I wondered if today’s class was going to be harder, but it turned out to be a more successful class for me in terms of getting things and improving upon them. I learned that my instructor, Alicia, is trained in Vaganova method, whereas I have always been in Cechetti, which accounts for the subtle but still noticeable differences in things like arm positions.
4th position is a fairly new thing to me. To be perfectly honest, in three-plus years of ballet, I have only done 4th position plie work with one previous teacher, and so I was pointed out by my teacher as needing to fix my 4th position grand plie. I fixed it quickly, and moved ahead with my work.
I almost never go first when we do floor work, but today, along with my classmate and fellow studio dancer, Kylie, we went first. We looked at each other, nodded, and just went for the pirouette exercise. It required me to say “Okay, this is what I can do, and I will do my best, and if Alicia makes a note of something, it means that I can fix it.” In the end, I had no comments from her; I asked after class, and she assured me that I am doing okay, save for some work that needs to be done on my landing. I have wondered if I need to go first, to take the initiative, and to also eliminate
some of my self-consciousness. Going first gives me further incentive to work harder.
I usually wear glasses, and often do during my classes, but today, I decided to see if I could go through class without them. Scientists have shown that nature has a way for compensating for weaknesses, which is why individuals with lower levels of vision often hear very well. When I took my glasses off (I can still see, for the most, without them), I noticed that my hearing intensified, as well as my sense of touch and feeling in the rest of my body, and I found that I was better able to listen because of not solely relying on what I can see. I will probably keep my glasses off tomorrow night, to see if this continues, but I thought it was a really interesting class, with a lot of good moments, a lot of challenges, and a lot of interesting observations.