Today was my first class back after a small break. It felt great! I was relieved to see I felt as strong as ever.
As a bonus I made an accomplishment today. It may seem small to those ballet dancers that I envy and who were born doing quadruple pirouettes. But for someone like me who over thinks turns, isn't a natural at them to begin with, and generally freaks out at the mention of them, this small achievement was a good step in the right direction. I did about twelve consecutive fouettes. It's embarrassing to admit that's an improvement when I should already be doing thirty-two on pointe with multiples.
I've gotten over ten before when I'm practicing by myself, but today felt different because it was during class and I got to turn in time with the pianist's masterful playing. I was right by the piano, and she was playing a section from Don Quixote. It was the part when Kitri performs the thirty-two fouettes. It felt amazing to confidently pull out those turns to that music. It was perfect timing to, because during my break last week I had just watched the ballet the whole way through for the first time.
I also practiced after class in the not so empty studio. It's easy for me to feel self conscious in front of the lingering dancers that stay for a while to stretch but it's so much fun to practice the most famous roles that I do it anyway. Today I attempted a section of the black swan's solo, and to my pleasant surprise managed it better than I thought I would. Of course it wasn't on pointe but that will come some day. Hopefully.