jeremiahfloyd:

At hearing her answer, Jeremiah let a sigh of relief escape his lips. He was glad that it wasn’t that she didn’t like his company, that she was only so quiet because that’s how she liked it. He could respect that. He decided to keep his mouth shut, though. As he didn’t think there was anything he could say without him sounding like a complete moron. He wasn’t about to reassure her that that’s fine, nor was he about to say he was glad. Either way he sounded like he was too…keen. He had to play the game right, not wanting to seem too eager yet not wanting to seem not interested. If he played his cards right this could go very, very well. He continued to watch her as she began to do something different, the term of the movement one that he couldn’t name. But it was good: she was good. He was impressed, he honestly didn’t know how they could do dance moves like that, especially with the amount of pain it inflicts on them. He wasn’t aware of much when it came to ballet, but he’s seen enough of some dancers bodies to know that it came with a price to be able to move like that. He couldn’t help but wonder how long it took her to be able to perfect it like that, how much pain she went through to be able to go through with it. “What do you call that?” he asked once she was in her original position, his eyebrows furrowed together as he did so. She was looking at him now, and that fact didn’t make him look away. He kept his eyes on her, waiting to see if she’d say something in response to him. Conversation was a two way street, or at least the conversation’s he normally had were. He clasped his hands together as the silence went on, and thought about what he was going to do after this. He could see if there was any parties going on, maybe hang out with a few friends and get wasted. That would be fun, he’d message them later to see if they had anything going on, then just go from there. I watercolour. He felt his head tilt to the side as he imagined her doing so. She’d look down at it, her hand grasping onto the paint brush as she gently stroked- Jeremiah didn’t let himself finish that thought off, instead speaking out loud to get the thoughts out of his mind. “Yeah, I get you. That’s pretty cool. Is that something you’ve done for a while, or is it a new hobby?”

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It was weird being around someone so chatty. Ellie had her fair share of social friends, of course, and she herself always had an interesting thing or two to chime in with should she like the subject they were speaking of enough. However, Jeremiah wasn’t just talkative - he was insistent. As if he genuinely wanted to get to know her. Which was…odd, to say the least. Ellie didn’t supposed Jeremiah was the kind of person who cared about anything that came out of her mouth, as he seemed to be more attentive towards the shape of her body. However, it didn’t appear to be that way in this conversation. Alright, she couldn’t deny she’d notice his eyes drag across her a few times over (she had done the same to him, of course, only she had no intentions of admitting that to either Jeremiah or herself, and only hoped she wasn’t as obvious as he was). Still, if that were the case, he would have most likely just sat there, gawking at her hopelessly, like a child would at a toy in a store. Something told Ellie, after all, that Jeremiah wasn’t the kind of person to be subtle, if his ever irritating smirk was anything to go off of. She tried her best to hide her smile at his questioning of her moves, pretending she didn’t notice the slight wonder in his voice. She might have imagined that, of course, but Ellie tried her best not to think of his words at all, let alone dwell on the fact that perhaps she wanted him to notice and be impressed by her, so much so that she started hearing amazement where there wasn’t any. “That’s a grande battement,” she said coolly, not looking at him as she shook her hair out of the once tight bun. Ellie’s buns, no matter how nicely she did them, always managed to go loose at least once before she was finished practising. Her teacher used to say it was because she was such an energetic student, throwing all the passion she harboured inside her and didn’t dare share into her dance moves. Her hair fell out far below her shoulders, and if you were to only ever see Ellie with her hair up, you would never think it so long. It was wavy, and seemed to insist upon staying that way, no matter how many times she straightened it. She was just putting her hair back into a bun when she heard him speak. Her head was pointed toward the ground so she couldn’t quite see his face, but she decided it best to answer anyways. “I’ve actually been painting since eighth grade,” she said, running her tongue over her teeth. “Just for fun, but my mum says I’m good at it.” With a quick snap of the hair elastic, Ellie finished with her hair and returned to the barre, though she couldn’t deny that the corners of her eyes were trained on Jeremiah. She convinced herself that it was only because she couldn’t believe that someone would have barged in on her studio time simply to sit there and talk, but she wasn’t entirely sure how true that was.

Anonymous said: I'm working on an RP set at a ballet school and I don't know where to find videos I could use for the promo?

thatfrenchhelper:

Not sure this is an actual question, but well, I found you some videos featuring ballet. So, hopefully this helps you! I did my best to mostly keep HQ videos so your gifs will come out nicely (since I assume it’s for gifs). But enjoy!

