Friday, September 11, 2015

My Weekend

I had a wonderful weekend, and I did many things. the first thing I did on our three day weekend was go to an Atascadero football game and after that my friends has a really fun sleepover!! The next day I got to relax, but I also had another sleepover with one of my friends and we watched a bunch of movies together. The next day was so nice that me and my mom decided to go to Montana De Oro, because I love taking photographs of beautiful landscapes. On the last day of my weekend me and my family made a picnic and ate it while we watched the sunset over Pismo Beach, and while my brother surfed the big waves.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Exposition of My Independent Novel

I chose my novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children because I read the back of the book and the story intrigued me. In the beginning of my book it tells about the setting, a boy named Jacob and his family live in Florida, where he has a job that he keeps on trying to get fired from, but since his crazy grandfather owns the drug store that he works at, in fact he owns all of them, he can't be fired. Jacob's crazy grandfather has many secrets that take Jacob on an adventure he never thought he'd go on.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Dance is a Sport

  Word Count: 1257
Claire Headrick
 May 23 2015
Period 6


“Dance:the activity of moving your feet and your body in a pattern of movements that follows the sound of music” (Macmillan dictionary). “Sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment” (Google). Dance can also be competitive, so why isn't dance a sport? I believe that why it is. Most sports take either leg, arm, or core strength but, many people who have done many sports and now are doing dance say that dance is the hardest because it takes leg, arm, and  core strength. Dancing is a sport because it is competitive, it takes lots of training and hard work,and it takes physical and mental strength.

Dance is a sport because it can be competitive. Dancers practice for many hours each week to be synchronized for a competition. When you compare gymnastics,which is in the
Olympics, and dance, they both have the same competition rules. So that should make dance  equally qualified for the Olympics. There are additional rules for competitive dance, as well. For example, timelimit, costume, set of moves, etc. In this way and in many others, dance could be qualified for the Olympics, which I think also means it is a sport. Dance competition may not be two teams one on one, but there are many types of dance competitions could be two teams one on one competing, but most competitions are not one on one.

Competitions are very competitive. Dancers practice multiple hours every week to go to a competition, usually away from home just to perform one or more two minute dances in front of judges, who could not care less if you win or not. Then, dancers wait patiently, having silent rivalries with the other studios, to see if they won the highest award, or an award at all. Dance competition isn’t just at these competitions, dancers compete against each other to get roles in dances, or to get onto the competition team, or to win a scholarship,and more. This “competition” can be one on one or it can be many dancers. This type of dance competition isn’t usually acknowledged but since it exists I think it counts as that one on one competition people say dance does not have.

Dance is a sport because it takes lots of hard work and training. Dancer's training includes repetition of exercises to reach great skill and be performance quality. Dance careers start young, and end around 40 because of physical nature and the stress put on the body. It is so much easier to be a dancer when you still have a long, lean body that can adapt to dancing, while young dancers are more popular, unless it is professional ballet. Dancers train in different dance types, so they gain more muscular and mental content to help with injuries and more. Misty Copeland, along with many other professional ballerinas and dancers, train for more than 50 hours each week, or seven to eight hours a day.

Dance takes dedication to meet requirements set by past, present, and future dancers. Dancers may train at least two to three hours more than a competitive “sport” like hockey or soccer to perfect technique and flexibility. Dance has many similar moves to sports on TV. When football players squat when they prep for a play that is like a grand plie in ballet, or when baseball players throw the ball their back leg bends like a back attitude in ballet. In many respects dancers are athletes but they are also artists and it is this combination that makes for a stunning emotional and physical performance” from Dance Consortium.

    Dance is a sport because it takes mental and physical strength. Dancers are trained to make it look easy, this takes a lot of strength in itself. Dancers dance on their toes in wooden shoes, which takes strength in your ankles, calfs, and thighs. Gatorade Sports Science Institute did a study with So You Think You Can Dance contestants, they were ranked, by athleticism as professional athletes. Dancers and dance fit into the definition of sport and athlete. Many athletes use dance as training because it helps with balance and body control. Also the two sports, ballet and football, use many of the same muscles, so football players use ballet as cross-training. kickers may even take ballet to build strength but not muscular content, because that is what ballet training does.

