Hi Folks! Happy Tutu Tuesday to you! On this super–special ballet-ish day I’m so excited to share the cover for Hope: Indigo Ballet Series (book#2) with you! Also, I need to stop using so many exclamation points. But I am really, really excited, can you tell?
I’m positive most of you will agree that a stupendous cover makes is mondo important (don’t you agree?) and if you’re a visual person like I am it’s always the first thing you check when you’re considering a book.
This cover owes its life to the incredibly talented Fiona of Fiona Jayde Media. One of the best things about being an indie author is finding cool, creative people to work with and I totally lucked out when I met FIona. I asked for something pretty and ethereal and she made it so…using one of my photos (of the gorgeous cover Colette–you may remember her from book #1 of the series) and a scrumptious color palette.
So here it is, nice and big so you don’t have to strain anything to get a good look:
Thanks so much for taking the time to pop over and check it out! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember, the official release day is Tuesday, April 26th!
Ballet dancers are supposed to be perfect all the time, but the problem is we’re human…slip-ups happen from time to time. No one wants to admit they slid across stage, fell on their butt or smacked a fellow dancer in the face. So embarrassing! But every dancer has at least one of these stories to share (read about mine HERE). I hope you enjoy this collection of holiday ballet bloopers.
Nutcracker epic fail:
Epic fails complete with sound effects:
And finally…vintage bloopers!
What these clips show us is that even if the worst case happens and you fall on your butt, you get up and keep going. Wasn’t it amazing to see how quickly each of these dancers recovered? So inspiring! It gives new meaning to the phrase “keep calm and carry on.”
Whenever I meet someone for the first time, one of their first questions is, “What was it like to be a professional ballet dancer?” Ballet is in the public eye like never before, yet movies like Black Swan and shows like Breaking Pointe tend to focus on the gritty side of dance, and are at times extreme. It’s difficult to explain what something is like to someone who’s never personally experienced it, but I can sum it up with one line:
Ballet is a hard life.
No other job on the planet requires so much time and energy with so little pay…and it’s one of the most competitive fields in existence. Out of the 2000 dancers who audition each year for the School of American Ballet’s Summer Intensive, only a handful are chosen to become permanent students. Out of the 200 permanent students only 20 are hired for professional ballet companies around the world. These figures give a whole new meaning to the term “the one percent.”
Although ballet is a difficult life it’s not without its perks. Fellow dancers feel like family (maybe slightly dysfunctional, but show me one that isn’t), there’s often the opportunity to travel (and someone else pays), and the experience of working towards perfecting your art is satisfying on an entirely different level than most jobs.
Lastly, choosing a life in dance pays off for the rest of your life in unexpected ways, from living fully in your body and treating it respectfully to understanding and applying the principles of hard work and dedication to everything you do.
So yes, ballet life is hard, but so is everything that’s worth doing.