Dance class notes

Ok, this will be a weird post. I’ve been taking Irish Step Dancing classes and Ballet classes and I usually write down some notes. Today was the last day of summer session and I can’t, however, find my notebook. So I’m going to jot down notes here so I can remember for later.

    Irish:
    Jump,2,3s:

Knee is vertical, like leaping, don’t bring in front.
Keep legs crossed!
Like jumping over a giant mud puddle.

Reel1:
8 Jump-2-3s
Hop, Sevens, Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3
Switch, sevens, jump-back-2-3, jump-back-2-3
Hop, Sevens, Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3
Switch, sevens, jump-back-2-3, jump-back-2-3

    Reel2:

Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3

Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Step-in, hop, jump-2-3
Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3

Hop-2-3, crossover-2-3
Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3
Sevens turning (left behind)
Jump-2-3, crossover-2-3

Hop-2-3, crossover-2-3
Jump-2-3, Jump-2-3
Sevens turning (right, behind)
Jump-2-3, crossover-2-3

    Ballet:

– Keep a sense of “Lift,” redistributes tension to different muscles, feels like less force on ball of foot
– Tuck ribs into belt.
– Long neck, lower shoulders, weight more forward.

– Developpe: Think of Passe-attitude as someone giving you a hug, keep knee up and extend. TURN OUT! Will be shaky and strain inner muscles, but keep going and will get stronger.
– Want to be in the “shaky muscle” place (best way to improve)
– Don’t compensate by leaning in other direction for counterbalance, stay vertical.

– Pique: TURN OUT! I have a tendency to have a turned-in/straight orientatin.

Balance step:
-stretch, fondue heel to ankle, pique, fondue
– think of diamond for heel to ankle
– Pique is a quick transporter, not a slow elevator
– Arm mirrors free leg.

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