Monday Class: We Got The Beats (Again)

Here’s a little petit allegro combination:
A
[Brush (back foot) to coté
Sous-sus
Brush plié second
Entrachat trois]
Repeat A two more times
Sisson simple
Chassé
Assemblée

Other side.

This was the final combination today— we didn’t do grand allegro because we ran out of time.

For some reason, I had difficulty getting the changes on this (I kept changing the back foot instead of the front), but once attained it was really nice. Very dance-y.

Prior to that we did royales; like a zillion of them, to make them very clean.

Across-the-floor went:
Pique fouetté
Balancé
Pique fouetté
Balancé turn
Pas de bourré-fifth
Chassé fourth
Double turn
Detourné
Plié fourth
Attitude turn to arabesque
Run away*!

*The studio isn’t big enough to do this twice through with any conviction.

I loved this one, once I stopped thinking and just danced.

Pirouette combinations involved a Vaganova thing with turns from second and a brute-force thing with eight repetitions of [plié, turn from fifth].

I managed to do half the turns the wrong way because for some reason I was convinced they were supposed to be en dedans. My brain loves en dedans.

Barre was strange (in a good way), interesting, and full of brain-teasers. Mr. Beastie was very much on form today (in the sense that his combinations were excellent; physically, he’s recovering from a wee hernia).

Both my turnout and my core are holding together better, which makes for better extensions, though my legs were tight today.

I would like to say that I’ll continue to write down the combinations like this, but I can’t always recall them this well.

So that was class. An excellent Monday. I hate my arms less and less each week; little by little, I look less like a big ropy cephalopod and more like a danseur.

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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 2016/02/01, in balllet, class notes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love the combinations and your reference as a big ropy cephalopod. Great image.

    • Ha, thanks! You know, now that I’m thinking of it, I realize that I haven’t invented a replacement “totem” in my inner visualization system. I’m going to have to think about this … and might even have to start imagining myself as a human being! 😀

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