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
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!