About Brittany Nguyen

I am a sophomore studying advertising and journalism at the University of Oregon. As the current public relations vice president for Gamma Phi Beta - Nu chapter and in transition to become the next creative director Ethos Magazine, my free time is limited but I enjoy staying busy. In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or exploring the beautiful Eugene, Oregon.

Did you know?

Ballet dancers undoubtedly walk with grace even when they are out of the studio. Every step, every movement seems impossibly graceful, yet natural for them.

The Black Swan brought attention to this art form in 2010 when Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis blew us all away with (in my opinion) a fantastic film highlighting the ups and downs of the competitive ballet world. It also brought attention to the fact that many actresses were also once dancers – their graceful movements taught in the dance studio translating to the graceful movements in front of the camera. These two actresses were able to fill their roles so well because they too had ballet backgrounds.

Continue reading to see other actresses who also have ballet backgrounds – did you know? Does it surprise you?

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#BalletLife

Ever heard of Storify? I hadn’t until this term. I decided to give it a trial run for this week’s explorations in the ballet world and decided that I like it, a lot. I see it as an online bulletin board displaying my social media research on whatever topic I desire.

This week, I wanted to see what ballet dancers have to say about, well, being ballet dancers. Continue reading

Breaking down Ballet

I was super lucky to have found Megan Duling to be my subject for my video project.

She is charismatic, one of the top dancers in the school and very passionate about what she does. Though she was a bit shy for the camera, throughout the two weeks I shadowed her, I could feel her warm up to the idea.

The process itself was actually pretty smooth, except for a few technical issues. My memory card ran out, so I attempted the interview on my iPhone. The audio quality was so low that I had to redo the interview entirely – luckily Megan was okay doing so!

She was very flexible when it came to meeting up with her – I was able to get shots of her dancing solo as well as sitting in on her class. I was nervous to do so, but the instructor was absolutely hilarious and very welcoming. I felt comfortable walking in and around tangles of legs, pointe shoes and bags.

Unfortunately, Megan got sick during the first week I was filming. There were other opportunities for more shots that got cancelled because she was home instead eating soup. I’m sure she didn’t enjoy doing that, either.

Overall it was a great experience. Filming ballet is HARD! It’s hard to figure out when to keep the camera still and when to pan it – and how to pan it. But I feel like I got some great shots of her and overall I’m very satisfied with the way it turned out.

Life of a Dancer

University of Oregon senior Megan Duling knows she may end up working a coffee shop for a bit after she receives her diploma in June. But she’s okay with that. If it means living in Seattle and auditioning for top dancing companies in the nation, she’ll be perfectly happy.

The 21-year-old gets many negative comments about her chosen path. Why pay so much money to go through schooling just to be a struggling dancer after college? For Megan, her passion for dance is worth it. And the support from her friends and family keep her going day after day.

Life of a Ballet Dancer (Rough Draft)

Tell Megan Duling that her major is a waste of time and money.

Do it. I dare you.

She will come back with a well-crafted, well-rehearsed response that she has had to give the past three years now.

The University of Oregon senior sat down with me to talk about her life as a dancer – literally, her life. She dances seven days a week, from classes to rehearsal to teaching – and never regrets her decision on pursuing this dream.

 


Gerlinger Filming

I spent a bit of this past Friday in Gerlinger Annex for the first time to film Megan Duling dance.

The 21-year-old University of Oregon senior spends a lot of her time here, so it made the most sense to film her in her environment, especially since this is where dance classes normally take place. She was prepared, wearing dance gear and establishing one of the studio rooms for us. It was large, bright and had a great white backdrop as well as a wall with a mirror.

UO senior Megan Duling dances in Gerlinger Annex - a place that she spends almost 7 days a week dancing in.

UO senior Megan Duling dances in Gerlinger Annex – a place that she spends almost 7 days a week dancing in.

B-Roll was and will be hard for this video. I got some great shots of her dancing, but it’s only with those two backgrounds. Though her moves were beautiful, I’m sure viewers will grow bored of just watching her continue to dance.

So she invited me to come film a rehearsal this morning. Great, right? I would be able to get some shots of her interacting with her peers. Unfortunately, she called me this morning to tell me she was sick and would not be going to the rehearsal after all.

I’m hoping to get more shots of her dancing throughout the week in different environments. Her instructor invited me to come film during a class on Thursday, which I am excited to place into my video.