Xena Posted June 25, 2003 Report Share Posted June 25, 2003 Hi all Although I haven't been able to post as often as I would like, I have been keeping an eye and reading all your exploits. I'm still settling in, although hubby and cats are now over here just awaiting all our furniture from the US. I thought I would just fill you in on the trials and tribulations (no tribbles were involved) of finding a ballet class. So first of all I actually managed to meet Mr Robin..a fellow balletalerter and he took me to his ballet class which is quite a way from where I live. It was a Cecchetti class adn the studio was nice and the teacher seemed great and to be honest I really would haev continued, if it weren't for the fact that it is incredibly awkward to get to w/o a car, and although the lovely Mr Robin did drive me, he sometimes has to work and hence unless he goes to class I couldn't go. So I haven't been back to it..it is just that bit too far, and its not fair on Mr Robin. Then I found a class in my local village..oh boy where to begin. Its back doing NATD syllabus classes. After doing 16 months of non-syllabus based classes I hate it so much, I bite my tongue and go , because it is the only ballet class I have found. There are only two of us as it is. OK so i may get the chance to study towards my teaching exams, gee I already know the entire syllabus for the level we are doing. (Before I left to go to uni for my degree way back in 1993, I studied this level already..in case you think I was being cocky!);) I am just so shocked at the lack of anywhere decent to dance in this city. London, yeah fine there are enough open classes to go to somewhere, and i thought as Manchester is the second largest city outside of London, that it would have some sort of classes for adults. But alas. I am hoping and keeping my ears and eyes out for anything. I have asked at most of the school sin the yellow pages. What is incredibly frustrating is literally just across the road form where I work is the Northern Ballet School. They have 5 brand new studios, and no one other than that school uses them, out of term time you can hire the studios. I am rather tempted to speak to the school and see if I can do drop ins or if they know somewhere, but I know the answer I will get....the mentality up here is that if after the age of 18 you want to do ballet, but not as a professional you cannot be serious, therefore we don't want to teach you. So I have brought the new NYCB workout No.2. (well new in the UK) and I make up classes in my head and on paper, and my kitchen is big enough to practice pirouettes. But I am so missing the SFDC with its 7 days a week lessons....sigh... Jeanette Quote Link to comment
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