Last week's ballet class proved to be rather educational and, for a change, uplifting. I was still feeling in top form and keeping up well both stregnth- and technique-wise. This inspired me to finally ask Birdie for advice about my weird foot sickling problem. Sickled feet are the devil in ballet, as all of you … Continue reading Actual Improvements!
I've returned to the gym successfully and now have quite a bit of DOMS to show for it. Otherwise, that's just about it for now: both my modern schools have two weeks of winter holidays. One down, one to go. The Wednesday school offers free-for-all adult classes every evening, but the Intermediate/Advanced classes are always … Continue reading Quiet Times For Setting Goals
My new phid has been healing very well – it has already finished peeling! So a week after I got it, I went back to ballet class. I was getting a bit restive – I'm not used to having evenings off, so at first, I was at a loss what to do with myself. Fortunately, … Continue reading Back To Ballet
It seems that whenever I join a modern class, I immediately get drafted into a recital. Which is a good thing! In yesterday's Advanced modern, Grace asked us if we'd be willing to participate in the studio's summer recital in the city theatre. My Monday / Friday school only has a recital for everybody every … Continue reading Another Recital!
I've now been to Advanced modern class three times and have had some time to settle in. It is very different from both Monday and Friday mixed-level classes in several ways. Here are some things that struck me as very different: The technical difficulty of the Advanced class is somewhat limited. It requires a solid … Continue reading Advanced Realisations
I'm slightly frustrated with ballet at the moment. The more I learn, the more I realise how terrible I am at it. Birdie's teaching style certainly draws attention to my ineptitude. I love her classes, the way she will point out technical mistakes – that is much better for learning than receiving no corrections. On … Continue reading Terrible Technique
Yesterday, the SO and I went to see Swan Lake by the Russian Ballet theatre. The company's full name translates to something like «Moscow State Theatre of Russian Ballet». It was founded by former Bolshoi soloist Vyacheslav Gordeev thirty years ago and is still under his artistic direction today. They often tour Switzerland, Austria and … Continue reading Swan Lake