We first did assemblés in ballet a couple of weeks ago. This is a bit unsual: our class has been going strong for two years now and I understand most teachers expose their students to the horrors of assemblé early. Our first teacher, M., favoured the jeté and never taught us assemblé at all. When … Continue reading What The Assemblé?
ARGH I've missed blogging so much, you guys! I've been crazy busy in this past few weeks. A couple of minor health blerghs nonwithstanding, I've been dancing and training like crazy, got involved with a cool new volunteer project, set up and enacted a social media strategy at work, went to see a burlesque show, … Continue reading Missed You!
Are there any ballet-themed superheroes? Widowmaker, the sexy sniper from Overwatch, has a ballet background, but she's really more of a villain. Anyhow, I continue to feel like a superhero in ballet class. A few weeks ago, I was all frustrated, and now, I feel like I'm rocking it. Weird. My higher relevés have a … Continue reading Avengers Assemblé
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!
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
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