Ballet Squid Chronicles: Two Tiny Classes
For what might be the first time in the history of ever, there were more people in Essentials than in Beginner/Intermediate class today.
Essentials was lovely, except for the part where I randomly clicked into doing some combination from another class that begins just like one of Margie’s but then changes halfway through and everyone followed me. I guess I should be flattered that apparently the whole class was following me, even though I led them all astray!
Margie led a lovely class as always and gave us a nice fondue combo that we haven’t done before.
There were only four of us in the Beginner/Intermediate class, and Claire worked us all like a bunch of cheap carthorses (I mean that in the best possible way, of course). I was having issues with my coupé balance today, and she gave me epic corrections which I hope I will be able to apply reliably.
In short, I am still letting my shoulders get too far back during coupé balances at the barre. I need to make some space at home for barre stuff. Right now, where there’s room for a chair or something like that, there’s carpet. Work on our mini-studio is stalled right now.
Going across the floor, we did a nice combination with a fouetté. Very cool stuff. Also lots of turns. Some of my pirouettes were nice today.
Having missed an entire freaking week (because math, then knee problem) I was completely whipped by the end of the second class. My bigger jumps were crap. T’s looked amazing, though.
My knee felt fine all day today, so I’m hoping a week off the bike and out of the studio has sorted it. This is a recurring problem, though, so sooner or later I need to get it checked out.
For what it’s worth, mood-wise, I definitely felt the lack of ballet — enough, in fact, that I am pretty sure I should probably try to get to class and just take it easy on the left side if my knee starts being stupid again. It was not a pretty week either for Denis or for me.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I expect to be pretty swamped this coming week, but I’ll try to keep on top of posting.