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Not being afraid to be who you are - Writing Wednesday

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Recently, I went to the Cambridge Open Studios and visited a house that I've driven past a lot of times but have never actually been in before. It's called the Wooden House and there's a big yellow tower that you can see emerging from the trees. At first, I thought it was a house full of crazy people because it was quite an out-there place. However, when we parked up and began walking up the garden path, we were welcomed by a overpowering view of colour and art. 

Everything that was made had reused parts to it. There was a fish outside made out of scrap metal and inside it, it had old harmonicas so that when there was a strong wind, the fish would make music. Inside, we were met with a lady who made a living by selling her beautiful homemade crockery. She showed us how to put coloured pieces of transfer paper onto plates and fire them in a kiln to produce a beautiful art-deco style. Whilst she was talking, I couldn't…

Strictly the Professionals - Dance Saturday

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Strictly starts today and I just wanted to talk about some of the amazing professional dancers that made the show possible. A week ago, Strictly the Professionals aired on the BBC and it talked about how each dancer got to where they are today. They showed video clips from when they were young competition dancers. Janet sent a video clip of her dancing, to a stage school, to pay for her lessons in dance. AJ began dancing at his parent's ballroom dance school. Karen went to a contemporary dance school in New York, before specialising in ballroom and Latin. Kevin and Joanne Clifton, started dancing at their parent's ballroom dance school, as well. What I found really interesting was that when Kevin auditioned for Strictly, his partner at the time Karen, got in but Kevin did not. He said it was due to his Gothic look at the time. Haha😂. However, he got other small jobs on Strictly, before eventually becoming a pro-dancer. For…

Representation and sheep - Writing Wednesday

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I've just been thinking about this recently, as I've noticed it's something that a lot of people do. In school and in the outside world, we're constantly told about representation. We're constantly told about being a role model to others and being an inspiration to those who do not yet believe in themselves. Personally, I think that's brilliant because it makes people stand up and take responsibility for those who don't have a voice. However, I do think that it can go too far because at the end of the day, we're all going to be different and one person does not speak for all. Just like a king or queen that used to make decisions on the behalf of everybody without even consulting them. They did not speak for all, like a feminist doesn't speak on behalf of all women. It's also fair enough, if you as the listener, have educated yourself on why you choose to follow a leader's values. If you h…

Are you a morning person or a night owl? - Lifestyle Monday

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Just thought I'd answer a fun,random question. Am I a morning person or a night owl? Sometimes, I think that I'm a morning person because the night before a school day, I can be motivated and raring to get the next day started. However, when I get up the next day, it can be a very different story. 😂😂 Especially on a Monday morning, I often wake up to the sound of my alarm, and I will still think that its the weekend. However on other days, the night before, I would be not very motivated or excited to begin the next day but when I wake up in the morning the next day, I think differently. Most of the time, it can vary. Although, in terms of what time I work best at, it will probably be the morning. My sister, when she was doing her GCSEs, she would often do most of her revision when I was going to bed because that's the part of the day where she had the most amount of time and when she worked best at. However for me, li…

Dance diary 2019 (no.1) - Dance Saturday

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We're beginning to plan out what we're doing in dance at school. Firstly, the end of year show is going to be based on A Chorus Line, the audition segment. We're hoping to do a jazz section, a street dance section, and a ballet section. We're currently beginning the jazz section with the whole class. We watched a clip from the film, A Chorus Line, and decided to work on a particular section. It was very quick and fast as it consisted of of many kicks, taps, and transitions of weight. However, it was only the beginning of the routine so we have to get used to many more fast sequences of movement in the future. Some of will also be selected to do the ballet section which is going to be a lot more technical than the others. If I get offered to do this, I will give it a go, as I think that it would be a good exercise of technique and it is also good to get in involved in something extra. I also hope to be involved in th…

Endurance - Writing Wednesday

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It's difficult to know where to begin with this post. In life, there are always going to be challenges and most of the time, they're not going to be necessarily easy to deal with. You'll want to achieve a lot in life, but you'll always find a counteracting force, that is always not on your side. You'll try and view life as a big empty canvas, where you can paint your vision of the future, but that vision can be blocked by a clouding of uncertainty because that counteracting force is always going to be there. When you stumble on a bad day, you try and make it a good day, but the very thought of that day beginning as bad can lead you into thinking that the whole day is going to be bad. It's very easy to believe that with ambition, you'll get anywhere in life, but that's not always the case. In my opinion, I believe that everyone has ambition. Even the people who are stuck on what to do and are drifting…

What inspires me - 1 Year To Get To College (post 2) - Lifestyle Monday

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Recently, I started year 11 and as I'm sure many of you will all know, it's the final year of secondary school in the UK. So far, the stress hasn't been that bad because I've managed to keep on top of things and its only been 4 days. However, exams are approaching in November and I've already begun my revision to ensure that I keep information fresh in my mind, ready for the mocks. Not going to lie, that's going to need to require some will power and strength because doing a load of revision well and properly, is one thing but being able to continue doing it everyday, is a completely different story. 

Consequently, I've tried to think of something that inspires me and motivates me to keep going and keep up the consistent revision process. Now, I've read countless books on history and famous influential people like Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank, as well as watching insanely good films, like Invictus …

What becoming a performer really entails - Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Madonna - Dance Saturday

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There are many places that the performing arts industry can take you. Whilst the dance department plays a heavy part in becoming someone to be remembered, there are many other things that can make up becoming a performer. A triple fret artist is someone who does singing, dancing, and acting. This makes up a big part of a performer's career. Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Madonna can all be considered triple fret artists because they can do all these things. However, one minority section that is always forgotten about is, what are triple fret artists remembered for? The major transition, but one that is always forgotten about, between a triple fret artist and a performer is the persona a performer is remembered for. A triple fret artist can be just a versatile dancer that has the capacity to do acting and singing to take their dancing career to the next level by being in dance films or musicals. Equally, a triple fret a…