Ballet Squid Chronicles: Friday Frustration

I did intermediate class today.   Survived but was a total mess at Barre.  At center, I did alright on some nifty choreography, and then we did little jumps with beats, which I totally killed.  It was nice to be able to do something at least! 

My lungs protested, though.  I am definitely feeling the lack of class.   Incentive to get on top of my maths, I guess.

Interestingly, our class was a little more diverse in terms of body types today than it usually is.   That was cool.  I hope everyone who was here today will keep coming!

Speaking of diversity, it seems that I missed Brian teaching Monday morning class.   I couldn’t have done Monday AM class in the first place, but I wish I could have.   I would’ve enjoyed seeing how he teaches.

It occurs to me that I have never yet taken a ballet class with a male teacher.  It would be dishonest to say that I don’t wonder if taking class with a male teacher would feel different somehow.

Gentle readers, what do you think?  Does it feel different to take class with a teacher of the same sex than it does to take class with one of the opposite sex?    Or does taking class with a male teacher feel weird somehow because there are fewer male ballet teachers currently teaching?  Or is it just, you know, still ballet?

That is one of the things I love about ballet.  Different schools and teachers bring different elements to the table, but in the end, ballet is ballet is ballet.


Ha, just realized I left out the frustration part. I am way frustrated by not getting to class as often. I feel like I’m losing ground. I’m trying not to ler it get to me, but you know how it is. You love what you love, and when you feel like you’re slipping at the thing you love doing… Yeah. Frustration.

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Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Getting along pretty well with bipolar disorder. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2014/10/31, in balllet, class notes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While I haven’t taken a class with a male teacher, I’d definitely try it out to see what it’s like. By now I’ve had 4 ballet teachers – 5 if we count that one time sub/ex-classmate (which I won’t) – and I’ve noticed that the teacher’s temperament plays a large role in the “vibe” of the class. I am as fascinated with people’s temperaments as I am by their body types, so I really do think that it may be a bigger determining factor than the teacher’s gender.
    Would love to take some data (attend a variety of classes taught by all kinds of people) to see how my hypothesis holds!
    I feel you on the missing class frustrations. Hang in there; only a few weeks left in the semester!

    • I definitely agree — even the teacher’s mood can influence the tone of the whole class! Maybe we should network all the ballet bloggers and collect data on that sort if thing (I totally am not imagining this as an excuse to cram in Even Moar Ballet! ;D)

      Also , thanks! It seems So Very Long right now, but I have a feeling it will all fly by ^-^

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