Saturday Class: Not Half Bad…

…Just half mediocre?

The were good moments today, but it wasn’t a shining example of my best work.

It was, however, an opportunity for comparison.

A year ago, I think, things that seem mediocre now would’ve seemed pretty excellent. I realized this whilst kvetching about the fact that I kept switching the entrechat trois with the entrechat cinque in a combination; whilst internally taking myself to task about some turns that were decent, but not great*; whilst being irritated about my tour lent being a touch wobbly on the first run through the adage.

*You guys: all of a sudden, my turns are SO FREAKING SLOW — what happened?! Not that slow turns are always bad; it’s just when you’ve got, like, two beats for a double and two beats later you’re leaving out the next step because your double was like about how you’d imagine a kiddie ride at an amusement park called Grandma’s Nap Land, or a slow-mo clip, or something. It’s like someone turned the friction on my shoes up to 11.

I was a wreck at grand allegro, though. For some reason, my brain didn’t bother to video most of the combination; it recorded the audio instructions instead.

The instructions were:
Grand jeté
Grand jeté
Grand jeté
Piqué arabesque**
Tour jeté
Tour jeté LAND IN A BALANCE!!!
Pas de Bourré
Saut de Chat

**This kicked off a change of direction, if it’s not clear.

Buuuuuuut! The initial glissades traveled, erm, kinda diagonally. Otherwise the whole thing turned into a disastrous zig-zag, like a Mini-Demolition Derby Bumper Ballet ride (which they totally DO NOT have at Grandma’s Nap Land; Grandma says that is WAY too dangerous).

Which I somehow failed to grasp.

Fortunately, we are having air traffic control issues (how often does one get to say that’s a good thing?), and I wound up in the second group, so at least I didn’t collide with anyone while angrily yelling at my body about still trying to launch its glissades to the side. I just looked like an idiot, so, you know. Par for the course, eh?

I also kept wanting there to be more tour jetés, but I always want more of those, soooooooo…

We all also got a general correction on our arms with regard to tour jeté: apparently, our legs were all, AGRIPPINA VAGANOVA! while our arms were like OMG WE ARE FIREWORKS!

This correction included the memorable phrase, “You can do fifth opening to second or you can do this: *demonstrates the arms everyone likes to do with grand jeté* but make sure I can tell which one you’re going for.*

So I then proceeded to think about my arms. I’m not entirely sure that helped, but we all know the rule about thinking in ballet, anyway.


Except, like, sub in "thinking" and "ballet."

(Okay, so that rule isn’t 100% literally literal, obvs. It’s more like, Think with your body, not with your brain.)

So that was my day. That, a bike ride, and open fly. Which isn’t where you inadvertently expose yourself, but where you get to play around in aerial apparati until your arms won’t go anymore.

Oh, and I was totally that guy today: I demonstrated to Denis how I could do awesome pull-ups on the lyra while complaining that about how I was still convinced that I couldn’t do regular pull-ups.

Then he sent me over to the pull-up bar, where I totally did a freaking pull-up.

So that happened, too, I guess. No humble-bragging intended; I just kind of felt like an idiot (which goes with looking like one in ballet class, so…).

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2016/06/25, in aerials, balllet, cirque, class notes, fitness, ID-10T errors and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Two days away from performing, and politics has thoughtfully arranged for me to worry about almost anything else!

    Also, we went to see the LA Dance Project. Wow. Uh…wow. I can see how BM was telling the French they weren’t practising enough – those people are sharp.

    • I guess now I have exactly one thing to thank UKIP for — providing timely distraction for you guys!

      I’m going to have to check out LA Dance Project, now!

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