Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Some good, some bad

Had a couple of things go right tonight. And a couple that didn't.

One of the center adagio combinations made sense almost immediately. Except for an occasional wobble I knew what I was doing and had time to think about the transitions from one position to the next. I was really happy about that; I don't recall ever feeling like I knew an entire sequence down cold before.

We also did an allegro that we'd done before. It's a really simple sequence of tombé, coupé, assemblé dessous (under), then repeat to the other side. The complexity is the very rapid weight shift during the coupé. Last time I just couldn't wrap my head around it, and spent some time between classes trying to get it to work. It'd started to feel ok, but I was far from confident in it until this evening when it started to feel more natural. Not graceful, mind you — my arms were all over the place — but the feet were in the right place.

Between the two successes, though, I managed to totally brain-fart on simple things like a waltz turn. I'd recover from that, only to forget the balancés that followed. It's amazing to me how I can go from feeling like I might be one of the better students in the class to feeling like a total klutz in the span of 10 minutes.

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