My first taste of ballet was in St. Paul University. I was under the tutelage of Ms. Pam, Fr. James B. Reuter’s dance choreographer for his theatrical play “Women with a Heart” .
Every single person in that production, particularly the cast, were placed on rigorous training every day after classes or work. For serious ballet enthusiasts, a girl as young as 3 years old is placed on ballet training. The reason behind this is that it helps their muscles and bones form in accordance to the discipline of the dance.
If I’m not mistaken, I was already a junior in college taking up Communications by the time I auditioned for Fr. Reuter. Fr. Reuter was already one of the Philippine’s renowned theater play writers, so you could just imagine my delight when he accepted me in the cast. But being accepted in the cast was not even half the battle, we had to prove ourselves on stage. I struggled with the dance. Ballet is not as easy as they make it out to be. I still adore the dance and have mad respect for those who perform it. Ballet is an art form, and the training no question, involves stamina fit for an athlete.
A ballerina’s legs are strong as hell. When they dance, they may have the grace and elegance of a swan, but those legs are like that of a powerful stallion’s! I hope my sketch captures the force, energy and restraint of these artists. Powerful, fit and tough, a ballet dancer’s legs are a force to be reckoned with.
Hope this lock down gives everyone the chance to just be still and reflect on our respective lives and the choices we’ve made through the years.
I have to admit, year 2020 is no walk in the park. I made so many personal and professional risks this year and so far, I am still alive, breathing and thriving, thank goodness!
But the year’s not over yet! I look forward to the moment when a brighter and better day will come out of this global pandemic. Despite what everyone is going through, my advice is to stick to a routine that works best for you, to avoid going through ‘cabin fever’ as they call it.
Did a small art project while waiting for this COVID-19 Apocalypse to pass. I can’t focus too much on the news. It’s depressing and debilitating knowing you are powerless over everything that’s going on. This small project was inspired by my fascination with the human anatomy particularly a woman’s. I am not to explain myself over sexual preferences but just for the record, I am not gay or bisexual. I appreciate the beauty of the female figure and what it’s capable of. I think it’s about time we celebrate our female sensuality and shape. These 9×12 pencil drawings seeks to recognize the beauty, fragility and sensuality of the female body. I call it ‘Female Allure’.
Though I took these photos while walking through the garden grounds of Château de Versailles, in the far corners of my mind, I am taken back to a place called ‘Plumfield’, a place where 10 year old Annie ‘Nan’ Harding grew up. From the beautiful blue sky, the foliage and the pathways, an image like this can only bring back nostalgic memories of your favorite books growing up.
Truly, to read is to travel, giving one the sense of ‘I’ve been here before…’. Beauty has a way of inspiring and bringing back memories. #chateauversailles Château de Versailles
Back in the day, I used to write constantly on this website. It’s still quite popular (with more than 1k subscribers), but I am delving into social media as a complement to Miss Tolentino dot com.
With the goal of refining my visual communication techniques, I have opted to create the Miss Tolentino Facebook page where I can instantaneously post my projects, my art (both visual and literary pieces), photography, humor and other relevant interests that go with being a creative.
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