Saturday, August 20, 2011

Senior (Finally!)

Well folks, I made it. I am about to start my senior year in the modern dance program. In two short semesters I will have my BFA! As much as I hate Spring Semester, fall is quite fun. Here are a few good and bad things about fall semester 2011.

- My number one favorite thing about senior year in the modern program is that I do not have to take an improvisation class. As much as I know that it has helped me I can't help but still cringe and get a little nervous when I know that I have to improvise.

-If I get too burned out with technique, I can do alternative technique in the Spring. (Jazz! :)). I'm 75% sure I'll do it.

- I'm so excited to see all my dancer friends! Summer is a long time to go without seeing them.

- The least favorite thing (aka worst) is that I know it's only a matter of time before I get sick and stay sick until May. Something about dancing everyday, taking other classes, working, and lack of sleep makes my body hate me.

-Fall is fun in general! Pretty colors, football games, warm weather, haunted houses, and scary movies. (horror films are only okay September - October.)

-I get to choreograph a dance for the spring modern senior show. This is a good and bad thing. I finally can do whatever I want, but I'm scared at the same time.

Here's to an incredible final year! As happy as I will be when I graduate, I know I will miss it like crazy. I'm going to live it up the best I can.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Photoshop Fail

Don't get me wrong, I like make up, I like to do my hair, and i like to look my best. (except I hate curling irons now. Yesterday there was an accidental drop of a hot curling iron on my face. = big maroon slash across my cheek) But when I look at any magazine I absolutely hate what I see. Photoshop is everywhere and creates an unrealistic ideal of what women should look like. It makes me worried for my nieces and possibly my future daughters. The beauty and fashion industry are ruining what real women look like and are creating negative body image.

Confession: I have freckles. When I go out in the sun, even with sunscreen my face and body become freckled. I hated these little brown skin 'blemishes' when I was little, and I just have barely come to grips that I will always have them and that I love them. I'm 22 and have barely come to this conclusion. For the most part this is from my own insecurities, but I bet the the fashion industry did not help with photoshopping plastic looking skin onto the models.

Maybe this whole thing is on my mind because I just finished a research paper about eating disorders and negative body image, specifically in adolescent dancers. But for real!!! Stop photoshopping!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer Favorites

Summer semester ends today, fall semester begins in two weeks. Summer is rapidly coming to a close. Live it up.