In Burlesque news, I had a meeting about a big prop for a new acrobatic style act for Natalia. Exciting times! The wheels are in motion for my "crap" Martini glass. I literally cannot wait to start work on this one, but I'm going to have to be much stronger so I'm trying to train as much as I can whilst on the course which lead to....
A morning of of manipulation, an afternoon of acro and an acro evening class. Getting home at 11pm then a morning of attempted tight wire and unicycle, another afternoon of acro and some rehearsal of my silks act. After that all I can say is....(quietly, too much movement likely to pull a muscle if there were any left unpulled!) ooooowwww!
Below is me stuck in the corner on the unicycle. I spent a lot of time in that corner. I also fell on my bum and hit my shins with the peddles. We don't love each other yet.
I decided to set some goals I wanted to achieve at the end of the course
1.A good full front split on one side
2. Juggling three balls for at least a few minutes
3. flipping a manipulation hat onto my head (not just by fluke!)
4. Hold a handstand for ten seconds
5. Ride a unicycle a bit (this one seems the most impossible, sitting on one you think oh I'm going to fall backwards, no forwards, argh I can also go sideways! Getting this one might just make me feel invincible)
So this has been a week of setting goals and planning for the future. If you look at something and think, there is no way I can ever do that, you never know. Practice and perseverance are the only way there, but your body is a clever thing and it will learn patterns. You just have to trust in repetition! Balls always terrified me at school (oh the puns, we've already been through many "I'm getting my balls out", ") and my hands still are trying to get used to the idea of catching instead of letting the ball fall limply off my fingers. So the idea of one day juggling seemed impossible, but now, now I've got my two balls on the move I can conquer the world! (no not really but yes, I'm pleased with my tiny amount of progress, I hope I haven't spoken to soon and hit a ball wall...)
Please note: Proper jugglers practice much, much, much more than me. Please only take up juggling if you have the time to love your balls. Balls have feelings too.
Thursday was a full day of aerial and I got a real buzz showing my new friends moves on the silks. Starting to think I might really enjoy teaching.
Friday was a morning of dance followed by a silks rehearsal and a drive down to Northampton for Be Barb Burlesque's "Groovy Kind of Love" at the Picturedrome. It was a sold out show with a most fantastic line up. I was lucky enough to be able to watch quite a lot of the acts and had a great time performing.
Now it's back to song practice (ready for The Martini Lounge on Saturday in Liverpool, see you there?) spraying pigeon wings gold, making a three headed jumper (why the hell not?) and maybe.....some more juggling practice, "Fuck you ball!"