Did you know...Debbie Reynolds!

Debbie Reynolds

Her breakout role was portraying Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star.

Her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) led to a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then portrayed Jeanine Deckers in The Singing Nun (1966). In what Reynolds has called the “stupidest mistake of my entire career”, she made headlines in 1970 after instigating a fight with the NBC television network over cigarette advertising on her eponymous television series; NBC canceled the show.

From 1999 to its 2006 series finale, she played Grace Adler’s theatrical mother, Bobbi Adler, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000. She plays a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original movie Halloweentown film series as Aggie Cromwell. Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997. She made a cameo role as herself in the 2004 film Connie and Carla. In 2013 she appeared in Behind the Candelabra, as the mother of Liberace.

In 1979 she opened up one of the premier professional dance studios in the world DEBBIE REYNOLDS DANCE STUDIOS in North Hollywood, California. Dancers from all over the world continue to train and dance here.

Debbie is also an avid collector of Hollywood artifacts & memorabilia. Nearly all the money she makes is spent toward her goal of creating a Hollywood museum. Her collection numbers more than 3000 costumes and 46,000 square-feet worth of props and equipment.

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LISTEN UP, POINTE DANCERS

A LIST OF REMINDERS FOR MYSELF AND POINTE DANCERS ALIKE BECAUSE I HAVEN’T ACTIVELY BEEN ON POINTE FOR A FEW MONTHS AND BEING SAFE ON POINTE IS SUPER IMPORTANT:

1. WEAR YOUR FUCKING TOE CAPS

YOUR TOES WILL HURT A LOT AND THESE THINGS ARE MAGICAL

They’re called toe caps and you should fucking wear them.

you can get them in fun colors, too, and they’ll protect your toenails and take away some of the pain.

2. KEEP THAT SHIT TIGHT

WHEN YOU’RE PUTTING ON YOUR POINTE SHOES, MAKE SURE YOU TIE THE RIBBONS TIGHT

KEEP YOUR FOOT FLEXED WHEN PUTTING YOUR SHOES ON. IF YOUR SHOES DO NOT FIT PROPERLY, DO NOT GO UP ON POINTE.

AFTER TYING YOUR RIBBONS, DOUBLE-KNOT THAT SHIT

3. CLIP YOUR FUCKING TOENAILS

YOU GOTTA KEEP YOUR TOENAILS SHORT, OR A BUNCH OF NASTY SHIT IS GONNA HAPPEN TO THEM.

your toenails will be pushed deeper into your toes if you don’t, plus you could get hangnails so CLIP THOSE NAILS

4. TAKE IT FUCKING EASY

YOU’RE FEET AND TOES ARE GONNA HURT, BUT IF THEY HURT TOO MUCH, GET THE FUCK OFF OF YOUR POINTE SHOES

YOU DON’T WANT TO INJURE YOURSELF. TAKE THINGS ONE STEP AT A TIME.

5. BE SURE TO GET FITTED BY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SHIT

DON’T PICK OUT YOUR POINTE SHOES WITHOUT RECEIVING CONFORMATION THAT THEY FIT YOU PROPERLY. POINTE SHOES THAT DON’T FIT YOUR FEET EXACTLY ARE V DANGEROUS!!

6. DUDES THAT DO POINTE/BALLET:

Y’ALL ARE AMAZING. DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE!! POINTE DANCING IS INCREDIBLY HARDCORE AND TAKES LOTS OF SKILL TO MASTER! YOU’RE MANLY AF

ALRIGHT KIDDOS

GO FORTH AND CONQUER

…said every female ballet dancer, ever.

You can own a pair of signed pointe shoes from loads of amazing dancers from the ABT to the ENB at our pointe shoes fundraiser for Nepal: www.pointesfornepal.cloudandvictory.com.

Proceeds from the sale of the shoes will go towards Nepal earthquake relief efforts. Shoes are selling fast!

Pic: Bennet Gartside, Manon. Photographer unknown.