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message 1: by marthie ! (last edited Mar 21, 2016 03:25PM) (new)

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offered as an elective as well as a club, many students take dance during school in this room, taught by Anastasia Schuyler.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) I have not claimed the dance teacher yet, but i am planning to . Her name is Anastasia Schulyer.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Anastasia enters the studio and places her bag on the table. She's had a bit of a struggle with her past students and hopes this group will be better, refined manners and all.
Shouldn't they?

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Valentina walked into the dance room. "Um, hi." She waved at the teacher. "Uh, I brought a leotard and some tights- will that do you think?"

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Stasia nodded. "Your name, please?"

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"Valentina Chernoff." She replied quickly, looking over the dance teacher. "I'm 19 so do excuse me if I'm clumsy, ha." She laughed, shutting up. People obviously wouldn't want to be friends with a teacher's pet after all.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) ((Btw, Russian female surnames conjugated with - a or if surname ends in -sky, it becomes -skaya. Names ending in -ko, -uk, - ik, or -a are exempted from this rule. Thus, it should be Chernova. Anyhow...)
Masha entered the room as softly as possible.
"Hi," she said. "I'm Marie-Catherine. I'm a scholarship student."
Stasia smiled. "oh, yes. Vasily talks about you."
"Vasily?" Masha asked. "You mean Mr. Saltykov?"
Stasia nodded. "I think he prefers Vasily Grigorievich, though."
"Yeah," Masha said. "That's the formal way of addressing people in Russia."

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Stasia entered the dance room and put her stuff down. She opened the door to the waiting students outside the studio.
"Alright, come in."
Tamara entered.
"Hello," Stasia said. "Tamara... Bagration?"
Tamara nodded.
"Alright then, take a place at the barre. Have you done dance before?"

"I've done a little Georgian folk dance and I took ballet for a few years in preschool and kindergarten."

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Tiffany walked into the room, wearing a black leotard and leggings, holding some ballet shoes in her left hand. "Hello? This is ballet, right?" She asked the teacher. "I mean, there's a barre, so I'm assuming so." She was incredibly nervous- she had always focused on violin, and really nothing else. "The Wall Street Journal said that exercising for an hour per day is an excellent stress relief!" She babbled, scanning the room for others before her eyes settled on a petite girl who looked familiar with the setting, or was extremely composed. Tiffany envied that- she was always a nervous wreck before any event, whether it was a violin concert, new class, even talking on the phone.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Stasia nodded. "Yes, this is ballet. I'm not sure about your individual levels, so we will have to adjust a bit as we go on. For the present, please take a place at the barre and we will start with a basic plié combination.

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Tiffany nodded, rushing over. She had no idea what pliés were, but she'd go with the flow- right? She faced the bar, touching the gleaming cherry wood delicately with her clammy palms. "Is- is this proper form?" She asked loudly, looking at Stasia anxiously.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Stasia shook her head. "I suppose I should show you."
She held onto the barre with her left hand so that her left foot had turned towards the barre and her right foot away from the barre, but her feet touched at the heels.
"This is first position."

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Tiffany copied Stasia, and was happy with her form. "And the other positions?" She inquired, raising her hand. "I understand plié in French means to bend, so will be bend at the knees for a plié?"

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Stasia nodded. "Yes, and a grand plie is a deeper bend at the knees, as far as you can go without sticking your rear or chest out."

She adjusted her arms and feet to a shape relatively similar to a star.
"This is second position. I have a chart up here."

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marthie ! (marthie) | 1026 comments [ mind if i join? ]

message 16: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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((not at all!))

Tiffany glanced up at chart, mimicking the positions. "I think I have it!" She stated confidently, smiling broadly. "I'm ready to move on!" Tiffany was a quick and dedicated learner who only needed a little coaxing- it what was made her such a great violin player. She sunk into a grande plié, making sure not to wobble or lose her balance. "Madame, if we may move on?"

