LIFE ON POINTE FINALE Episode 24

Today is the last episode of Life On Pointe.

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have taken the time to watch this series. I want to thank all of you whom I’ve met and my friends and my family for coming up to me and telling me how much you enjoy it and request videos to me. I’m looking forward to bringing Life On Pointe back in September!!! You all have made it so worth it.

Some of you who watch have told me that you have seen the progress from episode one to now, and that means the world to me. I’m so thankful to my teachers for allowing me to bring you on this journey and I’m so happy that you’ve found inspiration from this series.

I love you all so very much and I cannot thank you enough.

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 22

Ugh… guys!!!

I’m kind of irritated that I don’t have my exam results in yet!!! I mean, how long can you make a dancer wait?!

In all seriousness, this week was pretty dang mellow. I went to my normal Monday classes and had a private (finally) with Mr. Pegler. My local teacher and her family ended up getting the flu so I decided to stay home. I did some serious cardio (thanks to my aunt for giving me some tips!) and some barre work in my room.

But seriously… I’m still waiting on my exam results… and I’m getting slightly impatient. *sighs*

I love you guys so much, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 20

Happy TWENTY episodes of Life On Pointe!!!!

Today’s episode showed me doing a ton of fouetté turns. I’m really working hard to get to 32 (nicely and consistently) by the end of 2017. I can do that! Right?

I am also in the process of learning and perfecting the Black Swan variation from Swan Lake. It’s quite a tricky variation with a lot of crazy turns and fancy arms and upper body work. It’s a very regal and elegant variation while still being quite flirtatious and a little bit wicked.

I hope you guys enjoy the episode! Twenty episodes… wow!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 19

Happy Sunday Everyone!

So on Easter Sunday, I ended up banging my head pretty strongly on the stage due to ill-planning of a particular movement I’d done in my special dance. On Monday, I went to class with a headache and I was directed to spin very carefully, or, in other words, don’t do a triple pirouette and be careful if you do a double.

Tuesday morning came and I got hit pretty badly with allergies and also my period (oh, stop it. Y’all know I’m open about this). I felt fine at the beginning of this class, but as the day progressed, I got worst and worst. I went to my second class of the day with Ms. Jana, and I was so lethargic and sick, both myself and Ms. Jana thought it best for me to stay home and rest.

So that’s why this week’s episode contains footage of only one class. I guess one can’t help catching severe allergies or a cold, right?

I hope you all had a great week! I love you all, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 18

Hello Everyone!

This week, I included some footage of a rehearsal with my partner and friend Brandon (who came all the way from LA, so thanks!!!) so you guys could see me do some partnering!

Partnering (or Pas De Deux) is incredibly difficult in some ways and easier in others. I work with him at LABA when we have Pas De Deux class and he’s hands down the best I’ve worked with, so I think it’s safe for me to say that I am very lucky.

I hope you guys enjoy those little moments I included in this episode! I love you guys lots, and I’ll see you all on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Follow Brandon on Instagram: @b_forrest_b

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 17

Hey guys!

So it wasn’t the easiest week when it came to my classes. My mind was so distracted this week and I could not focus. It happens. You have your off weeks. Looking back on the footage, I realized that it always feels worst than it looks, and thank God for that.

Thanks to my amazing teachers for helping me get through it. And thanks to you guys for all the support you are constantly showing me. I’m sorry I couldn’t get a post up on Wednesday! I totally read my calendar wrong and I didn’t want to throw something together last minute and it not be to my standards. Thanks for all the understanding.

I love you guys! I will see you all on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

 

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 16

Sixteen Episodes in!

Wow guys, Life On Pointe has sixteen episodes! I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey we’ve taken on Life On Pointe. I hope you’ve seen progress, gained motivation to put the same amount of time and energy into the things you love, and hopefully, I hope I’ve inspired you in some way!

