Tuesday night ballet, again, and despite the title of this post, it wasn't quite as frustrating as you might think. It was a great lesson but we (by which I mean I - the royal we, perhaps?!) are still working hard on the sisonne/coupe/assemble, only now I seem to have the sisonne and assemble, but am somehow missing the coupe! Before I was flapping my legs about wondering how to get the assemble right, now I've sorted the assemble; I'm missing the coupe. I realise this is not a really complex move, but it's like my brain and feet will not liaise with one another. How frustrating! I'm just going to have to keep trying hard and practising until I get that and the eternally confusing pas de bourre over and unders. (I get pas de bourres but 'behind side front/infront side behind swap really confuses my poor, work tired brain on a Tuesday evening.)
My main issue with all the practise I'm doing is that the more I practise, the more I ache, and although I really enjoy the practise and would do it every day if I could, I can't work out whether I ache because I'm working really hard, or whether, perhaps somewhat sadly, it's a sign of my age. I'd prefer to think the first, but I do worry it might be the second(how do you ever become old enough to say that? It just creeps up on you from nowhere.)
Worries aside (and I do worry quite a lot- one of my less appealing characteristics!), we did do some fun allegro work today, which was great: lots of pose turns in pointe and ballet class - it makes me feel like a proper dancer even if I'm not brilliant at it!
Vaguely to return to the topic of the sisonne - my [much younger, teenage] ballet-class friend today declared, in response to my extreme struggle over the very simple move, that there was nothing quite like a sisonne to wake you up and that she would do one as she got out of bed every morning if she could! I had to giggle: she's mad!
Next project: to learn to use the Theraband I've bought. I've been googling how to use it but I need to spend some time getting to know what's best for strengthening my feet and ankles for ballet!