You don’t know what you don’t know.
After a few days off from rehearsal, I went in for a quick session today. My last rehearsal was on Wednesday, with my wonderful friend who is helping me choreography the routine. We worked really hard, and I was wiped out afterward – physically and mentally.
It was an illuminating experience, to say the least. I realized that there was so much that I didn’t know – and that I had no idea that I hadn’t known it. I had to really work to not beat myself up about all of the little things I wasn’t cognizant of prior to this rehearsal; I had to work to not think too hard or too far ahead. I kept thinking about how I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know – stuff that might seem glaringly obvious, but which hadn’t sunk in yet.
I spent the last few days decompressing, being in my life, doing other things, but also spent time listening to my routine song over and over again, working out ideas for moves that work with the music. I headed back in this afternoon to rehearse, doing and extended stretching session to start, then mapping out the measurements for the stage. I wanted to see what I’d be working with as far as distances to cover, etc. I ran through my opening choreo over and over, playing with musicality and where I needed to be during different moments, etc – I started playing with move ideas while the song ran out (instead of just skipping back to the start), doing climbs, trying different tricks or poses, all of which were helpful conditioning. I left pretty happy, so that’s good.
I am hoping to simply work at it a little at a time, bit by bit, building my stamina while I build muscle memory. Of course, it’s hard to not thinking ahead and worry about stuff, but I’m doing my best to take it day by day, acknowledging the achievements as they come. 🙂
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