While we’re waiting to receive the score on my exam (it takes FOREVER!!!), I am going to really work on refining my technique and get consistent in my dancing. In all honesty, my off days look terrible, and they need to be wayyy better than they are now if I have any hopes of becoming a professional. That is what my teachers are helping me to do, and this is what we work on in “open class,” or my Monday classes that you guys don’t get to see.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode! I love you guys, and I’ll see you Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Where I Dreamed No. II

THE SEQUEL: MY ADVANCED II EXAMINATION

****Warning… this is a very long read, so go grab a snack and a drink, get cozy, and please enjoy!

P.S. If you don’t want to read this long post (because I do realize that people do have better things to do), scroll all the way down for the Vlog!

So, I took my Advanced II exam nearly a week ago. Honestly speaking, it was one of the most exciting, disappointing, fun, interesting, and aggravating experiences I’ve had in dance.

Starting from the beginning, I walked in confidently. The examiner was so kind and so sweet, and the pianist who played for me was the pianist I had from my graded exams! (Intermediate Foundation and the levels after are called vocational exams) I love my pianist… she’s one of the nicest, fiercest, determined person I know. Having her there in my exam was an honor and a gift.

Barre was good. I kept it simple and as my teachers advised, I didn’t over-decorate the movements. I added bits of personality when I felt the music speak to me.

Center Work was also very good and quite honestly went better than I expected it to go. I tried interacting with the examiner, inviting her into the world I was imagining. I also included the pianist, and when I made eye contact with her, she would smile back. I have to say that this portion was so much fun and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Pointe Work was when things began to fall to pieces. If you guys watched my Mock Exam Vlog, you would know that the shoes I’ve been wearing for the past three years were discontinued, so I had to switch to a completely different brand and a completely different shoe.

I noticed my struggle at rises. Rises! The easiest exercise in the entire exam was one of my worst struggles. My left shoe would buckle backwards, forcing me from the tips of my toes to the ball of my foot. Keep in mind, this was only on my left foot and my left shoe. Continuing to the next and last barre exercise, I again had a tremendous struggle. I chose to keep my shoulders open, stomach as tight as possible, chin up, and smiled. I straightened my legs as hard as I could, feeling like my calves and hamstrings and quads were about to snap.

After barre, the examiner graciously asked what was wrong with my shoes. I told her what had happened, and she even (so kindly and compassionately, might I add) asked if I had another pair of pointe shoes in my dance bag. Very unfortunately, I did not, but the show must go on.

It was the first enchainment that I realized going onto pointe was even dangerous, as I rolled my ankle on the first echappé. I took a deep breath, and on my right leg which had a shoe still intact, I balanced for long, having to go from pointe on my right foot to demi pointe on my left. I had to show her that I could dance on pointe. I chose to do everything I could, and doing everything on demi pointe was not an option for me.

I knew third enchainment was going to be difficult. As the examiner graciously offered me long breaks, I turned to the back wall and whispered, “should I give up? Should I just concede and do everything on demi pointe? I can’t even turn properly.” I immediately heard “don’t give up.”

I’d like to say the ghost of Mr. Pegler appeared, smiling kindly and seemed to whisper, “It’s in the past.” I took a deep breath and looked up to the uncovered window. I happened to be in the perfect position to see four words: “Always Fight. Never Settle.” I chuckle quietly and decided that I would do everything I could to keep going. Third enchainment I knew was poorly done, as I couldn’t hop on pointe, releve, or fouette.

For the turning sequence, I went from pointe on my right foot to demi pointe on my left foot and continued the turns, and closing my legs together and gripping my muscles as hard as I could, I turned on one foot, giving the illusion that I was doing the correct step.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, it wasn’t the correct step. In fact, I’m not even sure if it’s an existing step.

I played with the music, giving the movements character and making the upper body simple, elegant, and dramatic when necessary. I did my best to be in time with the music, and I included the examiner and pianist in the performance. When the exam was finished, I walked out with confidence.

Walking out of the exam, I surprisingly didn’t feel like ripping off my shoes and throwing them as hard as I could across the studio. I was calm, collected, and although very disappointed, I felt somehow optimistic. Honestly though, I’m on a tipping point— I have a 50/50 chance of failing the exam. And honestly, I’m at peace with that.

