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Guest prokofiev

In light of a post I recall from the parents board, and with the spirt of the "lack of support" post, I had to share this episode:

 

My (long-suffering, good-natured, but ballet-illiterate) spouse picks me up every night after class, and listens patiently to my stories, trying hard to follow along. He's very supportive and makes a concerted effort to stay up with what I'm doing, even though he doesn't always quite understand. Tonight was the best yet.

 

In class we had a rather simple grand allegro combination that involved a tombe. Lately I've been concerntrating on improving a few things that resulted in me "sticking" in tombe tonight and I was singled out to fix some problems. It was a great class, but I was feeling stupid about my inability to move in a simple step. I dumped my things in the car and slid dejectedly into the passenger seat.

 

"I hate tombes," I moaned by way of a greeting. My dear sweet husband's face took on an immediate look of alarm and confusion. With a note of deep concern in his voice, he asked, "Who's Tom Bayes?"

 

Here's to all the people in our life who worry about Tom Bayes and all his friends! :)

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:) I have one too! My husband always makes me feel better when i have a bad class by saying something like that, not even meaning to. It is so sweet to realize their genuine concern and to put things in perspective. My husband has been trying to learn 1 ballet term a week, and this week he has gotten jete and frappe confused calling it a jetoppee. So precious!

 

Rachel

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My father always had great things to say about my ballet when I was younger. He particularily enjoyed when I'd do a "shazbot." I think he watched too much Mork and Mindy.

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Great Thread! Last night after watching me in class for the first time ever, my husband asks me when we get home if I can show him some moves and look at his "turnout" :angry: lol- gotta love them.

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My father always had great things to say about my ballet when I was younger.  He particularily enjoyed when I'd do a "shazbot."  I think he watched too much Mork and Mindy.

 

What's the shazbot referring to??!!

 

Cheers,

Fish

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Prokofiev,

 

That is by far the cutest thing I think I've heard in awhile!! Thanks for sharing it :D

 

My wonderful husband just nods along with me and commiserates about the challenge. When I talk about ballet, sometimes he just spontaneously starts doing these energetic, very deep knee bends with his hands on his hips.

 

It always makes me laugh, it looks like he should have lederhosen on or something :thumbsup: It is especially amusing that he is a very robust and large man with good circulation, so the picture of his smiling face and rosy cheeks while he does these energetic knee bends just always makes me :lol:

 

S

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My fiance just kind of smiles and nods when I talk about ballet, then he turns the tables and talks military jargon and it's my turn to smile and nod. :wink: I've probably made worse blunders in that department than he has.

 

I do have a mom story, though. I can remember being about 14 and talking about ballet with my mother. I started saying something about pas de deux, and she interrupted and asked "Pot of dew? What's that??" It's still one of her favorite jokes, all these years later. :blink:

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What's the shazbot referring to??!!

 

Cheers,

Fish

 

I GUESS YOU HADDA BE THERE DEPT.:

 

At the beginning of the situation comedy "Mork and Mindy" Robin Williams as the spaceman Mork would attempt to enter his flying saucer (egg, really), bump his head on the hatch, grab his forehead, and say, "Shazbot!" :wink:

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"What's the shazbot referring to??!!"

 

In ballet sense I think he was talking about the changement.

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One night I made a comment to my boyfriend on how in my ballet class the night before there was a man there (beginner) wearing pink ballet slippers with the bows on the outside, a black unitard and black tights. I sight to see let me tell you. I was trying hard not to laugh (so were other people) and he was just a disaster. Marking people while going one by one across the floor and whatnot. He was a complete spaz. But you know....I have respect for him trying. ANYWAY....my boyfriend was wearing boxer briefs and after I finished telling him the story he pulled them up as far as they would go up his waist and started doing this weird dance (kinda looked like a steve urkelish stride) and said...."can I go to ballet with you?" I was just dying. He's so clueless about ballet that he doesn't even know how to immitate it. I guess you had to be there but he had me rolling.

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Hmmm we all seem to have men in our lives who are happy to entertain us with "special" little dances. Mine certainly has his. The Underwear dance mentioned above reminded me of one of them....

I didn't realize other guys were dancing for their wives and girlfriends too. This is a fun thread....

My hubby couldn't do ballet to save his life; he can't even touch his toes, but he sure was "teachers pet" in the beginning Tap dance class he came along to.

Laschwen

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Guest Allie

That is so funny! My husband likes to dance with me especially try to do lifts (we saw one on MTV's made. There was a high school sophomore who wanted to be "made" into a ballet dancer). We were cheerleaders together in college so he already knows some technique there, but ballet is SO much more graceful. We even took a private class together once :P

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Elise...

 

Your post about "shazbot" cracked me up!! :) My father and my brothers would constantly call it all kinds of things like "souflet" (sp??) To this day, my 42 year old brother STILL tells me to "souflet, flouflet" over to him for a hug before I leave. Soooo funny!

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Not completely off topic but my chiropractor is a dancer and she always tells me to "chasse" into the next room.

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What a coup to find a chiropractor who dances! Complete understanding of the dancers body and injuries vs. the usual complaints about those "hypermobile" bodies is a wonderful thing.

My Physical Therapist used to take Ballet and understands enough to make me happy.

She never says or does anything as funny as my spouse though.

Laschwen

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