Badge of honor?

Today I got my first blister from pointe work. Some ballet students thinks this is testament to advancement. Like the idea you’re not a ballerina without the blood sweat and tears (which is true to an extent!) But I mean girls for seriously go ape over their first blister.I received mine because I’m adjusting to my new Cecilia Kerche pointe shoes. I love them, they’re just a smidge tight with the ouch pouches. I’ve been cutting away at them to alleviate the pressure in the box. I cut some off today and it ended up causing the bunion area of my left foot on my pinky toe to get a small blister. I’m very familiar with blisters from shoes you shouldn’t be wearing, painfully familiar. This little blister ain’t no thang! SO, I’ve made the decision to try a thinner box liner for these pointe shoes. My Teacher even complimented them! She said they looked very pretty! She wanted to recommend them to another girl on pointe who’s having problems finding narrow shoes to hold her compressible foot.

I also got complimented on my circular port de bras!! They’re one of my favorite things to do and it’s the return one I love most. I get to be dramatic and swoop my arm back out to the far reaches of my square , lean back and watch my hand as I swivel in motion to the farthest my back can bend, tilt back to my next corner, side into the barre, bend over into the floor and pull back up pushing out your chest, jutting your chin out regally and pulling your arm back out to second… ahhhh… it’s the best I feel so regal! Anyways. Miss Jenny called me out and said she LOVED it and that it looked like I had purpose and I was dancing and it was awesome *melt* and here I was feeling a little depressed as of late that she wasn’t commenting on me. SHE ONLY CALLED ME OUT FOR DOING SOMETHING *squeeee* Yes I did do a happy dance.

I think she also praised my dégagés! I’m holding my core and standing leg much nicer than some of the other girls.

BUT I STILL HAVE ISSUES WITH COMPETENCY!!!! I’m just having the hardest time catching up and understanding complex moves. Woe is me and my adult brain. I want to read the ballet dictionary she gave me, but it’s hard to memorize them without context.

My lower leg muscles are all cramped. I’m using a tennis ball to roll them out, then plenty of water and rest. I have to be at the auditions tomorrow morning at 9am, they start at 9:30. I actually get a number to pin on. I’m auditioning for waltz of the flower and snow. Maybe other things since we tried Arabian today. My problem with Arabian though it turns my knee funny and it really kills which will agitate my knee issue further for Physical Therapy. Not something I want… THEN I have to run off to work by 1 pm. Luckily the mall is just around the corner from the studio so I’ll get there in no time flat. I close that night so out before 10, run home and change and then go out. *sigh* Will be a busy day.

Wow!

Hello and welcome to my dozen or so new followers! I’m glad to have you aboard! I don’t have much time since I have to get ready for Physical therapy. For now though, Thank you!!

Nutcracker is looming

It’s nearly the end of September already! It has flown by substantially. I’m still adjusting to my new ballet schedule/life of 4 days of ballet and most of my days off from that are working with in betweens of minute social life, physical therapy, and that’s about it. MINUTE social life, I emphasize. I saw my friend for two to three hours with physical therapy in between. To say the least I’m feeling a little spent. Today was supposed to be my rare day I had no ballet and no work, but I decided to take a small shift for my boss on today and friday. Insert heavy sigh.

What I’m most concerned about is this Saturday is the auditions for our season’s Nutcracker! My teacher has been practicing particular steps in class to help us out and improve before the big morning. Tour jetés, balancé, waltz turns, sauté arabesques into balance turns. Just to name a few. My teacher still yells at me about my back- like I can make it stronger like she wants in a week. Then when I hold my back in my tour jetes I get yelled at for kicking my back leg too high. I CANNOT WINNNNN!!!

I think between now and auditions I need to relax as much as possible. Do practice what I can, but not stress myself over it. I’m not going to get any solo parts anyways, so there. Haha.

