Category: 84 Ribbons

Day 26 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Story Secret 0

Day 26 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Story Secret

Authors begin their storytelling with some familiar point of reference. In 84 Ribbons I started with a young dancer (me), in my hometown (Bremerton, WA), in the late 1950s (a few years prior to my years dancing). From there I let my imagination wander: What if I’d become a professional dancer? What would an audition feel like? What might happen to me that I could embellish? What would I not want to happen to me that would make the story interesting for others? Since I use a web to organize my thoughts, the first paper became a tangle of ideas....

Day 25 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet History 0

Day 25 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet History

Early ballet influences today and future ballet Since the early dancers were amateurs in Louis XIV’s court, the style evolved from social court dances such as the gavotte, minuet and sarabande. Once ballet academies or schools came into existence, techniques were invented to standardize movements, the five feet positions, precise warm-ups, pointe shoes, leg turnout and leg extensions. Various training methods developed over time and across different countries, but the early techniques are still used today, three hundred and fifty years later. Students learn the basic terminology for movements and begin with a series of warn-ups at the barre. Next...

Day 24 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : Trivia Answers 0

Day 24 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons : Trivia Answers

Here are the ballet definitions for yesterday’s ballet trivia of French terms: 1. adagio – a slow dance movement 2.  divertissement – a short dance that is not an integral part of a long work: one of the character dances in the Nutcracker or Coppelia. 3.  jete’ – a jump in the air where the dancer (1) brushes  a foot out and changes weight to the extended leg or (2) jumps into the air, opening the legs wide before landing 4.  port de bras – the prescribed positions of the arms while executing the basic five positions of the feet...

Day 23 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet Trivia 0

Day 23 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet Trivia

The universal language of ballet dates back over 350 years. What do these French terms mean in ballet? 1. adagio 2. divertissement 3.  jete’ 4.  port de bras 5.  demi-plie 6. derriere  

Day 22 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Your Comments 0

Day 22 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Your Comments

Writers write because we have stories we cannot bear to forget. It’s a long, sometimes grueling process we willing take in pursuit of a story. Once it is completed we begin the long worry: will any one want to read it? what will they think of the story? will they be amused enough to read from page one until the end? We’re kind of neurotic, I guess. But we love feedback; that’s how we know what works and what doesn’t. So here goes. I’d appreciate your feedback on my debut novel, 84Ribbons, as well as feedback on these 84 days...

Day 21 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Scents 0

Day 21 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Scents

Writers are called upon to use all of their senses when describing characters and places in their stories. Smell is often overlooked but creates wonderful, lasting images. When my heroine in 84 Ribbons, Marta Selbryth, moves away from her hometown of Bremerton, Washington, smells keep her connected to her family home and her mother. Marta and her mom both loved to bake. So did my mom and so do I (when I take the time away from writing and marketing and I’m in need of comfort food). I used my personal experiences to give Marta scents that connect her to...

Day 20 0f 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet History Lesson 0

Day 20 0f 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Ballet History Lesson

The Renaissance The royal courts of Europe were in love with entertainment. You can attribute ballet’s move to France from Italy’s Catherine de Medici’s marriage to Henry II of France (1530s). Louis XIV, an avid dancer, opened the  first French ballet school in 1661 for men only. No women allowed. Ballet shared too much of a female’s body. But by 1681 women were allowed to dance IF they wore full length gowns. Although ballet began in the Italian Renaissance and moved into Russia as well, French became the basis for classical ballet positions, steps and standards. The terms remain based...

Day 19 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Reminders 0

Day 19 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Reminders

If you missed any of the 84 Days of 84 Ribbons, check back in my blogs. They are saved on my website: www.paddyeger.com You may read and comment on any that catch you interest. It’s my goal to share information about ballet, dancers, music and trivia as background for my debut novel, 84 Ribbons. You are also invited to sign up for the chance to win a tutu party for up to 8 children or adults. All the materials are provided as well as a Skype or an in-person time with me. I’ll guide you through the steps to start making...

Day 18 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Dancers’ Diets 0

Day 18 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Dancers’ Diets

In the late 1950’s, the period of Marta’s story in 84 Ribbons,  dancers were on their own for everything that took place outside their rehearsals. That include their diet. It was simple: don’t gain or lose weight because the costume mistress didn’t want to adjust costumes. Many young women took weight issues to the extreme, eating only one meal a day, taking diet pills, smoking or using drugs to curb their appetite or whatever means they thought of to control their weight. They worked hard not necessarily smart to maintain their proper body image. In today’s ballet companies time and energy is spent...

Day 17 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons:  More Ballet Truths – More Life Truths 0

Day 17 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: More Ballet Truths – More Life Truths

On Day 13 I mentioned Melanie Doskocil’s blog, Ballet Pages. Here are two more universal truths worth contemplating.   1. Someone else will always have more than you or be better than you. It doesn’t matter if it’s money, fame or a position earned by hard work, eventually another person will take over your spot.  Therefore, focus on what you can accomplish, do your best and be grateful for the experience.   2. The only person who can make you happy is you. The root of our happiness is our relationship with ourselves, What we fo affects our mood; what...