…When you’re a dancer.
The body of a dancer is a precision instrument
- You guys, autocorrupt really wanted this to read, “…is a prison.” WHAT. THE. HECKING. HECK.
It responds like a top-flight racing bike combined with a masterwork violin. To the dancer, it delivers sublimely subtle signals (okay, and sometimes obnoxiously loud ones) and offers exquisite controls.
It’s also persnickety as all hell, though, to be honest.
Like, there are a million things that can, for ballet purposes, just make you feel weak. For example:
- To much sleep
- Not enough sleep
- Eating too much
- Eating too little
- Drinking too little
- Drinking too much
- Allergy meds
- Needing a day off
- Taking more than one day off
- Disruptions in the daily routine
- Boredom with the daily routine
- Too much class (see: overtraining)
- Not enough class (see: Chicago, The Musical [mildly NSFW: coarse language :P])
- Yesterday’s grand allegro
- The fact that we haven’t done grand allegro since Taft was in office
So, basically, to sum it all up: like everything else in ballet, keeping the body strong and tuned-up is all about desperately fighting for balance whilst making it all look effortless.
Feeling inspired yet? o_O’
This post brought to you by a conversation with BW that more or less concluded with both of us giving up on trying to figure out what might be making me feel weak, because obviously the answer was YES.
And the numbers 1 through 8, because #dancermath.