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Not So Free January 20, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — theworstat @ 7:02 pm

I know, I know, this is OLDDDDDDDD news.  I’ll have fun with it later, though:
FP ballet ad from 2014

Okay, it’s later…

I’ll start with Free People.  Yes, I enjoy looking at their clothes; they’re sort of Corporate America pSeudo Hippie.  No, I would never buy their clothes — way too expensive.

Was I surprised at their “dancewear line?”  Well yeah…but only because it was just as expensive as the rest of their clothes.  Lovely, but heck…who is going to spend $150.00 on half a t-shirt so they can look all filmy and lovely while sweating their butt off?  5 weeks of adult ballet class costs that much at some studios, for crying out loud, let alone the cost of shoes (good slippers are not cheap these days, let alone pointe shoes if you’re advanced enough to go for those).

But, filmy and lovely and half-a-tee it is.  And to model this stuff in a video, they got half a dancer.  Less than half, in fact.

However lovely she is, and quite in spite of the script reading that she has been dancing since age 3, she appears to have had about one month of beginner ballet lessons.  I’ll allow that it looks like she did fairly well.  But put a girl like that in pointe shoes and she’s going to break her ankle.

So of course, she spends part of this video doing frightening wobbles on pointe shoes.

I’ll leave alone the fact that whoever she is, she can’t properly point her feet (and so is precariously tiptoeing on the bottom end of her pointe-shoe platforms), and if she really dances with that arch in her lower back (and wobble in her torso– no abs!), she’ll be in residence at the chiropractor’s office soon.

But she’s not the issue.  The issue is that Free People chose to present a corporate America fantasy dancer to try to sell their wares to real dancers.  Of course they got laughed out of town.  They may as well have had her floating around on a wire spreading glitter everywhere.  It was ridiculous.

I guess there’s never been any word from Free People about this gaffe.  And they are still selling those outrageously overpriced dance clothes — to whom is a good question.  Maybe to pretend dancers?  Certainly real dancers can’t afford that stuff.

 

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Alive Again January 16, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — theworstat @ 6:31 am

Actually I’m back, with a whole new attitude towards certain dancers.  I’m also hoping to finally get back to taking classes this year.

One of the dancers I intend to talk lots about is Joy Womack.  I admit I was more than a little harsh about her in the past; however, a close relative and friend who I will call “zzz” subscribed to Womack’s YouTube channel and after several months of watching encouraged me to do the same.  I was reluctant, but I did that finally and have come away with a whole new vision of this dancer and her possibilities.

So where have I been all this time?  I lost a parent, a cousin, and a close friend all in rapid succession.  Became estranged from my remaining family after all that.  Bought a house; closed recently.  Moving next week.  And am now just creeping back to life after a tumultuous bunch of years.

I’m also dealing with osteoporosis, arthritis, and a strange hip problem, as well as fibromyalgia.  So my trip back to taking class may in fact be a real TRIP, lol.  But I did find slippers that are really neat — they’re from Bloch and they’re all made of elastic material (I believe the name is Bloch Pro-Elastic), so they make my non-feet look almost like ballet feet.  They’re also comfortable – not like the Sansha’s I used to have that had a lump under the ball of the foot – and they fit me almost perfectly.  Has anyone else used these?  Let me know what you think.