London

I’ve Been Framed! (With Ben Grimes)

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Last week saw a group of slightly trembling female bloggers face their childhood memories with an attitude of determination yet quiet concern as they headed to Frame Dance in Shoreditch for a night with Robinson Pheffer. The evening was, fingers crossed, going to be highly graceful and elegant just as every young girl dreams when in her first ballet class. But would we look like blobby wanabes with (the dreaded) turned in ankles and tense shoulders? Would we have to face the ballet barre and mirror and realise the truth? That we’d never be the sprightly young tutued nymphs that we once were…Sewing ribbons onto my kindly offered Frame ballet shoes

Refreshingly I think most of us were pleasantly surprised! I can’t speak for the girls who took the first class but for me and my ‘Cardio-Ballet’ companion, who have returned to the barre after several years out of grade 6 ballet, seeing ourselves kicking and soubresaut-ing wasn’t as bad as we thought! In fact it was rather invigorating! Luckily I don’t have any shots of us sweating away to Ben Grimes awesome DJing but I do have a documentation of the crafty activities we were treated to afterwards!Customising my own ballet shoes has to be the most Lucy-esque activity one can get. Considering my old shoes were looking a little holey and bearded, being offered a new pair as well as the chance to stick fun shapes of them was the most useful part of the evening!Model Ben Grimes at the craft table and my newly customised shoes!

The evening gave me a chance to discover the sweet and delightfully friendly Frame ballet club, part of the dance, fitness and holistic Frame Studio. I had the opportunity to have a chat with Ben Grimes, a model I greatly admire and discovered we had a mutual love for the band Yelle (being both being half French and all). I found out all about Frames birth by discussing with one half of its founders and was explained that the class rooms were all partitioned from two big railway arches. Pretty cool looking place.

Leotard – Dance Direct, Top – Charity shop, Tights – Gap

Here’s my 80s work-out inspired outfit, perfect for all those weight lifting exercises and high kicks!
Thank you to Robinson Pheffer and Frame for letting us have a taste for our ballet dreams again! Take a peak at Frames beautifully designed blog here

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  • Zoรซ October 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    >your ballet shoes are the SWEETEST. i haven't done ballet since i was 7. i was the tomboy and messer in the class! you have the figure for it and the attitude, heehee!

  • Jazzabelle October 25, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    >oh lucy, you look wonderful! your outfit is amazing, i love how bright and confident you are when it comes to dressing. and goodness, you are so darn flexible!

    hehe, your shoes are lovely, very 'lucy' indeed. xx

  • Kit October 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    >OMG Lucy!!!!! You're soooo flexi!
    Your customised slippers are so cute…you should frame it Ha!

    Was lovely seeing you and Carrie again….it's been how long now? Since your birthday meet :S

  • danniekate October 21, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    >this has to be the cutest idea ever! and i love your pose missy x

  • Penny Dreadful October 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    >Hehe, I love those last pics. Saw this on Kit's blog too, it looks like such a fun event – and customised ballet slippers, fantastic!

    http://pennydreadfulvintage.blogspot.com/

  • Diana Mieczan October 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    >That is so fun…I always wanted to try ballet:) Really love your outfit:)
    Kisses