Spooky hornpipe


I have things to write about my July trip to Orlando regarding Harry Potter world and Star Wars, but haven’t had the brain time to get organized.


Alistair is more of a woozle

Music:  think “Hefflelumps and woozles” from Winnie the Pooh.

Hop-left drum-right step-and-step

Hop-left drum-right step-and-step

Rally-front rally-front rally-front hop back (right foot in back)

(Right foot) rally front gallop click and click

Rally front rally front rally front hop back

Drum notes:  inside of big toe to heel, put weight on heel

Cat hoodie


This technically counts as a “selfish sewing” project even though it was one of Art’s requests for his birthday a few months ago.  He’s been  asking for cat sweaters ever since we got them as kittens.  Not for them to wears constantly, just to see their expressions. (Alistair does have fine hair and gets cold during the winter, but I don’t think even he would willing wear a sweater.)

Yes, we are those people.

Alistair sweater

The pattern is the “Cat Hoodie” by Kristin Roach knit in some random wool/acrylic yarn that my French friend gifted me when she moved.  Unfortunately, I knit it a little too big and the the cats easily slip out of it when left to their own devices.  Rats.

So here is Art helping our cats model the sweater.  We got some great pictures.  Especially this last one of Morrigan expressing how she really feels.

Morrigan sweater 2

My friend said this is a textbook example of  a”baleful” look.

Sarah’s reel

Point hop back, step switch 2-3

Leap 2-3, leap 2-3

Kick butt left crossover 2-3

Hop kick butt right (turn left) back 2-3

Step front flip/fouette walk turn 2-3

Point hop back


Rally notes:

Like a bug tongue that flips out and then curls back in.  Less hop more down.  Bicycle.  Clear foot over sock top.

Reel step


Rose from my teacher

Cut-2-3 Down-2-3 crossover-2-3  switch-2-3

Leap-2-3, money-step-turn

Skip and skip and seven to face front


“Down” is like a quick seven.

“money step”: deliberate crossover-step, hop, hop-pick up other foot

Treble jig


This is what sewing with cats is like


Treble jig notes:

Drop-toe-heel: Imagine that your leg is a marionette, hop and dangle your foot when lifted and then go toe heel when hop

Front rallies:  3 rallies are a backbone step.  Easier when back leg kicks down from butt to rally down.  Stay on toes for cleaner sounds

Drop (hop toe heel), rally back toe, rally back toe.

Whip, step, rally hop back. (this is slower)

Front rally rally rally

Right step up right step up

Front Rally rally rally hop back

Back twist twist twist, slow ronde de jambe forward.

Rally rally rally back


Alistair…Really, kitty?

Treble reel steps


Bang bang-a bang-bang, Rally rally-back

Bang left bang right (step forward) left-toe rally rally-back

Bang right bang left (step forward) right-toe rally rally-back

Bang rally- back, bang rally-back

Bang right bang left (step forward) rally rally-back


Jaunty marionberries!


Jump jump rally rally rally (last one keep right in fron)

Rally-right, left-crossover-bang, hop right

Rally-right, left-crossover-bang, hop right

Heels to left (right in front)

Rally rally rally


Shannon’s last ballet class

My ballet teacher Shannon’s last class one on Monday. She’s moving to Georgia for chiropractor school, which is awesome, but I’m going to miss her ballet class.   Her classes were challenging and made me think and learn, instead of some classes which I feel like are for people who were former dancers and merely want to go through the motions.  For instance, she handed out sheets with ballet positions and told us to memorize them as homework.  I felt a little resentful at first because I was taking this class for fun, how dare she expect that I spend my free time going over positions, etc.  But learning the positions has actually helped me a lot and I find that I enjoy ballet more when I can differentiate the difference between croise, efface, and ecarte.


Not dance related, but his is Gigi, a lovely senior Siamese at the shelter where I volunteer. She got adopted this week! (Growing up, I always wanted a Siamese)

Shannon always watched our technique and gave suggestions about form, timing, distribution of weight, etc.  I’m sure some people found the critiques disturbing, but I found then pleasant and useful because I am still learning and growing (even though I do wish I didn’t need them, but I’ve been more open to critiques as I get older.)  Her combinations were always fun and I tried to remember her last class so I can try them on my own.

Also, this post is delayed because I tried posting on my phone and WordPress didn’t save the text. Even when I published it. Yep.

Across the floor combination:

Sous sous to corner, balance back around
Sous sous to back corner, balance back around
Waltz turn x 2
Step, developpe front (opposite arm), chasse.
Step, developpe front (opposite arm), chasse.
Tombe, pas de bourre, pirouette.

Jump exercise: Tombe to side in plie, use foot only to Push off floor. Use feet to push off floor, not legs. Changement: cross thighs in air, create a picture. Same with assemble.

Saute, (fall through) glissade, saut de chat, sautee, (fall through) glissade, Grande jete

Always remember: don’t let the shoulders creep up, keep them down. Push chest through shoulders (like male ballerinas), neck long. Be conscious of where your weight is (usually should be ball of foot onto standing leg). Hold the position to create the picture line, not just bouncing back and forth.

Center (croise):
Raise front arm to 5th, raise back arm to 5th,
Tombe forward, lower arms as dressing back leg in
Developpe front, developpe side and hold
Fouette to derriere, promenade around
Fall through(windmill arms), back leg ronde de jambe to front in pliers, straighten

Center (croise): with big arms
Tendu front right croise x2, tendu back left croise x2, tendu side right ecarte x2 and hold out on second
Fouette to derrier front, pull leg to back, close.

(Can do reverse too)

“No matter what happens during the middle of the combination, if you stick the landing with enthusiasm, I’ll be like ‘YES! Great!'” ~ Shannon (ending with a glissade into a passe with flair)