LIFE ON POINTE | Episode Eight | Season Two

Happy Monday guys! I hope you enjoy today’s episode. I am currently not feeling the best… my shoulder is so sore and achy from throwing it out a week ago, but my hip tendonitis hasn’t been acting up at all this past week, so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I don’t have any issues this week as well!

xoxo Sung

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LIFE ON POINTE | Season 2 | Episode Seven

This week had a bit of everything: exam work, improvisation, and sugarplum. I hope you all enjoy!

xx Sung

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LIFE ON POINTE | Season 2 | Episode 6

This week’s episode has a lot from YAGP coaching with my teacher. I’m doing Aurora’s Wedding Pas De Deux Variation from Act III and I am so excited. There will be updates of costumes, dates, and more coming soon!

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LIFE ON POINTE Episode 5 | Season Two

Hello Everyone! This week, I was supposed to have a private coaching session with Mr. Pegler, but he had an emergency. We’d already driven down to LA for the coaching when he’d called, so one of my teachers worked it out for me to work with a different teacher. Thank you to the lovely teacher who coached me for the variation I’m learning! Thanks for watching guys!

xx Sung 

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LIFE ON POINTE Episode Four | Season 2

Hey guys!

This week was my first week working with a new teacher privately. It was so good! I learned a lot, my mind was almost refreshed a bit, and I gained muscles I didn’t even know I had. It was all around a really good day!

I also learned a brand new possible variation for YAGP!!! I’m actually really excited and I really did fell in love with the variation. Updates on that coming soon.

Thank you so much for watching! Love you all!

xx Sung

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LIFE ON POINTE | Season 2 | Episode Three

Hey guys! This week was my first week back in full force! Monday I had an amazing class and partnered up with one of my favorites for pas de deux. I did wake up the next morning with bruises on my ribs, back, and a couple on my thighs from doing crazy lifts. I had my first private coaching session with Mr. Pegler of the new 2017-2018 season, and I was extremely sore after. I went straight to my next class with Ms. Jana and moving helped me feel less sore, but the next day, I could feel the lactic acid just sitting on my muscles. It was so painful, I had to take an ice bath to numb the pain. Of course, I made sure I took proper care of myself.

Thursday wasn’t my best day. With all the soreness and a bit of a stressful day, my head wasn’t exactly in the best headspace and my body just didn’t want to do anything. I did better than what I’d felt that day, if that makes any sense.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode! I love you guys and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

xoxo Sung Eun Rose

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LIFE ON POINTE | Episode 2 | Season 2

Hey guys! As you guys know, there was no Life On Pointe episode last week due to my being sick for two weeks, and also, Labor Day. For not dancing for two weeks, I feel like I did pretty well this week. However on Thursday, I told my teacher that I didn’t remember the last time pointe shoes felt that painful. It was difficult, but I did it. Sometimes you gotta just push through it!

xx Sung

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 3 | Summer Edition

Partner: Gabe Salazar 

Hey Everyone! I cannot believe we are 3/4’s done with this intensive! In some ways, it has flown by, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been hard and long days.

This week, we had a mix of yoga, cardio, and pilates all in the early morning as our warm up, and I have to say as I’ve done this every day for three weeks, it’s gotten so much easier. It’s still hard, but it isn’t as painful, the soreness isn’t as prominent, and I actually feel stronger when I do it.

For ballet classes this week, I did have a day where I sat out. I was having incredibly sharp pains in my stomach and every step I took was so painful. I did do a bit of contemporary that day, but it still was prominently painful. I did learn a lot by sitting and watching, but when I did dance, I learned that I use way too much energy in certain movements that don’t require as much force or energy. It helped me dance from a place of relaxation rather than horrible tenseness in every muscle, and I wasn’t as tired at the end of class.

We had character for two days, and to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. I found myself a bit bored, although I did do the movements which our teacher said was nice.

We had contemporary for the rest of the week, and it was amazing. The teacher had us improv the entire class, and then she gave us tasks to use in our improv. We had to create letters using our bodies, and we came up with some pretty cool stuff. We got paired up for “duets” that were not meant to go together, but there was one particular couple that was so amazing, I actually cried watching it. It was so beautiful, so moving, and somehow so in sync with each other; keep in mind that they’d never seen each other’s pieces as well. UGH!!! I actually have chills thinking about it.

Pas De Deux on Friday was really hard! Our teacher was different, and his combinations were so much harder. At the end, he told us we were going to do a flying fish from the ground. I wasn’t able to capture the full thing, but I started on the ground, and my partner’s job was to pull me up and “throw me,” all while I jumped. I would be in the air for a split second before he’d catch me, and he did, which, we were both impressed that we nailed it. It was terrifying at first, but once we got the coordination, made the eye contact, and rode the same wavelength, we nailed it four more times.

We had four variation classes as well, and we learned the Tchaikovsky Variation from the Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, which is my favorite variation of all time. We also learned the Sylvia Variation, which is all relevés and hops on pointe, which was actually really painful. My toes were so numb after that variation, it hurt more that when my feet were in the shoes.

This week overall was a fun week, and I hope you enjoyed watching this episode! I love you all, and I’ll see you next week for the Summer Finale!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Los Angeles Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Update: Week 2

Featuring: Gabriel Ramirez (a.k.a. partner #7)

Hey Guys! So, my level and I survived week 2! We had eleven (in total) this week in our (red) level, and it was really awesome.

We had several toning and strengthening classes this week, such as pilates, yoga, cardio (which was supposed to be belly dancing [so glad we didn’t], but she got sick), and injury prevention. I think that one was my favorite. We learned techniques on how to help relieve the tenseness in our muscles and joints and also how to help each other properly release tension and tightness.

Each morning ballet class, our teachers rode our tails, which is what they’re supposed to do of course, but you feel it a lot more when there are less people. We had several different teachers, and for pointe it was the same. Some days I had the satisfaction of nailing triple pirouettes on pointe, and some days I fell over. It happens!

For Pas De Deux (partnering), it was very difficult, at least for me. I partnered one of the days with my master teacher, and discovered my weaknesses. The other times I partnered with two other partners/friends of mine, and some of the exercises were good, and some of them were terrible. It’s all a learning experience, and as long as you learn something, that’s what’s important.

Three of the five days we had Flamenco, which was actually very difficult. I have great respect now for flamenco dancers and their ability to coordinate and perform with such precision and clarity. The other two days we had contemporary, which was actually really fun. Our teacher made up a really cool combo and I loved performing it about thirteen times (in total).

This week overall was really good. For whatever reason, I was mentally and physically exhausted and drained, feeling really sleepy pretty much every day. But, I’m happy to be home for a day and a half to get some true rest and rejuvenation.

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose