Back to Ballet

It’s been a sad, sad ballet month thus far.  My studio was closed for Thanksgiving week, and then I had to miss a couple of classes for silly reasons.  My first class in two weeks was on Monday and I was So. Sore. the next couple of days!

BUT.  Now it’s back to regular ballet!

. . . until Christmas and New Year’s roll in and screw up everyone’s schedule again.

*sigh*

How do you keep your ballet routine over the crazy holidays??

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Petite Allegro is Not My Jam

There are many things in ballet class that I absoultely love.  I love jumps, and balances.  I love barrework (mostly!).  Unfortunately, the things I love tend to be the things I do well and I tend to dislike things that do not come as naturally to me.

Petite allegro falls in that category.

As many of my fellow ballet students know, petite translates to “small,” and allegro is translated as “quickly” and is generally referred to in ballet as motions in which one or both feet beat in the air off the floor.  Thus, petitie allegro is ballet code for “small, quick jumps.”  And I am NOT good at it.

Let’s call a spade a spade: I’m tall and busty, and nothing I do is small.  I can do quick (sometimes), but only if I’m very comfortable with the movement, or else “quick” just translates into awkward and sloppy.  Every class during petitie allegro I feel distinctly ungraceful.  Oh, and much too bouncy.

Lamenting my horrid soubre sous and changements, Gorgeous Ballet Girl (who is similarly tall, but infinitely more graceful and lovely) suggested to jump just a  little higher.  We have big feet, she said, and to get them pointed we need more air time.  BRILLIANT.  So I’ve been trying to jump just a  little higher (while still keeping it “small” and “quick” – kill me now).  It helps, but I’m still awkward as a baby giraffe standing up for the first time.

I’m TRYING to take small steps, I’m TRYING to move my feet quickly, I’m TRYING to be light and graceful.  But honestly, during petite allegro, I’m just thankful not to be falling over my huge clumsy feet flat onto my scrunched up frustrated face.

. . . Can we please do grand jetes now??

Other Forms of Insanity

November is a crazy busy month – so why not make it more interesting by writing a novel in the midst of all the craziness?

National Novel Writing Month is here, and I am partaking.  Please excuse my blog absence as I frantically scribble 1700 words daily that (so far)make no sense at all.  =)

And if you are so inclined, please join me in this particular form of insanity!

Astrology, Insanity, and the Cold Weather Slump

Remember back when astrology was the Big Thing, and we all read our horscopes and poured over books about our personalities based on our sun signs?  Yeah, I used to LOVE that stuff.  And personality tests.  I don’t know why, it just pulls me in every time.

So it turns out I’m a Gemini.  Back when I read all the books, I always thought “Yeah!  That’s exactly like me!  How weird!”  Now I realize most of that garbage is so generic it can apply to anyone.  But there is one trait that sticks with me about Geminis in particualr, and I can’t wish it away as generic because it is So. Me.  Geminis are really bad at finishing things.

I am GREAT at starting new things.  I’m great at ideas, and brainstorming, and I’m always up for taking a crazy new class or adventure.  But I have zero follow-through.  My closet is perpetually half cleaned out and organized.   My DVDs are partially alphabtized.  I call my workspace organized chaos.

Maybe I get distracted.  Maybe it’s boredom.  Maybe it’s 12 other new things and ideas to try that get in the way.  The only thing I can consistently finish is a new book.  In school, everyone thought I was a procrastinator because I was always pulling all-nighters to finish term papers.  What they didn’t realize was that I LOVED term papers – I usually raced to the library for research the minute it was assigned and worked furiously for a couple days.  Until I found soemthing else and forgot all about it.

Whatever the reason, I, KitTeaCat the Gemini,  can admit it: I suck at finishing things I start.

(Maybe this is why ballet appeals to me?  There is no “finish” to ballet – it is constant progress.)

By far, my finish-challenged self has the worst time with workouts and staying healthy.  I am into the gym – until I’m not.  I religiously did ballet videos – for a bit.  I love running – if it’s not too hot or too cold and there’s nothing on televison.  And I can stick to a diet – but more often, I choose not to.

Winter is the worst for workout slumps.  It’s cold and it’s dark and all I want to do is eat cookies and drink wine.  I usually end up skipping the gym and staying on the couch.  Plus, holiday food.  Mmmm.  I always find myself slacking and quitting and putting on some hibernation weight.  It’s just what happens.

UNTIL TODAY.

Or rather, until October 15th, which is the day I embarked on a workout schedule so crazy, they call it Insanity.  I have owned a not-so-legal burned copy (shhh) for several years now, and have done a couple of the workouts here and there.  But I have made the command decision to go against my nature and actually Finish. The. Program.

To this end, I have written up a snazzy schedule.  I have altered the 60-day program to around 90 days, taking into account my ballet classes and holidays.  I’ve even been meal planning.  I am fighting the winter slump and it’s not even that cold yet.  Yay me!

And, most importantly, I’ve been saying this out loud.  To people.  So I can’t quit quietly.

Technology Sucks, or Double Sunday Splits

I don’t know why my phone and tablet can’t get along.  It’s like they’re standing with their backs to each other, arms folded, refusing to speak.  Like a boy and a girl on opposite sides of the gym at a middle school dance.  Like siblings sharing a room who duct tape down the middle when they’re fighting.  It’s really getting ridiculous.

Anyway, I bring you, for your viewing pleasure, 2 weeks worth of Sunday Splits!

 

Sunday October 5 (skipped middle this week – just coulnd’t do it!):

rsplit (Left split)

lsplit (Right split)

 

Sunday October 12:

IMG_1439 (Rigth split.  Yay, looks like progress!)

IMG_1440 (Left split.  Why did I face opposite directions??  No one knows . . .)

IMG_1441 (Middle.  I really didn’t want to post this.  Yikes.)

These photos are super awkward, I’ve noticed.  Oh well.  At least you can tell they’re not fake!