A lot of you might know I’m going on a Summer intensive for dance as I have talked so much about it in previous posts. Well, I’m happy to say Day one is done and dusted!
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be so intense. I’m the kind of person who always seems to have an abundance of energy even after a lot of exercises. I guess I was wrong, or maybe I’m just unfit! That’s probably the correct conclusion since I spent all summer not doing any dance at all. All in all, I had a fabulous time and even though I got tired halfway through I would still continue to Dance.
Classes started at 10am, I got the bus to the city/where the dance studio is at around 7:40am which usually takes around an hour to get to. By the time I arrived in the city it was already close to nine. Then I walked to the studio arriving few minutes before class started. We had jazz first which was my first jazz class. It is so different from ballet though some of the moves were sort of the same such as jumps and pose turns. The jazz teacher was a very funny woman and constantly made funny jokes! It was a lot of fun until she got us to do planks, push ups, jumping squats and crunches and that was only the warm up! I was sweating bullets afterward!
Ballet was taught by an alumni from English National Ballet. Barre was sort of a warm up for centre. Here we did parallel feet, slow pliés, first positions, rond de jambe and a lot of balances! Centre was quite difficult as many of the steps the teacher did was not in our vocabulary or muscle memory yet. I can’t even remember the French words he used to distinguish the steps. But still the class was very good and I think this class really helped with my transfer of weight which I kind of struggled with throughout the combinations.
Another very good class we had today was Bollywood dancing. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun, and I truly believed it wouldn’t be my “thing” since I’m more of a classical type of person.
We also had few minute breaks in between the different classes we had so that we were not all dead by the end of the day! 😉
Lastly, we had Ballet Repertoire wherein we learned the swan lake, the part where the corp de ballet danced as swans in unison. I kind of struggled to learn this for some reason. Yes, the steps we were to learn was gone through very quickly but I usually pick up combinations easily with a few repetitions. I guess I was just tired after all those classes.
Hopefully, tomorrow will bring more improvements and muscle memory. When I learn something new using my body, my mind finds it hard to process and I end up screwing up a lot. However, the next day/class when I repeat the steps it all just seem to click in. Does this happen to any of you?
That’s all for now everyone! I hope you enjoyed reading about my life as a first timer in a summer intensive.
Stay tune for more!
As always, see you in my next post!
Be kind everyone!