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Much Better Ballet Day

I had a much better ballet day today ūüôā
Made sure to spend A LOT of time on warming up. Ever since I remembered the falling arches correction I’ve been working extra hard on applying it. Today I did my plie warm up exercises in just socks so I could notice my arches in the mirror.It just seems much easier to tell if I’m letting my arches fall when I don’t have my ballet slippers on.
I can see that this is something I am going to have to keep being on top of (literally) until I finally commit doing it the right way to muscle memory. I think this bad habit is one that has been with me since the earliest of my ballet days. At the time I didn’t have anywhere near enough muscle in my legs to be able to keep my balance even in first position and rolling my foot just a little seemed to help just a bit. At least enough so that I wouldn’t tip over and draw even more attention to myself. Of course I didn’t realize that this shortcut was a big reason why I was having trouble balancing once I had to shift my weight. In other words, I could balance given that I was standing still. Any kind of movement would throw me off.
Now that I’ve been doing ballet for a year and a half I think my legs are strong enough that I don’t have to cheat by not holding my arches up. I’ve also been really conscious of my arches as I walked around the house, and even when I went for a walk. I read on Wikipedia that if someone overpronates their feet they will not be pushing off their feet properly when they walk. Definitely something I need to keep an eye on.
I think the extra time spent on warming up totally helped because I was feeling nice and flexible by the time I got to my developpes. I love doing developpes on a good ballet day, slowly unfolding my leg into attitude and finally pointing it straight out in front of me. It feels like I’m doing ballet for reals! I also find fondus and rond de jambes to be specially fun in a “this feels ballet-ish” way.

My turns still need plenty of work though. It feels like I’m actually getting worse at those. I’m hoping the lifting the arches issue is a factor in why
i’m so terrible at turning because then that means I can do something about it. As opposed to if the issue is bad balance because my heavy chest.
But overall today was a great ballet day!

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hello, summer

Well, it’s officially summer here now! ¬†And while I love the sunsets (seriously though, I think sunsets from around late May or so until about September are so freaking beautiful, I could stare at them all day. or at least until, you know, the sun sets), it is just so hot! Even at 6:30 in the morning or 7 at night it is so hot that it makes physical activity at least somewhat unpleasant. ¬†During this time of year if I want to go hiking, ¬†or at least for a nice long walk, I have to be out there by 7 am so I can be back home in the shade before it heats up too much.

And ballet practice? ¬† Lately I’ve been waiting to practice until it’s almost sunset. I like to practice for at least an hour (on days when I’m not feeling particularly enegetic) and on other days I’ve been known to stretch it out for almost two. ¬†But in the summertime, it gets tough. ¬†I guess during the colder time of year I’m happy to be in motion because it will help me stay warm. ¬†This time of year, just sitting on the couch without moving a muscle is already keeping me warm, so to get up and do some physical activity just means it will get warmer. ¬†And it does.

Usually by the time I’m done with my warm-up plies I’m already starting to sweat. ¬†I think that’s the hardest part, getting motivated to get off the couch and warm up, because for some reason it gets easier after that. ¬†I’m not sure if this is due to me getting used to the heat or just me getting into it and getting caught up in the ballet-ness of it. ¬†All I know is by the time an hour has passed I’m dripping in sweat but I don’t want to stop, it almost feels like it takes that long for my body to go “oh we’re dancing? Cool, let me help you!” instead of it being my mind doing all the work.

Except that by the time this happens it’s already nighttime and I get sleepy, probably from getting up early to beat the morning heat and go for a walk. ¬†And as much as I love the summer sunsets (and summer vacation), I miss winter. ¬†Winter, when I can have a ballet session at 2 in the afternoon, go for a walk at any hour of the day, actually be active outdoors, just sounds so nice when it’s so hot outside that even going to check the mail sounds like an effort.

But as you get older, time starts passing faster and faster and you realize that if you spend all your time looking towards the future then you are not really living in the moment.  An so, I will appreciate this summer weather and enjoy it.  I am grateful that I have figured out a way to work a schedule to fit my activitites around the heat.  And besides, now that the longest day is upon us, it means that the days can only get shorter and shorter, right?