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If you do a clean double pirouette and the teacher doesn’t see … did it really happen?

Well, yeah, it did. Right at the end of a complicated combination.

But Mr. O didn’t see it in class this morning. Couldn’t quite do one meeting his satisfaction, but my turns were better overall in both classes today (I did a few more clean doubles in Dawn C.’s class).

And both classes seemed to be pretty good classes otherwise, even if Mr. O made his a little more cardio. It kicked all of our butts.

The highlights? I think I did a credible job beating my jetes (jete batus maybe?) and stayed on the music and went in the right direction every time. And brises’ were OK, although I noticed my feet doing a little floppy thing every now and then. But Brises’ were once things I could not do, so I’m not complaining.

Dawn C.’s class continues to be a challenge, but I’m making progress. It’s a little more formal. And she uses different terminology than Mr. & Mrs. O and Susan K. She mentioned doing something in a combination and I’m thinking, what? Turns out it another term for tour jete. When the first line did it, I’m thinking “oh yeah, I’ve done that.”

We are doing some stuff I haven’t done before in her class, but I thought I did a credible job. Never knew there was a ron de jambre en’lair jump before, but we did it tonight. And I did OK. We also did a combination where we did a brise’ front with one leg, and then brise’ back with the other. Again, I was able to do it.

Got a little anxious tonight when I saw a partial cast list for Nutcracker posted. It was Act I. I’m already a party dad in that one (it’s a volunteer role). Still waiting on Act II to see if I’m doing Chinese again. I’m expecting to, but I don’t take anything for granted until I see my name posted.


Ballet and sauna … at the same time!

Didn’t know I was in for a two-for-one deal in company class this morning.

Either someone accidently someone turned the heat on, or something was wrong with the A/C. That’s not a good thing for a ballet class in Alabama, where it was already humid outside. It was so humid my shoes were sticking.

The heat evidently played a roll with everyone’s pirouettes (although mine were better today than they had been all week). Mrs. O asked us why our pirouettes were a bit off …and she got comical answers and demonstrations from the company kids about hot it was.

“We’re melting” was the phrase I gave an amen to. But I won’t complain too much. I’m pretty sure I left some calories behind when I left the studio.

Despite the heat, it turned out to be the best class of the week, which was good since this was my first class with Mrs. O since she called me out during petite allegro last week. Even my brises (one of the scourges of my dancing existence) looked cleaner than they normally look in a combination I fared much better at than I thought I would. It probably helped that the brises didn’t come with any vole’s.

After being called out last week, I made sure I finished every combination today, and most were extremely fun. That included a combination that included an arabesque turn (also one of those scourges of my existence). Went right into the turn, know problems at all. 

And I managed to go the right direction every time during our grande allegro combination that included going from a fouette to a tour jete. The only glitch was coming out of the sisonne into the chasse’ assemble’ part of the combination … but I can live with that since I went the right direction on the fouette-tour jete.

Maybe someone should turn on the heat every day if I’m going to have a class like that.

I’ll be honest, I love the Saturday morning company class more than any other class I take. I’ll miss it during summer session.