Last week was a bit of a question mark as I had four dance classes in a row…but I survived and really enjoyed my Friday rest!
Tuesday was, as I feared, a lot of St. Patrick’s Day dances rather than solos. I’m not sure where in my dance career I switched from preferring to dreading practicing show dances, but I’m just not feeling performances right now the way I usually do. However, we did get some good work in on the reel and the hornpipe and treble jig. We started with hard shoe which is a rarity, but also led to more work on the hard shoe dances. I felt pretty solid on my hornpipe second step – which is unusual! But my first step still feels, for lack of a better word, weak. I think it’s that I’m not doing good basics – straight legs, crossing, pointed toes, etc. I feel wobbly and I’m not sure why I can’t seem to get it feeling strong. Treble jig went well though and I got an instant win sticker for good crossing! We also ran the reel a few times. There is yet another change on the ending and while I like the high kick that was added, I need to do two quick switching jumps into a cross key and I’m struggling to do so while turning. But I did get a compliment. My teacher said adults could replace the kick with a double up, and I told her I preferred the kick but maybe she could tell me if I needed to do the double up instead if I danced poorly. Apparently that won’t be an issue because I’m “doing well”. That was a compliment I sorely needed!
Wednesday was a short class, only one hour, to learn two special numbers for the recital. Our former Lord of the Dance, which used to open shows, is no longer on the standard show program but will be danced for the recital. No changes and I could do that one in my sleep. The other number is our hard shoe a cappella. Also similar to when I learned it before, but we took out one bit and replaced it with a piece from the Garden of the Daisies traditional set. And just for fun, we’re doing it on the left leg too! Overall, I think the a cappella number is sounding solid and should go well as long as we don’t speed up too early (we speed up later on to go as fast as possible at the very end).
Finally, Thursday was my triumphant return to adult class. I really enjoyed being in class with my adult friends again and I had a lot of fun. Again, we only worked on show numbers but it was definitely a good class.
Today was another day off dance as I went hiking. It was beautiful today, sunny and 66 F temperature (19 C). I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to brave workshop tomorrow with our school’s head teachers or not or just do an at home practice.