Where do I start? I have been very remiss at writing my blog of late- so much has been going on and I have been so busy! So apologies if this ends up either being:
A) Very long
B) Lots of chunks.
First, let me start with a positive- another fantastic UKBTM (United Kingdom Ballet Tweet Meet, for the uninitiated) organised by the wonderful Becca Jukes, and taught by the equally wonderful Karis Scarlette. New venue, some new faces, some familiar.
A great class that (I think) pushed all concerned, I know I gained lots out of it. As before, it was an absolute pleasure, and dare I say privilege to be taught by such a knowledgeable teacher. Having said that, I can’t leave out the lovely ladies that I shared the class with- It was great to be with such a fine group who clearly take their dancing seriously!
The second half of the meet was a lovely social, in a particularly fine venue. A great opportunity to chat about all things dance, and get to know people a bit better.
A wonderful day, and I look forward to the next one!
Next, a minor crisis! One of my classes is doing a show this term (we are ensconced into a theatre school) and due to the change of normal class schedule to accommodate rehearsals it moved from a Tuesday to a Wednesday.
When I do my other two classes of the week.
Frustratingly, it was smack bang in the middle time wise; normally I would be passing Newport Pagnell service area at about that time!
Lots of thinking occurred in the next 24 hours after I found out- I simply couldn’t go down to one class a week, but I couldn’t miss the show either. A difficult phonecall and email to my two teachers explaining the situation was my final solution. Both Aime and Sophie were very sweet about it, and more understanding than I could have hoped for.
As luck would have it, my rehearsal class had to be moved by fifteen minutes as it clashed for someone else (she is in three of the show numbers- dedicated or mad, I can’t decide) – meaning I have a (tight) sprint across Bedfordshire and can make 2 out of the three. Currently considering my options for finding another class.
Moving on to the rehearsals (you would have though I planned this…) what a culture shock! Having never rehearsed anything more than a school play I had no idea what to expect. And to be greeted by “oh, we are glad you can do it, the piece kind of pivots round you…”
No pressure then.
After rehearsal two, we now have a vague story, and have choreographed about half of the piece. We kind of ground to a halt as my pas de deux partner is on honeymoon, (Congratulations Alice) so I spent a large section of the last session standing about with Debbie (the teacher) saying things like “ok ladies, while you do your bit, Dan and Alice will be doing… something” I’m sure it will be okay, we have till the 19th of July to get it right. Not that I am counting, or nervous. Honest.
Oh! Before I finish I must sing the praises (again) of the lovely ladies at Just Ballet. Having started rehearsals, part of the piece requires me to fall to the floor, in spectacular fashion. This plays havoc with ones knees! A quick tweet to @justballetuk on a long shot to see if they had any knee pads, as they had none on their site. Quick reply, they sorted me some out, (along with some other bits) and they dropped through my door next day. Fantastic to find a retailer that really does care, and provides a good service. I for one will be going back to them in the future.
So, I think that’s me caught up; I promise to be less rubbish at updating, hopefully in the very near future I should be doing some reviews of a dance something (not sure what yet) and more updates on the rehearsals.