Complete ballets/Ballets teasers

Misc.

+ This Teen Vogue ballet series ‘Strictly ballet’

There’s also a TV show called ‘Bunheads’ which might also be nice, though I’ve never watched it, but if you take a look, I’m sure it features some ballet dancing.

Or you know, you can just search ‘ballet’ on youtube to find videos that will exactly fit what you’re looking for.

jeremiahfloyd:

"Is that just because you don’t like me, or are you just naturally like that?" he asked, hoping that she would say it was the latter. It was very new to him. To be around a girl that was as quiet as she is. The girls he normally hung out with were loud, in more ways then one. They were always pushing themselves onto him, fluttering their eyes and speaking to him as much as they could. He couldn’t say he didn’t like all the attention, because that would definitely be a lie. But it certainly grew boring after a while, the same thing every single day. He liked change. That’s mainly why he wasn’t so organised and simply did stuff when he wanted to. Maybe that’s why he likes dancing so much. There are so many different genres, techniques, routines- the opportunities are endless. If he was bored of a routine, he could simply learn something new. The funny thing about dancing, though, is that no one ever suspects that he takes it seriously. What? a guy like him, always going out yet also being a dedicated dancer. Surely that can’t be possible. Yeah, no. Jeremiah Floyd took dancing very seriously, all you have to do is see him perform to realise that. He pours his heart and soul into dancing, feeling the beat running through his body and being one with it. It wasn’t just a hobby to him, as some people like to believe. It was his life, his dream. Ever since he found out about the dance academy he knew he had to get into it and he worked his ass off to do just that. Maintaining a social life doesn’t mean you aren’t dedicated, and Jeremiah wished more people realised that. He laughed lightly, his brown curls moving back and forward as he shook his head. “I can’t make that sort of judgement until I know you a bit better” he said as he sat on the floor of the studio, his green eyes still trained on her. “Okay, tell me the first thing that comes to your mind”

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Ellie was actually unsure what to say. She couldn’t quite say she didn’t like him - after all, the girl barely knew him. Then again, she couldn’t exactly say that she was particularly fond of the boy. In the short time that she had known him,  he had made her turn red numerous times (and seemed to take delight in it, too, if the everlasting smirk was an indication of anything), made her leave her dorm room in a fit of awkwardness, and attempted to distract her from dancing. So, yeah, it was safe to say that Ellie wasn’t absolutely crazy about him. Still, she didn’t want to say that. Above anything else, Ellie tried her best to stay polite. Her mum always said she had a diplomatic personality, as she always placed her words delicately, careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings or step on any toes while still being honest. Besides, it’s not as if the first point wasn’t entirely true. She was naturally quiet, that much was true, preferring the sanctity of her own thoughts. “I guess I just don’t talk very much.” She decided to leave it at that as she moved into fourth position, one hand high in the air and the other out as she crossed one feet over the other, already feeling the strain on the back of her legs. She shook herself a little, before kicking her left foot up a little, making sure to keep her toes pointed during her petit battement. After taking a few breaths, Ellie brought her leg all the way up so that it was horizontal with her waist  before bringing it down, the rest of her body still and properly aligned - a grande battement. And was it bad that she was hoping he was watching, and might even be a little impressed? She fixed her hair as she finished, looking down at him sitting on the floor, not even pretending to practice his dance anymore. She ran a hand through a hair in exasperation, pulling stray strands out of her eyes. The first thing she thought of was never a method Ellie followed, knowing always had disastrous results. She could tell him about Princess, her cat? No, he would think her a crazy cat lady. She could tell him that he was an only child? No, that really was boring. She could tell him about her love of ballet? Well, that was just obvious. “Um,” she said after deliberate pondering, “I watercolour. Like, paint, you know?”

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I’ve seen so many people portray ballerinas, or even dancers in general, wrong. Here’s two things that we need to get straight before going on:
Ballerinas are not anorexics.
Ballerinas do not turn into creepy-ass swans on stage, like in Black Swan. Nor do they get creepy needles in their skin.

Now, moving on. Now, many people make these guides based on how they see that they should be portrayed, but I’m making this guide from the inside. I, am a dancer myself, and I think that this would help many.

