Wednesday, February 6, 2013

No place to hide

I felt healthy enough to go to class tonight. I didn't have quite as much energy as usual, and my balance on one foot wanted to fall to the outside of my foot, but otherwise things went just fine.

One thing I've noticed about being a guy taking ballet classes is that even in a crowded room (4M/18F tonight) there's no way to hide in the crowd. Especially if you're a regular. Especially once the instructor has learned your name.

Yes, this instructor has begun addressing me by name. I'm getting regular compliments now, and what feels like a bit of special attention. Or maybe it's my imagination and some wishful thinking. I'm really hoping it means I'm making progress. I'm almost wishing we got periodic report cards (did I really say that?).

What I really need to do is work on my flexibility. My range of motion in my shoulders is getting better, as is that in my ankles, but I need to work on my torso, hips, and legs. This evening the instructor pointed out that in passé rélevé I'm not keeping my hips even with the ground, but I don't have the range of motion in my hips to make any adjustments. Frustrating.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're feeling better and congrats on "being in the spotlight" :) I'm always glad to see more men coming to ballet class...I love to watch their jumps and different port de bras and I feel it adds to the energy in the studio. And those personal corrections mean that the instructor sees potential!


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