Saturday Class: Beats Me

Neither Denis nor I slept much last night — maybe a few hours, maybe less.

Consequently, I felt like a disaster in class today, though my fellow students said I danced well. Huh.

My legs weighed a ton (you decide whether metric or imperial; either is too much) and I couldn’t get the beats working, for the most part.

Of course, I could barely retain simple combinations, so I wasted a lot of clock cycles wondering if I was even doing anything that resembled what I was supposed to be doing. I am sure that I launched at least one turn the wrong way. Feh.

Beyond that, though, class was okay. I have to remind myself that, a year ago, there is no way I could have worked développés to 90+ degrees from fondu on this little sleep. I definitely couldn’t sustain extensions as well.

So I tell myself, Next week will be better.

Which it almost certainly will.

Especially if I can get some sleep.

There’s not a single combination that I really remember well enough to record — the adagio was nice; the combination for turns began with balancés, and I felt that mine were sloppy. Some of the turns were nice, though, including a kind of surprise double. Really a 2.25, because it was supposed to be a 1.25. Like, I seriously thought to myself, “Is this where I’m supposed to point when I’m done?” while continuing around through another spot.

Sometimes thinking in ballet makes interesting things happen. Mostly not, though, so I still don’t recommend it.

So that was Saturday class. Tomorrow we’re playing bells and then going to see Our The Lady of the Camélias.

On Thursday, we’re going to see the Nutcracker, which they’re either streaming live again or re-broadcasting. Either is fine with me.

Sometime between now and then, B and I will be doing the audition video. I definitely need to get some sleep before that happens!

So that’s all for now.

À bientôt, mes amis.

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About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Getting along pretty well with bipolar disorder. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2015/12/05, in balllet, class notes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I hope you’re asleep now, ashitude xx

  2. Where are you auditioning for? I remember all of my auditions, they seem so long ago. So much good anxiety and excitement 😊 You are in my prayers!

    • Thanks! Prayers are always welcome! The audition video is for Columbia College of Chicago’s Master’s program in Dance-Movement Therapy. I am indeed rather happily anxious and excited about it 😀

      • That’s awesome! I almost went to Columbia College as well. I’m actually from the suburbs but live in NY now. Are you from that area too?

      • What a funny, small world! I’m originally from Connecticut, but at the moment I live in Louisville, Kentucky. There are only 7 Dance-Movement Therapy Master’s programs in the US, and I think Columbia’s is the best fit (plus, I love Chicago), though Drexel in Philadelphia and Sara Lawrence up your way also look good.

      • Very cool 😊 I can’t wait to hear how your audition goes! Merde!

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