(Duh, I know).
As I’m sure you can surmise, I had a great class Thursday!
This class is usually packed – it’s not unusual to have twelve or fifteen people. The mix pretty eclectic. There are a couple of brand newbies (like me!), a few older women returning to ballet after an absence, and also some high school girls who are either fulfilling a flat requirement or working on technique. Many of the regular ladies are incredibly talented dancers. They are lovely to watch – and, I have to admit, somewhat intimidating to a new dancer.
But many of the regulars were missing this week, for whatever reason, and we only had 6 in class. And it just so happened that the skill level of the class was pretty even. I have noticed before that Madame is always adjusting exercises and combinations to fit the class in front of her. I felt like Thursday’s class was tailored specifically to me (mark of a great teacher? Probably!). That made for a challenging, but very encouraging class.
I found myself smiling at random times just from the sheer fun. Madame was very complimentary to all of us when we repeated combos and improved. More than any class I’ve had so far, I was able to recognize my strongest areas and what I need to improve.
Classes like this makes me eager to get to the next one. Hope your ballet days are going well too!