BRANCHING OUT


the last saturday of may was the annual student showcase at samadhi.
i performed with all these lovely people



and had such a blast!! i see everyone coming in and out of classes and practice at the studio but we often don't see each other perform.  it was a 90s themed show and everyone was really into the music and choreography.  everyone- all levels and all apparatuses- were so great!
what do you remember about the 90s?  yes, we had them all! spice girls, britney, red hot chili peppers, janet jackson, madonna... my favorites were liza's ring solo to goo goo dolls (iris) and the super fun becky got back from the level iv silk students! we were all screaming because it was so raunchy! i wish i had a video of our group's performance- my coworker had a little clip of our corkscrew drop but couldn't figure out how to transfer it off her phone. #firstworldproblems
yes, we had a pretty big audience of family and friends present.  i hope they had as much fun as we did! no matter how nervous you might be, once the costumes and make up comes out and the music is turned up, it's hard to not be in an excited mood! a few of my co workers came to watch. they were impressed by the drops and knee hangs- they thought i was in a yoga class all this time. XD  in general... it's hard to explain to people what my hobby is.

this show was my third performance and marked my second year at samadhi and my fifth(?) year on the silks!  feeling inspired by my friends, in the weeks since i started branching out to some other apparatus. i did a little practice on the ring (which i am really loving right now- i might switch over!) and took my first trapeze classes! i like how some moves are translatable between the three apparatus and some things are so much more beautiful or, conversely, impossible on one apparatus over the other.

i like how simple this is while still looking pretty.  i can also do it on trap and silk but i think it looks best on the ring.

this one is like half-monty in the silks.
one thing i noticed is it's easier to learn new skills since i've already got the strength from the silks. balances? back bends? straddles and pull ups? ok sure! the hard part about these new apparatus is my hands get eaten up from the bar before my arms get tired.  blisters and callouses, man... some times it's really hard to wear gloves at work after class. :P  also, since the bar is solid i'm getting interesting bruises behind my knees or on top of my foot from moves that would be otherwise harmless in the silks.  however, i am LOVING the challenge!  one teacher invited me to the level one class since i have the arms already (so, i'm skipping over the foundations 1 and 2) but i wonder if this is a good idea?  i need the foundations- there's so much to learn. if i get to the point where i'm comfortable practicing by myself at open gym, i'll try to get some pictures on the trap.  it's the traditional image that comes to mind when you tell people you're an aerialist.

and don't worry- i haven't abandoned the silks!  i still go to regular silks class and either conditioning or open gym through out the week.  always room for improvement!  i have been saying this for a while- i want to do a meat hook.  just this week in class we were doing a little bit of conditioning, some side straddles, and i realized most of my weight was in one arm! SOON.  i will be able to meat hook soon! just... a few more years... :)  also, i FINALLY learned how to do a coffin drop! i can't wait to get this very dramatic move on video! basically you are standing... and then swing down to hanging by your ankles.  

 


currently, i'm still doing a "safety drop" while i fine tune my wrap.  but i've done single and double ankle hangs in the hammock before so i'm sure i'll eventually get up the nerve to do this drop. 

i'll learn any drop if it's cool enough... 

 


which is how i got a minor concussion two weeks ago. -___ - 
don't worry, 'tis just a scratch!  


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