As for pointe shoes! I wore my bloch suprimas- which were hell. So I went back on the look and tried on Gamba but the 97 only come in a 3/4 shank but their’s did not feel… good enough. Too bendy for my arch. They also didn’t have my size and wanted to order me a pair and then I could try it and I wasn’t going to wait for that. I looked up pointe shoes on eBay to see what was out there and read up on the So Danca Cecilia Kerche pointe shoes made in Brazil. They were very informative about the fact they were made for Grecian feet with very narrow feet and heel and tapered toes. My God, that sounds like my feet! So I ordered the Bayadere pointe shoes in their narrowest size B and tried on the size 5 about 3 sizes down from my street size. They came, I tried on, I was amazed. Then wearing them in class for the first 5 minutes, I noticed that it felt suddenly too tight. Puzzled I moved to my soft shoes and researched online again and ordered a different model in a half size larger and a size up in width, C (because I couldn’t find the Bayadere in a 5.5 C). The Nikiya in 5.5 C was GINORMOUS. Significant difference when they described these shoes for a “medium” heel. I was swimming in that shoe and it did not feel comfortable at all. So now I have a pair of shoes I don’t know what to do with that don’t even come close to fitting me lol. So I tried on my Bayaderes again and decided to cut a small portion of my ouch pouch off and tried them on again- wa-la! It felt much better! I then had to scurry off to class only to realize I was freaking out for no reason because some how I was an hour off in my time and spent it sewing my soft shoes and pointe shoes. I still haven’t worn my Chacotts! So I’ll finish sewing them and see how they work out.

School begins!

On a belated note, school started!!! Wednesday was Open house and meet and greet! I met up with my teacher to see about my pointe shoes I had invested in from ebay, the Chacott Veronese II and the Bloch Suprima MK II. I have no idea what’s up with the IIs, but there you have it. The Bloch Suprimas were a ‘meh’ and the Chacotts were a ‘no’ because she says there’s a possibility for blisters… which I’m finding hard to believe- but I get to use them as back up! In reality, I get to wear them regardless of her opinion LOL. So otherwise I’m still on the search. I’ll be in Seattle on Thursday so I’ll pop over to the dance store in the University area and possibly the used book store.
SO THURSDAY was my first Teacher Assisting day! Oh boy gee golly willickers! There were some girls from the summer and some girls I hadn’t seen. SO CUTE! A lot of them had retained what I had adjusted the few days I saw them last during the summer! Which is amazing! It’s only been one class so far, but great! I’m having a hard time with one of my favorite dancers because it looks like she’s tight in the shoulders but every time you try and adjust her her shoulders don’t go anywhere, and I know she’s trying hard to do it- but like… it’s not happening. There’s another girl who’s so slouchy in her shoulders that her poor shoulder blades are wrapped off to the side! Hopefully we can get her to open up her chest and hold onto her arms in the proper position. Agh! Otherwise it was fantastic! All except doing sautés SLOWLY. Have you done sautés at a snails pace? IT IS TORTURE. In 2nd position is even worse. HOMG I was truly done for but made it through and then the girls curtsied and ran off. Then I proceeded to pant and hold my chest complaining to myself I should’ve practiced more sautés while away from class.

Friday I unfortunately still had to work before class, then get ready, then go to class. Luckily I wasn’t too tired or anything and made it through the class pretty well. My tour jetés are even better! I could do left and right without brainfarting! I tried to control my leg more when we land so it doesn’t fling up and off balance me. Pas de bourres and waltz turns I feel are some of the hardest things for adults to do. We over analyze and as simple as they are they completely vex our brains and it’s just difficult. For as easy as it should be!! I want it to be easy and awesome, but ughhhh!!! I know I’ll get there, and with me assisting the younger girls I’ll pick up on some basic things I haven’t been exposed to at all. I need some pas de bourré music.

So hopefully by next Friday I’ll be back in pointe shoes. Tomorrow, Monday, I’ll have a class in the early evening and then I’ll be teacher assisting again after that! YES! Life is good as far as ballet is concerned 😀 Then Wednesday is teacher assisting, Thursday is assisting, and Friday is class. *sigh* so good…