I thought jet drag was a better description of the symptoms than just jet lag.
As I was once told, though, exercise really helps and I got a boat-full of exercise last night at drills class! And it did help – not only was I able to stay up until almost 10pm, but aside from the usual “wake up at 2am because it’s 9am in the UK”, I actually slept until my alarm. So, if you’re having issues with jet lag, make sure to get your dance on!
I was definitely dragging though, and drills may be my shortest class but it’s my most intense. We started off with our usual mobility exercises for warm up, then moved straight into point drills, jump drills, and cross key drills. I’m getting close to getting the double wham (I don’t know why that’s our lingo, but it’s an entrechat to my ballet friends). Another favorite jump from drills is the butterfly, which I can usually get but I was out of steam by that point and not jumping high enough.
After a water break, we went across the floor with leaps, step togethers, trick of choice, and high kicks. It was tough and I fell behind a couple times, but fortunately my teacher seemed understanding of my jet lag situation and I didn’t drop out of any passes. Even though I’m usually worn out by this point, going across the floor is always a favorite.
We took it to the floor for some core/flexibility, then came the dreaded last 15 min of class – hard shoe. I’m probably the only Irish dancer in the world who hates hard shoe, but between the painful shoes and my lack of dancing skill, I do hate it. We did a full two steps worth (32 bars in 6/8) of a jig drill on the right leg, took an 8 bar break, then did it again for 32 bars on the left leg. This was an “easy stamina” exercise and I could barely lift my leg by the end. Of course, we immediately followed with more jig drills where during your 8 bars “rest” you do squats. So, 32 bars of jig drills and 32 bars of squats alternating. We followed up with some hornpipe and treble reel drills. Although completely spent by the end, I did get a good feeling of the importance of the back foot during the treble reel.
My legs and core aren’t sore today, so I’m anticipating tomorrow will hurt. It was a great class though, and hopefully I’m done jet dragging for solo class tonight! If you find yourself in a tough sleep pattern like jet lag, I recommend giving a good dose of exercise a try. It was the last thing I wanted to do after work but I never regret going.