I'm 2/3rds of the way though my trip, enjoying the vacation portion of it now that the work part is done. Of course, this means I haven't been to class in two weeks, and likely won't make one for another two weeks because of the holidays. There's a slight chance I might make one the evening after I get back, but that'll depend on traffic and jet-lag.
However, I did make it to class twice the week before leaving. We got yet another new student. She showed up part way through the Tuesday class and chatted with the studio owner while we warmed up. She then sat on the side watching until the instructor asked her if she'd like to join us, and she leaped out of her chair like she'd just been picked out of the audience to dance with the ABT. She gave us the usual excuses about being out of practice and not having danced in so long, then proceeded to demonstrate skills that put lie to her claims. It reminded me of the scene in the movie "A Chorus Line" where Cassie obviously stands out among the other dancers. Yeah. Just like that.
The newbie also showed up for the Thursday night class. I found it both a bit irritating and inspiring, as she has the grace and practiced movements of someone who has devoted a lot of time and energy to dance. Me, jealous? Maybe a bit. But I remind myself that I'm not trying to reach some goal; the journey is itself the goal. And I can learn from her by observation.
Having now inspired myself, I think I'll go do some stretches. I certainly need them after having spent two days wandering the streets of Kyoto. Oh! I almost forgot! I came upon a ballet studio here today. I took pictures of the signs :-) Nihon-go wakarimasen, so I didn't even think to go in, but it made me smile. I'll try to upload the pics at some point.