Trysden Posted May 16, 2008 Report Share Posted May 16, 2008 (edited) I wanted to share a recent experience with you that aptly demonstrates how difficult it is to find a truly creative, progressive adult ballet class. I am a mid-career type, and hence typically A-type driven on any assignment. This mission impossible I have designated: "Looking for the 'perfect' ballet class for adult men". I have an array of 3X5 cards on which I have written the candidates and it will (of course) require personal visits to the more promising ones. I have found some of the classes either oriented toward girls and women or very young students only. And here in Florida, a fair number are actually “ballet exercise” classes incorrectly labeled as “ballet instruction for adults”. But yesterday I made an initial contact with a local studio and talked to the owner. I inquired about an “adult ballet” class. She was quiet for a moment and said, “Well, you know most of the students are girls in that class.” I said simply “fine”. More silence followed during which I was beginning to feel like a pervert. Then she asked, “Have you ever had any ballet training before?” “No,” I replied. “How old are you?” was the next question. After I repeated my age, there was a considerable pause and then she asked, “Are you sure you don’t want our ballroom dancing class?” That series of answers told me just about everything I needed to know. It let me in on the philosophy of the studio and the amazing array of ideas toward adult men in ballet – even among dance studio owners! But – dearest fellow adult ballet dancers - my quest is just beginning. We’ll see how it actually turns out… Edited May 16, 2008 by Trysden Quote Link to comment
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