As you would have noted from this post last weekend, I have had a whooooollleeee lot of self-doubt going on. So much so that on my important/urgent matrix, “dance practice” is a thing.
Here is an important/urgent matrix, in case you don’t know what that is.
Did I practice this week? Yeah, sort of. In a half-arsed kinda way. I did a bunch of core and diaphragm exercises on one night. On three days I pirouetted my way through the hallways. During my work day I spent time balancing (I work at a standing desk).
And today I spent time in positive visualisation.
Jazz class starts at 8 pm, which is late for someone like me. On normal nights, I’m in bed by 9.30 pm. Why? I rise early. Tuesday this week I was up at 5 am.
Today, I spent all day feeling tired and physically disordered and wanting to eat. A lot. And I drank all the coffee and ate fistfuls of choc bits just because they were there.
So, I wasn’t hopeful of a good class.
Martine Quigley (this is her) is fantastic for corrections. She takes time to give us each individual feedback, which was confronting for me to experience the first time, but is now really valuable. I get a LOT out of hearing her appraisals of my fellow dancers, because I am learning to spot each person’s different styles, and where they’re strong, and where they’re weak, and can apply those considerations to myself as I watch my peers dance.
But, I was surprised. I didn’t get any alignment corrections in the warm-up. I got some lovely compliments on my jumps: That my “framework is excellent”.
My pose turns and shanay turns were pretty good - and all I needed was a prod about posture and they were even better. Not surprised AT all; I struggle keeping everything locked down properly. The combination of the two is surprisingly difficult. Remember, fondu between pose and shanay and it’s easier. I know what I’ll be practising this week.
And then, I nailed the choreography quickly. It was a short and sweet, loose hip hop piece that was HEAPS of fun. Bloody amazing that I got it - and that I didn’t even question my ability to do it.
Sometimes, your body just really works - even when mentally you’re totally off the mark.. :)