-hyperkulturemia asked: So I asked about the ballet. I guess I'm so used to automatically hitting anon, I didn't even realize I did it. Anyway, I took a ballet course for fun a few years ago at UWM. I decided to take ballet one again to destress this semester. I have it with Melissa and I love it. Problem is, I suck and it's pretty frustrating. The most difficult thing for me is remembering the actual combination so even if I have the step down, it seems as if I don't and it gets all sloppy. Do you have any tips for
…people beginning to dance at an older age for fun?
First off, say hello to Melissa for me. And maybe give her a hug. Because she’s hands-down the best teacher I’ve ever had.
Secondly, I do have tips! A few, actually.
- If you’re having problems at the barre, stand in the middle of the barre. A lot of people, when they get nervous, tend to hide at the ends to avoid being in the middle, but if you do that, you have no one to watch half of the time.
- In center, stand, if possible, in the middle of the middle or back line. Again, it’s handy to have people in front of you to mimic.
- When going across the floor, don’t go in the first group or the last group. Those are the groups that everyone’s watching. Get yourself in the middle, and position yourself so a stronger dancer is ahead of you in case you forget the combination.
- Always mark along with the teacher. At the barre, in center, everywhere. Mark it while they’re explaining it, mark it when you’re practicing, mark it when other groups are going across the floor. Mark it until it’s your time to dance full-out. This will help your body recognize the combination when it’s time to dance.
- Challenge yourself when you have free time at home. Look up clips on YouTube of ballet combinations and try to memorize them as quickly as you can. Learning combinations is a learned skill.
- Start a dance journal. At the end of each class, jot down notes about the combinations: write what worked well for you and what didn’t, write down combinations (in the French if you can) that you enjoyed, write what challenged you. Then you’ll have something to go off of once the memories aren’t so fresh.
I hope some of those help! :) Enjoy the class! (You’ve made it this far, all that’s left is a few more weeks and a terminology quiz.)
Way too excited about ballet tonight. I already have my outfit picked out. And by outfit, I mean leotard and skirt. But… whatever.