Bloch It Out 

The Blochs acquitted themselves admirably. I am forced to admit that they feel more secure than my Sanshas. Never had to think about them at all during class. 

I wasn’t 100% on form today, but it’s coming. Yesterday I felt stiff (probably a follow-on from my unexpected dismount on Sunday) and tired and scheduling conflicts forced me to take a day off. I’m glad that they did, because I feel much better now. 

Turnouts are still getting their strength back, though. That will take a bit, I expect.

Adagio, as a result, was meh today—but petit allegro came along surprisingly well. I may yet stop sucking at it.

Grand allegro, meanwhile, was not my best effort. Specifically, my arms took a little trip back to Squidsville. On the other hand, three or four of us broke out our Pas de Chats Italiens, including R, who paired up with me. 

Oh, and I managed to actually not leave out the Bidonville  Bournonville jeté. Mr. BeastMode got video of us; I’m looking forward to cringing at how awful my Bournonville is 😛

Oh, and New Boy F returned. I was happy to see that he came back.

Next week begins rep class and rehearsal for Spring Collection. Evidently, costumes might happen! OMG OMG OMG I’m looking forward to discovering what Mr. B has in mind, as he’s setting a band new dance on us! 

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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 2017/01/25, in balllet, class notes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I occasionally get the feeling the halfsole isn’t quite underneath the ball, which I’d like to investigate one of these days.

    • I’ve had that sense with some shoes. I’ve decided that shoe fitting is definitely one of the Dark Arts, even for soft shoes.

  2. I got a pair of Bloch canvas that do OK. But it seemed like I turned better with my old reliable Capezio leather pair I wore until they fell apart.

    • Shoes are so weird. Or maybe I should say feet are weirdly particular about shoes? I’m definitely feeling these Blochs, though I discovered today that raised tape on the marley can displace them a bit.

      • Investigation shows that yes, there’s a big wear patch just on the inward side of the half sole on both sides. After hacking about a bit, got them on with the half further round under the ball (although now the heel feels odd) and, yes, convinced it helps turning. Marginal gains…

      • I feel that, in the dictionary, “ballet” should be defined as “a dance of marginal gains and moving goalposts.” 🙂

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