I tend to go a bit overboard on pretty much anything I enjoy. This explains why I have four dance classes and two gym sessions a week. Last year, missing a class would've caused me acute bad conscience. I'd drag myself to class when injured «to see how it goes» and feel terrible if the … Continue reading Chilling Out
Merriam-Webster provides, among others, the following definitions for the word «advanced»: being beyond others in progress or ideas being beyond the elementary or introductory greatly developed beyond an initial stage As of last Wednesday, all of these are applicable to my dancing! Yeah! Well, maybe not applicable as such and maybe not to my dancing as such, but I was permitted to join the … Continue reading Advanced!
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
Beans has decided to drill us on handstands. We've been doing various little drills for a couple of weeks now. At the very end of last Friday's class, she marched us up to the huge mirror wall and insisted we do wall handstands. «This'll probably be the last thing I ever do», I thought before … Continue reading Cloudy With A Chance Of Handstands
This has been dawning on me in every single dance class for the past two weeks, so let me inflict it upon you. The steps might seem a tad counterintuitive, but trust me, they work wonders. Step One Acquire a deep dental filling in one of your upper (maxillary) molars. It is imperative that the … Continue reading How To Rapidly Improve Jumps And Floorwork In Two Easy Steps
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!