Friday, September 24, 2010

Class 5

Hi all!
Ok, first off I would like to say sorry for mot updating last week. I hurt my hip and shoulder (still not too sure how I did it though) and I didn’t get to go to class and I was too devastated to write on here.  So on a brighter note, I did go to class last night and it was sooooo much fun. I had my old teacher again and it was ok, except for the fact that apparently the school is holding its concert next week and the end of term on Saturday and it was so busy in there that I didn’t even get into class until 20 minuets after my class was supposed to start and then (because my teacher is the owner) we kept getting interrupted but because of this she decided not to charge me for the lesson, thanks Judith!
Ok, so even though there were lots on interruptions and we stated late she still worked me really hard and by the end of the class I had defiantly worked up a sweat and she had a little surprise for me right at the end. I am moving up into inter-foundation next term! She said that she had used to class to see how far I had come and she liked the way I handled myself at the barre and how I took direction and corrections, I need to work a lot on my strength and flexibility over the holidays so that I am not embarrassingly behind but I am really looking forward to it. Oh, and she also mentioned in passing that the other teacher I had said that I picked things up quickly and remembered them. Yay I impressed the teacher! There is also another girl at the school that will be progressing to inter-foundation too and so we are going to be in a class of two! And she said that we are probably going to be doing 2 classes a week if we are both free at the same time! We both know that I am going to be behind the other girl and that it is going to push me but I love to be pushed (it is when I do my best work) and hopefully I will really improve in no time.
So I think that is all the news I have for this week, now I have to spend 2 weeks away from ballet class nooooooo...... I honestly don’t know if I will update between now and next term but if inspiration strikes I might upload some videos of a couple grade 3 exercises that I know but that is all for now.
Peace out,

P.S. anyone know any good exercises that I can use in the holidays to help strengthen the muscles in a develope and turnout?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Class 4, Grade 3 and Goals

So I had my 4th class last night, but because my usual teacher went into the hospital to have her knee re-done, I had class with one of the other ballet teachers at the studio instead.

When I first arrived my teacher was completely ready to go, usually when I get there my other teacher (because she is the owner of the studio) almost always has some problem to take care of, so I have time to stretch when I get there, but last night my new teacher was ready to go straight away so I can’t tell you how glad I was that I had warmed up and stretched before I left home.

When I told her what grade I was doing she seemed surprised and said that if I had started with her that she would have started me on at least grade 3. So instead of moving from grade 1 to grade 2 like I thought I was going to do, we stared on grade 3!

Oh My Merlin it was fun! A lot more work and a lot more complicated then grade 1 but it felt so good to by pushed. There were several new things that I learnt last night such as grand plie, attitude, grand battement, Développé and petite retire. There was probably more but I have forgotten ha ha ha. I think my favourite new exercise that I learnt was releve/echappe. We did them right at the end of class (we only did barre in class which I LOVED) and by that time I was exhausted! They were so fun though and I can still remember the combination! I will have to post another video soon to show you all.

Oh and my new teacher thinks that I have better turnout then her! Ha ha awesome! But she also told me that I really need to work on keeping my hips level and to not move them so much when doing some of the exercises. All in all it was a great class and I hope that I have this teacher again next week. Do you think it would be rude if I asked to have class with this new teacher every week?

Ok, so I have decided to set some goals for myself for while I am doing ballet. 1) Get on pointe – I know this seems like an obvious goal but it is something that I really want to do and I can only hope that my teacher will let me. 2) learn pas de deux – most people will be thinking ‘why?’ but I have always loved watching pas de deux and don’t care if I am not that good at it I just want to try, the only bad thing is that I don’t know if it is possible at my current studio. 3) Dance the tambourine variation from La Esmeralda – now this one I know will take forever to get to but I have been watching several different versions on youtube and have fallen in love with it, so even though it will take years, it’s on here.

These are all my long term goals. My short term goals are all like get stronger, get more flexible, loose weight, buy a ballet skirt (lol that last one should be done buy the end of the week but it is on here).

I didn’t realise until a girl on DDN brought it to my attention, that some people on here might not know how to leave a comment. To tell you the truth I didn’t either until I logged out and had a little play around. All you have to do is look in the column on the right hand side for archive section and click on the post that you want to comment on and the scroll down and you will see a comment box and away you go.

A big thankyou to all of you that have commented either here or on DDN, it lets me know that i am not just talking to myself and thank you for your kind words. Well that is all for now.

Until next time,


Sunday, September 5, 2010

My first video on youtube!

Hello again to anyone that is reading my blog! Well because I didn’t have a class last Thursday because of work I decided that I would do a little video of some of the things that I have learnt so far and upload it onto youtube for you all to have a look at! I would love it if you could leave me a comment to tell me what you think, but please be kind, I have only had three classes ha ha ha.

Until next time,