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Stereotypical New Years Post

The last month has been a little intense, and not just with dance things. Two weeks before Christmas, I suddenly found myself unemployed. The company I had worked for for 10 years lost a contract, and thus all of the planned work for the next year; nearly everyone in the office was laid off. It was very sudden. Ironically, I had been considering a career change (to what, I have no idea, but still wanted a change). I guess we'll see what the future holds?

Luckily, I had dance to focus on right after it happened, as we had tech/dress rehearsals and our Christmas show. Everything went really well--I had a small solo bit and managed to not mess it up once in any of the three shows. Go me!

We had a two week break and started classes up again this last week, though not everyone is back yet so things are slow. Going back to class after a break is always an interesting time, and while I somehow managed to get in some decent double pirouettes to the right, the left was a complete disaster as per usual. Things to work on once again.

That, as well as Remedial Ballerina's recent post about goals, got me thinking about what dance goals I have for myself this year. Most of my goals have to do with turns, because those are my arch nemesis in dance, apparently.

Dance Things I Hope to Accomplish in 2015:
(I'll probably stick this in a page up on the top banner eventually, just to remind myself).
  1. Consistent triple pirouettes on the right and consistent CLEAN doubles on the left (flat). If I can get triples to the left, too, that would be nice.
  2. At least 16 consecutive fouette pirouettes on each side (flat).
  3. Doubles en pointe on both sides.
  4. Develop more back flexibility. It's getting better, but I'd like my arabesque line to be a little nicer.
  5. Continue to work on my extensions--I'm able to get 90 degrees pretty well (except to the front with the right leg, for some reason). I'd like to have it above 90 for adagio in the center.
I'll probably adjust this list from time to time, and I'm sure I'll think of more things to add. Yay perfectionism.

I do have one other goal this year: to post more pictures on this blog!! (Obviously failing to start out with since I have no pictures to go with this post, ha!) I'd really like to share more of my dance world on here, but I do like having a bit of anonymity. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to post pictures of myself here (except for my feet haha), so I'm going to have to get creative about it.


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