Saturday, April 6, 2013

Nope, you're stuck with me!

This was my exclamation leaving class just now, after the teacher tried to offer some reassurance that I wasn't failing miserably. Yes, a non-sequitur, but after that class it felt appropriate.

What the hell is a "sous du chat" anyway, and how do you spell it?

More this evening — now I'm off to see the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin.

It's late evening and I'm back. The step is "saut de chat". I'd described it to a friend as "a little grand jeté with a developpé", and according to the 'net that's exactly what it is. It's supposed to be easier that a real grand jeté but you couldn't prove it by me.

We didn't get even half way through the 90 minute class before most of the students were groaning. I think the teacher is trying to kill us. Everyone had trouble at some point or another. Some groaned at the repeated single-footed fondu - relevé exercise, while others had trouble keeping up with the fast footwork. I keep finding myself with my weight on the foot that needs to move. But mostly my problem is that the combinations are so fast and unfamiliar I can't keep my brain ahead of my feet. Yet. I still don't feel totally lost, just way behind. I'm hoping that in some months to a year I'll look back on this posting and laugh at how simple the combinations were.

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