I was having the hardest time trying to think of how to start this post, so I settled on starting by answering a question I posed to myself in Tuesday’s post – Ballet Is F@*king Hard.
The question was - did I like it? With “It” being ballet.
That night, I wanted to write, NOOOOOO! But I knew if I did it was just my bruised ego talking so I decided to wait till I had at least taken another class - I wanted to be sure it wasn’t an ego-based decision.
So, back to the question - did I like it? YES… I really like ballet!
For those of you who read my Tuesday post, you know that my first adult ballet class was…well, a little embarrassing. However, I was committed to giving ballet a fair shot.
If you didn’t read my blog post, no worries…here’s the 10,000 ft view…
I signed up for a beginner/intermediate class at the Peninsula Ballet Theatre Conservatory. I went from being extremely excited to super embarrassed. My class turned out to be an intermediate class, which was advertised as a beginner/intermediate class, with yours truly being the sole “beginner”.
One thing that I didn’t mention in that post was that after class one of the girls (who I had been copying the whole time) told me there was a true beginners class on Saturday mornings. She mentioned the instructor went over the basics and was more focused on technique. So I thought I would give that class a shot, instead of going to the next beginner/intermediate class.
Needless to say, I was less than excited about going to this class. I was actually contemplating not going, and hitting the snooze button instead. But, the competitor in me refused to accept defeat… and, defeat is not in any competitive person’s vocabulary.
After my previous humiliation I proceeded with caution. I was the first one there so I began stretching and psyching myself up.
One by one the students started coming in… The instructor, Nathan, even came over to me to introduce himself, which completely caught me off guard since Monday’s instructor barely acknowledged me.
Everything about this class was the polar opposite of Monday… Nathan explained EVERYTHING — I know, crazy concept, right? He demonstrated each move. He took the time to come over to each of us (and there were approximately 10 of us) and gave individual corrections or complements and even cracked a few funnies along the way…I was having a blast! The hour went by so fast I couldn’t believe it. This was the class I had envisioned! Where was Nathan last time?