BODY

Although many see ballerinas as anorexic freaks in tights, they really aren’t that. Yes, dancers must be skinny, but they must have strong muscles. And that means all muscles. Including abs. Unlike musclemen, dancers must keep a toned body with strong muscles. 
A ballerina’s arms must have a delicate feeling to it, yet they must be strong and firm. A ballerina’s legs are very strong, and are full of muscle. Depending on how long and how much they dance, they could have hyper extended legs. As for feet, let’s just not say they’re the prettiest. So a personality idea or a a fact that many people might not know about is that the character might not like to wear closed-toed shoes. Details of the foot would include:
Veins are visible in the foot.
Toenails aren’t so pretty (Why? Because when dancers go on pointe, they have to cut their toenails so the impact of the hard box on the toe wouldn’t ruin the toenail. So don’t even think about doing a para about getting a pedicure. Stay with the manicure.)
Archy feet (Due to constant pointing of the foot)
Huge ankle and toe joints
Big toe may look like its pointing inward
And that’s just a little bit. 

NO PAIN, NO GAIN.

Dancers, as much as they look beautiful and make dancing seem effortless, it’s all apart of the act. Dancing, especially on pointe is absolutely painful. Here’s what you’d normally see:

"Sarah quickly got into class and put on her pointe shoes. She immediately got onto the dance floor and started spinning on her pointe shoes. She did 10 turns effortlessly, and just continued spinning."

If I’d ever see this, I would find you and punch you in the face. First of all, every dancer must stretch. That includes:
Straddle
Splits (Right, left, & middle)
Barrework (This is especially important. You just don’t walk into a room and start dancing. You must warm up a little bit. These are often done in ballet shoes, then dancers go on pointe for center, although there are times when they do pointework at the barrè.)
Also, so many people get ballet turns wrong. For example:
Spin or turn is a pirouette.
Kick is a grand battement.
A full glossary of ballet terms can be found here. 
So, let’s do that little snippet one more time:

"Sarah hurried into class, almost being late. She got to the barré and quickly put her pointe shoes on. Today was Tuesday, so she knew that they did pointe at the barré. She tucked away her water bottle underneath the barré, pressed up against the wall as she learned the first combination. It was always this: pliés, tendus, degagés, frappés, grand battements, and finally onto center. They did a simple combination consisting of mainly glissades and échappés, and then went on to pirouettes. Keeping her stomach tight and her arms firmly placed in first, she got 5 rotations in, and was proud of herself. Her neck began to be sore from the constant spotting, but she continued doing pirouettes. Soon after, the class ended. Feeling proud of herself with her pirouettes, she decided to reward herself with a well-deserved smoothie."

You see? There is much more technicality in the glossary of dancer than many people know. 

COMMON HABITS

One main habit of a dancer (as in the majority of dancers, competition & professional dancers alike) is to say that they’re fat, even though they know that they aren’t. It’s mainly due to how media portrays dancers as either anorexic freaks or bottle-blonde barbies with pointe shoes that go all the way up to their knee. 
Another habit is to tap out a a beat when they’re concentrating. This comes from always being surrounded by music.
Also, when learning or marking a combination, a dancer will often bite their lip, chew their cheek, or even stick out their tongue, which for some reason, helps concentrate. 
Another habit, sadly, is that dancers can be quite clumsy when not dancing. Whenever I trip or fall, I get a lot of ‘I thought you were supposed to be a dancer.’

STYLE

There are many different types of dancing, and different styles of different genres. Let’s take the USA for example. The West Coast is mainly about entertainment. If you look at dances from studios such as Dance Precisions, or Just Plain Dancin’, it’s a lot of entertainment, yet there’s still a lot of technicality. It’s because they’re all about entertainment that they seem so intimidating. Because it’s not all technical stuff, there is less things for judges to take off for, which means higher scores. The East Coast is mainly technicality. Many studios, such as ALDC, push their girls to the limit. For example, many girls on the East Coast at the age of 9 or 10 are already doing 6-7 turns. But of course, that doesn’t mean the West Coast isn’t that talented, too. It’s because of their hard tricks and leaps (ex. an aerial out of a turn combination) that they seem intimidating, too. But being a dancer that watches many dances from both sides, and has competed on both sides, I’ve learned this. The South Coast is basically a mix of it all. If you look at studios such as Masters Upper Level (my studio, yay!), there’s a lot of entertainment mixed with technicality (for example, our production Bugle Boy. You can find a video of it here).

