...but then I took an arrow to the knee. Or a train station platform. Or, to be very precise, the lateral force generated when you step out of a still-moving train and onto said non-moving platform. In other words, I'll have to skip my second-ever modern class. I don't think the knee is really injured, … Continue reading I Used to Be an Adventurer Like You…
A while ago, one of the white walls of my ballet studio was painted a distressing shade of apricot. Not that I have anything against bright colours in general or apricot in particular, but I do firmly believe that colour in interior decoration should be used for aesthetic effect. This is not the case with … Continue reading Apricot Menace
As I have previously threatened in this post, I tried out a modern course yesterday. For those of you not in the know, I'm not talking about a present-day, state-of-the-art course as opposed to all the retro ones. I'm talking about modern dance. I had signed up for a test lesson on a whim before … Continue reading Modern: They See Me Rollin’
As of Friday, the five week ballet summer course is over. Next Thursday, regular classes with M. will resume and I may or may not see Birdie again. It was a very enriching, even if occasionally depressing experience. Thanks to both her precise technical corrections and the fact that she kept reminding us that ballet … Continue reading Things I Learned in the Summer Course
Jazz class has resumed today! I had been wondering how much I have forgotten during the four weeks' break, and the answer is, surprisingly: not much. One thing was special about today's class though: I don't think I have ever seen this many people there before. Only one person appeared to be completely new, most of … Continue reading Double Turns!
Birdie totally drove me to tears on Friday. I really hope no one noticed. I had to focus on silently reciting «The Old Astronomer» by Sarah Williams, which is my mental equivalent of white noise. I cry extremely easily and complete distraction is the only way to stop myself. All because of that negative self-talk … Continue reading Ballet Train Wreck
It is common knowledge that ballet folk, beginner and professional alike, tend to do ballet exercises wherever: at work, in queues, at the bus stop, on the bus and in bed, to name just a few. I am moderately guilty of this as well, although I stick with stretching, strengthening and balance exercises instead of … Continue reading That’s a Weird Place For Tendus