Thursday, June 27, 2013
I'm not sure I ever expected to say this again, but I really do sort of miss ballet.
Now I don't miss the bleeding toes, the foot cramps, the jumping and leaping, or feeling fat 24/7 -- and I don't miss getting yelled at. I really don't miss tech rehearsals, being sewn into a dress, or breaking in pointe shoes.
What I miss is the singularity of focus. The same exercises every day, the same molding and stretching of muscles. I miss the barre work, and some of the centering exercises. I miss the extensions, the turning, and the port de bras. I miss the music. I miss the excitement leading up to opening night. I miss Nutcracker. :(
I've been out since 1999. That's 14 years without a series of grand plies. Without working on turnout. Without a proper pirouette. Oriental dancers don't turn like that. We don't leap. We very rarely engage in extension of any kind. We're grounded and we don't usually dance in shoes.
The studio where I teach is currently in the middle of their summer intensive, and so they're not offering adult classes at this time. About the only adult class anywhere near me is with my old nemesis (lol -- just a former director) and it's a balletone class, which would be fine, I guess, as long as I don't spend too much time away from baby. I do think at the end of the summer, I'll start taking classes at my studio, if he's got enough people to actually get one going. I guess I"m just a little sad that I can't take a class now.
There's always the dvd option, but that's not the same ...
I think I'm just feeling meh today. Not sure why. I guess you can't be up EVERY day.