The other adagio we've been practicing goes something like this:
- Start upstage left facing upstage right, croisé derrière right.
- Four ballet walking steps, right foot first, on the diagonal toward downstage right.
- Sweep right foot through to effacé derrière left.
- Lift left leg to first arabesque for two counts.
- Demi-plié with the right supporting leg, then pop up to arabesque en demi-pointe for two counts.
- Land back in effacé derrière left, slide left leg through to croisé derrière right.
- Shift the weight back to croisé devant left.
- Bring left foot back while pivoting to face upstage left, croisé derrière left.
- Repeat to the other side.
The sequence is kinda fun to do. We did it several time tonight, after practicing the other one. It's almost like dancing! ;-) I usually can do the arabesque including the "bounce" up to demi-pointe, though my landing isn't as pretty as it could be and I sometimes forget what comes next at that point.
- I incorrectly described the barre exercise that I thought was contributing to my soreness. It's a plié in first, rise to demi-pointe while still in the plié, rise from the plié while still on demi-pointe, and finally lower the heels. All while (trying to) maintain turn-out. I can feel the stretch in the calf muscles in that last step.
- I found the tag for the tights I really like. They are indeed Capezio 5945s. The size M are a bit tight, so I'm going to get some size L.
They're no longer made, soI may buy several. I wonder what their shelf life is?
- The Capezio MT-11s are holding up ok, unlike the MT-10s. According to the sizing chart I'm right on the cusp between L and XL; these are size L and they're just a bit on the short side, so if I get more I'll get XL.
- I think I'm going to have to get myself a portable barre for home. I need to practice.