Well y’all, I can report I’m turning clean full pirouettes on BOTH SIDES. Fairly good hit-miss ratio, left ankle a bit weaker and so not keeping releve as well on that side, but a resounding victory none the less! I’ve finally got my pirouette!
(And still struggling against labyrinthitis nausea and dizziness. Waltz turns were nnnooott happening.)
So! I’m one of the people who doesn’t mind going in first group on centre exercises now!
A strange thing: a classmate who I don’t know, a bloke, tapped me on the arm as I was stretching my calves after class. He says, You’re gripping the barre too hard. I responded kind of interestedly and he demonstrated a flat hand not even gripping the barre at all, just barely touching.
Two things here. First, am I being over sensitive, or is it weird to correct a classmate on something the teacher hasn’t commented on?
Secondly, and this is what I said, a different teacher I take class with says the complete opposite. The barre is there in lieu of a partner’s hand, so grip it but don’t break his wrist! A good grip helps with alignment. And also, the barre is there for a reason, otherwise why do we bother with it at all and not just head to the centre?
He didn’t seem convinced. But I’m not changing owt until Fab Teacher tells me! Any barre thoughts over here?