Although some people believe that barre is "warm up" for the rest of the class, this isn't exactly true. I've found that in order to get the most you can out of a class it's best to go in already warm. So how do you get yourself to that just right warm-but-not-worn-down state? Well, everyone has their own routine and these usually involve going into a classroom or warming up in the hall for a good 15-20 minutes. Here are some basic things that you can do to get ready for class. Splits.
For me, class is a lot easer after I've laid in a few splits. When I stretch my hips I don't feel like turning out is so unnatural. I'll usually lay in a center and side splits for several minutes until I'm comfortably flat on the floor. Plie.
Getting your leg muscles moving will prevent you from feeling tight during plies and adagio. Jump.
If you jump around a little bit this will get you blood flowing and your muscles warm. Relevee.
One thing that I dislike more than anything, is putting my feet into cold pointe shoes and beginning class with cold feet. It hurts and you're much more likely to get injured. Before putting your pointe shoes on keep your feet warm. Do some relevees and keep a pair of socks or slippers nearby. Port de bras.
By stretching into the barre, away, forward and back this gets the uper body warm and loosens up the spine. It makes stretching at the barre much easier.
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I recently went to see Boson Ballet's season-opening performance of "The Night of Stars". The show was nothing short of breathtaking. The first number, "Double Evil", had me tearing up. I was thrilled to see one of my favorite ballerinas, Adiarys Almeida, performing in "Carnival in Venice" alongside her boyfriend, Joseph Gatti. They dance together effortlessly. Adiarys was perfect for the role with her flirtatious eyes and sky-high jumps, watching her was a dream.The Tchaikovsky pas de deux, performed by Misa Kuranga and James Whiteside, brought down the house. With James' strength and Misa's limber body every lift, turn and jump looked as though they were floating. I myself have attempted the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux variation, I had a profound respect for Misa as she executed the petite allegro steps with precision and vigor. James with his swooping menage practically flew across the stage. My jaw was open practically the entire time.
Along with those excerpts there was also "The Golden Idol" from "La Bayadere" performed by Jeffrey Cirio, the "Les Sylphides Pas de Deux" performed by Lorna Feijoo and Nelson Madrigal, "The Second Detail" choreographed by William Forsythe, the heartbreakingly beautiful "Antique Epigraphs" choreographed by Jerome Robbins, three pieces all choreographed by Martha Graham and performed by Jennifer DePalo named "Serenata Morisca", "Lamentation" and "Satyric Festival Song." At the end of the performance was "Defile" in which the students of the Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet II and the entire company come out for a final bow.
The entire show was inspirational. I was pleasantly surprised by the homey feel when artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, came before the curtain to speak to the audience and briefly introduce the pieces. The Boston Opera House is absolutely majestic with its meticulously decorated walls and paintings on the ceiling. The grandeur took my breath away.
After the performance we stepped outside to find a heavy snow blanketing Boston... It's October...! Going forty on the highway and hardly being able to see out the window was a clear indicator that we weren't going to be driving home that night. So, we stayed with some family friends for the night. Power outages struck the entire area, making the best out of a bad situation we lit candles throughout the house and talked for hours.
All in all, it was a magical night and I'm hoping to go see Boston Ballet's Romeo and Juliet soon!
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