3.09.2011

ballet wednesday...



Tonight was officially the last class of my Winter session, but i've immediately signed up for the Spring session starting in April. I'm planning on practicing in between though so I (hopefully) don't forget everything i've learned, as our teacher provided us with the class music. We pretty much went over everything we've learned over the last while, with variations on pirouettes this time. I'm having some trouble getting my balance right for pirouettes though, which is driving me crazy since i'm one to try and perfect things first go, lol. I just need more practice of course, but I want to get them right now! Anyone have any tips for pirouettes and balance?

These two lovely pics are from a ballet-inspired wedding, shot by Yan Photography... you have to check out the rest here. They are so stunning!

Photos: Yan Photography, discovered via Snippet & Ink

18 comments:

Maggie Rose said...

I'm sure they've told you about keeping your eye on one still spot to look at while you're spinning. It really does help! And while too fast means disaster, too slow does too.

I haven't danced for years, but it was a big part of my youth :) I envy your classes, sounds so fun!

Puget Sound Mama said...

Pull up your core and imagine a string coming out through the top of your head when you lift up and keep your eye on one spot! Love love your ballet posts :)

Fiamma said...

I love Ballet! I think it's so beautiful and inspiring :) Good luck with your classes :)

XoXO
Plami

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Passione Helena said...

What a beautiful pictures!

I hope you enjoy the new spring season ..
Unfortunately I have no tips for you.

Warm greetings, Helena

Jude said...

When you go into the spin, use more of your upper body than your lower. Not disproportionally so, but just enough, that your momentum pulls you through. Your head will be done with the spin a half second or so before your lower body, which will give you time to adjust accordingly. And then when you've got that. The natural spin should be a lot easier to accomplish. :D

black tag diaries said...

those photos are so beautiful... now you have me daydreaming about ballet slippers and leotards...

Katie said...

Yay for ballet! Just remember to push up from a good 4th position, and Puget Sound Mama has it right- think of pulling your whole body up, and keep your weight up over your supporting leg. If you clench your stomach and bum and all the muscles around your knee you'll have a lot of control. Practice, practice, practice!

Laura said...

The above tips are helpful, but think of ballet in a physics way. Ballet is physics. At the same time you are pulling up, you also have to push down through your standing leg. You have to push into the ground and the ground will push back. That will help you sustain your turn and avoid hopping. If this doesn't make sense, let me know and I'd be happy to explain it in a little more detail. I just didn't want to write too long of a comment :)

My best balance tip is to practice while doing other things like brushing your teeth or cooking. That way, you aren't over thinking things, and your body is figuring it out for you.

Daniella said...

Thanks for the tips everyone! What a lovely response!

I have been trying to use spotting correctly, I remember that from when I was younger (they actually have "spots" taped up on the mirrors in our studio). I think I am working myself up to think "oh man, I have to get this right this time" and i'm screwing myself up! lol...

Tightening all the muscles and standing strong makes a lot of sense! It's not so much the turning part, but the balance that gets me... i'll be practicing at home for sure! Funnily enough too, last night i turned the page in the 'Ballet Companion' book i'm reading to find a section on "Pirouette Tips" with thoughts from Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel... I guess i'm not the only one with "turn anxiety" hahaha...

Thanks everyone!

hannah fancher said...

i danced for much of my childhood and i really wish i had stuck with it...maybe this post will serve as inspiration to start again?

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

I'll echo what everyone else mentioned -- core tight, squeeze your butt and spot! And of course, practice, practice, practice. I think it's so great you're continuing with the lessons. :)

nicolakoala said...

Turning is about finding your center and then just balancing (your spot will rotate you, at least for the first 3) SO concentrate on finding your center and balancing, any extraneous stuff with you arms or upper body will just throw you off. Or so my dance teacher always tells me! Watch the video at the bottom of my teacher's blog, it is a great example http://www.doctorballet.blogspot.com/
Also don't get too frustrated, the thing about pirouettes is the harder you push and force, the worse they get. The best ones always happen when you are not too focused on perfection! Hope that helps.

annalou said...

Do any of you wonderful ballerinas know of good ballet "workout" dvds? I'm just a beginner, but I don't have time to take lessons after work...I wish I did! I would really appreciate it! :)

http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

I love the beauty of ballet. It reminds me of when I use to dance and how sometimes you felt as though you were lighter then air. Almost like an astronaut would feel in space.

Anonymous said...

When practicing my spins I first go one quarter (x4 for a whole circle), then I do 1/2 (x2 for a whole circle), then I do one and then I do a double.

Sometimes I do the quarter ones a couple of times and then the 1/2 ones a couple of times before I go and do a whole spin. It also helps me practice control (it gives me a better feel for my core), and ease into the whole spin mentally as well.

I hope it helps!

- Thorunn

Daniella said...

Thorunn - Ohhhh That actually makes a lot of sense! Thanks so much for the tip! I'm going to try that.

Annalou - I'm looking for one too! Just trying to find one that teaches the steps really well... i'll let you know if I find one!

peggy | bluepoolroad said...

these two images are beautiful daniella... and yay! to signing up for the spring session. have a lovely friday night :) xo

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

I always been told that balancing is easier if we concentrate on relaxing the toes of the foot that's on the floor - not using the toes crunched up to "hang on."

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