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Hello, Have You Missed Me?

I’m sorry it has been a while since I have posted about ballet. Between the new school schedule with the kids, my crazy job, ballet and exercise, and maintaining the house, pets and family life – I have little time for anything else. So, I deeply apologize. Allow me to fill you in as to what has been going on with me!

I am sure you would like to know how this dance season is going so far? One word: fan-tabulous! Something just clicked after the June performance was over. I am finally feeling like a real dancer. My arms have improved; less rigid and more fluid. My chaines, pique and soutenus turns are more consistent and stable. I have been able to actually pull through and finish when we do 20 across the floor! I could never do that last year. I’m confident in class and I think it shows. Dare I say – I’m not a ballerina-wanna-be anymore?? I am actually turning into a real dancer…swoon.

However – there are still things that need plenty of work. Those things being my pirouettes, turnout and pliรฉ.

Pirouettes are no surprise. I mean, if I was only required to turn once, I would be A-Ok. Unfortunately, the General requires the class to pull doubles and triples. Some days I can do a double, some days I cannot. Still so inconsistent. I’m thinking it’s all a mental block. Mental blocks ba-low. I just got to keep trucking; they will come around eventually.

I have been so focused on getting my splits and straddle, I have completely neglected stretching my Achilles and turnout muscles. Let this be a lesson to you ladies – stretch these daily too. So, I am determined to achieve that wide diamond pliรฉ and 180 degree turnout. I mean, if I can get my splits, I can accomplish this goal too, am I right?! It truly doesn’t matter what your age is. Anything is possible. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Pointe has been amazing too. I have to gloat a little – the General gave me a compliment a couple of weeks ago. We were working on balancing exercises and I have to say, I was feeling really sturdy in my shoes (the Grishkos are doing great BTW). The General compliments my balancing ability in front of the whole class!! Swoon. She never gives compliments, so when she does – you cherish it.

Pointe is going so well that the General is going to have two pointe dances in the next show. We are using the same dance as last year (with some modifications), plus one new number. I’m pumped because it will be the first time I get to recycle choreography and costumes. Yippee! I’m saving money!!

On an unrelated note – I training for a half marathon. Yup – because I have so much free time!! (Ha!) I have been running a lot so I figured, “What the hell”. I am running with Ms. Disney in the beginning of October. I just ran 11 mile training run today. I know I ready for the race. I am just hoping for good weather. However, I have yet to run a race where the weather is not cloudy, raining and cold. Fingers crossed!

Well – that’s about it. I hope all is well with you. Talk to you soon!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Ps – this adult ballerina just got more adult. Yup – it’s my birthday. Ug. I hate getting older. At least I am aging like a fine wine!! I’m only getting better with age, baby. I have yet to peak. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Grishkos Are A-OK

I purchased, and put to the test, my new Grishko 2007 pointe shoes. The verdict – not too shabby. It has been so long since I have tried a normal shoe. Gaynor Minden is clearly a superior shoe, but different in so many respects. The General said I should use a traditional shoe to build foot strength, so I did like a good little student. But, I wasn’t entirely sure that they were going to work out at first.

First of all, I was worried about toe pain. I always had toe pain in my Capezios. I figured I would have toe pain in every traditional shoe. Not the case, apparently. Grishkos were as painless as my Gaynors. Yeah! I thinks it’s because Grishkos are as “comfortably tight” as my Gaynors. I do not fall into my box with either of these shoes. I have discovered proper fitting is the key to having painless pointe. (Der, I know, but until you know what ‘proper fitting’ means, you are going to struggle a bit).

The difference – stiffness. The box is pretty stiff. Like little bricks, really. Luckily, it only took me about 15 minutes of working the shoe to get comfortable. But I still get the “slap” sound in floor that Gaynors do not get. I have to work harder to make them soundless. That’s a good thing. I should always to be working harder; working harder to be a better dancer. ๐Ÿ™‚

The other difference is the support in the shank. I have been wearing a “worn in” shank for some time; it’s nice having some help. It is especially helpful with my turns. Turns are more daunting when your shanks are worn it. My Grishkos help tremendously when I have to turn across the floor. What an unexpected surprise!!

I don’t know how long these shoes will last, but I feel that it would be in my best interest to have a pair of Grishkos for class and Gaynors for performances and outside class practices. I feel that these are the brands that will help me improve my dancing in the end. I am resolved in the fact that I will be buying new pointe shoes every month. No biggie. That’s what happens when you practice pointe on a regular basis. And quite frankly? Not a bad problem to have.

Grishkos are A-OK in my book. For those who are looking, you should definitely give it a whirl. ๐Ÿ™‚