It’s been two years since my last update! The list of tricks I’ve learned is long enough that I keep a spreadsheet, and so track which ones I need to rotate back in before they gallop merrily away (I’m looking at you, Unicorn! But more on that later.).
If you don’t use it, you lose it! That goes for newly-acquired tricks, and goes double for flexibility. Now that I practice on my own, I want to make sure I’m warming up efficiently, practicing correctly, pacing myself well in the time I have available, and not getting distracted by the superhero friends surrounding me. It helps to stick to the same warmup drill I do in class, and often I listen to the same playlist so that even thinking of the opening songs gets me in the right mindset.
The trick that’s been eluding me for months is Unicorn, otherwise known as Gazelle Roll-up. I had it somewhere around December, and lost it. Despite many efforts to regain, Unicorn was nowhere to be found. I tried it on the “good” size and that other side. I tried it on floor trapeze. I tried it slow. I tried it fast. Nothing but frustration! Fast forward to a guest appearance by visiting Montreal teacher/performer Hannah Griffith who observed what was happening, and suggested I grab a foot more of rope. Unicorn was suddenly within grasp, with ease. I could do a dozen Unicorns without issue. Amazing and magical!