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Angie1272

Dropping in on other classes when you travel

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Angie1272

Hi All.

 

My studio has, mainly, drop in classes for adults of all skill levels. I am traveling in the next couple of weeks and I am toying with the idea of dropping in on an adult beginner class.

 

I'm thinking of doing it, in part, to stave off regression of my flexibility but also b/c I think it would be interesting to see what other studios/teachers are like.

 

Has anyone done this?

 

Angie

 

 

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gimpydancer

I love doing so! I grew up in Hawaii and return every year to visit family and take classes at a couple studios there. My husband has family in Louisville and if we're down there outside of the holidays I take class at Louisville Ballet. I tried doing it when we drove cross country a couple of times but the timing didn't work out.

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RobynC

Yes, I have done drop-in classes when holidaying in Paris and will also be doing some in Richmond, VA prior to Sun King Dance Camp (we have arrived a couple of weeks early to attend a wedding.). I love trying new studios/different teachers as all have some different things to offer. I say, go for it!

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arciedee

Definitely go for it! I've done it when I traveled to Washington DC for a work conference once and it ended up being the highlight of my trip! I've also dropped into a couple studios in the city where I work (I live about 40 miles away and take my regular classes near home). It's always fun to check out other studios and meet different teachers and students.

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Guest tiptoemom

@Robyn, do you remember where you did a drop in class in Paris? We are leaving in a few days and I've tried to research, but I don't speak French! Thanks:)

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Guest tiptoemom

Thank you scuballerina! That is close to where we are staying. It's actually for my daughter. She wants to take a class, but is really nervous.

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RobynC

Yes, Tiptoemom, it was the Centre de Danse du Marais. Closest métro stop is Hôtel de Ville. You virtually walk straight up the Rue de Temple from the métro station. They are lovely studios in an old building.

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MJ

A sincere must do if you will be spending a few days in another city. Call and ask what class is best for your skill set.

 

 

 

You'll most likely only be able to pack one set of dance clothes, so bring clothes that rinse and dry easily in a Hotel.

 

Don't forget a small needle and thread or get one at the hotel you are visiting.

 

Arrive a few minutes early to fill out any waivers or find the dressing rooms. Tell them you are just in town for a few days in case there is a registration fee.

 

Introduce yourself to the teacher, let them know where you are from.

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beckyl

Just to add to this: is it OK to attend a school temporarily? Say your regular studio/classes shut down for summer (as mine has!) is it OK to go to another studio just for the summer? Would the teacher be OK with this (or would it vary from studio to studio?)

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Angie1272

I did it ! It was great and I highly recommend it ! I've only danced at one studio with two different instructors, so it was interesting to see what other studios/instructors consider a 'beginner' class. I figured I'd either walk away :giveup: or :clapping: depending on level of difficulty. I'm pleased to say it was the latter. I really felt solid from start to finish which I've never experienced at my home studio. There was also a break after barre :nixweiss: ?? I was like... where the heck is everyone going?? Is that typical for beginner classes?

 

I agree with a pp that it is good to get there early b/c there will likely be a waiver form of some sort and if you need to change you'll need some time for that too, of course.

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gav

There's a quick break between barre and centre in my local classes at all levels. It's just enough time for people to take a drink or stretch a bit on their own, or maybe use the bathroom and come back. It's a couple of minutes -- fewer than 5 for sure.

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Redbookish

is it OK to attend a school temporarily?

 

Absolutely! Lots of studios in the larger towns expect this. And smaller studios are generally fine -- bottom line is that they want the trade! I always travel with tights & shoes.

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Mystif

I'm just seconding what everyone else has already said, but I definitely recommend it.

 

My better half and I normally take class at Louisville Ballet, but when we visit Chicago we make a point of hitting class at the Joffrey. The staff seemed pretty excited about having out-of-town guests last time we visited, and our temporary classmates were really great and very welcoming (one even recommended additional classes we might enjoy -- if only we'd been in town longer!). Next time we're in Connecticut or DC to visit my family I plan to find a good local school where we can drop in on a class.

 

Not only will you benefit from not missing class, but I've found that each teacher I take class from has something unique to offer -- a different approach, maybe, or a focus on an element of ballet that you don't normally spend as much time on, or a correction that really "clicks."

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ppixie

Going to be in La in November. Looking for a place to take class and/or a great place for pointe shoe fittings with lots of shoes to choose from! Thanks:)

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