I’ve been very excited this winter because I was going to get to start a pointe class and determine whether my ankle is able to go full tilt with ballet again. For those of you who don’t know, I had two ankle surgeries to try and alleviate persistent pain & swelling. The pain started in 2004, and had surgeries in ’05 and ’06. Finally by fall ’07 I decided that it felt “better enough” to try a beginning ballet class. That was fun, but not very challenging. So when they announced beginning pointe, I was very excited.
Well, my other teacher didn’t tell me that in addition to the basic pointe work, that we’d be doing high level barre work. Now in movies and such, the barre work is for warming up & working on technique, etc. That’s all true, but it also is the time that you have to be the most controlled and where you really have to work on posture & strength so that you can be safe & graceful when you start doing things in the middle of the floor. In the Cecchetti method of ballet, which I study, we have grade levels. In highs school & college I dance grade 3 and a little of grade 4. In my beginning ballet class we were back down to grades 1 & 2. Well, in pointe class, we are doing grade 5. I have done, maybe, one exercise ever, from grade five.
So needless to say, I’m sore. Much more sore all over than I thought I would/could be for a “beginning” class. But apparently beginning pointe doesn’t mean beginning barre work (which is done in soft ballet slippers most of the time). So it is off to the heating pad for me. Maybe a nap too. But then I have to drive to my parents’ house, which I’m not looking forward to with my hip flexor feeling the way it is right now!