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Lisa's picks

01
DEC
2014

Staying Fit at 50

Time and again, I always get asked why ballet dancers are so thin. And the usual follow-up question to that is how we’re able to do it. And time and again, my answers would always be the same. We need to maintain an ideal dancing weight to be able to perform well, to look good...
11
JUN
2014

My Passion in Charms

Recently, I was among the four Filipinas selected by Pandora jewellery to embody their “Essence” collection. More than just trinkets or precious keepsakes, this line was designed to be “an embodiment and emotional expression of our inner values.” These meanings are...
14
FEB
2014

My Top Five Favorite Dance Movies Ever

As a dancer, I get frequently asked about what my favorite dance movies are and to be honest, I’ve not really given it a lot of thought until now. Just as I love to read, I also love watching films except that I could only indulge in this when I have time to spare. Over the...
07
FEB
2014

My Five Favorite Holiday Reads

The Christmas break – and my recent retirement – gave me some downtime to finish a couple of books. Well, more than a couple actually. My voracious appetite for reading is explored in detail in another blog entry on this site. Meanwhile, here are five of my top picks from my...
31
OCT
2013

Five Not-So-Frequently Asked But Interesting Questions

(1) What goes through your mind before, during and after a performance? Before a performance, I normally go through the steps in the ballet that I am about to perform. I review the choreography and hear the music in my head. I do my normal preparation rituals such as warming up,...
24
AUG
2013

My Top Ten favorite ballets

(1) DON QUIXOTE (Music by Leon Minkus/ Choreography by Marius Petipa) The central character of the ballet, and my favorite role of all, is Kitri, an audacious young girl with spirit and energy. She’s a whirlwind, and the whole ballet is about how she and her lover outwit her...
24
AUG
2013

Practical tips for staying in shape

Need to lose a few pounds of holiday weight? Skip dinner for a few nights. But eat a large breakfast and have a late lunch. You will lose the weight in your sleep and wake up feeling thinner, lighter and better. Missy and I try to avoid bringing our favorite junk food in the...
24
AUG
2013

Five recent reads

1. A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin) – This is my current read and yes, I have watched The Game of Thrones until the end of Season 2 so please no spoilers… I do not normally like reading fantasy fiction, as I am admittedly more of a romantic fiction escapist. However, for The...
24
AUG
2013

Five items you will always find in my ballet bag

1) Pen Knife – I’ve had my ever-reliable Swiss Army knife ever since my Russian dancing days. This knife has traveled all over the world with me and has been my loyal and trusted ally for all sorts of needs: a pair of scissors to sew the ribbons on my pointe shoes; a knife to cut...