Wednesday Class #2

Lovely mixed-level open house class tonight. I took it as an opportunity to focus on expression and musicality, mostly. I also worked on pelvic placement, particularly in our fondue and rond-de-jambe combination, and at least once got it really right. I can feel it when it’s right; it magically makes grand rond-de-jambe work perfectly at 90 degrees.  Well, that and bringing the heel around as you come from arabesque when going en dedans.

It was cool to be back in Studio 5, where I took my first steps back into the roiling waters of ballet almost two years ago now. It was especially cool to be sharing a barre with a brand-new dancer, doing my best to demonstrate good port de bras and work cleanly through the combinations.

In a way, it’s like coming full circle. (Because I am ridiculously tired, my brain is now insisting on going all Sir David Attenborough, like, “At last, the mature dancers return to the waters of their birth, where they will bring about the new generation, blah blah blah…”)

My flexibility is now as good as it has been since I started dancing again: effortless splits both ways; pancake in straddle. I’ll work splits where they are for a week or two, then see about regaining hypersplits. My cambré back also looks great. Turnout is much closer to 180 degrees as well.

Anyway, I’m about to nod off, so I’ll close here.

À bientôt, mes amis!

Acro-Balancing tomorrow, which will fill my Yoga slot on the ballet challenge that I keep neglecting to mention, but before that, a little more history review, then evaluations, then bell choir.

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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 2016/01/06, in balllet, class notes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Split??? Hypersplit ??!!!!

    It’s a long long way to go – and so long my extensions are a bit hrmpf…
    On the bright side the double pirouettes begin working more stable now – and I confirmed that I don’t like Yoga. Not enough moving to music…

    • Funny — that’s exactly what another dancer and I were saying after class last night, about yoga!

      Also, way to go on the double pirouettes!

      As for flexibility, I have an unfair advantage in the form of that benign joint hypermobolity syndrome thing, which makes it a lot easier.

      • Yeah, I said it harder to a friend – Yoga is in my feeling a overrated stretching class (which takes much too long).

        For the doubles – I first managed some a few months ago. They are no way technical clean, but I build them into the chrismas demonstration (choreographed a little play) for my familiy and they worked.

        Go for them, I bet yours look much much better!

      • Aww, thanks! I will definitely keep working them ^-^

        I love the idea of choreographing a Christmas ballet/play for the family!

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