I hope this helped you all, and I can’t wait to see more ballerinas in upcoming character bios!

In that dance I posted from my studio, I’m actually in it, although you won’t really be able to tell what I look like. I’m in the leap part from 2:07 to 2:13. I’m in other places, but this is where you’d be actually able to see me. I’m the center one, or the shortest one in that group. This dance was also nominated for ‘Best Performance of 2012’, but I’m not sure if we won or not. 

rpstagram:

I’ve seen so many people portray ballerinas, or even dancers in general, wrong. Here’s two things that we need to get straight before going on:

  • Ballerinas are not anorexics.
  • Ballerinas do not turn into creepy-ass swans on stage, like in Black Swan. Nor do they get creepy needles in their skin.

Now, moving on. Now, many people make these guides based on how they see that they should be portrayed, but I’m making this guide from the inside. I, am a dancer myself, and I think that this would help many.

BODY

Although many see ballerinas as anorexic freaks in tights, they really aren’t that. Yes, dancers must be skinny, but they must have strong muscles. And that means all muscles. Including abs. Unlike musclemen, dancers must keep a toned body with strong muscles. 

A ballerina’s arms must have a delicate feeling to it, yet they must be strong and firm. A ballerina’s legs are very strong, and are full of muscle. Depending on how long and how much they dance, they could have hyper extended legs. As for feet, let’s just not say they’re the prettiest. So a personality idea or a a fact that many people might not know about is that the character might not like to wear closed-toed shoes. Details of the foot would include:

  • Veins are visible in the foot.
  • Toenails aren’t so pretty (Why? Because when dancers go on pointe, they have to cut their toenails so the impact of the hard box on the toe wouldn’t ruin the toenail. So don’t even think about doing a para about getting a pedicure. Stay with the manicure.)
  • Archy feet (Due to constant pointing of the foot)
  • Huge ankle and toe joints
  • Big toe may look like its pointing inward

And that’s just a little bit. 

NO PAIN, NO GAIN.

Dancers, as much as they look beautiful and make dancing seem effortless, it’s all apart of the act. Dancing, especially on pointe is absolutely painful. Here’s what you’d normally see:

"Sarah quickly got into class and put on her pointe shoes. She immediately got onto the dance floor and started spinning on her pointe shoes. She did 10 turns effortlessly, and just continued spinning."

If I’d ever see this, I would find you and punch you in the face. First of all, every dancer must stretch. That includes:

  • Straddle
  • Splits (Right, left, & middle)
  • Barrework (This is especially important. You just don’t walk into a room and start dancing. You must warm up a little bit. These are often done in ballet shoes, then dancers go on pointe for center, although there are times when they do pointework at the barrè.)

Also, so many people get ballet turns wrong. For example:

  • Spin or turn is a pirouette.
  • Kick is a grand battement.

A full glossary of ballet terms can be found here

So, let’s do that little snippet one more time:

"Sarah hurried into class, almost being late. She got to the barré and quickly put her pointe shoes on. Today was Tuesday, so she knew that they did pointe at the barré. She tucked away her water bottle underneath the barré, pressed up against the wall as she learned the first combination. It was always this: pliés, tendus, degagés, frappés, grand battements, and finally onto center. They did a simple combination consisting of mainly glissades and échappés, and then went on to pirouettes. Keeping her stomach tight and her arms firmly placed in first, she got 5 rotations in, and was proud of herself. Her neck began to be sore from the constant spotting, but she continued doing pirouettes. Soon after, the class ended. Feeling proud of herself with her pirouettes, she decided to reward herself with a well-deserved smoothie."

You see? There is much more technicality in the glossary of dancer than many people know. 

COMMON HABITS

  • One main habit of a dancer (as in the majority of dancers, competition & professional dancers alike) is to say that they’re fat, even though they know that they aren’t. It’s mainly due to how media portrays dancers as either anorexic freaks or bottle-blonde barbies with pointe shoes that go all the way up to their knee. 
  • Another habit is to tap out a a beat when they’re concentrating. This comes from always being surrounded by music.
  • Also, when learning or marking a combination, a dancer will often bite their lip, chew their cheek, or even stick out their tongue, which for some reason, helps concentrate. 
  • Another habit, sadly, is that dancers can be quite clumsy when not dancing. Whenever I trip or fall, I get a lot of ‘I thought you were supposed to be a dancer.’

