brandymichele1974 Posted August 6, 2008 Report Share Posted August 6, 2008 Hi Everyone!! Hope everyone had a good day. I may have mentioned that as a returning student, I am looking to add more classes to my schedule. WELL, the school is close to work and part of a ballet company. They have a Tuesday afternoon class, and I decided to use my lunch hour and take barre. I called the school and talked to the AD, got directions, and went on my merry way. As (bad) luck would have it, I got terribly, horribly LOST--driving around in circles--terribly late and missing barre. When I found the studio, I decided to poke my little head in the studio and see what the place looked like. Class was in the middle of barre stretching, and I was pleased to see a mixed group (age-wise) and everyone was dressed in a variation of traditional ballet dress. I stepped outside, fixin' to head back to my car, when the door opened, and the ballet teacher stepped out with a big smile on her face. I explained (in a babbling fashion) that I got lost and that I was SOOO sorry. She was soooo nice as were the adults in the class.) She invited me to finish up the class, but because I was so late and missed most of barre, I asked her (and the class) if I could observe. Everyone was very gracious--including the AD who felt bad that I got so lost--and I sat and watched. When I got ready to leave, I popped into the AD's office to thank him and to say good-bye. Sure enough, we got to talking about my dance experience, his experience, art. He invited me to stretch and do my own barre in their small studio, but I had to get back to work (much to his chagrin ). He told me that he began ballet as an adult, and he had a special fondness for adult dancers. To that end, he is opening up more classes in the fall for adults. By the time I left, I felt like I had a new BFF. Being there today was so positive--even if I didn't get to dance. Everyone was warm and interested. I'm excited to go back next week!! Based on what I saw at barre--I MAY have to modify, but that's okay. The dancers in the company are teachers. SO--if you're new and returning and nervous (like me! ), do it anyway!!! You totally can!! (Sorry if I sound like a cheerleader, but I had such a good, positive experience! I will keep you updated. --brandymichele Quote Link to comment
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