So on Friday I took another class with the Bournonville teacher, but I took his basic level class instead of the one level up class. As always, I won't ever say a class is too easy for me, because there are always things to work on...but it was a fairly basic class.
I just don't understand how one is supposed to go from that class to the class one level up? The gap in presumed knowledge seems really big. Even if I took this basic class a hundred times, I don't think it would prepare me for the next level.
Should I be taking the class one level up? Is there a learning curve I just have to deal with? Like I said, I think my technique was cleaner than several other people taking that harder class; there were just some combinations that were too fast and tricky. Is that safe to tackle, or will it just give me bad habits?
In times like this, I wish there was a curriculum class with a clear progression that I could take. It's hard to cobble together a schedule on your own that gives you what you need to improve and progress.
I enjoyed the class regardless. There was fun fast footwork. He did a dégagé combination that was a little different from usual. The one I get a lot is the classic (imagine right - left) 8-8-4-4-2-2-1-1-1-1. We did instead (again, right - left) 8-4-2-1-1-8-4-2-1-1. I also liked the way the explained dégagé. He said there is no real lift to do dégagé. It is more of an extension of the tendu. I guess it's like the energy goes out and in, rather than up or down in any way.
We again did the Bournonville style port de bras in center. I think he said it was Bournonville's "Thursday" class arms (he apparently liked to give a set class that he named after days of the week, even though you might do a "Wednesday" class on a Tuesday!). It's very simple. It starts en croisé bras bas leaning slightly forward, lifting to first, up to fifth, opening to second. The reverse starts opening to second with a cambré back, etc. The épaulement comes very naturally in the movement, it just makes sense to move your head and shoulders. I seriously felt like some kind of woodland creature every time we did it. When we did bras bas leaning forward, I could imagine myself gathering flowers or touching a stream.
I also have to admit...I think I enjoy this class because the teacher is not unattractive. Apparently my taste in men runs towards those with perfect turnout! ;)