I've allowed myself a little sabbatical from the blog for the past two weeks. I was on holiday, with no commuting time to kill and a lot of fun things to do. The winter holidays are among my favourite times of year and I have spent them going to heavy metal concerts, packing presents, decorating … Continue reading Closing The Year
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
Today marks exactly two years since my very first jazz class! It is amazing to see how far I've come in this time – and how much is still left to learn. To look back on all that has happened, I've made a bullshit infographic with Venngage, only to have Venngage and WordPress conspire against … Continue reading Two-Year Dance Anniversary!
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
I caved in and opened a dancy Instagram account. I have always dearly loved Instagram... and then forgotten about it for another year the second I closed the app. I promise this will not happen anymore. So who's on Instagram that I haven't followed yet? Say the word and I will follow you! (Phantom of … Continue reading Instagram Anyone?