Saturday, September 27, 2014

Back to Ballet

Last week I stepped into a ballet class as a student, not a teacher. This was something I haven't done for quite a few years. Until this summer I had been teaching adult classes and working on small choreography projects but recent changes at that studio have resulted in an end to that arrangement. Since this summer has been filled with difficulties in my personal life I was somewhat relieved to give up the extra responsibility.

Since I still needed a way to stay in shape I instead signed up for a class at another studio. This will push me to work harder because teachers only have to demonstrate, whereas students have to do everything full out. Even when choreographing more difficult pieces I have noticed a tendency to favour movements that I'm comfortable with, avoid ones that are more challenging and not do things full out unless I need to.

It's quite different being back to the student role at this point. I gained a lot of weight over the summer so my body isn't moving the way it should be. Still, I'm back in a familiar environment and I think it will provide a nice balance to the rest of my life.

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