Week 10 – Pointe is hard, Jazz is fun

It had to be done
It had to be done

I never expected it to be easy, but damn pointe is hard. Two questions are running through my head: How on earth do ballerina’s make pointe shoes look like an extension of their feet? How do they make themselves look so light?

I am thankful that my pointe shoes don’t hurt (yet), but I honestly can’t imagine looking like an ethereal being anytime soon.

I danced a bit in the centre on pointe this week, doing relevés, eschappes, sous sous and pas de bourrees. I guess that is an achievement, but sometimes I feel like my teacher is pushing me a little too hard. I don’t feel ready to do these types of things away from the barre… why can’t I have a child’s confidence back?!

After class on Tuesday my teacher asked if I wanted to come again the next day for the earlier class. Of course I said yes! Who would say no to a free ballet class?

It’s strange going to another class. I felt the same way after easter when I went to the Thursday class. I kind of felt like I was intruding, like I was maybe cheating my normal class group (which is ridiculous!).

Wednesday’s class has a younger demographic. When I heard that a few of the girls in the class were just finishing their high school exams I felt old. I finished high school 10 years ago… where did the time go?! Though, I wouldn’t give anything to be in their shoes..my high school exams still give me nightmares.

The class was fun and my pirouettes went well. I haven’t trained them for about 2 weeks now, and surprise surprise, I didn’t forget how to pirouette! I think a major help has been the fact that I started wearing my contact lenses again. I tried to convince myself for a long time that my sight wasn’t that bad, but I can really tell the difference. It helps with spotting immensely!

As if a bonus ballet class wasn’t enough, my teacher invited me to stay for the jazz class because there was only one student.

I never danced jazz as a child. I did take tap because it was straight after my ballet class.

I have to say, it was really fun! I think partly because we danced to Backstreet Boys, but also because I didn’t put any pressure on myself. I let myself have fun.

I also couldn’t help but notice the „ballerina“ in me. I kept reverting to a turned out first position instead of parallel, and I had a lot of trouble keeping my arms relaxed…they kept flicking up into a position between second and bras bas…

In non-ballet related news… I think I might have gotten myself a job. I got offered a job working as an English Native Speaker at a private Preschool over the phone. I’m just waiting on the contract so I know it’s real. I’ve had such a bad luck streak with jobs lately.. so I am remaining pessimistic that it’s true.

I guess it is a little bit ballet related in that I might be able to take more ballet classes a week! How I will find the energy, I don’t know.

I’ll definitely miss my afternoon naps…

Till next week!

5 Gedanken zu “Week 10 – Pointe is hard, Jazz is fun

  1. The ballerina in me always comes out, too! I always find myself doing „ballet hands“, standing in turnout instead of parallel, and if I put my arms over my head I almost want to do a high fifth position.
    Even weirder, for the longest time everytime I stood in front of a mirror I compulsively stood in preparation before realizing ‚I’m not at ballet class‘ LOL.

    Liken

  2. Yikes, if you don’t feel like you’re ready to go in centre yet I don’t think you should do it! Although it could just be a confidence thing, I still think it’d important to progress and transition slowly from barre to centre for beginners. Have you talked to your teacher about it?

    Btw congrats on the new job!

    Liken

    1. I think for the moment I’m ok with what I am doing away from the barre.. but if she didn’t encourage me than I probably would have stayed on the barre.

      I’ll definitely try and speak up if it gets too much..

      Thanks for your advice 🙂

      Liken

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