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#2103809 - 06/17/13 12:10 PM Sometimes, there are things more difficult than the piano...
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My regular ballet semester is over, and tying the Spring and Summer programs is a set of open classes that was billed as being appropriate for someone of my level as well as up to the professional. This only makes sense if there are people OF my level in the class, which was largely the case last week: there was an even split, more or less, between beginner/intermediate students and pre-pro and pro, so the pace was manageable.

Today? Yikes. All pre-pro and pro plus...me. Well, me and one other student from my class, who needed to leave early, mouthing apologies to me to beg my forgiveness for abandoning me as she ducked out. I gave her the most smouldering "you have betrayed me and I will never forgive you" look I could muster.

You know you are in SERIOUS trouble when the teacher demonstrates a combination and you have this fight or flight response that makes you seriously consider whether you should just sit down and play the Chopin Mazurka that was supposed to go with it rather than try the combination.

Frankly, I'm lucky I didn't take out two dancers when I lept to the right and the leap was supposed to go left. It's all fun and games until some professional loses an eye.
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Chopin, Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. post. 66
Tchaikovsky, Avril: Perce-neige Op. 37a No. 4
Dvorak, Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

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#2103840 - 06/17/13 01:03 PM Re: Sometimes, there are things more difficult than the piano... [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Registered: 07/28/12
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Loc: Canada Alberta
TwoSnowflakes, I have read your post, here:

My regular ballet semester is over, and tying the Spring and Summer programs is a set of open classes that was billed as being appropriate for someone of my level as well as up to the professional. This only makes sense if there are people OF my level in the class, which was largely the case last week: there was an even split, more or less, between beginner/intermediate students and pre-pro and pro, so the pace was manageable.

Today? Yikes. All pre-pro and pro plus...me. Well, me and one other student from my class, who needed to leave early, mouthing apologies to me to beg my forgiveness for abandoning me as she ducked out. I gave her the most smouldering "you have betrayed me and I will never forgive you" look I could muster.

You know you are in SERIOUS trouble when the teacher demonstrates a combination and you have this fight or flight response that makes you seriously consider whether you should just sit down and play the Chopin Mazurka that was supposed to go with it rather than try the combination.

Frankly, I'm lucky I didn't take out two dancers when I lept to the right and the leap was supposed to go left. It's all fun and games until some professional loses an eye.

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Back on the bench after 25 years!
Currently working on:
Chopin Nocturne C sharp minor, No. 20 (Op. posthumous)
Chopin Nocturne C minor, No. 21 (Op. posthumous)
Mozart Sonata A minor, K310

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I think the whole world would agree with you because if you walk too far, rake the leaves, pick up garbage, you could have a sore back or sore legs. The body is a depreciating asset.

But you could have the best and most expensive condo on the planet and if anyone can hear you play the piano, they will complain. With Ballet, you can do leaps and jumps and nobody but nobody could hear you even if the walls were paper thin!


Edited by Michael_99 (06/17/13 01:04 PM)

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#2104014 - 06/17/13 07:18 PM Re: Sometimes, there are things more difficult than the piano... [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1998
Loc: Australia
Glad to hear someone is able to balance piano and another equally difficult activity. For a while there I thought is was impossible and was contemplating giving up working lol
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#2104161 - 06/18/13 01:08 AM Re: Sometimes, there are things more difficult than the piano... [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 1387
Loc: Cameron Park, California
This past semester of college, I took a class that involved not only learning to play and improvise in the jazz idiom (straight-ahead jazz), but in which I had to improvise in front of the class on a near-weekly basis when I not only only had roughly a year's experience on the piano, but also had little to no former experience with jazz and/or playing it. It was easily one of the most uncomfortable and intimidating experiences of my life being surrounded by players of over ten times my experience on various instruments, some of which sounding like professionals, but I can also say having stuck with it and struggled my way through the class made it possibly the most satisfying experience of my life. Being in an environment in which you're intimidated and feel like you don't belong because you're so severely outclassed is nothing short of frightening, but if you stick with it and give it your all, you'll always walk away happy and glad that you did it - it's the epitome of a satisfying experience. It may not seem fun at the time, but satisfying does and will always trump fun.

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