On Ballet! – Monday Class Notes
You may recall that, on Saturday, I received a really great correction about my tendency to sort of lean back when I think I’m pulled up straight.
As such, I went into today’s class feeling rather more confident about things: suddenly, I understood why some of the things that had proven difficult for me had done so, and had a notion as to how to fix them.
I say “had a notion,” because thought does not always translate directly to action. There were still times that I was a bit Pisa-esque, a little lean-y. However, when I was able to keep everything pulled together, my balance was much better, my turns were better, and I generally felt better.
Of course, that didn’t prevent me from developing an entirely new problem. No, as usual, in an effort to overcome a different (but related) existing problem — that of throwing my arms too far back, which also screws up your balance — I over-corrected, as always.
Fortunately, The Divine Ms. Margie caught it and corrected it before it could get, well, out of hand.
I also had some instances of the weird leg malfunction wherein, for whatever reason, my left leg goes instead of my right, or whatever, and then I do all kinds of crazy catch-up maneuvers. At least this only happened during petit allegro this time, and not at the bar (though I did, somehow, totally hose up one of the sequences at the bar anyway, for no good reason).
Something I’m trying to keep in mind: in ballet class, as in life, you shouldn’t focus on your msitakes. You should make note of them and correct them, of course, but if you find yourself thinking, “Oh, no, this is where I got the combo wrong before,” you’re almost certain to get it wrong again and in the same way.
Of course, when I figure out how to note my mistakes and correct them without focusing on them in that way, I’ll be sure to let you know.