Friday, October 6, 2017

Distilled white vinegar for the win

It seems every time I post about dancewear it turns into a rant.

For those who may not be caught up, I've been trying to clean a favorite shirt I often wore to ballet classes. It's an UnderArmor shirt intended to be worn in athletic activities. Despite several machine-washings and air-dryings, an ammonia odor would develop every time I wore it to class, but only after I sweated in it for more than about 30 minutes. That translates to a bit more than half-way through barre.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ballet Technique with Stephen Baranovics

One of the problems with learning ballet as an adult is that you often don't get an organized, comprehensive introduction. Instead you jump into a class with other adults, some of whom know what they're doing and others who are just as lost. There are many parts of ballet I can do without thinking about it, and others of which I'm clueless.

If I was starting over from scratch I might take MYB's Intro to Ballet enrollment classes, but after six years of classes I think they're targeted a bit lower than I need. So I was intrigued by the announcement of a four-day ballet technique workshop being offered by the Washington School of Ballet (the school associated with the Washington Ballet professional company). Here's an excerpt from the flier:

Ballet Technique with Stephen Baranovics 

Sundays 9:30am-11:00am
October 15th-November 5th
Cost: $76 for all 4 classes



Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins.

This four-week workshop is designed for students with a minimum of 2 years of ballet training to help them strengthen their technique and provide the tools to move to the next level. The workshop will cover the 7 movements of ballet as well as pirouettes, jumps and turns.

Sign up online, at the front desk, or by calling 202.349.0261.

Class will be held at the Joseph C. Coleman Studios (The Joe), 3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Stephen Baranovics also teaches a class for younger boys at MYB immediately before the Saturday Beginner II class I often take. Some years ago our instructor for was suddenly taken ill on her way to class, and he substituted during barre. I've been curious about taking a full class with him ever since. I've taken a very few classes taught by male instructors, and I find the differences in technique to be very helpful.

I decided to sign up for this class, despite it meaning that I have to get up at some horrendously early hour on a Sunday morning. I hope it's worth it!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Help me, Obi-Wan, you're my only hope

This posting is nothing but me venting, mostly about the adult pointe class debacle. If this interests you, by all means proceed. If not, you've only yourself to blame.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pointes all over

When I arrived for class this morning, Susan and one of my classmates were in the hallway limbering up in pointe shoes. Apparently this has become a regular thing with Susan before class.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Ballad of the Stinky Shirt

But first some real ballet-related stuff.

In the last few classes I've been having trouble with my pirouettes. They just didn't seem to be working as well as before. Last Sunday I realized that I'd gotten lazy about the placement of my working foot during the turn, getting it only to mid-calf and probably not well turned-out. Last night I found myself doing it again, and made a conscious effort to correct the placement, and it really helped.

Now on to the next verse of the Ballad of the Stinky Shirt.