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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday and where is spring?

Brrr...even my puppy wanted to turn around and go to his indoor toybox.  I got to my favorite Pilates class with Swiss balls and weights after a nice morning romp in the park with Yasir.  The cold made him quite frisky...about his barking and biting, I went to the bookstore again for expresso and looked through two books, one entitled, "Help I Just Got a Puppy, What Do I Do?" and basically I thought, let him be a puppy.  I have to find an old book I had about how to train a hunting dog, where the trainer said the same thing.  Leave a young pup alone to explore his world and he will be a more confident dog.  I think there is too much overtraining about how to react when your puppy barks and so on.  It's normal and he's a puppy and if other people don't like it, well, it's life...

Pilates was hard and I really like the arm movements with weights the best, which is why I go to this class. There were no more light weights so I had to use heavier ones and the worst part is when your arms are at right angles and you have to pulse up and down; otherwise, my arms feel great now, more stable and aligned, too, since in Pilates there is so much emphasis on correct form.  The leg movements to the side while leaning over the Swiss ball were a little better, too, and I was surprised at how my body just took over and I instinctively clutched my abs and glutes to stabilize my legs.  All this daily nitpicking is showing results...

After another stroll with puppy, I got to the afternoon ballet class with the children for some nice movements.  This teacher is all about movement and how a woman should move and her little secrets on things, like, when the music is fast, you should not do the huge glissade you would otherwise do.  It's all the nuances she teaches that I like so much.  Sometimes I think the young girls don't appreciate this valuable training and I wish this teacher would teach more adult classes like she used to.  She was my teacher for years until I got into the more advanced level, but there is something to be said about taking a more basic class.  Everyone wants to be an advanced student but I have seen some "advanced" students that have quite bad form.  The best part about an advanced class is learning from the professional dancers and I owe a lot to all these nameless dancers, but in the end, it is up to you how to dance.  "You're your own dancer," a teacher, also one of the nameless teachers to whom I owe so much, said to a girl in class.

Class:
1. Tendu croise devant and derrierre, tendus side, passe pirouettes...
2. Balance, balance, step developpe ecarte, balance, sautes, pique turns...
3. Sissonnes arabesque pas de bourre, glissade, temps de cuisse, assemble, jetes...
4. Step developpe croise, chasse pas de bourre grand jetes.
Because this class is so "classical" it is teaching me to be more comfortable with these movements so that I can relax and just dance...

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