Monday, January 31, 2022

Easing back into class

Infection rates in this county have dropped dramatically, and a friend and I decided to meet at a local pub for an early dinner. She had previous commitments later in the evening, and seeing as how the pub was just down the street from the ballet studio I decided it was time to go back to class.

I'd lost track of time, as often happens when you're enjoying a conversation, and barely made it to the desk by the time the class was scheduled to start. When I went to check in, the staffer seemed confused. "Did you just register?" she asked. "Yup, about 3 minutes ago" I replied. 

I rushed into the studio, dug my slippers, water bottle, and towel out of my bag, and changed out of my street clothes. Normally we have a live pianist, but he was late arriving. The delay getting recorded music started in his absence meant that I missed only a small part of the first barre exercise.

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.