Ballet Intensive, Day 3

Last night, conditioning class was tough —Ms. A2 opened with a gentle warm-up that lulled us all into complacency, then whipped out the most-demanding Pilates workout I’ve done to date.

I spent the brief break before technique class pacing the studio to keep my muscles warm; between that and the flexibility work we did in conditioning, I had increasingly awesome turnout throughout barre and good extensions. I’ve been remembering to stretch my piriformis, which has been helping with my splits.

Double turns were reliably on tap for turns and terre-a-terre (a lovely waltzy thing with sweeping ronds) and I had good entrechats during petit allegro, although I had to battle muscle memory to keep from doing a similar combination we do frequently at home.

I might overturn my ruling about triple turns tonight, because I’d like to tune them up for variations, if I can.

After the second break, we ran Albrecht a bunch of times, then revisited our duo, then returned to Albrecht.  We’re now really polishing both. I substituted contretemps where I’d just been stepping over myself in one passage and added double turns where they fit, though if we perform the duo, I probably won’t do them unless C does. We are, after all, supposed to be mirroring of one-another, not show-boating!

Albrecht-wise, since I now have the opening pose-step-chassée-cabriole-assemblée-Sissone sequence down, I’ll see tonight if I can work double cabs in. I’m still not 100% sure I can even do them reliably, but it would be awesome to be able to pull them out on Saturday.

I should also figure out how I want to finish Albrecht’s variation — there are some options. Right now I’m doing a turn from fourth to second to the knee (which I think I should finish effacé but with my shoulders opened back to stage left, since that would leave me facing our imaginary Giselle, for whom I’m theoretically doing this entire dance?).

I plan to watch some versions of the variation on YouTube and collect some ideas.

Mr. J got my arms sorted on a part of Albrecht’s variation about which I’d somehow confused myself and improved my tour-to-the-knee (a definite in the duo and an option for Albrecht), which I’d been doing awkwardly — tour, land on two feet, rond de jambe to knee. He demonstrated it and I realized that it’s cleaner if you pick up the leg that will be in back before you land the tour.

I also want to see if I can swing a double tour before I go home — I had a respectable 1.5 last night, which is progress, although not incredibly useful.

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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 2016/07/21, in balllet, class notes, dance, supplemental instruction, variations and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Pretty cool.

    I think I’ve only just realised that the week of the 15th August is going to be an actual majority of my total studio time so far.

    • That sounds like it’s going to be one long week! Though possibly not as long as the one immediately before it. I’ve discovered this summer that the anticipation leading up to one of these things makes the preceding week an enormous drag 😀

      • More seriously, it’s been a strange experience so far, so compressing the same dose into a week….huh. I might abandon my strategy of never buying any gear as a way of sublimating.

        (You know how any activity with men has that guy who has all the gear, and no idea? On the hill, he’s wearing the super gucci goretex and you know he’s got the map upside down. The guy with the apps and the protein shake and the bench shirt? Totally going to tie up the squat rack for the next hour doing tiny bench presses real slow. The dev with the really complex tmux and shiny new laptop? You’re going to fix his bugs. That guy in the meeting with the Rolex? The sucker. So I thought I’d stay out of the store as long as humanly possible.)

      • Ha, yes. I know that guy! But, yeah —for so much dancing in so little time, at least some specialized gadgetry might come in handy.

        Then again, for modern, half the time you’re not allowed technique shoes in serious classes, and if you get a blister, you’re just supposed to tape it up and wear a sock (two if you must).

        OTOH, purpose-built legwarmers are legitimately useful, and if you buy just one thing, I’d get those (the really tall ones with stirrup bottoms seem to offer the best cost-to-benefit ratio, IMO).

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