I swear, I think jazz is growing on me.
It will never take the place of ballet. It still ranks behind hip-hop.
But I didn’t stumble around nearly as much tonight. There were elements of ballet tonight that helped. I drew praise for my chaine turns. And we did a combination at the end of class that had pirouettes,
I didn’t feel nearly as out of place as I did last week.
And I was asked by one of the ladies in class if I were going to be taking jazz there in the fall because they “need a guy in class.”
We’ll see. I still find some elements in jazz a bit strange (I don’t recall it being that way during my teenage years), but it’s been OK so far.
This wasn’t the dance-apalooza day that I planned.
My soreness from Pilates on Saturday remained through the morning, so I didn’t go my regular studio for the open class (I have yet to go so far this summer). I plan on going Wednesday. I MISS a ballet class full out.
You don’t get that at the new place. It’s an hour-long and mainly a beginner class, We only had 15 minutes of center work tonight, and only did jumps and worked on facings.
This would be the type of class I loathed at the regular studio … but the adult dancer vibe is really cool in this class.
There were more people in class tonight. I was surrounded by women of all ages, from 20ish to 60. There are all body types in there, from thin to overweight. There was even a pregnant lady in class. How cool is that?
This class doesn’t adhere to dress code. Yoga pants, warmup pants and leggings are pretty much what you’ll see with t-shirts and tank tops.
And sense half of the room had never taken ballet before … messing up was no big deal.
Both classes, jazz and ballet, are full of women who don’t care how they look, how bad they mess up. Being perfect, well, is non-existent.
They are there to have fun. They’re not worried about impressing an artistic director or a school director … or even being on stage.
While I still prefer ballet full out and love performing, this is an element of class I have totally missed.