Chinafish Posted February 19, 2005 Report Share Posted February 19, 2005 (edited) Gggggrrrr..... Right, I don't know how to start this but not be horrible while venting.... (this is difficult!!) Yesterday I was in an adult beginner's ballet class. I was using a portable barre and the girl (who looks like in her late teens) using the opposite side of my barre looked new to the class, (brand new shoes, brand new leos - well at least they look new!) We were going through the barre with a couple of plies and then tendus, and I noticed the girl was very nervous. From time to time she would get frustrated for not being able to keep up a tendu exercise (something like 2 front, 2 side, 2 back, 2 side, then reverse) make these frustrated noices, just dropped her arm in front of her and looked like she was beating herself up for it. Every time the teacher gives a new combination she would gasp and look really scared. Assuming she is new I tried to comfort her by saying "You're fine, don't worry" After the class was finished I was stretching near where the teacher was. She was the first one to go up to the teacher to say something. The teacher's reply caught my attention: No I think you're better staying on the demi-pointe, you will need to strengthen your legs and feet a lot more before you can go en pointe. Now I'm sure you all know what she asked. And my immediate reaction? AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! (erm I didn't scream in the studio. My inner voice was fuming!!) There's these two other girls (well they're in their early 20s I suppose) who do the barre in this class en pointe, and change back to flats at the center. I thought this might have triggered the girl into asking such a question. It really makes me go Ggggrrrrr when this happens. Then again it's not her fault - most girls who do ballet dream of going en pointe. What's doing my head in is that she somehow got the idea that virtually anyone can go en pointe at any level of ballet! Now I admire my teacher even more - if I were the teacher I would not have been able to give such an unhurtful answer. Phew~ There I've let it out.... (tried to vent it to my boyfriend but he doesn't seem to understand..........ggggggrrrrrrrrr..........) Cheers, Fish Edited to add: I tried to put in a more descriptive title but failed to do so without being horrible... my apologies... Edited February 19, 2005 by Chinafish Quote Link to comment
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