So, we’re doing grande battements at the barre: standing leg strong, body strong, no swinging, working leg sweeps up and Hold! then down, close fifth. Then sweep up, Hold down, close fifth. Eight times to the front, then side, then back and side again, then twirl around, other leg!
Smirnoff counting and yelling out encouraging things like To The Ear! The ear! Hold! No no, close front first time, that’s better. Use your waist to hold! Your instep is the heaviest part of your body, throw it away from you!
These things are killer. I love them. I love the hold. My kick is about barre height, which is relatively unimpressive, but I can hold that fucker!
Adult Beginner sez Freeze, mofo!
That’s what I’m talking ’bout!
The second side is more difficult, even though the working leg was just standing there before. You’d think it would be all rested and ready to show-up the first leg, but apparently being the supporting leg is hard work too. Interesting, but no time to think about it! Freeze, mofo!
We finished those, then we do a new exercise: grande battements on relevé without the hold, so we’re up on the ball of our standing foot and now that we don’t have to hold, our legs are just flying up there! So high! Above the barre! So easy! So fun!
Two front side back side, whirl around, same, then barre done!
Smirnoff tells us to go to the corner while he fumbles with his CDs.
We collect, grinning, and Triple G says, “Those are really fun on pointe! Are you taking the pointe class?”
I say no, I don’t think I’m ready.
She says, “oh sure you are! How long have you been in this class? What, over a year right? You could totally do it.”
And then Smirnoff presses play and we do chainés-nés.
And then after class Smirnoff is fretting about whether to cancel the pointe class that falls on the holiday, because he doesn’t want to pay for the room if no one shows up and he’s asking if anyone knows if this person or that person is planning on showing up, and Triple G points and says, “don’t you think she could do the pointe class?” and he says, “what? Oh, yes of course but I still think I will have to cancel for tomorrow, where is the manager I must speak with her.”
Gentle Reader, I totally floated out of the studio on a cloud. Did I have my car keys? Who cares! He said of course I could!
So, now, here’s the thing. On the one hand, I’ve only been taking ballet for close to a year and a half. So, as my dancer-turned-yoga-master friend says, I’m only, like, six in ballerina years.
But on the other hand, it’s been two classes a week with this teacher for nearly that entire time, so I trust that he knows what I can handle, where my strengths and weaknesses are and all that.
And on the other other hand I figure if this old man is willing to teach me pointe, I should jump on it while he’s still around, I mean, he is no spring chicken. He is more like a mid-winter chicken.
But then maybe I’m no spring chicken either. Maybe I’m an early summer chicken. Maybe I don’t want to do anything risky with my feet. Gotta stand on those for work, you know.
But gosh, pointe!
Its a possibility! Holycrap!
Think I’ll talk with him about it after class next week.
Any opinions out there?
I will listen to advice but caveat: I may not follow it.
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