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
Classes resume at different times in my different dance schools, so my return to dance after the holidays has been gradual and painless. For our first ballet class last Thursday, Birdie decided that we were going to whine about it anyway, so she might as well give us something to whine about: the class was … Continue reading Back In Action (For Now)
Birdie gave us an amazing piece of advice on Thursday. Like most good advice, it seems trivial: finish each movement. Don't sneak out of a rond de jambe as soon as your foot is out of your sight – make sure to bring it all the way to the back. This, she said, goes for … Continue reading Finish What You Started
Have you ever learned a new word you've never heard before only to encounter it everywhere in the next couple of days? This is called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon and it's a frequency illusion, a type of cognitive bias, meaning that the force causing it lies not with the mysterious workings of the universe but with … Continue reading Counting Tendus
Birdie is really laying down the law in ballet class. While our class is generally hard-working, very few people are willing to stand in the front. This behaviour is pretty common in beginner dance classes, university lectures and certain conferences. But Birdie decided she wasn't going to tolerate it in her class. Last Thursday, she … Continue reading Absolutely No Ballet Beyond This Line
Our Thursday ballet class is now officially in the hands of Birdie! I first met her in the summer course one and a half years ago. Back then, I'd only been doing ballet for a couple of months and I suffered in Birdies class – greatly. But I also learned a lot. Birdie is wonderfully technical, … Continue reading Birdie Is Back!
Sometimes, when you come to dance class, your teacher hands you a flyer and says «Hey, I've got this show coming up.» If you're me, you buy tickets immediately. Because if you're me, you think that watching your teacher on stage is not only the bee's knees, but also the fox's socks and the cat's … Continue reading Teachers On Stage!