One of the upperclassmen fell on her head today and people were really worried about her. The EMT’s came but at the end of the day she seemed fine. Just one of those moments unique to circus school that reminds you that it’s dangerous and that we’re mortal but that you have to keep going.
Movement today was good, I got an A for my evaluation which he said he gives out very rarely and that I seem to have a knack for it. It’s fun doing well in something and getting appreciation for it even though this was not a class that I thought I would enjoy. Did the stick exercise today where you have the ends of a stick held between the fingertips of two partners. We also did a giant round robin at the end because both classes were together. Good trip hop music and enjoyed playing with some breaking-style movements.
I also got to be a flyer in hand to hand because we were joined by The Frenchman and another first-year guy who could port me. Also was able to work with The Clown and we’re starting to have a good rapport.
Alex just got back from Belgium so he wasn’t in ITA today and two of his students won three gold medals at the Piste d’Espoirs Festival which is great news for them and The Contortionist’s boyfriend won silver.
Today I intentionally didn’t do any supplementary strength since so many teachers have been telling me that work outside of class isn’t good for my body and might make me sick, etc. etc. so I’m taking a couple of days with no extra strength but I did do a heck of a good flexibility workout today: my splits were better than they have ever been in my life, or at least since doing gymnastics at MIT.
I have this new technique for working flexibility now. I have my oversplits so I do one with correct form as a warmup and then do one with overextension for one minute each, and then I do “comfort” or “habituation” training where you sit in a medium position of a split for 2 minutes. I’m doing that right now for splits and pancake and center split but not center split pancake. I think it will be useful for stalter on highbar and presses on equilibre.
I got to hang out with people while working on standing backs and standing 1 1/2’s again. I also pulled around a couple of standing double twists to my face in the pit – not beautiful, but fun.
Byamba wasn’t here again today so I worked with The Clown again on some juggling.