You know it’s recital time when you’re ordering extra things, you’re exhausted, and there’s little extra time to do things you want to do. So after I got sick and was on the mend to recovery I bashed my left achilles horribly bad. It made me not able to do pointe for another week. My left heel was horribly weak and it was all swollen and uncomfortable. Try dancing with the heel of your ballet slipper off, your shoe has a tendency to slide off or just be plain uncomfortable to stand/balance in. I had to go to the walk in clinic and check to see if anything bad had happened, it was that bad of a bash. Luckily just a badly bruised achilles, make sure not to harm it further because I could potentially tear the tendon! Also was lucky there wasn’t a break in the bone.
We received our costumes last week too! I like my pre-pointe/pointe costume! It’s a little more on the modern/contemporary side of ballet costumes but that’s okay. My adult costume unfortunately looks like a square dancing dress that goes all the way to the ankles. I have photos next week!! I’m nervous! I’ll be gussied up for both classes and get twice the amount of photos done… I need to buy more hair spray haha!
My pre-pointe teacher insisted that we get nude leotards to wear under our costume. I looked for a decent one, but wasn’t encouraged by a lot of ’em, so I decided to go with a dance bra! I don’t have a large bust, it doesn’t necessarily get in the way of my dancing, but for changing from one costume to the next I didn’t want to be naked for everyone haha! So I’m wearing a pair of nude panties, with my tights over that and my new dancing bra! I’m kind of excited for this silly expensive bra. I also bought new tights, can never have too many, and a pair of new shoes. The new shoes though appear to be too big so they’ll have to be sent back.
I was able to go back en pointe on Tuesday, which was exhilarating. Not only was I dancing en pointe but I wasn’t cramping!! We did barre work in them so I danced in them for an hour. I’m so glad I had cut my toe nails before class out of courtesy just to myself, but that was a smart decision. Today I’m going to class for an hour then an hour and half will be company dance, then I’ll come back and do more ballet with the pointe girls to make up time I lost on the Tuesday I was sick. I got to try releveing on one foot and found I had difficulties getting over my box and my hip/balance over my right foot. Something new for my body to learn but ultimately something that kind of goes against what my PT is teaching me. We watched video of me jogging and walking and saw how I place a lot of weight on to one leg in an imbalanced sort of way which is of course detrimental to my health. So while learning ballet alignment and things I also have to keep my personal balance in interest. This is super very hard. He also gave me super hard exercises to do at home with my therabands.
Seriously, with all the physical work I’ve been doing all week my body is completely exhausted and tight and uncomfortable. I have to double stretch before class to just try and feel normal. UGH. Next week I’ll try and snap photos of myself in the mirror with my costumes at pictures.