I’m dressed in my leotard and tights, bending and stretching at the barre, getting ready for 10 am class to begin. The piano player takes her seat; the teacher enters the studio and gives the opening plié combination.
I start class, but during the first port de bras my mind begins to wander. Instead of focusing on the music and movement, I instead begin to make a mental list of things that make me “buggy” in ballet class.
Ballet is my most favorite of art forms, and class is something I always look forward to – for me it’s like breathing! I feel compelled to be there – it’s a big part of my life. Why can’t I just relax and enjoy myself? Why do I always let things bother me? Is it age? Exhaustion? The weather?
Maybe I’m just a ballet class grump!
Here’s my top ten list of ballet class bug-a-boos:
- Teachers who rush the barre – please go slowly until my muscles loosen up.
- Dancers who don’t towel off – please don’t fling your sweat at me!
- Dancers who don’t move backward or forward – can’t they make room for everyone around them?
- Stagnant air – please turn on a fan!
- Pianists who never change their music – ever.
- Teachers who talk too much – let’s get moving.
- Dancers who don’t angle at the barre – don’t put me in mortal danger with your battement!
- Show offs – do you really need to do eight pirouettes between combinations?
- Classes that start late – and end on time!
- Dancers who believe they “own” their spot – read “Whose Spot is it Anyway” on adriaballetbeat.com.
Are there things that makes you “buggy” in ballet class?