Ballet class follows a predictable progression. Barre work begins with plies, moves to tendu and degage, and so on. We move to center, then across the floor to end with jumps. No matter where you take class, the progression is the same. And if you take class repeatedly with the same teacher, you get a feel for which combinations come next.
Madame always ends class after grand allegro with “Lovely work, that’s all we have time for,” we applaud, she takes attendance, and we each thank her in turn.
Except last night.
Last night, after we had landed the last grand jete, Madame said “Find a place in the center.” She put on new music, stood in first position, and motioned for us to follow along.
Halfway through, I realized I was doing my first ever reverence.
What a beautiful way to end class! It was relaxing, and lovely, and thankful – even though we had no idea what we were doing. I am really hoping this is a new tradition for class.