I posted this on my private FB the next morning:

“I never do this, but I want to say how proud of myself I am. Yesterday’s exam did not quite go as planned, but something great came of it. I come from a family of fighters. We don’t give up. Yesterday, I realized what it means to be strong. It’s not hiding your feelings or sweeping them under a rug. It’s embracing them and learning that you don’t have to face them on your own. I love how I can whisper the name of Jesus and he will take the burden of frustration and negativity away. Even if I flunk the exam, I know that I’m not a failure, because I believe that I passed with flying colors by not letting the things the went wrong hinder me. I’m incredibly proud of myself. And I want to thank everyone who has been beside me in this process. ❤️”

I want to say thank you to all of you who read and watch my content, for those of you who message me and call me with words of encouragement. I’m so thankful for the support I get from everyone who views my content.

I also want to say thank you to my very patient parents and siblings for being so supportive through this process as well. Thank you to my Mom & Dad for all the driving you did (and still do!) for me, for supporting me and encouraging me and pushing me to become not only a better dancer or performer, but a better person in the process. Thank you to Eric & Jess & Zoey for coming over to watch the little siblings each week and also supporting, encouraging, and pushing me to be who I am destined to be! Thank you also to my mentor for praying for me constantly and for encouraging me to be a better version of myself. I love you family with all my heart.

And of course, special thank you to my teachers Ms. Jana, Ms. Andrea and Mr. Pegler for all the time and effort you have poured into me. I am truly honored to have such amazing people as mentors and inspirations and to constantly learn something from all of you.

Thank you to my friend Renée for constantly telling me to chill out and making me laugh whenever I’m with her. You inspire me so much and I’m so blessed to have you as one of my closest friends. Thanks for looking out for me! I missed sharing a towel with you 😉

And thank you to my LABA family for supporting me as well: the teachers & my friends. I love you all.

I know this was a really long blogpost, so if you’ve read the whole thing, leave me a comment telling me you have, because that would mean a whole ton to me.

Cheers to more adventures, cheers to the future.

Always Fight. Never Settle.

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Click here if you want to see last year’s examination Vlog!

My Last Mock Exam… 02/27/17 A Life On Pointe Special

 

Hey guys!

How in the world have I made it here? That is the question I’ve been asking myself for the past month. I’ve been doing exams since I was nine years old, and I’m almost seventeen. Like… what?!

I’ve grown up. The night before my mock exam, I was looking back on footage from my Intermediate Foundation (a.k.a. years ago) on Facebook and I started crying. I was such a baby then, and now I’m a big girl… chasing hard after a childhood dream.

When I got into the LABA studio, I couldn’t hold back my joy. I was giggling and giddy and I just couldn’t believe that I was about to do this again. I have a lot of good memories in that particular room; from flashbacks of the first time I met Mr. Pegler and Ms. Andrea back in 2014, to past exams with my friend Renee, to late night and sometimes delirious partnering classes, I suddenly felt so overwhelmed with things to be thankful for.

I decided to just let go of all the doubts trying to creep into my head and I danced, feeling each and every movement. I can honestly say that I am proud of the way I performed that morning, even when I had some drama.

(haha, funny story… sort of)

My pointe shoes decided they wanted to die during my fouettes. When my mom went to order a new pair, I found out that my Russian Pointes are being discontinued. I got really frazzled and stressed out, which then effected the rest of my dancing. Once the session was over, we hopped in the car and went to the Dance Store.

Thanks to the lovely Jenny at the Dance Store and Mr. Pegler’s shoe choice, I found a brand new shoe that I love even more. I had my regular classes plus partnering class that night, so I was able to wear them and get a true feel of what dancing in them are like. They’re completely different from what I’m used to, but I love them.

I feel ready. Tomorrow, I’m taking the exam. I’ve never felt more nervous or excited for an exam in my life. I’m coming face to face with the dragon, and I know that I can take it down. Thanks to my teachers and their patience in training me, I know I am ready. Thanks to my friends, I know I am supported. Thanks to my family, I know I am loved.

And thanks to you, I know that I’m ready to kill this thing. I love you all, and thank you for all of the support you have shown to me in the last year. Keep me in your prayers and wish me good luck!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose