DaPixie Posted February 17, 2013 Report Share Posted February 17, 2013 Oh my goodness! What a week! At my school here in Cambodia we invited a guest teacher from the Royal Danish Ballet to teach for a week. I don't think I've ever had to jump so much and so quickly. Bournonville footwork is absolutely wicked, but I love it! It is very challenging. And it takes some getting used to starting so many exercises in éffacé position and starting them derrière instead of devant. Even plain tendu exercises in centre were a real Chinese puzzle for me. I'd never really been much aware of body positions until now. Ah and pas de bourrées starting with a tendu to second en fondu. Really hard to do four of them consecutively and so very very very fast. Every day we did a mix from several days of the Bournonville school barre and centre and then also exercises based on steps from Bounronoville ballets. And now we just finished a two-day workshop. We got to learn the beginning of Act I of Konservatoriet and part of a variation from Napoli. I like the Bournonville épaulement a lot. Came very easily to me for some reason. A lot of students were messing up the head positions. It just came naturally to me. Oh oh oh, and on Wednesday night I did the whole of my second class (after the technique class with guest teacher) wholly en pointe. For the first time. Usually I only do the barre part of this class en pointe and then do the rest (still in my pointe shoes, but just on 3/4 pointe. Okay, it scared the daylights out of me at times (especially in centre), but I managed! AND I am finally, finally, finally, entirely over the box! Managed a couple of assemblés soutenus en pointe without wobbly bourrées at the end, and one en dedans pirouette. And it ended up being a double (probably never to be achieved again - but I'll allow myself to bask in my glorious success until my next class en pointe)!! And the icing on the cake was when our guest teacher actually thought I'd been dancing since I was 15 years old instead of since I was 31 years old 15 months ago and thought she could not see much difference with the girls in class who've had years of training when they were younger! Anyway, this has just been an amazing week and I am feeling good about ballet, my school, and myself! Okay, that's all I have to say right now. Quote Link to comment
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