Ballet reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. I find this incredibly glamourous. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then-Director Monica Mason and Christopher Newton. With the arrival of  Oliver Messel‚Äôs big designs and glittering costumes to the stage. The costumes are intricate and embellished which is much needed for this huge production.

  SLEEVE INSPIRATION...

Also a note on the sleeves of these costumes! Sleeves are huge this season , all over London, Milan and New York Fashion Weeks. The bigger and more flamboyant the better, I love it. You can get some great inspiration for street wear while watching beautiful ballet! 

Take a closer look...

Akane - Aurora  

Akane - Aurora  

Me, Olivia - Carabosse.  

Me, Olivia - Carabosse.  

Julia - Knitting Womam  

Julia - Knitting Womam  

Lettie - Cat

Lettie - Cat

Yasmine - Enchanted Garden Fairy

Yasmine - Enchanted Garden Fairy

Kristen - Queen

Kristen - Queen

Nicol - Wolf

Nicol - Wolf

Helen - Floristan  

Helen - Floristan  

Tom - Catalabutte 

Tom - Catalabutte 

Estelle - Lilac Fairy Assistant  

Estelle - Lilac Fairy Assistant  

Olivia ( me ) - Crystal Fountain Fairy  

Olivia ( me ) - Crystal Fountain Fairy  

Paul - Cat

Paul - Cat

Julia- Mazuka Guest  

Julia- Mazuka Guest  

Tristan - Golidlocks Prince  

Tristan - Golidlocks Prince  

Meg - Bluebird

Meg - Bluebird

Calvin & David - Mazuka Guests

Calvin & David - Mazuka Guests

Me - Duchess

Me - Duchess

Kristen and Al - Queen & King  

Kristen and Al - Queen & King  

Me - Floristan  

Me - Floristan  

Ro - Red Riding Hood  

Ro - Red Riding Hood  

Me - Aurora friend

Me - Aurora friend

Tierney - Beauty

Tierney - Beauty

Camille - Garland Lady

Camille - Garland Lady

Yas - Aurora in Act 3  

Yas - Aurora in Act 3  

I WILL BE ADDING MORE PHOTOS TO THIS BLOG BY THE END OF THE WEEK, SO COME BACK AND SEE MORE GREAT COSTUMES ..and sleeves !!! 

This Weeks Looks

DAY ONE 

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Bodywarmer - www.basilicadancewear.com

Waistband - Made by shoe elastic 

Sandals - From Japan

Shirt -  m.zara.com

 IN ACTION... ¬†physio time

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 DAY TWO 

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Blue Skirt -  Made especially for me by @balletomoko (instagram) 

Hair Scarf - My mums from the 60s 

Lemon Top - www.marksandspencer.com

Pointe Shoes - dancer.com

Tights - dancer.com

 IN ACTION...  practicing 

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DAY THREE

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Tutu - My Own

Leotard -  dancexclusive.co.uk

Legwarmers -  www.balletto.com.

Pointe Shoes -  dancer.com

 IN ACTION... ¬†stage rehearsal 

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DAY FOUR ¬†

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Bottoms -  ellesport.co.uk

Hairband -  m2.hm.com

T Shirt -  www.urbanoutfitters.com

Pointe shoes  - dancer.com

 IN ACTION... ¬†warming up before show

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DAY FIVE 

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Leotard - dancexclusive.co.uk

Bag -  labante.co.uk

Skirt - dancebylina.bigcartel.com

Calf Warmers -  uk.blochworld.com

 IN ACTION...between rehearsals 

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Woolf Works-Costumes up Close

An incredible ballet deserves incredible costumes and these designs are just that! The amazing designs by Moritz Junge, compliment each story perfectly well, given each story its identity. The gold costumes in 'Orlando' ( Woolf Works ll ),  men wearing big Elizabethan dresses, the ladies in their androgynous gold suits, are genius. I don't feel female or male, just a being. It makes you feel like a non-human dancing in space - unachored, unrestricted. Then there is 'The Waves' ( Woolf Works III ), muted, understated with use of fine netting and muslin, perfectly compliments the choreography and music. I particularly love the headdress the corps wear, simple yet effective. 

