Yikes

So I had my first Mentor driven class in a long while. I. Am. Sore. My arches and calves are sore the most. I could barely keep my develope up. I found myself keeping my leg on the floor during certain leg extension exercises. I also still have my stuff ankle/achilles so I was limited a little.

I also had a mini emergency after class! My car was due for a water pump replacement but we were waiting for the car to let us know. That happened that night, which happened to be pouring rain. So I had to pull over and wait for my Husband to come over and we drove the car to the mechanics to get the work done with out having the engine over heat.

Then I got two tacos and a chocolate shake and plumped into a hot epsom salt bath.

Maybe it was just a bad idea to do two and a half hours of intense ballet when I haven’t really had that much work in a long time.

I’m really out of shape. The classes at the PNB seem to be inconsistent and work more my brain than my body. I’m also re-learning and taking more notes on how my Mentor teaches class. It’s one of those last opportunities to get as much info on how she teaches so that when I’m ready to teach on my own I’ll have some notes to remind me how I started and what worked and what maybe in the future I need to change.

I have class again tonight. Someone save me. Two hours. I’m also still hoping to go to class at PNB on Saturday.

Also there’s this strange misconception about me dancing at the PNB. Many of my family members, friends and acquaintances think I actually dance for the PNB. Nein mein friends and family!!! I take OPEN classes. I pay to be there and be taught. I do no performances with the PNB and I’m not on their payroll. Despite telling this to everyone they still just assume I’m a dancer there. Flattering but also a little¬†embarrassing. I would never portray myself as a professional. It would be easier to just say “yes!” to it all, but I insist and inform everyone that while I dance ballet, and sometimes at the PNB, it’s not professionally.

Anyways- tomorrow I have a Nutcracker performance to watch with my Mentor. The Nutcracker that I danced in two years ago. I miss it now. I wish there were more studios around here I could dance with. We’ll see what happens.

It’s been a while

I had my late honeymoon in end of October beginning of November. It was a beautiful, fast paced, and pavement pounding two weeks. Because of the time change I really got hammered. Not just because of sleep schedule, but eating schedule. It made me feel full and congested and irritated. My whole schedule was off and it was affecting my trip. Regardless, my Husband and I had a grand time. My Husband more so than me! Before we even got on the plane bound for home he went “I want to come back now.” I’m like – we haven’t even left!

Because I wasn’t in the best of moods there, and tired from walking and standing 12+ hours through out the day. I didn’t get to a lot of places I wanted to. I think it also didn’t help during that time I started fighting a viral or bacterial infection in one of my lymph nodes under my chin. I noticed the sensitivity on the flight to Japan but disregarded it for the trip. I think it also made me suffer exhaustion. I really wasn’t a happy camper. Which I feel bad about! I’m still dealing with the infection today. It doesn’t make me horribly sick, just a swollen neck at times. Which is good. I had a blood test and everything checks out ok (didn’t nearly faint this time!)

So anyways, I was only able to pop into the Repetto store in Ginza. Ginza is this FANCY shopping district. LV, Hermes, all the fancy name brands hang out in that area. Repetto not only sells pointe shoes but their designer leather shoes and bags. Their latest collection is amazing! Tres chic! I digress- The store is two stories with fashion shoes downstairs and pointe shoes upstairs. Their english was great! I could explain to her in complex terms in english that I needed a low profile shoe, 3/4 shank, and a narrow box. I tried three shoes, and came away with the Julieta. Which is described on their website as a “student” shoe. While some might think that’s a draw back, it’s actually really great. Especially someone like me who has a high arch and long toes. This allows me greater ease to get up on my platform with little effort. If I had a super hard helluva shank that was stiff through and through, I wouldn’t be able to easily roll up or be pulled back. It’s important to know how your foot works and in pointe shoes to get the right pair!

As I walked away after my fitting, I was surprised that the fitter bowed and thanked me! I was embarrassed because I was going to come back upstairs to purchase the shoes, just wanted to look downstairs. She caught me off guard and even brought the shoes downstairs so the girls there could check me out. I was a lot self conscious about my foot tattoo, but she didn’t make a comment or any surprised reaction. She dutifully helped me with my shoes. They also provided me knee high ballet tights to wear and had padding available too, but I brought me own. I did over pointe in one pair and wobbled forward, as one with bendy feet do- that was embarrassing! I was ¬†a little flustered there to say the least! Stressed about how offensive I was being coming in with no socks, having a foot tattoo, and does she think I’m crazy or is she forgiving me because I’m a foreigner? Do I have bad manners and I don’t know it! So many crazy anxious thoughts…

The store was beautifully laid out. Wood flooring, mirrored walls with built in shelving. When you go up the stairs to the second floor the first thing you see on your right is a wall of cubbies filled with pointe shoes! The upper entrance if I remember correctly had red velvet curtains on either side of the door way. Limited warm up gear, dance bags, leotards and such was hung around the room. In the right corner after you get up from the stairs is another wall of cubbies full of pointe shoes, a ladder, a barre situated over an oval red carpet. A bench, and a mirror. It was so easy to try the shoes, and I was so nervous! The first pair I tried were far too large haha! That’s normally the case for me. Anyways, it was a great experience and I walked away happy and giddy. So much so forgot that we were going to look around more. But this was near the end of our trip and we were exhausted. I wish we didn’t have to run around everywhere. Next time we visit we’ll try and make it more relaxed.

 

So tonight I have dance with my mentor! I haven’t consistently danced since I got back from Japan. So I am WEAK and lame, and going to SUCK. So here I go!