One of the perks of being an adult dancer is that ballet schools and studios don’t require a dress code.
My school isn’t any different.
You’re allowed to dance in the clothes you feel the most comfortable in.
I’ve always worn dancer attire for the most part. The times when I haven’t worn tights, I’ve had teachers who have voiced some displeasure or joked with me about not being able to see the line.
I’ve always worn a variety of sports-related long, loose fitting shirts to go along with the tights (and a dance belt), and the last few years, a pair of warmup pants that usually come off toward the latter part of barre.
The only time I was required to follow a dress code was in a college ballet class. The two places I danced as a teenager were so happy to have a boy in class, they didn’t enforce a dress code on me.
The non-adult students at our school are required to follow a dress code (leotard colors are different for girls depending on the level, but company its black with pink tights, for boys, it’s white T-shirt (or leo under tights) and black tights.
Evidently, some of the kids had gotten a little lax about following the code. Mrs. O sent out a letter last week informing students they must follow the dress code in all non-open classes with the exception of the Saturday morning company class I’m in.
How does this involve me? If you follow my blog, you know I’m in two company classes in addition to the open classes I take. The Saturday class, I guess, is our version of casual Fridays, so it’s pretty much dress as usual.
Monday night’s class? Dress code is in place with the company girls I’m in class with.
As the only adult and the only male dancer in class, I felt an obligation to comply with the dress code even though it’s not required for me to do so.
So I brought out the white T-shirt to go along with the black tights, the first time I’ve done so since my college days.
For some reason, it seemed a good fit for the class. My Monday class is the most formal I take.
Oh yeah, and the rule requires no warmup pants in class. I (along with a few of the girls) wore them when I came into the room. But they came off when class began.
If you follow my blog, you also know this is the class that is my most challenging. But tonight was probably my best in the class all year.
One of the challenges for me is that Dawn C. uses different terminology for steps and combinations than my other teachers. But I’m beginning to pick that up. She uses a different phrase for tour jete that I can’t possibly spell. And I found out that the double A (or double assemble’) turns were actually chaines.
Hence a better class.
My en buate (I know that’s spelled wrong), saute basque turns and brises are beginning to come around.
And we had a really cool grande allegro combination (Pique, chasse, tour jete, chasse, fouette, chasse (in other direction), assemble’, prepare, three saute basque turns, step grande jete. It was fun. Just wished I could have jumped a little higher, but I was too busy analyzing the combination, making sure I was turning the right way.
It was a good way to end a stressful day. And it was finally good to see some progress in the class.