Ballet Dancer in Training

Ballet Dancer in Training

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Winner of the INAP Performing Arts Youth Award 2015


Me and my award


 Last year on the 4th October, I was the recipient of the 2015 International Naturally Autistic People "Performing Arts (Youth)" Award at the ANCA World Autism Festival Awards which was held in Vancouver, Canada.

This week I received my award from Canada.


I'm one of the New Zealand nominees for the INAP awards


It was such an honour for me and a very big congratulations to all the other nominees and award winners from last year.  It's a real celebration of the Autistic Community



Spot the New Zealand flag with the Australian flag


There were nominees from all over the world, so it was very cool that little o'l me from New Zealand was an award winner.  I'm very proud.


Me on the big screen


The awards were part of the 6th Annual ANCA World Autism Festival which was held over six days.
There was the opening ceremony, workshops, networking, performances and of course, the awards ceremony.


My acceptance speech on the big screen


I couldn't go to Canada, so I had to video my acceptance speech which was played on the big screen at the awards.


Me in the Naturally Autistic magazine


I was also included in an article titled "Cultural Diversity" by Charlie Collura, in the Fall 2015 issue of the Naturally Autistic magazine.

The award, itself, is pretty cool.  I really like the little Inukshuk guy, which in the Inuit language is the singular of inuksuit which means "in the likeness of a human".
Salem


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Mysterious Miss Hannigan


The lovely Miss Hannigan - Kapiti Comps 2015


Aaaaah..... Miss Hannigan!!!!!
What can I say....??????
I love Miss Hannigan!!!!!!!

After being Daddy Warbucks in my dance schools production of "Annie" in December 2014, one song stuck in my head, "Little Girls".
So I thought why not.  I've been Rooster, Daddy Warbucks and now Miss Hannigan, and I'll be her en pointe!!!!


Pointe shoes


I needed a new demi-character dance, even though I still enjoyed doing "Robin Hood", but I needed a challenge.  I still bring out Robin Hood and Truffles the horse occasionally for musical theatre though.
And I wanted to do another humorous dance, demi-characters can be so serious.
So why not be a boy dancing en pointe, wearing a dress and a wig, looking like a drunken mess.


Spilt wine glass


I kept my theme a secret from everyone so it could be a surprise when I finally got to perform it at the Dance Art Comps in May 2015, which also happened to be my 15th birthday.


Bloomers and a little girl with red hair


I gave hints on my facebook page, "Ballet Boy - Salem Foxx", such as the three photos above - the pointe shoes, wine glass, bloomers and a doll (little girl) with red hair (Annie).

Everyone guessed I was dancing en pointe, but nobody connected the clues to Annie or "Little Girls".


Miss Hannigan waking up from a hard night drinking


Mum had great fun getting me a wig and then going through her old clothes to find the perfect dress, fishnets and dressing gown for Miss Hannigan to wear. 
Mum couldn't stop laughing every time I practiced in costume.


Introducing Miss Hannigan


It was so funny when it was performance day at the Dance Art Comps, I got a lot of strange looks and people didn't recognise me. I could see that some of the other dancers were wondering who this strange new girl was backstage.  That was until I talked.

They knew I was going to dance en pointe, but not that I was going to be in drag.
There was quite a few of the other dancers, who weren't dancing in this class, at the side of the stage, waiting to see me dance.

Me and Mum set out my props on stage when it was my turn.
I placed myself on my chair and thought "this is it"!



What a sight - Dance Art Comps 2015


I had a ball!!!!!
It was soooo much fun!!!!
I had finally done it, performed and competed en pointe!!!!!!!
I loved every moment of it.
Mum said that other dancers and dance teachers had crammed themselves side stage in the wings to watch me, a boy en pointe.
This is what the audience and adjudicator saw.
https://youtu.be/h3c6CeuWVhU





I had such a good time, made people laugh and achieved a personal milestone.
Then to top it off, when the results were read out, I had been awarded 1st!!!!!!!
I really couldn't believe it.


Miss Hannigan - Queens Birthday Comps 2015


This next video is part of my dance which was filmed at the Kapiti Comps 2015.
Not my best performance as I had a very badly swollen big toe and foot, I actually didn't think I would be able to perform at all at those comps but I managed with plenty of paracetamol, ibruprofen, arnica cream, and the list goes on..........
https://youtu.be/Wb3_14UiUCk





I am only doing one competition this year, the Kapiti Comps which is local for me.  It is held at Southward's Theatre.
And the lovely Miss Hannigan will be making another appearance.
Wish I could take her out more often.


I'm so pretty!!!!!!


I've been working on some new dances this year and will be debuting them at the Kapiti Comps.
My new jazz dance is quite funny.  I also have a new lyrical and am doing two new variations.  Plus I have entered the classical en pointe class too.
But I'm not telling, I will be hinting, until competition day.
Salem

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gardening and Dancing




Wow, I can't believe I haven't done a post since last year!!!!!
Sorry everyone.
Well, I'm just going to have to catch everyone up on what I am doing, as a few things have changed since last year.  So expect regular updates and catch-ups over the next few weeks, promise.




