Ballet: my balance issues

Halloween Seattle ferris wheel

Halloween Seattle ferris wheel

I have a lot of issues with balance.  Today my teacher pointed out that I tend to lean back so that my weight is shifted off my legs behind me.  I need to focus on staying lifted and keeping my weight on top of my legs.  Shoulders over hips sort of thing.

Reel step from Janelle

Needles sharp posture & movements with attitude

Superskip right lift
Skip 2 3 leap 2 3 (hangtime)
Jump Diddlydum jump buttkick right step 2 3 (quick up, straight out to right, stare down attitude, right foot in front)
Turn, point right skip 2 3 left skip 2 3 (needle skips!)

Step 2:

Point whip out whip in
Hop twist twist twist (or hop heel step up)
Gallop walking turn gallop
Lift 2 3 skip 2 3 point and point


Treble jig: (hop at the end of a rally)

Hop rally toe toe, hop rally toe toe (pop pop)
Rally toe, rally toe, rally step step
Hop forward switch (keep moving forward) squish the bug hop back
Hop forward switch forward squish the bug hop back
Rally rally rally step step

Pull back rally rally, rally step step
Rally rally, heel heel, click toes
Box step (heel heel toe toe, heel clicks)
Box step turn 180°

Rally Hop, rally hop, rally step step

Slip jig:
Cut twist twist twist twist forward
Hop twist twist twist twist back
Hop back rock hop rock rock rock
Left cut skip switch skip 2 3
Hop up land Cross step out step in step cross keys
Gallop turn step up (left foot in front)

Irish reel step

New reel step from Addi’s class.  Need to practice bicycles (like leap 2 3s in attitude) and heel clicks

Whip 2 3, fly — 2 3

Skip 2 3 bicycle 2 3

Slideback 2 3 change 2 3

Leap 2 3 heelclick 2 3

Someone's humoring my gelato photography

Someone’s humoring my gelato photography

Irish Dance class notes

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Woohoo!  I actually started Hard shoes today.  Just tips and 2  basic reel steps, but that’s plenty to start with since balance is an issue.  Sarah gave me a pair of her hard shoes until I can get my own.  ..Hopefully in September in New York since there’s an Irish shoe cobbler there. =)

New soft shoe reel step:

Whip-2-3-turn-2-3 (lead foot in back)




Point-hop back

Hm, for an Irish dance post, these are Scottish icons

Alistair being cute, the stinker

Alistair being cute, the stinker

I do my little turn on the catwalk

See?  Cat walk.

See? Cat walk.

I guess it’s time for some cat spam, seeing as our kittens have been with us for three months.  Morrigan is the our tuxedo girl and she’s the brave, slippery, “I really want to be picked up but will never admit it” kitty. The tabby boy is Alistair and he is a love bug. He’ll start meowing and batting at your leg, but all he wants is to be picked up and draped on your shoulder. He is high energy though and we think he’s part Egyptian mau since he chirps and ‘mrrp’s as he runs around. They actually like going outside with harnesses, but that’s more to do with being outside. They tolerate the harnesses because it’s their passport to the outdoors. It was pretty funny when we first put them on since the cats looked like they forgot how their legs worked and stiffly fell over. Legs worked just fine when they got outside.

Sewing and knitting with them has been a bit challenging since they like to “help out:”  Sitting on my fabric, chasing the pen across the painter’s plastic as I try to trace a pattern, batting at fabric while I’m trying to iron, crawling behind my sewing machine while I’m there… and let’s not get into knitting.


But I’m still getting stuff finished, like this “Northern Line” sweater by Alex Tinsley for RetroLemon’s stripey sweater KAL.  And my Tania culottes (red not-skirt) that I sewed for Irish dance class.
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