I’m in the fierce and furry gorilla grips of NaNoWriMo (an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November), so I’m going to try to keep this blog post short!
I really enjoyed the latest post by Adult Beginner, where her friend went along to a ballet class to watch. The friend made a lot of interesting outsider-perspective observations, and I especially liked the bit where she noted how different dancers treat themselves when they make mistakes.
I love the way Adult Beginner writes. It’s always light yet thoughtful, friendly yet respectful, and never preachy or boring. And then I mulled over how I respond when I make mistakes, which reminded me of my so-called secret.
Hello Lovely Readers! Have you noticed that there isn’t a whole lot of resources on the execution of flying trapeze tricks?
The Trapeze Net is easily the single most comprehensive online resource for flying trapeze, and its Tricks Database is especially impressive, with videos and clear descriptions of a long list of tricks.
And yet! I also yearn for articles on the nitty gritty of how to execute a trick, how to trouble-shoot a trick, what conditions should be met before I attempt a trick, and what other tricks I can go on to do after. I wish to be able to thoroughly wrap my head around a trick so as not to waste too many precious swings. Alas, this delicious knowledge seems to be mostly passed on by word of mouth, e.g. during a lesson when time is scarce.
My Lovely Readers! Do you remember how back in January, how I was all woe-begone-me, I can’t handle three flying trapeze classes a week? And how in September, I was all, yay me for getting signed off for the level 3 advanced flying trapeze class, but I’m not going to take it because it’s a late class and my husband will be asleep by the time I’m home?
Well, a couple of weeks ago, I went, “Poo poo to that!” and signed up for the advanced class. So I am now flying three times a week on Monday (level 3), Tuesday (level 2), and Friday (level 1 – I take ‘em where I can get ‘em)! And it is GLORIOUS!
Lovely Readers, long time no see! Sorry for the lack of updates. But, well, I haven’t been flying this summer, and I’m sure you’re not interested in stories about me stuffing my face and fattening myself up for the cold British winter (I like to be well-insulated).
Just before summer, I got to try on the swivel belt! My demipirouettes were consistent, so my teacher allowed me to try a full pirouette. I only managed to turn 270 degree, mostly by wringing my neck, and I bashed my elbows on the contraption, but you can tell from the photo that I was still super chuffed!
Last week, after more than two months of summer holiday, Circus Space reopened up its doors for Term 1, and I am once again flying twice a week.