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) "Well, first we shall do the combination. Begin in first position, two demi-plies" - she demonstrated a smaller plie - "and a grande. Then move to second and do the same, and then fourth, then fifth, and then we turn around, always toward the barre. We don't do third for some odd reason involving the fact that third is quite similar to fifth."
Tamara nodded.

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Ellis ran down the hall, late for class again. Oops. Well, she was actually excited for this class, dance, as she was an advanced dancer before coming to Vanderbilt. Of course, this class would not be as rigorous, but it would still be good for staying in shape. Pointe shoes or not? she debated as she slid her bag into a cubby. Realizing that the class wouldn't be very hard she decided to pull on her pointe shoes before quietly walking into the studio. "I'm sorry for running late, Ms. —" Ellis stopped, realizing she didn't know her instructor's name.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) "Stasia," Stasia said. "Anastasia Schuyler. We have just begun our plie combination. Please take a spot at the barre."

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Tiffany nodded, executing the pliés with a simple grace. She kept focus on keeping her weight centered and arms open as she finished the combination, just as the girl entered. Tiffany bounced up from a grande plié, waving enthusiastically at the new comer.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) The music stopped.
"So now we do tendus, en croix. Stretch your leg out just far enough for it to be straight and have the toe point. Do two to the front, two to the side, and two to the back."

message 22: by marthie ! (new)

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Ellis nodded and took a place at the barre. The combination was extremely simple, which meant she could work more on her technique. It was only two tendus en croix, but it could still be challenging if you worked hard on the shape of your feet, turning out, rolling through demi pointe, and a million other things. She started the combination, focusing on those things as well as port de bras and epaulement.

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Tiffany did some tendus, taking care to make sure her feet were pointed and that her hips stayed stable. She thought carefully about the vernissage she was to attend later that day- it was for some new painter who was unheard of.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) Tamara was not overwhelmed by the combination, despite having not remembered doing this as a girl. The other two, however, seemed to be overdoing it. Trying too hard. Or maybe that was just the Vanderbilt way.

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Tiffany rose up for the final time, making sure her spine was still straight and her arms were in a low first. Sure, she might've been trying a little too hard for the first day of classes, but it was her personal motto to do the best you could at anything. She blew a stray wisp of hair out of her face as she looked at the teacher expectantly for further instructions as the classical music piece played on.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) The music stopped.
"Alright," Stasia said. "Now we move on to degages. They're like tendus, only you lift your foot two inches off the floor. So same combination only with a slightly lifted leg once you point your toes.

message 27: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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Tiffany rested her left hand on the barre once more, thinking this whole barre combination was awfully tedious. When would the grande battement jetés or ballottés occur, or even at least pirouettes? She shook her head slightly, chiding herself as she striked her toes against the ground, and lifted it to a 45 degree angle.

Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) (violabelcik) As the girls finished both sides, Stasia stopped the music.
"And now we do rond de jambes, which is the second-to-last part of barre. I know it does seem a bit tedious, but we do need to warm up before leaps and splits and all that because it reduces the risk of injury and helps you stretch more."

She demonstrated making a vaguely ovular shape with her pointed foot and straight leg on the floor and then a few inches off the ground.

"Two on the ground and one in the air, then go backwards."
She demonstrated starting from the back.

message 29: by kaya (new)

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Haneul glanced at his watch. Time for class to start, yet nobody was here. He hated that his class was always in the middle of the day, because the other teachers never let the students out on time, but complained if they were late. He sat on the floor, sketching out diagrams of various positions as he waited. Since he was unable to actually dance (without the doctor getting annoyed at him again), he had resorted to drawing the positions based on old videos, rather than trying to explain things verbally — diagrams were easier than trying to describe it, because the students could simply mirror it rather than having to interpret instructions.

