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Arletta's class started today, and I was excited about the new studio. Or studios, rather. It looked really nice and sleek, and there was a lot of windows in the one I was in. People could even look at us from upstairs. All nice and light and clean. And there was a baby grand piano in it! I felt very professional dancery.

The last class before break, Arletta had picked on my shoulders.. and today she worked on it even more, trying to get it back and down. This is something that my yoga boyfriend has been trying to get me to do for a while. And I remember having been corrected by my ballet teachers on occasion, but man, Arletta really focused on it. She tried sort of massaging it.  Then was like: Get a massage!

Hrmpf. How do you correct years and years of bad posture?

I did 2 perfect pirouttes today. Each time I do one, I hear a huge mental cheer and applause, and I turn around and am rather surprised people aren't applauding. I guess they expect people to do pirouttes in a ballet class :) For me though, each perfect piroutte is to be treasured.

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furfybird
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
*applauds your pretty spinnies*

(I totally thought you lived in the Bay area!)

How long have you been doing ballet?
ripresa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
*curtsies cutely*

Do you dance? Because you sure have the body for it.

I've been doing ballet since I was a teenager.. I think 16 or so.
furfybird
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Teehee.

I partially blame that very fact for hindering me as a dancer. (I have a very delicate ego when it comes to things I don't naturally do well, and it seemed like ballet teachers held me to a higher standard than the normal "beginners." Does that make any sense? At a time when I just needed to be encouraged, and needed things dumbed down for me, they were treating me like a career ballerina, and putting too much emphasis on perfection, too soon. (Which I definitely appreciate, they obvious thought I had potential and were doing their best to cultivate it, but unfortunately, it scared me off.)

Plus I have always been clumsy and inflexible. :)

I do musical theatre, so I have a fair amount of dance background, but I am by no means a dancer.
Although, I don't completely suck at tap. :)

(I'm worried I'm going to have to improvise a dance number at this audition next week. My Hell.)
ripresa
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
it does make sense...

but from what i've read/seen, the professional ballet world is very competitive and cut-throat anyways. all the girls look perfect, but there's a million of them, each wanting to get into the handful of ballet companies.

oh oh. good luck in your audition. i'm sending good thoughts your way!!
furfybird
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Oh yes, indeed. Much like in my line of work. :) (It's all pretty much the same when it comes down to it, but dancers are certainly on the exxtreme end of the competition and throat-cutting spectrum.) Truth is, I've been known to butt heads with a pro dancer or two. :) They can be a little,...intense. :)


I really respect the self-discipline it takes, though. How do you do it? Wow, I'd love to see you perform sometime!

Thanks for the good thoughts! I hope I'm not expected to pull of a perfect pirouette. I think I only managed that once, .....as I was falling down some stairs. I don't think I could recreate it.
preservationgal
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
yay for perfect pirouettes!

About the posture thing: When working in front of you (like I do with conservation work and you do with a keyboard) the body just sort of starts to get accustomed to working "forward" and your back stretches out and your front caves in.

So just try sitting up straighter and pulling your shoulders back and shoulderblades down your back - and actually stopping every hour or so during work to stretch out. And try wearing heels. I find wearing heels makes me stand up straighter.
noxcat
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
How do you correct years and years of bad posture?

Same as with any other bad habit - practice and exercise. :)

My gym has a rowing machine that, if I do it on a regular basis, Helps me keep my shoulders down and back.

The massage will help too. And it feels soooo good. Treat yourself to one. Maybe even two. :)
ripresa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
you know, i thought my posture got better after i did some rowing last weekend. i guess it's one of the few things that cause you to pull back past your shoulders with your arms.

i love massages.. but they always feel like an expensive indulgence for some reason.
noxcat
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
They feel like an indulgence to me too. :) But after the massage, your shoulders should be relaxed into their proper position. It's a good way to be reminded of what your posture should be. And sometimes indulgences are a good thing. :)
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