TFW You Can’t Freaking Turn

I just couldn’t turn today. 

Or,well…that’s not entirely true. I nailed a few really nice singles and maybe one nice double, but it wasn’t a good turning day. 

My spot was, for some reason, extra slow. 

My working foot didn’t to go where it was supposed to (seriously, at one point I closed an en dehors turn with the toe to the front of the knee, then moved it to the back immediately … just, WAT?!). 

I hopped out of more than one double. 

I blame my left ear, which is being weird. At one point I had to lie down on the floor  and give myself a bit of the ol’ Epley Manœuvre.

I also blame Roberto Bolle, who showed up last night in one of those dreams that just go on and on, no matter how many times you blink briefly awake. I don’t remember it terribly well, but I think we were doing Swan Lake, with Bolle both dancing and directing. 

Mostly I remember him yelling at me about my arabesque: higher, straighter, point that working toe harder, what’s that supporting foot trying to do? Get that demi-point UP! 

My arabesques were, in fact, very nice today, though. So, thanks for that, Mr. Bolle


“You’re welcome!” (via Wikimedia Commons) 

Dr. Dancebelt also featured in this dream as a disembodied voice over the house PA system. I remember thinking that was odd: we never saw him, but we knew he was there. 

Seems fairly relevant.

Ultimately, this is what I get for watching Paris Opera Ballet doing “Études,” Bolle in “Manon,” the remainder of Bourne’s Swan Lake (2012) all one evening. Weird dreams and bad turns.

I wasn’t awesome at the grand allegro: it ended with a change of direction via piqué soutenu, and I just couldn’t remember that. 

On the upside, my extensions are back above 90 even à côté, I managed not to flail in tour lent en attitude, and I actually didn’t hose up the petit allegro. 

So there you have it. Wednesday, now with 100% more advice from Dream Bolle. 

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 2017/03/22, in balllet, class notes, it is a silly place and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Presumably the manoeuvre was deployed after you had a negative Dix-Hallberg test?

    I must ask my dad if he has bad [x] days on the trumpet. I don’t remember having “bad fret days” on guitar but I totally have bad turns days.

    • Hmm. Now I’m trying to renege whether I had “bad bowing days” on the violin!

      Bad turning days, though … Those are definitely a thing.

      Also, I’m young to be giggling about The Dix-Hallberg test so evening 😀

      Edit: I just re-read these comments looking for something someone said a while back, and realized this one is nearly incomprehensible :/

      renege = remember
      young to be giggling = going to be giggling

      My tablet. It hates me.

  2. Dancersballetlife

    Ahh we all have days like this! Really enjoyed this post!

  3. Hey, you don’t say no to free ballet coaching, even if it’s just in a dream! I have days where I struggle to do even a single turn but fortunately, they are rare. And sometimes, there are even particularly good turning days to make up for it.

    • This is true! I would definitely describe myself as a jumper more than as a turner, and good turning days always feel amazing 😀

  4. Hey, advice from (dream-) Bolle – my boyfriend would be jelous :).

    I like turns, but they aren’t my thing, exactly.
    Yesterday, urban contemporary I created the great ballet mixup. Pencilturns with turned out feet, and learning some weird new turn where the leg comes last, wrangling the whole body in a spiral first. It simply knocks me out of balance.

    And some kind of turn in floorwork knoting your legs – my body refused to learn this on the first try.

    Congratulations for your successful show.

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