Monthly Archives: November 2010

Why, when I was your age

The other day before class we were all standing around at the barre, doing little ankle cirlces and calf-raises and complaining about how chilly it’s been outside lately and how cold we are. And Sminoff totally busted out the, “You … Continue reading

Posted in the stuff drawer | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Greek to me

Almost every class with Smirnoff includes “Pet-tea-pah number one and number two.” Took me a couple classes to make the connection that “Pet-tea-pah” equals “Petipa”, as in Marius Petipa, as in Major Choreographer of the 19th century. Swan Lake is … Continue reading

Posted in Technique and Class, Word Nerd | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Web comic with The Ballet Bag!

Hey guys, I did a comic strip in collaboration with The Ballet Bag. It’s about Odile and Odette, you know, from Swan Lake. Have a look. I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Posted in Drawings of great sillitude, Guest Post yo! And interviews, yo! | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Drawings of great sillitude | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Six Degrees of Who?!

We’ve been working on something at the barre that is meant to help develop an arc-ing quality to our grande jetés in the center. Smirnoff doesn’t want to see any flat grande jeté like all the young kids are doing … Continue reading

Posted in the stuff drawer | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

The surprise hotness of The Turning Point

Watched The Turning Point yesterday. Had never seen it before. Could not keep my eyes off Anne Bancroft. The way those long slip-dresses just skimmed over her body. So sexy! Really. I mean, Baryshnikov was cute and all, but Anne … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, tv, and live stuff, OMG outfits you guys!, the stuff drawer | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Shout-out to my Home Fry, Maurice Sendak

Outside Over There. Do you guys know this book? Because it’s the best childrens’ book Evar. Hands down the Adult Beginner’s fave. Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, it is strange, hypnotizing, beautiful…I still pick it up and stare at … Continue reading

Posted in Books! | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Chainés! Nonsense! Flamingo Croquet!

Slow chainés. Why must you torment me so????!!!!!????? Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smirnoff tells me the slow chainés are exactly like the soutenu turn we do at the barre. Dude might as well be telling me why is a raven like a writing … Continue reading

Posted in Technique and Class | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Don’t tell anyone, but-

-I did a pirouette. Just one. It might’ve been accidental, you guys! No one saw me do it, Smirnoff was busy calling out to Lillet to pull up, everyone else was too busy double-ing and triple-ing. Instead of doing a … Continue reading

Posted in Bark! Bark! Bark!, OMG outfits you guys!, Technique and Class | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

Sometimes, the Adult Beginner has to work. And has to miss Adult Open Level Ballet class. And tries another class later. Like Adult Beginning Level Ballet, with Rye. First time I tried Rye’s class, I left feeling that all my … Continue reading

Posted in Technique and Class | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments