A crisp, blustery summer afternoon on Rodeo Beach, whose soaring bluffs and craggy coastline complement the majestic melancholy of Julian Lloyd Webber’s interpretation of Bach’s Air on a G String. Yes, it was a challenge not to fall over as the sand shifted under my feet on the sloping beach, the baby crabs scurried around my toes, the wind blew the iPod earpiece out of my ear, and a passing German shepherd threatened to transform the serene adagio into a high-speed chase. But it was a nice change from the studio.
This is the adagio we have been learning in Beginning Ballet for the past few weeks. Focus is on 3 body directions – croisé devant, écarté, and effacé – with 2 counts to stretch into the tendu in each direction from plié each time.