As students began to filter in, he stood and moved towards the front of the classroom, out of the corner. His limping had become more pronounced over the last few weeks, after he'd made the mistake of putting slightly too much weight on his knee while trying to carry something heavy. Haneul hoped none of the students noticed — it frustrated him enough that he wasn't able to do as much as he used to without having people point it out. He'd put up with fussing from far too many people, and he hoped that the students at Vanderbilt were different.

message 30: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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Mirabelle walked huffily into the room, reeking of weed. She had lit up ten minutes for class, but it didn't show-- only smelled. She was wearing her leotard and tights, and held her pointe shoes lazily in her left hand as she laced them up. Mirabelle might have been a typical teenage delinquent, but she was Paris Opera Ballet bound also. Mirabelle side eyed the teacher, he didn't look like he was a ballet teacher, but who knows: maybe he was trained in all fields of dance? The last teacher was a Russian lunatic, who drove Mirabelle absolutely insane, so insane that Mirabelle forked her lawn in Wilmington.

message 31: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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( lily, that is future tense, we like past tense )

message 32: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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( np! just keep it in mind. most rps use third person past )

message 33: by sucre'd fiend (new)

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Xinyi was more than excited. If he was being honest, he was positive he might pass out due to hyperventilating ( it wouldn't be the first time ). He must have looked odd, standing just beside the door, peering in for a full five minutes. This was no big deal. Just an international star teaching him how to dance. Really, no big deal. He took a breath before stepping inside, scurrying into an open spot with his head down. Maybe if he didn't look at the Yoo Haneul, he wouldn't pass out.

message 34: by kaya (last edited May 10, 2018 09:41PM) (new)

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Hanuel decided that enough students had entered the room for class to begin — anyone who was any later could ask their friends what they'd missed. “Alright. I am your dance teacher, Yoo Haneul. Some of you may not know me, some of you may. Whatever the case, you are here to learn. My expectations are simple: you will listen to me, you will be respectful of one another, and you will not talk when I am talking.” He was already eyeing one or two students he would ask to repeat what he had said later. He found humiliation in front of their peers to be much more effective than reprimanding them — if there was one thing these kids cared about, it was their image.

“This class is not going to be focused exclusively on one form of dance,” he said, eyeing the girl wearing ballet attire as he did. “A dancer who can only dance one form is not untalented, simply unmotivated. But first— introductions. Name and favourite dance form, please.” He pointed at the girl. “You first, then from left to right, front to back.” Maybe it was unfair to target her, but Haneul had dealt with ballet dancers when he'd been learning to dance — and he had done his utmost to avoid making generalisations, but the vast majority of those he encountered seemed to look down on him for studying contemporary dance. Judging by the way she carried herself, the girl was much the same.

message 35: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (last edited May 11, 2018 09:42AM) (new)

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“Mirabelle Brown.” Mira answered curtly, crossing her arms. “And ballet. I guess.” Okay, so this teacher clearly wasn’t a ballet teacher by the way he side-eyed her attire. She wasn’t at Vanderbilt to become a hip hop star after all— but one contemporary class a week wouldn’t kill her. She hadn’t even heard of the teacher though; Yoo Hanuel? Most teachers at Vanderbilt were incredibly successful in their field before they came to teach, but maybe Vanderbilt was skimping on staff. Unlacing her pointe shoes, Mirabelle rolled her eyes a little, wondering what else this teacher would dream up.

message 36: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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message 37: by kaya (new)

kaya (ananats) | 43 comments it's lily's turn to post, right?

message 38: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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(( are we taking turns ? ))

message 39: by kaya (new)

kaya (ananats) | 43 comments (( that's generally how i prefer to do it when there's more than two people, it's just easier to make sure every character is included that way ))

message 40: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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(( true, but sometimes ppl respond slowly or not at all :/ ))

message 41: by kaya (new)

kaya (ananats) | 43 comments (( should i post again then or wait? ))

message 42: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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(( yes pls im v impatient haha ))

message 43: by kaya (new)

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Haneul didn't like the first girl's attitude. The second seemed much more interested in actually learning, which was good — provided she wasn't one of those who thought it would be cool and then gave up once things got too difficult. He pointed to the next person, the boy who seemed to be too shy to look at him. Haneul disliked targeting shy kids, but this was dance. There was a point where you had to ignore your fear or awkwardness and just do stuff anyway. “Your turn.” It seemed that the class were reluctant to actually interact — something he'd been hoping wouldn't happen, but clearly rich kids never got taught to socialise properly.

