Variations on a Theme

April 9, 2013 - 4:04pm -- swingbug
Swan tutu

So, I'm doing a ballet solo in a dance recital next month. It's the Odette variation from Act II of Swan Lake. My sewing room is thus strewn with feathers. Weasley is highly entertained.

A variation, for those not balletically inclined, is a short solo piece in a classical ballet. There are lots of versions of the classics out there. But in every version of Don Q, Kitri does the bit with the fan, in every version of Sleeping Beauty, the fairies each bless the baby, and in every version of Swan Lake, Odile kicks up her knickers at the ball. These are called variations. The choreography for these parts is held more or less the same.

I've been rehearsing this for months now, and I've been strangely hesitant to talk about it. Honestly, I'm not sure what that's about, but whatever it is, I've decided it's not valid. If I have the guts to step out on stage in front of a whole bunch of people in a platter tutu and flap my arms like a bird, I should also have the guts to tell my blog about it. (The blog has significantly few viewers than the local community theater stage will, after all.)

So, hey everybody, I'm dancing the Odette variation next month. If you're interested in that sort of thing, you can come check it out.

In the meantime, Weasley and I will keep you updated on the feather factory.

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Submitted by swingbug on

Once again, you're always there for me. Thanks, dear.

Submitted by Katy on

How cool! I'm very excited for you, but I get the whole fear thing, I had a completely unnecessary grump at the boys when I was almost late for a very beginners adult ballet class. Maybe the tights constrict blood flow to the brain?

Submitted by Ruth on

Sounds like a dance I'd like to see. Going to check the link and my schedule and see if I can be there!