An update, as promised. As soon as I came home though, I noticed that we had company, and now it’s late so this’ll be a little short.
Ok, I made it into class… that’s winning the first battle, right?
As I approached the studio, I noticed the door was shut. If I hadn’t obsessively checked that I was, in fact, enrolled in the class and it started at that hour I would’ve probably taken that to mean that there was no class (and therefore I can just maybe sneak off quietly…). But I had, so I took a deep breath and opened the door. There was all these people there! Well, about 15-20 but they already had barres set up so the initial sight was somewhat intimidating. I took off my shoes and pants (I had dressed at home), then looked for a place to join at a barre. I saw a couple people I recognized from Teacher’s class and hurried over there.
Barre combinations were complex, but nothing I felt I couldn’t handle. Hopefully I’ll get some exact combinations written up on here once I’ve taken class enough times to remember. So yeah,I can’t remember move-by-move any of the combinations right now (which just shows how complex they were?). I do remember that we did a lot of going from side to side with soutenu without stopping, lots of releve cambres, long passe releve balances, fondues and developpes with port de bras. I want to say it was a little bit either slower or easier than Teacher’s intermediate class (or maybe I have improved since then?) I will say this though: I was sweating by around halfway through barre. It was nice to feel challenged but not overwhelmed.
Then it was time for center, and I was a bit nervous. There was a tendu combination; quarter and half pirouettes en dehors from fifth; sautes, changements and echappes, saute arabesque and saute coupe across the floor; a waltz, 2 balances, passe releve and pirouette across the floor. Probably other stuff I’m forgetting as well.
Overall, it went nowhere near as horrible as it could’ve been. Yeah, I messed up all the combinations, but I’m not feeling too bad over it. It didn’t help that where I was standing at both barre and center made it a bit hard to see when the teacher (F Teacher) was giving out the combinations. I’m not going to make excuses though… Good thing there’s plenty of good dancers to follow throughout the long combinations, though if we do the same ones often I hope to remember them soon. F Teacher told us she expects us to work hard, that she will treat us as though we were seeking to be doing auditions and stuff. Perhaps I’ll come out a much better dancer.
It’s getting super late and I’m too tired to make more sense now. But I had a lot of fun 🙂