I have a confession to make... growing up in Texas, I was on my high school drill team. During football season, we did a high kick routine on the fifty yard line during half time. My kicks were so high the front of my cowgirl hat was dented. Yee haw!
This makes the fact that there's nothing grand about my grand battements even more frustrating. On drill team, we swung our kicks up from the hip and quad while grand battements are more of a sweeping lift from hamstrings. I'll admit that I don't have the flexibility or the abs of my 16 year old self but I feel like I've only gone from 60 degrees to 65 degrees in the last five months. At this rate it's going to take nine & a half years before I'm denting my cowgirl hat again.
- Black Swan