Striving for Grace Posted August 28, 2006 Report Share Posted August 28, 2006 I have a friend with whom I started my ballet training last summer. We're great friends, get along famously, etc. We continued to take classes together after our initial class ended, but at the last one we took together, she wasn't really committed and I was a tad irritated by her. Maybe she was different because we were in a fairly loose (as far as ballet goes) open level adult class and we weren't dancing for grades, but I still found certain things that she did to be annoying and distracting. Although she still loves to dance, when she showed up (for only half the classes) she'd show up late (middle of the barre), do her hair at the barre, giggle and try to talk to me at the barre etc. She also tended to do things that we hadn't been asked to do- like we'd be learning arabesque turns and she'd burst out with attitude turns. When the teacher would say "that's a nice attitude turn, but in arabesque turns we keep the leg straight" or something, she'd be like "oh I know, I just love attitude turns." And she'd continue to do them! When we started to learn sissonnes in that class she yelled out "ooooooh! sissonne girl, right over there!" (pointing at me). Then she came over to me and was like "hey, lets do pas de chat jumps instead, I hate sissonnes." I was like, "after class, k?" Anyways, just some examples to illustrate. NOW, we are supposed to begin taking formal classes again in mid September. She wants to know which class I'm taking so she can be in the same one. I love the kid, but I cringe at the idea of taking class with her again, and am playing the "I still don't know which one fits my schedule, why don't you go ahead and choose and maybe we'll end up in the same class" card. Am I being too selfish? Quote Link to comment
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