I have one whole week without class, which is just enough time to gather my physical/mental bearings before fall session begins.
I have reviewed the fall session classes and it has been decided that I will be taking the Ballet level II and III class on Mondays (7 – 9 pm) and Ballet II and Pointe on Thursdays (5:45 – 8:15 pm). The General thinks I should be able to keep up in the Level II/III class during the fall , but says that the class will be moving at a pretty strong clip by winter. I may have to take a level II on a different evening in the winter, if I start to fall behind. I would not be offended if that is the case – hell, I am just glad she thinks I can remain in the Level II class. Just 5 months ago I was just a beginner. Crazy. Even though the company students will be taking (on average) 9 hours of class per week, I do not intend to simply sit back and wait around for my next class. My wonderful husband is building me a small studio in our basement. While I have grown accustomed to practicing on my magical kitchen floor, I damn near slam into the light fixture and wall when attempting any more than 3 turns on my left side. My goal is to be able to remain in the level III class throughout the whole year. But even if I fall short, I will still improve, which I think is still pretty super.
The General is already thinking of music and dance routines for the recital next June. Honestly, I have no idea how she does it. It is quite incredible how she can create a new, original, routine for every level/style of dance in her studio (with the exception of hip hop) every single year. That is creativity at it’s finest.
Since there is no class, I am left to my own devices at home. I practiced again tonight. I had to see if I could land a double pirouette and multiple fouetté turns like I did the night before. Well… I did. Unexpectedly, it was no fluke. How did I go from barely completing one pirouette to completing 2 in a matter of a week? Maybe my BFF is right. It could be the fact that I am practicing in my socks. It is easier to turn when the floor is more slippery. However, how do I explain the fouettés? While they are not perfect, at least they are happening. Plus, it take more than just a slick floor and a pair of striped socks to perform them – you need strength, coordination and balance too. This only suggests one thing – I AM getting better. Not 5 months ago I was failing at every attempt at a pirouette. Now, they are more graceful, smoother and easier. I feel sturdier on relevé and even my husband noticed that my movements were achieved with more ease than they used to. The true test is doing them in the studio. We will just have to wait and see.
So – there is much anticipation for the fall session. I am hopeful that this will be the start of a great year in my dancing career….Ha. Still sounds silly to me.