Well, unfortunately, today was one of those days where I had to finally admit to overworking myself and take a day to rest and recoop. This, much to my dismay, meant I had to miss ballet this morning. (And I'm not being sarcastic when I say I was sad to miss it, it's honestly one of my favorite parts of the week!)
Anyway, I've definitely come down with something, and I have become both mentally frail and physically exhausted due to my ridiculous schedule as of late.
I am currently taking 6 classes and spending 4 to 7 hours, 6 days a week, rehearsing for The Pirates of Penzance.
I am just stretched (tendu?!) far to thin right now. But as I said, ballet is a quality part of my week. It is a combination of the music, the movement, and I guess just the feeling I get that I am actually using the muscles in my body and becoming stronger that gives me an ounce of pleasure after every class. I feel a both a sense of release and a feeling of relief from my everyday life.
Since my last entry, we have added a lot of moves and new exercises. I have been trying to do the stomach/crunch series at home everyday, and I'm finding it has started to become easier. I think my favorite new move would have to be the chenne turn. As I said before, they are one of my favorite things to do, though I was sort of put off by the addition of the chase. I've grown accustom to just turning, turning, turning, and it made me have to slow down and sort of dissect the movement having the added step. I also have been trying to drama it up a bit. Sometimes in dance I think it is easy to become focused on the technical aspects, and caught up in that running inner dialog of "am I pulled up, is my butt tucked in, is my leg turned out?" and forget that what you're doing is an art, that it should be beautiful, graceful and visually appealing. I've been trying to add in a head now and then, and I hope that it has been affective.
I am also extremely excited to have started working on the dance. I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of music. I was expecting the usual slow, classical bar work type thing for a beginning class, but I think the fast pace music will be very effective. It makes it exciting and gives us the ability to use both simple and intermediate steps while keeping the audience engaged.
I have to say though, I think about 45% of my brain is being used to store choreography right now. Pirates of Penzance is an operetta, which of course means that 80% of the show is sung. And as we know, singing comes with choreography. I have become such a machine over the past few months, that I can pick up choreography like (insert finger snap) that! Our choreography, as part of the process, changes almost daily, and we have to be able to remember these changes and perform them correctly. We also most of our songs in corsettes, on rocks, in tight dresses and heals. Yikes!
Anyway, my crazy choreography state of mind is making our class choreography easy, but also somewhat painful because not everyone is quite up to my speed. (That sounded arrogant, but I didn't mean it that way.) It's also hard because unlike a show where you will be kicked out if you choose not to show, there are times where class has to be missed and we are allowed a few sick days. Because of this, we must move slower in order to fill in holes and move things around.
But at any rate, I am enjoying it.
As we near the end of class, I'm really sad to see it go. I guess my fear is that after it's over I won't have the time to fit in another dance class or money to pay for an outside dance class. I'd really like to continue using ballet as a means to get back into dance/exercise.
I've tried other kinds of dance and many different activities, but there is nothing that appeals to my aesthetic quite like ballet.
We'll see what happens I suppose!