Lauren’s getting ready for our shoot at UCF and Mike is hiding.
Salad, pasta, and ice cream for dinner. Yum.
The photo on the left is of PNB dancer Chelsea Adomaitis warming up before a show. Taken by Lindsay Thomas.
The photo on the right is the grotesque result of photoshop. I have seen this image a few times on facebook, but I only realized how distorted it was when someone pointed out that it was photoshopped. Her foot has been made to look more winged, her body thinner. Her strong shoulders are disproportionate to her now deformed waist.
The original photo is of a strong, talented, slim, healthy dancer. The altered image is a reflection of the constant pressure towards unattainable ”perfection”. This is the first time I have seen proof of a popular photoshopped ballet photo, but I do not doubt that many photos have been “doctored” in the same way. This is not OK.
I used to attend the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. I highly recommend it to people looking to major in modern dance performance or African dance & diaspora, as well as musical theatre. The teachers are amazing, they have physical therapy available to dance majors, the school offers yoga and Pilates and other related classes, the studios are pretty, etc.Comments
Tomorrow is my photo shoot with Lauren, my contortionist friend. Of course, it’s also storming right now, and will continue tomorrow and Saturday. So instead of shooting at area parks, we’ll be heading to Gaylord Palms.
Yeah, I’m excited to get to wander around in a couple of acres of indoor gardens and stuff, just taking cool photos. Don’t worry, you’ll get sneak peeks throughout the day if you tune into Back On Pointe!
Announcing: The Great Sherlock Fitness Challenge!
Maybe you want to get in shape for a massive parkour-style Believe in Sherlock flyering run. Maybe you need to harpoon a dead pig, or you want to be prepared to fight off mysterious strangers with swords in your flat. Maybe you just want to lose 10 pounds in case you ever get to meet Benedict Cumberbatch. If any of those are true, this is the contest for you! It’s fairly simple:
- Sign up for Fitocracy, a great website for geeks who want to get in shape. You level up by collecting points through various types of exercise, and by completing exercise “quests” along the way.
- Join the BBC Sherlock group on Fitocracy, and click the “Join Challenge” button in the left sidebar.
- Between now and June 3rd, get the word out as much as possible through Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, carrier pigeons, and more. Once the challenge starts, no one will be able join it, so we need to make sure as many people as possible hear about it before it starts.
- Between June 3rd and July 1st, exercise! And make sure you log it in Fitocracy. You can get points for everything from taking the stairs instead of the elevator to running a marathon.
- Once the challenge ends on July 1st, prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st place: $50 gift credit to antieuclid’s Random Emporium, the web’s best source for round geek humor, including Sherlock and Cabin Pressure buttons.
- 2nd place: $20 gift credit.
- 3rd place: $10 gift credit.
- Random drawing: Two $10 gift credits will be given to winners selected at random from everyone who participates, so even if you’re not a gym bunny, you still have a chance to win!
So let’s get in gear to make Sherlockians the fittest group in fandom!
[edited to add:] The always awesome Cara McGee has generously offered to supplement the prizes with some of her incredible fandom teas! So you’ll be able to jog your way to a triumphant future of tea and buttons.
[edited to further add:] We’ve got an official challenge Tumblr going, and we’re encouraging people to tag Challenge-related posts with “SherlockFit” to make it easy to keep in touch and cheer each other on.
1. Recognize that there is no-one who is ‘normal’. Love who you are and accept your differences.
2. Don’t think of your differences as inferiorities. They are all part of the package that make you “you”. And the world would be boring if we all were just the same.
3. Refuse to give up on yourself or your dreams. The biggest mistake you could ever make is to not try something in case it goes wrong.
4. Respect your own opinions, your viewpoints and beliefs. If people don’t like then, they can just get over it! Trust your heart and intuition – don’t just listen to others.
5. Don’t be afraid to express, and be, yourself. Develop your own style and your own creative flair.
6. Don’t listen to anyone who puts you down. It’s likely that they’re suffering from low self-esteem – hence they’re trying to feel better by criticising you.
7. Hang out with people who love you just for “you” – and who know that they have failings and hang ups, too.
8. Smile and be happy – you deserve to enjoy life. And remember life’s a journey; it’s not a race.
I do ballet (including some pointe) and modern primarily, but my university had a huge dance program, so I’ve done ballet, modern, jazz (including musical theatre dance), African, salsa, swing, and ballroom dance. I’ve only kept up with modern and ballet, though.Comments blog comments powered by Disqus