Try harder
Date: Oct 18th, 2008 9:57:28 pm - Subscribe
Mood: frightened

After class today, they were running the grand pas and coda, and since the plum variation is in between the two, I did my variation. Didn't go very well because I'm not used to wearing So Dancas (well, not since a few years ago) and also the music was not slowed down.

Not saying that those are valid excuses (since I hate excuses) but that's just the background. So the Dir says "well! So you'll have to run this every day" and I was like "well, my music is slower" and she said "still". Obviously, it wasn't my best effort, but you really don't need to tell me to run it, considering I already do. It just made me feel crappy.
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Same old stuff
Date: Oct 18th, 2008 12:20:38 am - Subscribe
Mood: icky

Class was fine today... then we had rehearsal afterwards for Snow and that went fine too...

The floor is different... the gray marley is a bit disorienting but I think it'll be fine once we get used to it.
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Guest teacher
Date: Oct 17th, 2008 12:57:40 am - Subscribe
Mood: ignorant

Guest teacher again tonight (same as last week, but this time they didn't announce it ahead of time). Class was fine - my turns were inconsistent - one moment I was whipping around three times, another, I was falling out of them.

The teacher gave me a couple of corrections (like not pulling off my leg/hip, and not letting my leg dip down during a fouette).
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Bad air quality
Date: Oct 14th, 2008 8:47:33 pm - Subscribe
Mood: attractive

Another small class yesterday (Monday) - only 4 people.

Because of the wildfires in the area (well, not that close, but the smoke and particulates travel down here), it was a bit difficult to breathe. So I decided not to run my Plum variation all the way through...

but then I did anyway happy.gif It actually wasn't bad, and I wore my So Danca pointe shoes (which I was certain would be horrible), but it wasn't. My toes do tend to scrunch up in the shoes though.

So if I can do the variation while my lungs feel like they're burning, I should be able to do it anytime just fine.
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Three times the charm
Date: Oct 12th, 2008 7:31:22 pm - Subscribe
Mood: tipsy

After class and a short rehearsal for the CentralChor's piece, I ran the Plum variation twice (while everyone else was at lunch). Not twice in a row, but once, a few minutes to figure out stuff that needed to be fixed, and then another time. That variation is killer, especially when the air is cold and dry.

And then Dir asked if I wanted to show her the variation now, rather than later in the afternoon as scheduled... *sigh* Couldn't you have offered me the option after my first run?

So then I did the variation a third time. I rushed a few spots, but otherwise, it was pretty good. The lame duck at the end still freaks me out though. Dir's corrections - make contact w/ the audience at the beginning, don't rush this one part (after the 1st sequence), check the timing on another section (attitude, pirouette step out), and I was a little early on the last turn sequence.

After a short break, we ran Waltz. I did my own part, plus Dewdrop (as the girl was not there). It's a little tiring to do both, but it is definitely doable. And I did a triple pull in after fouettes! Yay!
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