I can’t even get through 2 weeks of this without missing a million days!!
I spent the day creating a warm up for my calisthenics inters next year (12-16 year olds)….well by creating I mean I decided to put plies, tendus, adage and grand battement in there! I’m learning soooooo much from ballet about the importance of strength NOT JUST IN YOUR CORE! Ankle strength is one I wish I had known the importance of earlier. My ankles are so so bad, it’s even hindered me socially! I was never good at sport because as soon as I run my ankles are like STOP PLEASE STOP and bam, sprained ankle. And in Australia, not being good at sport=not being good at friends. And also leads to massive anxiety related to P.E. and lunchtime sports and athletics carnival (yay for being an awesome swimmer though, boo for being too self conscious to don a pair of bathers after the age of 12).This has nothing to do with ballet. Gross.
I stole my sister’s gym tag and went along to a class! Benefits of having an almost identical not-twin sister! I went to a body balance class which is half yoga half pilates. Flexibility stuff OOOOWNED IT pilates OWNED IT balancing FUCKING SUCKED. Once again I will blame my shitty shitty ankles! And the instructor was wobbling like crazy too which was soooo offputting, I couldn’t find a spot to focus on where I couldn’t see her wobbling in my periphery, it was so insanely distracting. I can never be behind someone wobbling in any sort of balance, in every room I dance in and on every stage I dance on, there is SOMEWHERE in the room I always look. Generally the join between the wall and the ceiling is my go to point, but like at ballet there’s a vent I look at, at calisthenics class there’s a bit of string that hangs down in the middle of the stage that I look at, on stage I look straight at the adjudicator’s light, but if there’s someone wobbling in my periphery I’m GONE, every since I was about 6 years old and my very first coach put a sticker on the wall and said to stare at it, focusing on a spot is a MUST.
But I need to work on my balance…a lot. My core is definitely improving through ballet, the ankles will take a little longer I think. I think I need to try leaning forward more, so my ankles don’t have as much weight going inwards or something, like I could releve without moving anything but the very end of my foot. I know that’s what I’m MEANT to do in ballet anyway, I just forget about a second after my teacher reminds me.
Today I went Christmas shopping with my sister (cannot even express how angry I get at people in shopping centres, they have no awareness to the people around them or anything, they just zone out and walk slowly and in a straight line while Katie and I are getting hectic agility training trying to avoid them). There’s no dance shop at Eastland which FRUSTRATES THE HELL OUT OF ME. You literally cannot buy a leotard in the entire centre, unless you’re a 6 year old (one girl in my calisthenics team wears kids size leotards. So insanely jealous, $20 for a long sleeved one…I paid $60). I got home and started listening to Regina Spektor and choreographing things I will never get a chance to use and watching amazing youtube vids. Btw, If you haven’t yet discovered Kate Jablonski/Beyond Words HERE, HAVE THE MOST AMAZING YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN THE HISTORY OF YOUTUBE, ENJOY!
Like seriously please. In fact, after this I’ll post some of my faves of hers :) While I’m here, if you haven’t seen iLuminate from America’s Got Talent, give it a squiz! Amazeballs and sets my choreographic mind INSANE because my brother does heaps of computer programming stuff and has a particular soft spot for programmed lighting and does a lot of dance and theatre lighting and tech…..we’d make a solid team methinks!
Friday is So You Think You Can Dance night. I.e. realising I can’t dance at all and promptly putting on my ballet shoes and rond de jambing for the rest of the night.
Stay tuned for my fave Kate Jablonksi vids! (after I’ve finished taking pictures of my dog in random costumes….will post on my normal blog)