Pretty Much All of January

With the exam about a month away, I kind of fell off of the bandwagon of making these posts, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less motivated! At this point, the classes are mostly just running through every single exercise and getting ridiculously minute corrections, and I felt like it wouldn’t be as useful or interesting to post them.

 

So instead of that, I’m posting one big long post about my progress the past few weeks and what it means for my exam! Like a section of Exam Predictions, but way longer.

 

Overall, I think I’m progressing pretty well towards the exam. I can get through all of the exercises without too much difficulty, and the corrections I’m getting are more of like the difference between a Merit and a Distinction instead of “how to do the exercise right” kind of corrections. Being able to do the exercises in the exam room has helped tremendously as well, and I think I’ll get a pretty good mark for spacing.

 

One of the things that I realized with the exam coming up in a couple weeks is the importance of being nice to yourself mentally and physically. In class last night I had barely eaten all day, and to be honest I was on the verge of passing out towards the end. It really gave me a wakeup call about what’s important leading up to the exam (and what my teachers have been saying for weeks now that I thought I was doing well but am actually failing kind of miserably at): eating well, stretching, and getting lots of sleep.

 

If you’re going for an exam yourself, whether it’s this specific one or not, the best advice I can give is to look at the markscheme for the exam (the RAD posts all of them online well in advance). This tells you what you need to know, and what you’ll be graded on. Sure, being able to do the exercise is important, but not if you have to compromise technique or artistry for it. It’s better to do a really nice single pirouette in the middle of the room than a crappy double way off to the side.

 

Anyways, the exam is less than 2 weeks away now, and I’m excited but nervous. The only thing I’m not confident in is pointe enchaînement 3 with the fouettés. All that I’m focusing for that right now is getting around 10 times, whether I’m on pointe or not. It won’t be as obvious I didn’t do the exercise perfectly if I still keep moving, but it will be obvious if I stop right in the middle (which seems like a “duh” moment that I didn’t think about until after I stopped in the middle of the exercise, so I don’t know sometimes these things just need to be said). I’d hate though if that’s the only reason why I don’t pass my Advanced 2 exam, although at this point the fact that I’ve made it this far is achievement itself.

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