DreadPirateRoberts Posted December 9, 2004 Report Share Posted December 9, 2004 I've had my moments of navigational confusion, believe me, but one of my pet peeves lately has been doing grand allegro combinations with folks who aren't paying enough attention to where they are in the room relative to others. Does this happen to you? If so, this is your chance to vent.. This usually happens with a couple of students who tend to stare, mesmerized, in the mirror instead of looking around them as they move across the floor. They can do any number of unpredictable things, including stopping for no obvious reason or not "flying in formation" with the rest of the group, pushing us all up/down stage, etc. How do YOU handle this in class? I decided to first try the following: positioning myself so that I can always see everyone else doing the combination -- ie, at the back of the group. So when the people in front start drifting back, I can stay clear of them. But then I find myself getting "hemmed in" because the person next to me may be doing the steps more timidly, and not travelling as much. When I try relocating to the front of the group, that solves the hemmed in problem, but then I worry that I can't see those people behind me as well, and it scares me. I've tried, gently, in a "hey this happens to all of us sometimes" kind of way mentioning it to the students involved. I've tried sometimes making a separate group with some students who travel horizontally as much as I do, and are more reliable. I've mentioned it in passing to the teacher, who sometimes will warn people to NOT stop in mid flight. And, yes, I've checked with more knowledgable folks to make sure that I am correct in my perception on this. But it STILL happens, sometimes and it can get frustrating, and sometimes downright scary. So, what do YOU do when this happens in class? Suggestions would be welcome, including (but not limited to) wearing a clove of garlic around my neck, charms, talismans, supplications to departed ballet greats? Whaddya think? Quote Link to comment
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