Life On Pointe | Sung Eun Rose

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”                                           – Martha Graham

I was inspired to create this LIFE ON POINTE series to inspire & show people how many hours and how much hard work is put into this art. What I’ll be showing is the week’s work and over time, you’ll begin to see improvement.

Since I am in the process of learning the Royal Academy of Dance’s Advanced II Syllabus, you’ll probably see a lot of repetition. To keep your interests perked, each week there will be a full new exercise, and you’ll get to also see some snippets of my own pieces of choreography.

This week was an okay week. I was feeling pretty sick and nauseous, as a result of wonderful womanhood and also being in so much pain from having braces, causing me to eat barely anything. Despite all of this, I still had one of the best weeks since American Ballet Theatre.

We have a lot to cover in the next three months. Thanks to my brilliant teacher and my hard work (I’m not bragging, it’s just reality), I have learned almost half of my exam work. Due to my teacher’s baby being due in the beginning of January, I have to learn all of the work by December, hopefully before then.

I’ve been learning most of the work in pointe shoes even though most of the work will be performed in demi-pointe shoes, otherwise known as flat shoes. This helps with strength, with the theory that if I am able to do the steps in pointe shoes, I should be able to do them in my demi-pointe shoes. It makes the work so much harder, but I like a good challenge.

When it comes to the variation, I am pretty much in love with it. It’s totally my style, it’s light and fairy-like, and it reminds me of when I dance at church on Sundays: freeing and beautiful and light. The music is pretty much impossible to count, so this is one of those rare times I get to feel when the movement happens.

Since the year started, I have been working incredibly hard, and I will continue to work as hard as I possibly can. I hope you enjoy my new series, and I’m so excited to share this journey with you all!

XOXO

Sung Eun Rose

P.S. There’s one week left before my deadline to get 700 followers! With your help, I’ve reach 350. Thank you so much for the support. I need 350 more, so please, continue to share my posts with your friends and family, and follow my instagram, @sungeunrose xoxo!!

I need your help…

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Give the girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.         -Marilyn Monroe

Hey guys!  Today, I wanted to share with you something that I need your help with. I get asked all the time by friends of mine and friends of my family on how they can support my dance career non-financially. For a while, that was difficult to answer because the truth is, dance is not cheap. From pointe shoes to tuition to private lessons to dance wear and more, people can spend up to thousands of dollars a month. Yes, a month. However, I found a great way for you all to help me out.

RUSSIAN POINTE AMBASSADOR 

Every year, a dancer can spend up to anywhere between 1-3,000+ dollars a year on pointe shoes, depending on how strong and flexible your feet are, and how often you dance. This is on top of how much we spend on tuition, dance wear, and other fees. As I said, dance is expensive.

Most pointe shoe  and dance wear companies & manufacturers sponsor and support dancers by giving them a position as an ambassador. The job of the ambassador is to promote the company’s merchandise (leotards, tights, shoes, etc.) and in return (depending on the company), they get free merchandise for a certain amount of time.

WHY I LOVE RUSSIAN POINTE

Since January, I went back and forth between Grishko and Russian Pointe. One of my teachers didn’t like the Grishko brand on my feet. So I decided to continue with Russian Pointe. I found that they are extremely comfortable and fit very well. My foot size is a bit awkward, but Russian Pointe is amazing. Not to mention they are much harder shoes and last much longer. They make my feet look beautiful and I am in love with the brand.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

It’s extremely simple. Go to your Instagram app and follow my account, @sungeunrose. Then share with your friends and family! Please follow my Facebook page, Sung Eun Rose (facebook.com/sungeunroseblog) and share my articles and my YouTube videos, subscribe to my blog and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbXHOE3-spCFkCtkdOPR6g), & share my photos and videos on Instagram! And if I get up to 700+ followers by October 1st, I will be qualified to apply for a position as a Russian Pointe Ambassador. Your subscriptions will help me earn a sponsorship of sorts, which will help me out in my career as a dancer.

Thanks guys for being interested in my life. You guys are the best. Special thanks to my family and friends for helping me out. I have the best support system in the world, so, thank you.

Sincerely,

Sung Eun Rose

Tips For Relaxation

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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.”

Anne Lamott

 

Rest is one of the most important things in life. Often times, I find myself feeling totally drained and exhausted. I dance about 14 hours a week on average, and during show seasons, I dance about 7+ hours extra. Exhaustion can weigh you down and make you feel just plain horrible. Here are some tips I came up with to help care for your body, give you some energy,  and help you relax.

 

Tip No. 1: Light Exercise Outdoors

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Believe it or not, exercise actually helps with energy. I personally prefer going outside my house to exercise. The fresh air helps clear my mind and gives me a sense of peace. I go on walks around my neighborhood while listening to some instrumental calming music. Another great type of relaxing exercise is  yoga and pilates.

 

Tip No. 2: Infused Water

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Staying hydrated is one of the hardest things for me to do. Possibly the reason why you feel so weak is because you’re not getting enough water. Drinking a cold glass of morning after you wake up can help make you surprisingly feel energized. Try this before reaching for your morning cup of coffee. I personally don’t like water, so I infuse my water with fruits, and if I’m feeling extra tired, I’ll put a tablespoon of chia seeds in my water.

P.S. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coffee. However, it is incredibly dehydrating. For every one cup of coffee you drink, you have to drink an extra eight glasses of water.

 

Tip No. 3: Pamper Yourself

 

Taking baths really can help you relax and feel great. I’ll admit that I don’t do it every night, but I should. Lush has amazing bath fizzes and bath bombs, but you can also make them yourself, and they’re super easy (See Pinterest for ideas & recipes). Also, taking a bath Pink Himalayan Sea Salt helps take away soreness, detoxes your body of toxins, and helps relax your body. I also use Young Living Essential Oils in my baths. However, some oils are quite hot, mostly the minty oils, so be careful when choosing minty oils. E.g. I use 2 drops of Wintergreen maximum and 2 drops of Pan Away maximum, since I am mixing two minty oils.

 

Tip No. 4: Try Teas

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Before reaching for your morning cup of coffee, try drinking some black tea of choice. It is tons less dehydrating than coffee. For me, I love black tea because it gives me energy without making me hyper. For relaxing teas, I recommend peppermint tea and chamomile tea. I personally don’t drink peppermint tea since I am incredibly picky with them, but I love chamomile so much. It makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy inside, especially on Autumn days.

Tip No. 5: Read a Book!

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I feel like these days, we are always staring at our phones and computers (me included). Sometimes all I need is to turn my phone on silent, sit in the quiet of the house (my room) and read a book. My current favorites are “Waiting For You” by Susane Colastani, “The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and a new favorite, “The Season” by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer.

P.S. If you have any other book suggestions, please tell me in the comments below!!!

 

Tip No. 6: Coloring

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Oddly enough, I have been so into coloring lately. It has been so therapeutic in my busy life. Lately, I’ve seen so many amazing “adult” coloring books. I’ve done a few,  working on them slowly about once a day for fifteen minutes. It’s a great way to unwind, and when the book is full, I am definitely going and buying another one.

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