Back to class, back to the familiar. Or is it?

This week I had my first “regular” class back since the summer. It’s nice to settle back into the old rhythm. Back to the studio, the familiar commute, life is back to “normal”. But I had expectations for first day of new term. I wanted to see how I am, after the summer.

In an ideal world I would have kept up with my EBAS regularly, embedding all the good things that I learned in the summer course and repatterning my body ready for the new term. But reality is that baby is velcroed on me most of the time so I’d be lucky to go to the toilet on my own, let alone an hour of EBAS uninterrupted.

But all is not lost. I went back to pointe class a few nights ago and had some pleasant surprises. I managed jetés en pointe sideways to the barre, which for some bizarre reason I was absolutely terrified about before. I managed a few pirouettes in the centre. They weren’t great, I fell out of a few of them, I was probably in panic mode when I prepared for the pirouette instead of being calm and serene that I should have been aiming for. I don’t think I spotted, and I don’t think I remembered what my arms were doing. But I went around on a few of the pirouettes. And I haven’t hurt anything. And most importantly I can now pin point that those are the things I need to work on and I know what mental cues I can use next time.

I still have much more activating / reactivating to think about, pelvis forward, lengthening, widening the scapula, etc etc etc, but mentally comparing how I danced this week vs last class of last term, I definitely felt a difference in the way that I was using my muscles. Looking forward to next week already.

How was your start of term?

Dancer hat off, admin hat on. These last few weeks I’ve been researching venues for Aspire Ballet Summer Course 2019. Watch this space, as I should be sending out save-the-dates soon for it!

And... that's a wrap!

Today was the final day of our first ever Aspire Ballet course, where a week of dancing, exploring, and new understandings, culminated with a performance in front of family and friends.

It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with Scott, Natalie, and all the dancers. It has been a fulfilling week, dancing with such supportive, inquisitive and dedicated friends. There has been huge transformations in the way that each and everyone one of us are dancing. More lifted. More animated. Calmer. Finding more space in our body. Growing and glowing.

The challenge now is when we go back to our normal classes, to not slip into old habits, constantly rewiring and re-patterning so that what we've learnt this week will become new habits.

Looks like we are all looking forward to 2019! If you are interested, sign up for our newsletter so I can let you know dates as soon as they are set.