The first change is that I no longer practice up at the gym.
For one, I can't really afford it and another reason was lack of ventilation.
I was finding it very hard in hotter weather to cool the studio down enough to be comfortable to practice in.  As soon as I stepped into the studio I would be hit with a blast of hot, sweaty air and found it hard to breathe, let alone dance.  I just wish that there were windows that could be opened.




So me and Mum approached the church a few doors down from us about using the hall for me to practice in exchange for me doing some gardening.
They said yes!!!!!!!
So now I practice in the hall and there are tons of windows for me to open, it's great.
Plus I get to do something else that I love doing, gardening.




I do gardening at home, I also do some gardening and odd jobs around my neighbourhood to help pay for my dance classes and dance shoes etc.
It's so nice to be able to help out so that it doesn't all fall on Mum to pay for everything.
I'll be back tomorrow with another post
See you then
Salem

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ballet Amongst The Blooms




I love going to the Botanic Gardens in Wellington as often as I can.

The other weekend had all the tulips out in their full glory and it was such a beautiful day that I had to get some stretching done while enjoying all the beautiful colours.




These photos are more acro than ballet but stretching is good for all dance types.  And I prefer to stretch outdoors on a lovely day.

The photos didn't turn out of me doing jetes, too blurry.




I was doing some more stretches on the grassy lawn and two little girls, sisters. joined me and I gave them a ballet lesson, a very simple introduction, which they loved.

Their mum was very impressed and enjoyed watching.




After the ballet lesson I did some very basic contemporary exercises with them and their little friend, a boy, joined in too.

He had just as much fun as the girls.




Then I added in a little acro to finish things off, lots of rolling around and some gentle stretching.

I'm sure the kids could have gone on for longer but there were more flowers to see.




A great way to spend a sunny springtime afternoon.

Salem  :-)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Finalist for the 2015 Attitude Awards


Me and my Grade Ones photo courtesy of Hayley Johnson Dance Academy


Hi everyone,  it's been a while since I last did an up-date, been very busy with my dancing, exams etc and also having a few doses of the nasty flu's that have been doing the rounds.
It is now springtime over here in New Zealand so hope fully all the winter nasty's are behind us.
So I will be doing a bit of a catch up and here is my first lot of news...........



Stretching with the film crew doing their thing.


I have been lucky enough to be a finalist again this year for the Attitude Awards which are held in Auckland on the 3rd December - World Disability Day.
I had a fantastic time there last year and meet some amazing people.
It is such an honour to be one of three finalists for the Artistic Achievement Award.


The Lovely Grade Ones photo courtesy of Hayley Johnson Dance Academy


The Attitude film crew came to my grade one class at Hayley Johnson Academy of Dancing to do some filming, all the students had a great time in front of the camera, they all did very well and looked great.
They had all their hair neatly done, were on their best behavior and did all their exercises etc brilliantly.
It was a really good practice for exam time.


Crazy time with the Grade Ones courtesy of Hayley Johnson Dance Academy


I'm dying to know how the filming turns out and what they will be using for my piece at the awards.
My Grade Ones and their parents are dying to see it too.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Appearing in the New Zealand Woman's Day and Mentioned on TV






This is the article that appeared in the New Zealand Woman's Day magazine in June 2015.

I was interviewed while I was taking part in the Dance Art Competition in May and then did a photo shoot at the St James Theatre at a later date.
That was a whole new experience for me.

When the magazine with my article was out in the stands, I was mentioned on the "Good Morning" television show.
Mum videoed it off the telly https://youtu.be/RmmVJeuCkAs

Ballet Boy NZ mentioned on Good Morning


Hopefully you can read the article from these photos.

Salem

Friday, August 28, 2015

Exams Soon and Old Dance Videos




It's not long now until exam time so I 've been doing lots of practice. 
I have my contemporary and two jazz exams, plus medal tests for jazz, ballet, contemporary and tap.

I was very sick on the weekend, couldn't get out of bed at all. I caught some bug that was going around, luckily it only lasted 48 hours but it meant I missed exam practice, the boys master class with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and going to see their latest production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

I've been having a look through some videos of the old dance school productions I have been in. Some of them are so cute and some are just so funny. I will have to convert them all and put them up on You Tube.

Here is one I had already put up a while ago from 2009 when I was with Kapiti Dance Centre.
https://youtu.be/BgIAZRuq4c0

Colours of the Wind


And here's another old video that we just put up on You Tube, from 2010. 
It's of 6 dancers from the RNZB, they dance first and then it's us kids. I'm the skinny one dressed in black and wearing ballet shoes. Loved wearing my ballet shoes, now I prefer to dance in socks, no shoes.

This was part of The Nutcracker season, and I was lucky enough to have one of the children's parts in The Nutcracker. It was such a great experience and I knew then that I wanted a career as a ballet dancer.
https://youtu.be/-eEqBXT3zbc

Ballet at Te Papa 2010

I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane

Salem