Last class of 2013 was in Dec 13, and we got back in Jan 13.
A whole month without ballet class!
On the first week, I got my pretty book with the Vaganova ballet lessons…
… ok, ok, you ballet nerds… this one:
One Hundred Lessons in Classical Ballet: Eight-year Programme of Leningrad’s Vaganova Choreographic School (Paperback)(English / Russian)
By (author) Vera S. Kostrovitskaya, Translated by O. Briansky
ISBN 13: 9780879100681 ISBN 10: 0879100680
So I got my book and thought “If I’m in my third year, it should be ok to get a lesson from Vaganova’s 2nd one, right?”. Opened the book in the first lesson for that year (yes, it’s that specific, you’d be surprised!), prepared the iPod (with speakers, no headphones) to play the first song in Ballet Goes Pop (totally Adult Beginner’s fault, that woman keeps making me spend money) and hoped for the best.
I have to say, despite some odd counting, it went ok. I got as far as grand battements, I think.
That was day 1.
On day 2, I tried the NYC Ballet work-out. Got through the end, was really fun!
Can’t remember if I followed up on the next day or if I skipped one (December sucks), but I eventually started the second NYC Ballet. Didn’t get to the end. Another day I tried another lesson from the book, but the music and the exercises didn’t match at all and you guys… it is so boring doing ballet alone!!
All that to say that after a whole month without classes my body went back to day 1 of ballet classes for good! I can’t touch my toes when I stretch, my turnout is turned in, I couldn’t even close a fifth on the first class of the year.
People just have got to stop breaking the routine when the year end comes. It makes everything just even more depressing!
We have now had 2 weeks of classes this year, and I’m still rusty. But!
Do you know what happened right before classes were suspended? Do you??
I found a 5-second balance!
Which basically means that I’m at the barre, on a rétiré, and I can be on my toes for about 5 seconds.
Yes, people, FIVE SECONDS. If you’ve never tried to do that (properly, like a ballet dancer, not a child trying to be on their toes!) you don’t know how hard that is.
I’ve always wondered how people got to do it, and the truth is… it just happens. Very frustrating process, took me 3 years to find iffy 5 seconds… but I clap my hands every time I get my 5 seconds. 😀
My 5 became 2, maybe 3 when classes started again, but I’m getting better at it once more. I was so afraid of losing my balance during the break that sometimes I tried it at home, when going from one room to the other, whenever I remembered I might lose it!
Today I’ll try pointe again – we already did it last week, and boy did it hurt! Fingers crossed, guys… one of the girls said the 2014 goal is fouettés – en pointe!
Now that’s an ambitious goal.