Thursday, January 16, 2014

What What, in the Butt?

My level three class has a batch of new students, so the complexity of combinations has been stepped down a bit. Like, to the point that I actually feel competent. But my mixed-level class has only gotten harder and harder, so now I am stuck either feeling unchallenged or overly challenged. For cryin' out loud, can I get a level four class, please? These dead-dull en croix degages aren't doing it for me any more, and no matter how many times you tell me the sequence of a 13-step grand allegro combination it ain't gonna happen right now.

Sorry, I am feeling a bit shouty, tonight.
Because I... pulled my butt muscle? Or... something. Class was fuller than usual tonight so I got stuck at a portable barre which is a good foot or more higher than the lowest rung on the regular barre. So, when we were all supposed to hike our legs up on the barre... something went terribly wrong. I got through the rest of class but begged off pointe and came home early. If anything, it hurts worse NOW than it did in class.
Effing ballet, guys. What the hell?

PS: this has been a really butt-centric day for me. First thing in the morning I had to take one of my cats to the vet because she has a ruptured booty gland. Well, at least I don't have THAT.

PPS: Look. I am REALLY REALLY SORRY, this is in terrible taste, but I seriously have this song stuck in my head now, and I am sharing it with you because I am basically a bad person and I'm going to hell (and I want you to share in my pain):


  1. I found this song in college - glad I'm not the only one who knows about it! I'm sorry about your bum! You probably pulled it ? Can you ice it?

    1. It's awkward, but I can ice it if I lay on one side and sort of prop up with towels. It actually feels a bit better this morning, so probably my best bet is to stay off of it for the weekend.

      PS: "let's do it in the butt, okay?"

      PPS: not really.

  2. I'm going to a new school that doesn't even allow portable barres. My old school had them, but they were unstable and too short for me, so I always stayed to a barre affixed to the wall.

    I'm also doing a level lower than where I'm currently at because it's one of those schools with set exercises you do every day (because it is a professional school compared to my last one). If I had started in the fall, I would have been in grade V, but I'm too afraid to step in right night for fear of getting my legs tangled, although I'm sure I'd be just fine with the pointe work--they start in grade IV--as I've been en pointe for two years and don't need the barre for anything anymore.

    Also, I am proud to say I can at least memorize combinations of 10 steps for grande allegro, and I am slowly getting better with petit allegro. With adagio, I can memorize an infinite number of moves, but the problem is keeping my balance throughout the entire exercise, so I suppose it's a good thing I'm stepping down so I can work on my balance more. I balance just fine in turns. It's just when you have me in the center on one leg moving my other leg in crazy ways.

    Also, my friend showed me that song in high school, which was surprising, considering I'm the one with the tasteless sense of humor.