Negative Pull Ups

Ah ha!  So that’s how you do it….

See….I can’t even hold myself on the bar there so…it’s impossible to do a pull up.  Now I know what I’m doing tomorrow!

Found this vid on another great aerial blog here.


Lots of Classes Yesterday

Yesterday I took aerial cerceau at Hollywood Aerial Arts.  All the people who take there are performing this week at the LA County fair actually, if anyone is interested.  I wanna go watch but I gotta for the rest o’ the week. But go check it out if you can!  I think they’re doing trapeze, some aerial hoop and silks.  Looks very cool in pics I saw!

Class was awesome.  We worked on a routine, straddlebacks, birds nest, angel, ankle hangs, and heel hangs.  Ugh!  They are so hard!  I had never tried a heel hang before.  If you don’t know, it looks like this at 2:24:

I couldn’t find a good picture!  The girl isn’t great but she does a heel hang!  I sure can’t do it yet!

We did some conditioning after class but I am still so weak it’s hard to do anything.  That’s why I like long routines because you think you are just dancing, but it is so good for the muscles.  I’ve been trying to do situps and push ups everyday, but I’m not where I want to be!  I know it takes lots of time to build muscle but I wanna be good NOW!! :p

Finally, at night I took a tissu class at Hidden Talents.  Heres a vid of me!

Magician Costume Ideas

Sooo I recently joined a dance group…let’s just call it that for now… But we are doing a Halloween show on October 29th at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood.  Our dance is to “I’ll Put a Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins so we are going to be magicians!  I wanted to put together kind of an idea of what our costumes might be. Ta da!  Also, you could be a magician for Halloween!!  What are you going to be?!

Cirque du Soleil – Iris

Sunday I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Iris” with my aunt and uncle at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.  This new show has a permanent home at the Kodak until December.  OMG…the show was AMAZING!!!!!  Cirque is always phenomenal…but I LOVED it!!  They mix vintage circus looks like leather corsets and garter belts with cinema and Hollywood.  All my favorite things!  The set is gorgeous and everything moves because of the video screens.  I can’t say enough good things about it, just go see it!  The aerialists are amazing and the comedy bits are very funny.  I am planning on going at least 5 more times…ahahahha. I auditioned for this show and made one cut for dance! hehe.  I’m very proud of that.  Go see it!

A Night at the Moulin Rouge

Saturday night Michael and I attended “A Night at the Moulin Rouge” at the Hollywood Bowl with tickets I won courtesy of!  The show was great, especially the can-can dancers.  The first half of the show was great music by famous french composers and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”  The second half a group called Paris Combo performed and their lead singer was a funny french girl.  FINALLY during the last number the Moulin Rouge can-can dancers came on and they were amazing.  The audience loved it.  The fireworks finale was very exciting as well!! I was really excited to go to the Hollywood Bowl because I had never been before, but the shuttle was awful and it was super cold out with my 100 layers and a blanket.  I dunno if I’ll go back.  I definitely would LOVE to go to Paris and see the show at the Moulin Rouge though.  I think it would be phenomenal!  Needless to say, I loved the dancing way more than watching the orchestra, but that’s to be expected being a dancer I suppose! :p

Aerial Hoop

I know I havn’t been posting any outfits lately!! But I’ve been really busy taking lots of classes.  Mondays: I’m taking ballet, Tuesdays: 2 hours of Hoop and 1 hour of Tissu.  Today in hoop we worked on spinning, meat hooks, back hangs, one leg knee hangs, and feet hangs.  I did things OK, but I still need lots of strength.  The meat hook is the hardest move in my opinion, but foot hangs are the scariest!  I’ve watched lots of videos with foot hangs but damn once its your turn to go, it’s scary!!! All your weight is being held on a moving hoop with the tops of your ankles….OW!  Hopefully I’ll get that one next week….  All in all, great day, but still frustrating I’m so weak.  Luckily Michael has typed up a workout for me that I need to do every day consisting of push ups and sit ups.  Oiga boiga it is hard!! But I am determined to master this aerial hoop!!!

This is an awesome Cirque video from Varekai that I saw live years and years ago. She does 2 meat hooks within the first minute and a foot hang shortly after that!