Dear Body, behave. Sincerely, Me.

Looks like I probably pushed myself just a little too hard in class on Wednesday. Never mind the fact that hours later my big toes were still aching if I put pressure on the tips (oh hello new point shoes, I’d forgotten what a bitch you are to dance in when brand new…) having woken up to a major calf cramp that morning that was so bad not only did I wake up Eric, I woke up the dog. Even after a minute of trying to not scream in pain, it was still tight and I couldn’t stretch out. Ah potassium deficiencies, my old friend. We need to talk… Even two days later, the calf is still unhappy, and my back has joined it, I almost couldn’t sit up this morning it was spazzing so badly. Remind me why I ever stopped dancing again? This is entirely my fault. Sigh.

We’ll see how much of class I can actually manage today. I’m going to try doing barre, may not make it through center work today, especially since we have rehearsal after class. Still need to get shoes and the skirt for that, seems like I’m going to have to order the skirt online – I’ll probably end up rising it too. Wonder if Amazon carries that stuff. Should look.
But yay for Kiri hopefully being able to help me design and make the skirt topper. Love this chick, so damn happy I’ve met her.

And now for today’s new dance selection.

The above variation is actually a pas de deux, but is most often preformed solo. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, the same genius behind such little known classics as Cinderella, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

In a nutshell, Raymonda (the titular character seen here) is a princess, waiting for her betrothed to return to her and is being amused/distracted by her court until his return. All is not well, as a wealthy competitor tries to steal her affection. Thanks to a friendly ghost Raymonda figures out his game, her beloved shows up, has a epic sword battle with the bad guy and they happily get married.

I looked at several variations of both this sequence and as well as a few others, but I specifically chose this one because while this is the one is the oldest variation and so quality isn’t the highest, her timing and musicality are fantastic. Someone in the comments complains that her clapping isn’t noble enough, but I agree with the second commenter that the performance is full of attitude and meant to command the audience’s attention. Certainly caught mine. Gorgeous.