Sunday, May 12, 2019

MYB's 2019 Spring Concert

I've been very busy with other things, so I haven't gotten to class in quite some time. I'd been toying with attending MYB's Spring Concert, and about an hour  before curtain I decided to go. It was too late to get a ticket online but I figured there would be at least one seat available and the venue was only 20 minutes from home.

When I walked in I went to the person sitting behind the "Purchase Tickets" sign. She seemed unsure how to do that and motioned me over to the woman next to her. She is one of the front desk clerks and she greeted me with a cheery, "Hi Reece! What can I get you?" There is very little that makes a person feel more welcome than being recognized and greeted by name.

Having acquired a ticket about 30 minutes before curtain I got a good seat. By the time the curtain went up most of the seats were filled. First on the bill was a locally-choreographed version of "Rumplestiltskin" which was quite entertaining and offered parts for all the kids. Then "Summer", a contemporary piece for two men and one woman, choreographed by one of MYB's instructors which won awards in 2002. This approached a professional level performance. The afternoon wrapped up with excerpts from "Don Quixote".

All in all it was a nice way to spend a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon.

If I had to be critical of anything, it's that the quality of the men (boys?) is uneven. This isn't the fault of the dancers; it's simply that there are so few boys in the program that they get pushed into roles they're not ready for yet. But what can you do? It's not like the Soviet system where kids were plucked from elementary school and ordered to go to a dance school.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Shoulda checked the calendar first

After class Thursday I was looking forward to the class this afternoon at Berrend. Though I woke up in time to go to my usual Saturday morning class at MYB, I'd decided that attempting two classes in one day would not be smart so I didn't go.

As got ready to go out midday I wasn't sure whether class started at 4:00 or 4:30. I checked their website and found Berrend is closed for the weekend. Oh well, I figured I'd just go to class Sunday at MYB. Except that while they were open today, they will be closed tomorrow. I guess I'm not going to class anywhere this weekend!

Nor next weekend, as I'll be busy. I guess it'll just be one class midweek again.

Friday, April 19, 2019

I can walk again!

As I mentioned in my reply to my previous post, the day after class I was a hurting puppy. I had tickets to The Washington Ballet in downtown DC, and to avoid parking nightmares we took Metrorail. That meant a fair bit of walking. Normally I'd love that, but I suspect the Ministry of Silly Walks would have had something to say about my technique. Thinking it might be better to give my calf muscles a rest, I skipped class the following Tuesday. That was probably a good idea, as it wasn't until late the next day, four days after the class, that I could walk without inhibiting discomfort.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

You can run but you can't hide

Once again it has been proven to me that there is no way to remain anonymous when you are a man taking ballet classes.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The answer is always "Tour Jeté"

Tonight was the last Adult Repertoire class of this session. I'm exhausted. My feet hurt. And I'm both relieved and sad.