My Ballet World – Week 4
Between my Trocks trip to Chicago and a night in Irvine with La La La Human Steps, I only went to one class this week. But with that in mind, let me just assure you that watching dance is more than just entertainment. Watching dance teaches you about performance, technique, and musicality; it’s inspiring and energizing; I would argue that watching dance is really an intriguing and necessary part of participating in dance.
I was really nervous about how stiff and/or lost I would be after a week without ballet class – isn’t that funny? One week and I was all in a worry. I did not want to even consider anchoring the barre but got moved there anyway… thanks for the vote of confidence Awesome Ballet Teacher! “I am the boss of me” became the mantra for the afternoon but before too long I was starting to think someone out there has some kind of mean and evil remote control and I was not the boss of me, at least not my feet. Deep breathe, focus, chin up – “I am the boss of me.” There is a lot of be said for that stupid mirror because as I started to become less obsessed with counting to 8 and more intrigued by watching and correcting my own lines and being my own boss. Pretty hands, pretty feet, pretty lines.
The other issue with watching my own lines and being aware of my whole movement rather than just focusing on my feet and a few joints, was that I stopped following the “good” girl. You know, the girl who is obviously far better than I am, has much more talent, and even has pretty feet. Yeah, that girl – we hate her. But we all want to stand behind her and follow her, dang it. Actually, I really like the “good” girl in my class, on top of everything else, she’s really sweet and helpful and rides a wicked Ducati. Anyway, I stopped following her in the mirror and amazement, people! The combinations became easier and the more I reached for pretty lines as whole movements, the more it made sense, the better it felt! I think I might have been dancing for a minute or two!
I was so inspired that I came up with a fun idea for dealing with the dreaded mirror on the way home. I’m working on it now so stay tuned and you’ll be the first to know!