Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Changes at The Washington Ballet

Septime Webre, the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet for the last 17 years, is stepping down effective June 30th, 2016.

The announcement did not name a replacement. Instead it indicates that a search for a new Artistic Director "is proceeding immediately."

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Four! I made it to Four!

After a good start to the month things went to hell. Two weeks sick, two kidney stone attacks (and a half day in the ER), and over 30 inches of snow has kept me out of class until this weekend.

I thought I'd ease my way back in with a Beginner 2 class, but the regular instructor is out and this class was more like 2.5. I started off strong but by the end of barre my energy was fading. I did some center exercises and skipped others, going from feeling hot to chilled by the end even with my sweatshirt on. Then during Reverence, of all times, I overstretched a muscle in my side and it went into full spasm. Damn that hurt! Now, an hour later and with lunch in my belly, I think it's finally calmed down enough for me to drive home.

That was TWO classes in December and FOUR in January. Not exactly a major achievement, given that not long ago I was taking four classes a WEEK. But at least I'm back in class.

Oh! I almost forgot. There was a seriously funny moment in class today. The instructor was giving feedback on petit battement, saying the foot should just touch the front of the standing leg and then the back. The woman she was talking to innocently asked, "So we should touch ourselves?" Silently I covered my ears with my hands and the class broke up into gales of laughter.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Don't want to Adult today

The 2.5 feet (78cm) of snow that fell on this area over the last couple of days has put a damper on things. I really want to just pull the blankets over my head and go back to sleep, but I need to go dig my car out. I have appointments scheduled for Monday afternoon.

On average we only get a storm like this once every few years while some years we barely get any snow. And when it does snow heavily it usually disappears within a few weeks. But that doesn't mean I haven't started wishing I lived somewhere with warm winters.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Another word: sick

Seems like staying home from class last night was a good idea for another reason: I woke up this morning coughing and feeling congested. Rather than bring whatever bug I caught into work and sharing it with my co-workers I decided to stay home. I gave proper notifications, then climbed back into bed and slept until early afternoon.

Right now I'm running a temperature of 99.3F (37.4C), so I suspect I'm going to be home tomorrow as well. I had been trying to figure out how to juggle various obligations this weekend, but I think class just dropped off the schedule until I'm back to 100%.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

One word: owww!

The conflict I had for tonight's class resolved itself, and yesterday I entertained thoughts of going to class. Yet two days after the nasty cramp in my adductor my legs still hurt. Last night I was seriously concerned that one or the other would cramp, and this morning they still occasionally twitch in certain positions.

Perhaps it'd be best if I took it easy this evening, and snuggle up with a nice jug of Gatorade.