“If you get through your introductions quickly enough, we might be able to actually get this lesson started before it ends,” he added, hoping that the students were interested enough in the prospect of being able to dance that they actually paid attention to when it was their turn. He doubted it would work — but he hadn't really expected the first lesson to be productive anyway.

message 44: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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Work a stage? Please. Mirabelle bit back the urge to roll her eyes at the girl's comment. This class was already making Mirabelle feel like she wanted to claw her eyes out, and they hadn't even finished introductions. "Hurry up, won't you?" She snapped at the shy boy, her anger not withheld for long. She knew the teacher wouldn't receive those comments well, but he had a stick up his butt anyway, and Mirabelle had never been a people pleaser.

(( if y'all would like my posts to be longer, just tell me! ))

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Xinyi nearly jumped out of his skin at being called on. The whole 'stay quiet' thing wasn't really working out in his favor, it would seem. Instead, he was being called on directly. Swallowing, he looked up to his classmates, about to speak when a girl - Mirabelle? - snapped at him. I'm trying to, he thought, about to try again when this time, Diane spoke up. Turning his attention away from what was probably going to end in a verbal altercation, he tried a third time.

"Wang Xinyi, and I don't have a favorite style of dance." The words were said as quickly as he could manage to get them out, and probably sounded a little more like an incoherent mess. He glanced towards the two girls beside him before again focusing on the front. Though, he was doing a lot more of staring at the space around Haneul rather than actually looking at him.

( Sorry! had to travel and was away for a bit )

message 46: by kaya (new)

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Haneul sighed. Clearly Mirabelle wasn't going to co-operate of her own accord. “Miss Brown, I suggest you keep your mouth closed unless you have something useful to contribute.” He smiled at the nervous boy. “Thank you, Xinyi. There's no need to be nervous.” He wanted to say that nobody here would judge him, but that would probably be a complete lie. Teenagers tended to be judgemental, whether they intended to or not.

After the rest of the class had finished introducing themselves, Haneul spoke again. “I should probably go over rules and expectations in this class. So: first, I expect you to respect your classmates. No snide comments about their dancing skills — this is about effort, not talent, particularly since not all of you will be familiar with some of the styles we'll be learning about. Second, if you're here before me, come in and start warming up — it'll mean that we can spend more time doing fun stuff. Third, there is theory for this class, so don't think it's one of those practical subjects where you spend the entire time on one thing — your first assignment is to research a famous dancer and analyse one of their performances in a powerpoint — that being said, we will go through some of that in class so you know what to do.”

He walked over to the speakers to plug his phone in, avoiding wincing even though the slight pressure on his knee caused it to flare in pain. Haneul knew that his limp was probably quite obvious, but he hoped that the students wouldn't notice. “For the next five minutes, dance in whichever style you want to until the music stops. This isn't supposed to be a test — it's just to gauge your abilities so that the class isn't too hard or too easy for you.” He pressed play, letting the song begin. It was cut from a Beethoven symphony, he was fairly sure — he really needed to label the songs on his phone better.

message 47: by kaya (new)

kaya (ananats) | 43 comments ( sorry abt the length i've been rping more on tumblr than gr lately and it shows in the length of my posts )

message 48: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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(( lily, that is called “god-modding” or when you try to doctate other people’s actions. are the people in class you are referring to cinyi and mirabelle? ))

message 49: by Angel, la princesse de monaco (new)

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(( lol i could never understand tumblr rp-ing ))

message 50: by kaya (new)

kaya (ananats) | 43 comments (also changing the song would be godmoddinh too)

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