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Mara as  Mrs Dalloway/Virginia Woolf- Woolf Works I 

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Mayara as Young Sally - Woolf Works I 

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Ryo as Peter - Woolf Works I 

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Yuhui as Rezia - Woolf Works I 

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Yas as Young Clarissa - Woolf Works I 

David - Woolf Works II

David - Woolf Works II

Fernando - Woolf Works II

Fernando - Woolf Works II

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James and Alex - Woolf Works II

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Me - Woolf Works II

David & Yuhui - Woolf Works II

David & Yuhui - Woolf Works II

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Itzi - Woolf Works III

Isabella, Anna, Gina, Hannah, Jackie, Tierney, Lettie, Camille, Meg - Woolf Works III

Isabella, Anna, Gina, Hannah, Jackie, Tierney, Lettie, Camille, Meg - Woolf Works III

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Gem - Woolf Works III

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Blake, George and Jared - Woolf Works III

Dancers Rehab


Unsurprisingly the life of a dancer is very similar to that of an elite athlete - we get injuries! We are constantly pushing our bodies to the extreme, asking more and more each day. There are two major areas of concern in our daily lives as dancers: prevention and rehabilitation. Prevention happens alongside our daily schedule and can be as simple as 30 minutes general Pilates before class or an ice bath after a show.

In reality we tend to exist in an inbetween state where we're dealing with an ongoing 'niggle' that requires physiotherapy, ice and massage - it can be a bit dull so we usually kill two birds with one stone. Like now actually, I'm writing this while icing my calves! Constantly maintaining your body can make you feel really down at times. Especially after a show when all you to want do is go out, and celebrate, but know you need to ice bath if you want to be able to move the next day. It's just another part of a dancers life!

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Ashley having a lower leg ice bath. Great for inflammation and fatigue, really revives the area. 

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I'm having physio with Moira. One of the physios in our team.

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Akane is in the ice boot. This machine not only pumps cold but also has bouts of compression. Again great for inflammation. 

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Nicol is using the Compex machine. It promotes muscle activation. 

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Ben creating his own miniature knee pads for under tights. Stops bleeding when doing a big jump straight to your one knee.

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I'm in the 'Recovery Boots'. The have slight compression with warmth. They revive the legs and leave with you a nice tingly sensation like you just been in a hot bath for 4 hrs.  

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Ryo is killing two birds with one stone here. While using the Recovery boots he is also having some acupuncture on his back.  

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David is using a miniature ice bath for one foot. Incredibly intense but excellent for recovery. 

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Nats in an ice bath. Great for your legs after a hard show like 'Swan Lake', especially if you have another show or two the next day !

New Year Gym Gear.

Here's some inspiration for you to kick start the year not just for fitness but style too !

Eric Jumper-  www.nike.com Tracksuit Bottoms- www.bjornborg.com

Eric

Jumper-  www.nike.com

Tracksuit Bottoms- www.bjornborg.com

Gem Top - www.usapro.co.uk Leggings-  m2.hm.com Trainers -  http://m.nike.com

Gem

Top - www.usapro.co.uk

Leggings-  m2.hm.com

Trainers -  http://m.nike.com

Laura Top-  www.freddy.com Leggings- www.lululemon.co.uk

Laura

Top-  www.freddy.com

Leggings- www.lululemon.co.uk

Me Top and Leggings -www.pepperandmayne.com Tracksuit Bottoms -  m.hm.com Trainers-  www.newbalance.co.uk

Me

Top and Leggings -www.pepperandmayne.com

Tracksuit Bottoms -  m.hm.com

Trainers-  www.newbalance.co.uk

Tristan Top- www.urbanoutfitters.com Cap - www.nike.com Trainers - www.nike.com
Fumi Gillet - www.uniqlo.com Leggings - m.topshop.com

Fumi

Gillet - www.uniqlo.com

Leggings - m.topshop.com

Matt Top-  www.ellesse.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Matt

Top-  www.ellesse.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Julia Leggings-  www.oysho.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Julia

Leggings-  www.oysho.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Matt Top- dancers own Tracksuit bottoms -  m.adidas.co.uk

Matt

Top- dancers own

Tracksuit bottoms -  m.adidas.co.uk

Solomon Top-  m.primark.com Trainers -  m.nike.com

Solomon

Top-  m.primark.com

Trainers -¬† m.nike.com

Sian Zip up -  m.hm.com Leggings - m.hm.com Trainers -  m.nike.com

Sian

Zip up -  m.hm.com

Leggings - m.hm.com

Trainers -  m.nike.com

Lauren Leotard-  www.yumiko.com Shorts - m.primark.com Trainers-  www.asics.com

Lauren

Leotard-  www.yumiko.com

Shorts - m.primark.com

Trainers-  www.asics.com

I'm in Matching Tracksuit - www.bravesoul.es Trainers-  m.zara.com  

I'm in

Matching Tracksuit - www.bravesoul.es

Trainers-  m.zara.com

 

Akane Leotard -www.capezioeurope.com Onesie - www.freddy.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Akane

Leotard -www.capezioeurope.com

Onesie - www.freddy.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Lettie  Shorts-  https://m.topshop.com

Lettie 

Shorts-  https://m.topshop.com