One thing I love about Mrs. O’s class is that so many tips you want to try in areas you struggle in.
If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know I struggle with pirouettes.
Those three words were her recipe yesterday.
Pretty simple, huh?
Yes and know. When I thought and applied those three words (and had the time to do so), my pirouettes were much cleaner.
But for me, it’s also more complicated. I try so hard at times to show Mr. and Mrs. O I can do a clean double that I use too much force. I still struggle spotting. I look down, I try to steer with my upper body (goes along with too much force).
I am beginning to attack them with a little more confidence. Maybe I’m closer to a break-through.
That might also be the case with a step that has become the scourge of my existence: Coupe’ jete.
This turning step is something male dancers must master. It’s one that I’ve struggled to process despite help from Mrs. O and a former male dancer with the company.
Yesterday, Mrs. O had the male dancers do it in a circle. I did something I rarely do: I sat out for fear of looking foolish. There was a photographer there taking pictures for the company page in our performance programs.
I used the time to watch their steps in a circle.
Mrs. O put the step in our final combination: Saute, balance’ turn, ton be coupe’ jete.
I decided to break down the final part: ton be couple’ jete’, and probably did them better than I’ve ever done them.
They weren’t spectacular.
But for me, it was an improvement.