Danseur Ignoble: Saturday Essentials Class With New, Improved Arms!
I love ballet for any number of reasons, not least the magical thing that happens when all the wiring you’ve been installing suddenly fires to life and, holy cow, you get it (thanks, neuroplasticity!).
Today was one of those days: in Essentials, everything was easy, and my arms were fluid and graceful and coordinated.
Margie asked me to demonstrate the sauté (arabesque) – chassee combo going across the floor, and I was able to do it on both legs. I kept it low and easy, though, and I’m sure Denis would appreciate that.
We had a new student who said she hasn’t danced in about 20 years, but she must have had excellent training. Her arms were lovely and she followed all the barre and center combinations like a champ. I hope she’ll come back!
No specific corrections today (except a note about making sure to get back to sauté-ing instead of Sissone-ing when my leg is done healing; I am still favoring that leg a bit, so often I do little Sissones instead of proper sautés) and a reminder (rather than a correction) to get my heels down between jumps.