You need to be physically fit to be able to dance because it takes stamina and endurance just like any other sport. Dancers are put to the test when they dance because what we do is not natural. Who else wants perfect turnout in the hips, amazing over splits, or toes that touch the ground when you point them? This can put a lot of strain on your body and may cause injury. Dancers stretch splits, feet, hips, muscles, backs, etc., every day just to be more flexible. Professional dancers do so many performances every year they have no time to be able  to sit out and rest their injuries. We always have to work through it. But when dancers perform it is beautiful  and graceful, because that’s what we train to make it look like, not us struggling under the pressure of how hard the dance is.

Ballet dancers put their weight on their toes
and dance in these shoes.

Dancing is a sport because it is competitive, it takes lots of training and hard work,and it takes physical and mental strength. If you haven't experienced dance or at least tried one ballet class you have no right to say dance is not a sport. It takes talent to be able to dance or make it in dance, and that takes so much work, training, and passion. Some people may say dance is not a sport because it doesn't take effort and anyone can do it, but dancers train very hard to be talented and maybe have a professional career in dance. People also say dance isn’t a sport because it isn’t in the Olympics. It may not be in the Olympics, but it is has the rights to be and there are many sports that aren’t in the olympics and could be. Dancers are athletes, and dance is a sport.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lord of the Rings: Frodo's Off

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

A new chapter has started and Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin are setting out to Buckland where Frodo is now to be living because ha is leaving for his journey. Two things amazed me. The first on is that Gandalf said he would be back soon but it took him a very long time for him to come back and Frodo had to leave without him. The second thing is that Frodo had so much stuff to take; it took a cart (or two) and three full packs. I wonder what Frodo will think of his new home, and where Gandalf is?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Lord of the Rings: Ten Adjectives Describing This Book

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Exiting, action filled; adventurous, complicated, scary, creative, epic, suspenseful, fantastic, dialogical are all adjectives that describe The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I picked exiting because of the scenes that are so easy to picture in your mind because of the great detail. This book is very action-filled to because it has adventure after adventure, and something always goes wrong to make sure they have to have another adventure. Like I just said this book is adventure after adventure. Sometimes things can get complicate, it is hard to keep up with all the words and dialog. TLOTR can be scary as well because of the creatures and scenes that are not all the time happy and pretty. This book is very creative; I say this because it would be really hard to think of all these characters and plots that are so intricate. This book is very suspenseful because after the end of some of the chapters the author adds in a cliffhanger to make it even more suspenseful. Last of all, fantastic. I think that this book is a fantastic novel with its creative characters and action-filled chapters. Those are ten adjectives that I think describe The Lord of The Rings.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Lord of the Rings: A Journey Awaits

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo and Gandalf tensely discuss the issue of the ring in this chapter. They come to the decision of destroying the ring, but the only way of doing that is to throw it into the flames of the volcano in the middle of the evilest place in middle earth…Mordor. I felt bad for Frodo because as hardy as he is hobbits don’t usually go on adventures, so he is afraid. I do not blame Frodo because Mordor is a very scary place where the evilest creatures and people are. I wonder if Frodo will be up to the challenge?

The Lord of the Rings: The Ring's History

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

In this Chapter Gandalf has told Frodo much about the history of the Ring he has inherited from Bilbo. The Ring has a very complicated and long history that gives us a lot of information on a few topics.  I was surprised at how intense the history was. The Ring has been through very much, including Gollum. So we get to know how Gollum came to be the person he his now. It also surprised me that Gollum used to be a hobbit but the Ring took over him mentally. If it was meant to be that Bilbo and Frodo have the ring, then who that will have it next and what adventure will it take them on? Maybe it wont go to someone it will just be gone forever, and no one else will inherit it. I can’t wait to find out!