I found out this week that I’m already three months into my scholarship. That first quarter FLEW past. Those 12 weeks equate to roughly 36 classes with MTL and 12 with ADT, so something like 48 classes in that time. (Minus 1 class for illness and 1 class because I was off watching ADTs most recent show.)
It also marks my first week of injury-impacted dance, which sucks. I have to say though that it’s also the first time I’ve had a school where I’m comfortable turning up with restrictions, and am able to get good guidance, and know that it’s awesome. ADT is the same, but I’ve never been in that position. Today I managed to participate in a ballet class without bending my ankle joints. Yes, it is possible. It’s good, actually - helps you focus on your core and your arms.
At three months of training I feel like I am starting to hit that weird, uncomfortable point where you’re in between levels. Lilly Sim wrote about it fabulously here, albeit from a slightly different perspective.
The thing I’m facing right now is that point where I am literally craving more training, like I’m starving for it. I want classes that run for two hours, that push me, and that really start to challenge my capacity.
My turns are rubbish, really. And that’s practice, more than anything else. But when you’re not doing jetes, or pas de chat, or Russian leaps, or pique turns, or even chaine turns - or any really extended sequencing, you start wondering when you’re going to do them. The beginner/intermediate classes don’t give them to you. And the Advanced classes are too advanced.
What’s a woman to do? Maybe 1:1 classes are the answer.
It’s the awkward moment where you’re a truly intermediate student: wanting more than basics, too crap to move on. My mate Milly suggested that maybe I should move up to ADT’s intermediate classes, at least for a trial run.
All thoughts welcome.
Stay tuned for teacher interviews here, too. I’ve got the go-ahead from Jo to do some features with the MTL teachers for this here little blog, so keep your eyes peeled. Is there anything that YOU want to know? Send me a message.
The ADT school teaches the moves described above but changes in teachers always go right back to the start. The only school in Adelaide that has a continuous adult class at intermediate level is MTL. All advanced classes are for professional level dancers.