Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hall of mirrors

I’m kind of a mirror junkie — I joke to people that the reason I do ballet as my sport / activity / fitness regime / pastime is that (1) it has good music and (2) I can look at myself in … Continue reading

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Getting out of hand

I caught myself in the mirror the other day fishtailing my hand behind my arm in a swishy way, which is so not the aesthetic of classical ballet, bronze figurines notwithstanding. In western ballet, the hand is supposed to extend the … Continue reading

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Shadow and Light

The other night and also last week in the Tuesday class, White Swan wasn’t wearing her little white shrug sweater… she was all in black… so U. was calling her "Black Swan"… which works out cleverly on so many levels, … Continue reading

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What doesn’t kill you

So here is another paradox about learning ballet technique, particularly for someone like me who’s not a natural athlete: doing one strenuous difficult thing makes it easier to do another strenuous difficult thing at the same time. I’m not addressing … Continue reading

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