Today I Learned… 

…The Apollo jump (which I had seen, but as far as know had never done) and the last remaining piece of our dance, which is mine alone and involves a turn in second and said Apollo jump.

That’s about all of it: we finish the Noodle Experiment, I back away from the girls and throw in a turn in second, then I pause for a second and when everyone else is essentially running upstage, I do the Apollo jump downstage, land it, collect myself, and run a few more steps to my place for the end of the dance. 

We might change up the first partnering bit, though we might not. We’ll see. I like the change that T and BG worked out, but it’ll be a question of whether the remaining two girls from that group are okay with it.

I’m fine either way. They’re worried about kicking me. 

I mentioned that if they kick me, it’s probably my fault. That’s kind of how partnering works for boys:

  • If the girl kicks you, it’s your fault. 
  • If you kick the girl, it’s your fault. 
  • If the girl smacks you in the face, it’s your fault. 
  • If you smack yourself in the face with the girl, it’s still your fault. 
  • If you drop the girl, it is Definitely Your Fault (and you will never live it down). 

FWIW, yes, this is intended to be funny but it’s also largely true. If you’re dancing the (traditionally) male role, part of your job is being in the right place at the right time and accounting for glitches, because the person dancing the other part has enough to worry about already. You adjust. 

And if she stops dancing, turns around, and punches you squarely in the nose? 

That is also Definitely Your Fault, unless it’s Because Ancient Aliens. 


PS: I was wrestling with keeping my waterfowls in a linear array in the turn from second because ATTAAAAAAAACK!, and BG was like, “Keep your chest up and think of it like … a hammer throw, only your foot is the hammer.”

Bizarrely, this worked really hecking well. 

Important note is that you still have to keep the working leg hella engaged, especially if you have sick mobility in your hips. If you think of a track & field person winding up for a hammer throw, though, they stay really tight basically the whole time. 

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 2017/03/13, in balllet, choreography, partnering, rehearsals, uggghhh...technique, variations, work and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This weekend’s adventure reminded me that partnering is hella fun and also effective. why yes, why not stare into each other’s eyes doing a big lunge into 4th with the soviet war memorial hands, hold it for a moment, and crack a huge kick/half fouétte thing to break away?

  2. I can relate to the “your fault” list with so many other things. It’s all about what you’re managing and being the one that has to keep track of it all.

    • Oh, good point! This is exactly the kind of responsibility that I attempt to avoid in other contexts 😀 In dance, though, I don’t mind.

  3. Loooove this! Please, do not smack yourself in the face with girls. 😀 I know dancers are lightweights, but it might still do some damage!

    • I have done this exactly once with a girl who weighs almost as much as I do! =:O

      We were doing Bluebird Lift in acro class, and I put too much Oomph! into the lift itself. Took a sternum (or something?) right on the chin 😀

      (Moreover, she’s only 5 feet tall, but SOLID. FREAKING. MUSCLE.)

      Definitely my fault, and definitely not something I plan on doing again any time soon 😀

      • Ouchie! And I thought that part was a bit of a hyperbole…

      • I think this problem might be pretty specific to Bluebird Lift because of the way you do it–you basically scoop your partner up and toss/roll her onto your shoulder, and if you put too much power into it, “into your shoulder” becomes “into your face.”

        OTOH, definitely a story I’ll someday be telling the grand-nieces and -nephews 😀

      • I’ve done this with a bar loaded with weights – deload week, so less iron than usual, go for the muscle snatch, bar comes up from the hang much faster than usual, whacked myself in the chest.

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