Blue Skies, Crashing Waves and Ballet Terms

crashing waves and ballet terms


I took a little walk on St Combs beach. It was beautiful and blustery and entirely free from ballet terms. I needed to get away from them for a bit. There’s too many in TENDU, and in the current edit I am removing, changing or explaining them, so as not to confuse the reader. It’s not the most fun. It feels a little like dumbing down, though I know it’s not really. I just have to be less technically specific, and more generally descriptive. I’d much rather be working on all the relationship nuances, but of course, I am doing that too.

The Beach

St Combs beach

It was great to just stand and stare across the ocean and breathe in all that fresh sea air.

blue skies and ballet terms

I made a little TikTok of the sea too, if you would like to hear the waves and see the movement.

Ballet Terms

So goodbye port de bras and grand jeté. Arabesque penchée, I have tried to save (describe) you:

We worked on arabesque penchée. Standing on one leg, the other high behind, fingertips almost touching the floor, the world seemed to stand still around me in a perfect moment of balance and extension.

But back to the beach. Away from the ballet terms. And breathe.

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28 Replies to “Blue Skies, Crashing Waves and Ballet Terms”

  1. What a gorgeous beach, Ailish! I would be tempted to take my shoes off and wade although I bet the water is a bit cold. A perfect place to clear the mind and sink into nature.

  2. Lovely post, as usual! I particularly appreciate this remark: “I just have to be less technically specific, and more generally descriptive.” That’s a nice insight. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The Sea is my medicine, getting into the water is best, then on it, but just being on the beaches and cliffs helps dissolve negativity and tangled thoughts. Perhaps a glossary of ballet terms, with illustrations, at the end of the book? Best wishes.

    1. Yes, wonderful blue mind 🙂 I did briefly consider doing something like that in the book, but I’d rather the reader had immediate understanding.

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