When I first returned to ballet as an adult, I didn’t have the crazy work schedule I have now.
I’d rush to class after a rough day at work, dance for 90 minutes, go home a little sore, but my body always felt relaxed when it was over.
Now I work 3-11:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (in addition to college classes Monday through Thursday before work), which means three of my four dance classes are in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. I have one lone night class that I’ve had to miss the last couple of weeks because of college projects.
It’s a class I’ve mentioned before that I take with company class taught by Dawn C. Her classes, I’ve mentioned, are a little more challenging because we do steps and combinations we don’t normally do in my other classes. We also do something called therapeutic bar, which stretches my body in ways it normally isn’t stretched, but my body usually says … Ahhhh! when it’s over.
Class tonight wasn’t nearly as complicated as they have been, although we still did a long, tough adagio. We did a few more interesting combinations that I’m beginning to pick up. I remember thinking “you know this wasn’t a frustrating class” when it was over. It was a fun way to end a day, a relaxing way to end a day considering how mentally exhausted I’ve been.
I left thinking, boy it’d be great to be able to dance more often at night.
How about you guys? Which do you prefer? That morning dance class that gets you started on your day. Or the one that relieves the stress of the day and makes you sleep better at night?