So during the whole autumn I worked on my first pas de deux from ballet Swan Lake and Raymonda variation which should be my audition video. I practiced a lot and actually didn’t have enough time for other thing. Finally I didn’t notice when my point shoes have become too soft and one unhappy day a toenail on my right foot has become injured. It was like a catastrophe. I couldn’t stay on point even more it made pain to wear usual shoes on the foot. I could do only usual ballet class and only simple jumps.
After a week it became much better and I could begin dance on point again but I knew that I would loose toenail soon. It’s impossible to dance on point without toenail and I had to save it untill both variations were done. So I bought a lot of special things like supporting belt for toe and elastic patch. It took much more time to take on all this things and point shoes than usual and every time I was late to first exercise on point.
I worked on both variations with great pleasure. Pas de deux variation was something new for me. It needed a lot of artistic and caracter in dans and interplay with a dance partner. It was difficult for me to be artistic and keep good technic quality. I was so concentrated on dance technic that often fogot to play emotions and caracter of my Odettas role and forgot to interplay with my dance partner. I had no idea about how I could become better in it. One day I saw on Youtube video lessons for actors about how to play emotions on the stage. They gave a few useful and simple advices and then I practiced on it at home in front of the mirrow. It became better but not enough because it was still difficult to interplay in duo. Before one of the classes I told about it to my dance partner and got to know that he had studied at drama school and could help me.
It was very interesting and exiting to work together. I got new experience and new point of view about how to dance. I have learned myself to help each other to become better and together improve our dance skills. I hope we will dance a pas de deux one more time.
To work on my Raymonda variation was intresting too. This variation wasn’t new for me but this time we decided to do more difficult technical things with releve on one foot, piroetts and a faster tempo. Fast tempo was the most difficult and I practiced a lot before I could do it. Intresting thing was how I felt my movement when I danced and how I actually looked like. I did a video to see myself dancing. When I danced I felt that I moved very fast but when I saw myself on video I understood that I actually moved very slowly. My teacher told about it to me very often but I really couldn’t correct myself. I began to move faster only after I saw myself on the video. Now I often film when I’m dancing because it helps me to realize better my teacher’s corrections and improve myself.
Soon it would be time to perfom pas de deux and send to jury my auditions video.