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How do you know you're doing something wrong?


Guest Nadezhda

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Guest Nadezhda

This might be a difficult question to answer, but I can at least try.

 

Today we had a guesting teacher (an ex prima ballerina in our national ballet) and she had us do a marvellous combination. At the end of it there were two jete entrelacés quite at the end. What my concern is - I have a fairly good ballon and timing and the jump feels good, but I have a concern I might not do it correctly. Usually, I know when I mess up somthing, or where there's place to improve, but with the big jumps I am quite confused. I know I should ask the teacher, but somehow I don't want to ask her that also. I'm the only one in my class that asks questions and I ask a lot!

 

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Oh, go ahead and ask!:) That's one of the things the teacher is there for. Besides, you're probably asking the very question that somebody else wants to ask, but they don't have the courage.

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I second that! It took me a long time to learn how to ask questions in class. Sometimes if a more advanced student asks the same question it gives the less advanced students a better feel for the mechanics of the combination while also helping the advanced ones make double sure they understand how to make it all fluid. So you really do everyone a favor by asking :cool: !

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Well! I talked to my teacher and she said my combination was all right! Of course she had to add, that with time I should improve in these jumps and jump even higher, but basically she was content with my timing and use of plie. So, that's a relief. :)

 

Thanks for the encouragement. I sometimes feel I'm taking up too much class time with my questions, but I guess some of these questions just need to be answered. :)

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Ah, the good old remedy, "jump higher"!;)

 

But seriously, I'm glad that you asked the teacher about the step with which you were having an uncertainty. I'll bet that there were others present who had the same sort of thing to ask, but you got the answer for them!:)

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