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"Margot Fonteyn didn't have great feet..."

I felt all day today like I was about to jump out of my skin, so I decided to go to dance class. I really wanted to try out this lyrical jazz class, but only 2 of us showed up, and they won't teach the class if less than 5 people are there.

So, I got back in the car and went to the other dance studio, all the way across town, and ended up in a Basic Ballet class. I could have taken a normal jazz class, but I didn't feel like being lively and dancing to Fergie or whatever. I wanted something a little more froofy (as in, for once I kind of wanted the teacher who was going to say "be your own windkeeper" or whatever), so I settled on ballet, but the only class at that time was baby ballet.

Oh, man, you guys. This class was ridiculous, in a lot of ways. The class was basically the same exact class I would have taken when I was 12... in pointe shoes.

But let me tell you, all those slow plies and whatnot was an, um, nice workout for my ankles. I learned how disproportionate my body is now, as my feet couldn't really support my legs, which couldn't support the rest of me.

This teacher was really into doing things in third position (3rd position? who does that? I haven't done that since I was like, 6.), and I also learned that my thighs um, don't do third position anymore either.

And I don't remember the last time someone explained to me how to do a grand jete and a pas de chat. It was a nice refresher course, but also a reminder of how I suck at ballet. Also, I've spent so much time sitting on my couch lately, that I nearly had a heart attack after 8 simple jumps. So pathetic.

My point is, it's amazing how my brain knew the steps amazingly well, and how the technique is somewhat still there, but my body just can't do it anymore.

Oh, and I need to get some short sleeved (as opposed to sleeveless) dance clothes, because my upper arms = not so much.

But, the teacher did say I had "nice feet," which totally reminded me of Center Stage.


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Apr. 29th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
I wish I had the time to attend ballet classes more often. I should go this weekend, but I know I will so exhausted with finals crap that a 10am Saturday class simply won't happen. Maybe Monday night. I should find some sort of basic (read=not insane) DVD to do when I move home since there are no studios there that do the kind of drop in classes I want to do.
May. 1st, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Where do you take classes in Boston? Just at Boston Ballet?

Do you just do ballet, or have you taken other classes too?

I went to Jeanette Neill once, but it was so far away, I found it not worth the trouble. And Dance Complex's classes were TOO froofy for me. But, this was 6 years ago, so I'm wondering what it's all like now?
May. 1st, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I did classes at Boston Ballet, and just ballet. I wish I had time to other things, but as you will soon find out, library school takes over your life completely for a while.
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