There are no ballet lessons until the end of July. Our class teacher is having a holiday, which is wonderful for her, not so wonderful for us.
I must admit, I have been pretty lazy in in-between-lesson-practise recently. I normally try and get a little bit of practise in at least one night a week, and up until a few weeks ago was stretching daily to increase my flexibility. Then I got busy. And I think, even a little bit lazy? And for the past two classes I have really felt it. I have felt stiff at the barre, and my muscles have really felt seized up after classes.
At last night’s class, I felt particularly unfit. We have been doing a lot more jumping routines recently, lots of Sissones and Brisés and Fouetté jumps. Exhausting for a not so flexible me.
An then something amazing happened. After the exhausting jumps, it was time for the dreaded Chainé turns. Really?! We haven’t done them for weeks, and I certainly have not been practising them. We had to go one by on, from the corner. I was sixth in line and not really looking forward to it. My turn came, and off I went, turning and turning and turning, and spotting and spotting…I got complimented for my improved spotting!
Next we had to do six Piqué turns and then straight into Chainé turns. Again, I went sixth. Piqué turns are my favourite turn (only because I can do them and I feel like a real ballerina when we do them). Off I went, our teacher counting which turn I was on…Six is a lot when the music isn’t particularly quick. The sixth Piqué came and in my head I was concentrating on remembering to Chainé the life out of myself to the other side of the room. I got to the other side, slightly dizzy, despite the spotting, but most importantly with praise on how much my turns have suddenly improved!
So for the next few weeks I need to set some ballet goals.
- Stretch every single day.
- Floor barre every day to strengthen core muscles. (Every little helps in the pursuit of the perfect Pirouettes.)
- Practice the things that need serious improvement:
- Chainé turns
- Petit Battements, Glissé, Double Frappé
- Developpé (especially in trying to get my legs higher)
I should also practise Double Pirouettes, but there is just not enough room is this house to do so!