STYLE

There are many different types of dancing, and different styles of different genres. Let’s take the USA for example. The West Coast is mainly about entertainment. If you look at dances from studios such as Dance Precisions, or Just Plain Dancin’, it’s a lot of entertainment, yet there’s still a lot of technicality. It’s because they’re all about entertainment that they seem so intimidating. Because it’s not all technical stuff, there is less things for judges to take off for, which means higher scores. The East Coast is mainly technicality. Many studios, such as ALDC, push their girls to the limit. For example, many girls on the East Coast at the age of 9 or 10 are already doing 6-7 turns. But of course, that doesn’t mean the West Coast isn’t that talented, too. It’s because of their hard tricks and leaps (ex. an aerial out of a turn combination) that they seem intimidating, too. But being a dancer that watches many dances from both sides, and has competed on both sides, I’ve learned this. The South Coast is basically a mix of it all. If you look at studios such as Masters Upper Level (my studio, yay!), there’s a lot of entertainment mixed with technicality (for example, our production Bugle Boy. You can find a video of it here).

I hope this helped you all, and I can’t wait to see more ballerinas in upcoming character bios!

In that dance I posted from my studio, I’m actually in it, although you won’t really be able to tell what I look like. I’m in the leap part from 2:07 to 2:13. I’m in other places, but this is where you’d be actually able to see me. I’m the center one, or the shortest one in that group. This dance was also nominated for ‘Best Performance of 2012’, but I’m not sure if we won or not. 

jeremiahfloyd:

He chuckled lightly, listening to her go on in a tone that suggested that she did not want to speak to him. Though, that didn’t stop him from continuing. “Plies, that’s what we have to do in hip-hop” he said while gesturing from his hips to his knees, which were bent in the standard hip-hop procedure. Only after did he realise that she may have thought that he was gesturing to something else in that same region. Oops. ”You’re really not much of a talker, are you?” he said as he watched her movement, licking his lips out of habit as he did so. He couldn’t help but think that she must be very flexible, and he had to shake his head to get rid of such dirty thoughts. There was no doubt that this girl was having an effect on him and he couldn’t help but wonder if he was having an effect on her, too. He couldn’t tell with this one. She wasn’t sending him any signals, she wasn’t even looking at him anymore. She was keeping her attention on her positions, and didn’t even bother to glance over at him when she spoke again. Which was a shame, too, because that meant he wouldn’t be able to get a look at her crystal blue eyes. God, he really needed to stay home more. He looked over at her for a little while longer before returning to what he was meant to be doing. He rubbed his hands together as he went through the routine he was meant to be practising in his mind. First thing he’ll do is break it down and walk it half-time, taking his time to slowly feel the rhythm of the routine. Jeremiah was pretty confident when it came to his memory, it normally doesn’t take him too long to have a routine memorised. But there can be times where he’ll have to go onto his phone and check it; he normally has a video recording of him doing the routine in a previous practise. He learns best that way, to be able to replay his steps over and over until he had it perfected burnt into his mind. After becoming certain everything was running smoothly he returned his attention back to the girl in the room with him. “So, Eleanor. Tell me a bit about yourself”

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She was surprised at his understanding of plies, though she hoped it didn’t reflect very much on her face, not wanting to seem rude. Though they both went to the same dance school, Jeremiah gave off the vibe that this was more of an adventure for him than something he seriously considered - as if he woke up one day and decided to go to dance school. Ellie, on the other hand, took her dancing seriously. Ever since she was a little girl, she had wanted to be a ballerina since she was a little girl, owning DVDs and posters and tutus. She started lessons the summer before first grade, hoping it would give her an advantage in making friends as she would have something to talk about. It wasn’t until she actually went into first grade did she realize that most students were not ballerinas, or wannabe ballerinas, or even all that crazy about ballet. She turned her head just to see him gesture towards his legs, which resulted in Ellie snapping her head back to its former position. She simply nodded instead, not quite sure what to say. The girl didn’t know very much about hip hop, and she can’t say she really wanted to. It was never really a dance style that intrigued her or piqued her interest. Still, she didn’t want to appear rude, so nodded along. You’re not really much of a talker, are you? Ellie pursed her lips, thinking over her words before she said much. “I guess not.” Which wasn’t entirely true. In fact, Ellie had a lot to say should you get her interested. It was just that she didn’t always say them. Her mind was filled with adventure and fantasy and dreams galore, and she certainly had opinions to share, but Ellie never felt the need to actually share them. Her thoughts were her own private property, and she didn’t wish to subject them to the cruelness of the outside world. Without another word, she settled back into first position, toes out and hands out in front of her. She was just shifting into second position, pushing her feet farther apart and bringing her hands out to her sides, when he spoke again. Though she didn’t mean to be rude, she couldn’t help but wonder what he wanted now. It was clear that Ellie was trying to practise, and he was supposed to be doing the same, except he seemed adamant on starting conversation. And Ellie hated knowing that it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if his eyes weren’t so green and his smirk so taunting.  ”Well,” she said, her voice light and airy with her eyes still drilling straight ahead of her as she moved into third position. “What do you want to know? I’m not very interesting.”

