Today I had a class, but as I went to the Wednesday class as well this week I had already done it. I much prefer my teacher to the other one though, and it’s a smaller studio and less people and not stinking hot!
I’ve been doing theraband exercises for my turnout and ankle strength, I think they’re starting to work. My ankles were so bad before that I literally couldn’t do degage derriere without having to turn my supporting leg in and rolling my ankles in, and sickling my working foot. And I’m keeping my hips much more square than I used to.
My teacher noticed I have trouble staying up on demi pointe, and she knows I’m not exactly new to balancing on demi so she got me to stay up while she adjusted my deportment (getting into the reeeal nitty gritty of it whereas the rest of the class just has to tuck their bum under for her to be happy, but deportment is something I really want to get perfect so I’m not complaining!) and she said open your chest but close your ribs, allow your centre to be forward of your feet without sticking your bum out, rotate the front of your pelvis up and push your shoulders down until your neck is stretching (all the while I’m still in 5th on demi with my arms in fifth as well) and she also taught me to think about my rise into demi more, pulling up from my thighs and just bringing my feet up with them, and having the feeling of ‘going up’ flowing through me constantly, constantly feeling like I’m still rising, making demi pointe a movement instead of a position.
It’s the feeling of ballet that I love, having the feeling of moving upwards while on demi made it instantly easy, calming even, when usually I dread it because I know I’m going to be wobbling all over the place. Lifting from my thighs made it easy, opening my chest but closing my ribs somehow made sense. My teacher puts so much emphasis on feeling, other people in my class complain before and after class, saying they don’t understand what she means. Nothing has ever made more sense to me than what she says.