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It's Nutcracker season!

You're running from rehearsal to rehearsal, reciting choreography in your sleep, and probably going through one too many pairs of pointe shoes. 

I remember this time of year, conveniently situated right around the same time as high school exams. I would get sick by the time Nutcracker week hit (every year). It's easy to become overtired, injured, or simply just feel burned out by the time performance week hits.

So we put together a mini survival guide below!


🖤   ALWAYS WARM UP

This can be an easy step to skip the closer you get to the show especially as you grow tired or are eager to perform. However, a body that hasn’t been warmed up well (especially in a big, drafty theater) will not perform well. You don’t want to be on stage wishing you had taken more time to stretch or to do those jumps. You want to enjoy yourself on stage. Hopefully your company offers company class beforehand, but if not—even if it’s just for a rehearsal—do take the time for a short warm up. Focus on more than stretching: try moving, jumping, and getting that blood flowing.

🖤   EAT WELL

This is also an area that is easy to slack in—I mean “hey, it’s the holidays!” right? And you’re busy, so who has time to meal prep? But consider this: the benefits of nutrient dense foods not only improve your performance, they keeps you from getting sick. Dehydration, junk food, and sugar (with lack of sleep) all make for the perfect storm. So be sure to hydrate, and to eat colorful foods. Include complex carbs for energy, plenty of good fats, and heavy protein since you are recovering constantly. Try not to overdo the caffeine. I once heard a professional dancer at a top company say, “two weeks before the show I quit drinking caffeine completely in order to stay as hydrated as possible for my performances.” And she was playing Odette. So drink plenty of water, and keep yourself well nourished.

🖤   PRIORITIZE SELF CARE

Do you know what your SELF needs? By self care we mean many things…including sleep. Take note: are you tired during rehearsals? Do you need to apply ice/heat to an area afterwards? Do you need an epsom salt bath to recover? Do you need more sleep? There are many ways to prioritize self care and we encourage you to take the time to listen to your body during this season. This might mean making sacrifices, but as an athlete your body and your physical state need to be prioritized during such an intense time.

🖤   TAKE WHAT YOU WANT

What do you want to walk away from this season with? Is it pride in your accomplishments or how well you performed? Is it the joy of newfound relationships and memories that you made? Don’t let stress or the busyness of the season steal from you being present, as well as focused. Performing in the Nutcracker offers so many rewards…try to focus on these things and enjoy the ride. Know how you want this season to look for yourself  and protect that. For me, lots of family time, good food, endless parties, self care, and being super present are all defining values of my holiday season. If I know that ahead of time, I don’t get lost in the other things…and I walk away with no regrets.

Nutcracker time is the sweetest. We encourage you to make the most out of it while it’s here 🙂

With love and gratitude,

Sonja
Founder
Ballet Belle

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Measurements in U.S. INCHES

Belle Leggings

SIZE XS S M L XL 
WAIST 25 28 30 35 37
35 38 41 45 49
INSEAM LENGTH 26 1/4 26 3/4 27 1/8 27 1/2 27 7/8

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 36 hips.

Belle Crewneck

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
ACROSS SHOULDER 20 22 24 26 28
BODY LENGTH 28 29 30 31 32
CHEST WIDTH 21 23 25 27 29
SLEEVE LENGTH 24 24 24 24 23 1/2

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.


Belle Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve

SIZE XS  S M L XL 2XL
CHEST 24 1/4 25 1/2 26 1/2 27 1/2 28 1/2  29 1/2
CENTER FRONT LENGTH 19 19 3/8 19 3/4 20 1/4  20 3/4 21 1/4

 

Model wears size M and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

 

Belle French Terry Long Sleeve

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
HPS 25 1/2 26 26 1/2 27 27 1/2
BUST 19 20 21 22 1/2  24

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size M and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust. 

Belle Muscle Tee

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
CENTER FRONT LENGTH 20 1/4 20 5/8 21 1/8 21 5/8  22 1/8
WIDTH 16 16 3/4 17 3/4 18 3/4 19 3/4

Width measured 1" below arm hole

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

Belle Tee

SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
HPS 25 3/4 26 1/4 26 3/4 27 1/4 27 3/4 28 1/4 28 3/4
BUST (14" from HPS) 17 1/2 18 1/2 19 1/2 20 1/2 22 23 1/2  25

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

Belle Tank

SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL
HPS 25 7/8 26 1/2 27 1/8 27 3/4 28 3/8 29
BUST 15 16 17 18 19 1/2 21 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust. 

Measurements in U.S. INCHES

Belle Princess Tee

SIZE XS (3/4) S (6/6x) M (7/8) L (10/12) XL (14/16)
HPS 19 20 21 23 25
BUST 11 1/2 12 1/2 13 1/2 15 16 1/2 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size M (7/8) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This shirt is very fitted and long in the torso. For a looser fit, order one size up.

Model wears size M (7/8) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This shirt is very fitted and long in the torso. For a looser fit, order one size up.


Belle Princess Crewneck

SIZE XS (3/4) S (6/6x) M (7/8) L (10/12) XL (14/16)
HPS 19.75 21.25 22.5 24 25.5
WIDTH 16 17 18 19 20 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S (6/6x) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This crewneck runs slightly large and yields a roomier fit.

Belle Toddler Tee

SIZE 2T 3T 4T 5/6T 7T
AGE 1-2 2-3 3-4 5-6 6-7
HEIGHT (in) 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-45  46-49
WEIGHT (lbs) D28-30 30-33 34-39 39-49 50-55

M = months

Belle Baby Onesie

SIZE NEWBORN 6 MONTHS 12 MONTHS 18 MONTHS 24 MONTHS
AGE 0-3 M 3-6 M 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M
HEIGHT (in) 18-21 22-24 25-28 29-31 32-34
WEIGHT (lbs) 5-9 10-16 17-20 21-24  25-27



Belle Baby Tee

SIZE NEWBORN 6 MONTHS 12 MONTHS 18 MONTHS 24 MONTHS
AGE 0-3 M 3-6 M 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M
HEIGHT (in) 18-21 22-24 25-28 29-31 32-34
WEIGHT (lbs) 5-9 10-16 17-20 21-24  25-27

Measurements in U.S. INCHES

Men's Tee

SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
HPS 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
WIDTH 17 1/2 19 20 1/2 22 24 26 28 30 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Chest measures across the rib cage 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

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