Always dancing

I work from home, where I use a standing-height desk. While I do have a high stool to sit on, I usually stand, which is great for doing random steps and exercises while at the computer. So you can imagine me, even as I write this, doing tendus or dégagées and so forth (though I’ve learned to clear a radius around me lest I topple a stack of magazines with an errant grand battement). Or I’ll set the stool to the side, put my foot up on it, and stretch. Or sometimes I’ll use the kitchen counter as a barre, while I wait for lunch or whatever to heat in the microwave.

More and more I’m finding ballet steps working their way into everyday actions. I’d already been doing pliés or penchées when reaching for things on low shelves. Just yesterday I was putting drops in my eyes since my contact lenses were bothering me, and as I started to lean, I found myself going into cambré back… minus the arms of course, though next time maybe I’ll work in a little port de bras. Ha, once dance is in your body, it finds new ways to express itself!

What are some of your–intentional or unintentional–dance multitasks?

Addendum: Here I was talking about dancing through the day, and what do I find: a fun little piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, “How to apply ballet to everyday life.” (See also MAD magazine’s take: “11 little-known, practical, real life uses for ballet.”)

Ballet weekend

I’m still here! I was on vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago, and while that doesn’t completely explain the lack of blog posts, I am still getting back into a writing routine.

However I did want to check in and say that I will be traveling again this weekend, this time to Southern California for ballet! Yay, my first ballet getaway. When I started planning this, I figured I would just fly down and back the same day to see Kings of the Dance only, but — you know me, I love travel planning — it has ballooned into a full-blown ballet weekend, as I’ll also be seeing New York City Ballet Moves, and taking ballet classes at a couple of places in L.A.

I will report back next week, but in the meantime you can follow my tweets for these and other general ramblings. Have a great weekend!