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Requested Guide: The basics of playing a ballet dancer (correctly).

Too often, people integrate misconceptions about ballet and ballet dancers into the way they play their characters; these misconceptions usually arise from media portrayals of the ballet world, popularized depictions of dancers, and just plain-old rumors and myths about what goes on in the life and career of a ballet dancer. So, in hopes of helping people understand how to correctly portray a ballet dancer and avoid all of those false misconceptions, I’ve written up a brief character guide.

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Requested Guide: The basics of playing a ballet dancer (correctly).

Too often, people integrate misconceptions about ballet and ballet dancers into the way they play their characters; these misconceptions usually arise from media portrayals of the ballet world, popularized depictions of dancers, and just plain-old rumors and myths about what goes on in the life and career of a ballet dancer. So, in hopes of helping people understand how to correctly portray a ballet dancer and avoid all of those false misconceptions, I’ve written up a brief character guide.

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jeremiahfloyd:

"Well, it’s nice to see you doing something other than blushing at my half naked body" he said casually, his grin never leaving his face. He was referring to a time where she walked in on him coming out of the shower, a loose towel being the only thing covering him. He wasn’t bothered by it at all, simply meeting her gaze from across the room, as if it was a normal routine between them. She, on the other hand, immediately began to blush and avert her eyes. Good times. Once he was finished stretching- which normally only took a few minutes, but he decided to extend it as he noticed she was watching him- he began to jump on the spot, shaking off his arms to loosen up a bit more. He then looked over at her. "So, what are you doing here today? What are you working on?" he asked, curiosity getting the best of him. Normally, people danced in groups, not booking out an entire studio to themselves. But this girl, she was here dancing by herself. And he wanted to know why that was. Another reason why he was asking is because he loves to dance, and he loves talking about it just as much. Making conversation was easy to him and he did it as much as he could, but there wasn’t many topics that interested him as much as dancing did. While waiting for her answer he walked back to his bag, slowly peeling off his shirt from his body. He then bended down to shove it in his bag, before returning his gaze to her. "I hope you don’t mind, I don’t like getting my shirt sweaty" he paused for a moment, before adding as an after thought,  "Besides, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before"

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Ellie could feel the rose colour rushing to her cheeks as her blood did the same, and wishing she could do anything to stop it. The first time the pair had stumbled across each other was…unfortunate, to put it lightly. Jeremiah was just coming out as the shower the same time Ellie was just coming into her room, ready to unpack and begin her new life at this dance academy she oh so desperately wanted to get into. For a very long time, she tried her best to pretend he wasn’t there, as rude as it was. However, it seemed better than the alternative, which was to gawk at him as he strut around the dorm room. Jeremiah, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have any qualms about the whole ordeal, taking his time with getting dressed. It ended with her just dropping her suitcase on her bed with a loud squeak and running out, and it was to no surprise that Ellie didn’t particularly want to talk about it. She bit her tongue at his words, merely chuckling nervously and focusing her brain power on not watching him stretch. It took her a few minutes, in fact, to snap out of her reverie and answer his question. “Hm?” she said, before what he had asked had sunken in seconds later. “Oh, uh, just…plies, grand jetes,” she said, listing off her practice schedule in a bored voice. She continued naming them, but her voice trailed off slightly as he started to take off his shirt. She gulped. Oh, this was going to be fun. Snapping her head back to the barre, Ellie put her energy into focusing on the positions and not on the boy across the room from her. “Yeah, sure, no problem,” she said, though one would question how true that was, considering there was no eye contact made as she said it.