Castle (Spoilers)

As any Castle fan would know, the show had recently reached its 100th episode. We couldn’t be happier for the best show on television! A Rear Window themed episode was the best way to celebrate such a rare achievement.

What could they possibly do next to keep us glued to the television? We can always count on our Castle creator Andrew Marlowe to come up with something. In two weeks episode 21 “Still” will air and it will be intense. Beckett steps on a pressure sensitive bomb and has to stay “still.” I don think anything has been more accurately titled. Castle tries to distract Beckett from arguing with her who fell whom first.

Will this work? I hope so; I would hate to see this show end just as everything the fans has been waiting for is just beginning. It’s not the first time the leading lady has been in danger, but this seems too close. Standing on top of a bomb is stressful. I don’t know about you, but I have nervous leg that wouldn’t be able to stay still for hours.
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                I had been a dancer for 15 years.  I also taught dance for 5 years.  I took a few different types of dance like ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, but my specialty was lyrical.   Lyrical is a mix of ballet and jazz techniques.  There are many different types of dance: ballroom, Broadway, modern, etc.  They all have their own challenges so when picking a type of dance watching others perform is a good way to get an idea of the dance.  

The best way to learn about dance is to take a dance class.  It takes a lot of strength and flexibility no matter which discipline a dancer chooses.  Getting the basics down (first position, second position, etc.) will be the first challenge, but don’t get discouraged if you can’t learn them right away.  Yes, it can be painful for beginners, but that’s just because it’s new to the body. 

Dance is a good workout, but there are ways to ease the pain.  Warming up is always the first thing a dancer should do before a performance or a class.  For warm-up tips clicks here

To better a student’s technique the student might want to request a video of their practice so they can go back later to watch their performance and progress.  This way the student can see exactly what he/she is doing wrong and can apply corrections. 

The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy dancing.  Judges or the audience will know if you don’t want to be there.  So remember to have fun and put your personality into it and it won’t matter if you are perfect as long as the audience can tell you are having fun.

Predicting the Oscars

            The 2013 Oscars are upon us.  The films nominations this year have left out some (Ben Affleck) and have some surprises (Quvenzhané Wallis). 

            My prediction for Best Picture is Argo (I would like Silver Linings to win, but that’s a slim chance).  Affleck was snubbed and the academy didn’t hear the end of it, they won’t want to make another mistake.

 In Actor in a Leading Role I pick, hands down, Daniel Day-Lewis.  It’s Daniel Day-Lewis, enough said.  For Actor in a Supporting Role I pick Robert De Niro.  He probably won’t win, but he made me cry in Silver Linings Playbook. 

In Actress in a Leading Role I pick Jennifer Lawrence.  She’s amazing in Silver Lining Playbook and she has won the Globe and the SAG.  Jessica Chastain is a close second, but I think Jen will take it.  For Actress in a Supporting Role it’s going to be Anne Hathaway.  She won the Globe and the SAG and no one can get that song out of their heads. 

Directing is a hard category since Affleck wasn’t nominated, but I think it will go to Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.  I also think David O. Russell for Silver Linings could also take it. 

Watch the video to hear other predictions for the Oscars and even comment your own.  You can get the full list of nominees at Oscar.go.com and make your own predictions.