Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Leeds Fest!

Oh dear, I don't know how I'm going to last a day! I am excited beyond belief about Leeds Festival this year as it's my first time going to a music festival and some of my FAVOURITE bands will be playing; The Maccabees, GUNS N ROSES!, Queens of the Stone Age, Dizzee Rascal, Enter Shikari, New Young Pony Club, Klaxons and the ALMIGHTY Blink 182.
I've seen The Maccabees twice before and they were absolutely incredible. For my and my friends they were our first gig and we got completely smushed by everybody going mental to their music. Dizzee Rascal I have never seen and I can predict that he will be amazing to watch as I've seen him on the telly at other festivals :) I'm in a bit of a dilemma as what to take to eat, so far I've figured I'll take cereal bars, crisps and biscuits..so I'm thinking I'll need something a bit healthier too haha! Any suggestions? If any of you have any useful festival tips, please please share them because I really could do with a few pointers! Also, share your festival experiences, have you been to any this year?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

I love finding old photographs :)

Hannah, Laura and Me. Just found this one, taken 3 years ago in the dance studio changing rooms at school, everybody loves a good leotard! As Clarice Bean would say, 'I do balancing and smiling in tights.'

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Christopher Bruce's Hush

I'm very excited because in A level dance at the moment, each of us are doing a 'performance piece', in which we take a piece of repetoire and make it our own. I've been assigned this dance from Christopher Bruce's 'Hush', which is all about circus folks! I've started learning it and making it into a solo with my teacher and it's so fun and quirky to perform :) Another work we're studying in Christopher Bruce's 'Rooster' which uses Rolling Stones songs as the soundtrack - how cool is that!? My friend Hannah is doing the 'Ruby Tuesday' dance, Danielle is 'Paint it Black' and Sabrina is 'Little Red Rooster'. They're all so fun to watch and Christopher Bruce is becoming one of my favourite choreographers. Luckily we're going to watch 'Hush' later on this year so I'll get a grasp of the character I'm portraying in my piece :) Who are your favourite choreographers and which works have you seen? Comment away! Peace x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Achey achey achey!

Just had a lovely ballet class for the end of term, a break from the usual ISTD exam work and lots of unset excersises. We did a variation on an extract from La Bayadere which was pretty fast and furious, I have utter respect for anyone who could have done it on pointe because I certainly wouldn't be able to! Yesterday was the auditions for the 2010/2011 Ludus Youth Dance Company and we did some pretty cool lifts, but as I'm usually being lifted I found being the lifter quite hard, even though my partner was tiny haha! My shoulders are aching like mad but it's a satisfying feeling from working hard:)

Friday, 9 July 2010


I'm really happy at the moment as in my Performance Studies a level classes we're studying post-modern practitioners, meaning that I get to study Ludovici Einaudi! He is one of my all-time favourite composers, his music is so beautiful and haunting. I went to watch him at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester for his Nightbook tour and it was completely entrancing! Luckily me and my two friends managed to get to the front of the queue after the show and got to meet him! The Snow Prelude 2, Nightbook,  Diveneire and I Giorni are my favourite pieces at the moment :) I reccommend his music to piano players like me as it is so fun to play. Here are some pictures of the night, we even met his band!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Dancing in Dublin

Just got back from an amazing trip to Dublin with Ludus Youth Dance Company. We've performed a really cool contemporary piece about the economy and the government and how it controls our lives, as if we are puppets. We're coming to the end of our year as a company before we have to re-audition next year, and our last project is the U:Dance Festival in Birmingham! We're performing an amazing piece called GAMER, based around retro arcade games. I've uploaded a video so have a watch! These photos are shots of our company members, courtesy of Josh, also a member :)