Progress for the adult ballet dancer is seldom a linear affair. There are “up” days when you feel like nothing can stop you – your turns are on point, your port-de-bras is perfect, you pick up the choreography quickly and your teacher keeps shooting pleased glanced your way. Those days are AMAZING.
But then, there are the other days.
The “down” days that no one likes to mention or remember, when you feel you’ve taken a step backwards or you’ve reached some sort of plateau. Those days SUCK.
I think I’ve hit a plateau lately and it SUCKS.
The good things is, I know what I have to work on to push myself to the next level – my ankles are still too weak and they sickle out when I get tired on relevé. I also need to work on keeping my core “compact” all the time.
The bad things is, some days I do well in class and other days nothing seems to work like it should.
To (mis)quote Forest Gump – ballet class is like a box of chocolates at the moment. I never know what I’m going to get (“up” day Tochi or “down” day Tochi).
But I guess that’s just part of the adult ballet game.
Have any of you felt like you’ve hit a plateau before? What do you do to get out of it? I’d love to hear your advice.