Get Back to the Basics Or You Will Cheat Yourself Of This
“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.” - Epictetus Recently I signed up for ballet barre classes wanting to try out this new studio I discovered close by my neighborhood. As I completed my registration, the lady who was signing people in for classes looked at me and asked, have you ever done ballet? I said no, but I’ve taken a few ballet barre yoga classes with plié and stuff. And she said, you may want to try the Barre 101 class being offered to get your feet wet. The one you want to try is fairly fast paced. It may also be a better experience for you to familiarize yourself with the basic foundations and the classical vocabulary so that you can apply it to the more dynamic and intense classes. Although she had good intentions, I was thinking Really? I'm sure I can manage. To be on the safe side, I took her advice and went to Barre 101. The class was fun and I felt like a ballerina in the making. Although, I admit… there were times where I definitely was not graceful but overall I felt like I kept up and could totally do the faster tempo class. The following day I decided I was going to take the more advance class. Quicker tempo with a contemporary cardiovascular component to it. It was hard and once again I felt like I was able to improvise my way through it. For the next few days, I continued my pattern of trying the more advanced classes instead of registering for the foundation and beginner classes. I thought if I challenged myself and push myself to continue doing it, I’ll get it eventually. Needless to say, I was sweating and getting a workout but I was still struggling with the steps and ballet choreography. I looked more like a haggard swan than the graceful Odette in Swan Lake.