Sunday, January 2, 2022

Fixing my turns

One of the things I've been struggling with is inconsistent turns. When I'm fresh I can do clean pirouettes in either direction, on either leg. As I tire my turns get sloppy, with turns standing on my right leg almost feeling as if my leg was collapsing under me. I've been struggling to understand exactly what is it I'm doing wrong and not having much success.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Seeking reassurance

After feeling a bit out of my depth yesterday I felt I could use some reassurance, so I took Julie's Beginner 2 today. Julie is an excellent instructor, a retired professional principal dancer. She teaches what I consider a true Beginner 2 class: there are no grand pliés, no single-leg relevés, and the combinations are short and simple. The focus is on clean execution rather than fancy steps. But she can spot a bent supporting knee under sweatpants from across the room, and her corrections are gold.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Jumping into the deep end

In the last calendar week (Sunday to today, Saturday), I've taken five ballet classes. This is something of a record for me. I don't know that this will be a regular thing, but expanding my repertoire to include MYB's "Advanced Beginner" classes and being able to take classes during the day means I can find a class any day.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Lost and Found, made of Unobtanium

When I got to class this evening, I could only find one of my So Danca slippers. Fortunately I still carry my Capezio Hanami slippers, so I had something to wear. Of course, the Fates made sure that every exercise included at least one turn, including barre. I still like the way the Hanamis look and feel, but they also still twist on my feet during turns. When I got back to my car after class I found the other So Danca slipper on the back seat of my car where my dance bag had been; at least I didn't lose it.

Monday, November 29, 2021

I'm confused (again)

I've been taking the Beginner 2¾ class two or three times a week for a few months. Barre always ends with 16 single-leg relevés on each leg. Centre is packed with activity. After class I'm tired, but otherwise have no ill effects.

For the last couple of weeks I've taken the Sunday Beginner 2 class instead of the Saturday Beginner 2¾ class because of scheduling conflicts. This class is much less strenuous than the Saturday class. No relevés at the barre. No grande pliés. Simple, short centre exercises. Yet each Monday morning I've woken up with sore, stiff calf muscles that make walking difficult. Why?