Friday, June 3, 2016

Late to my anniversary

It's not uncommon when I show up for the first time at a new-to-me ballet studio for someone to ask me if I'm new. I've gotten in the habit of answering, "New here, yes. Not new to ballet." Which leads me to try to remember when I started.

Ignoring the few years I took classes in the mid-1980s, I started in May 2011. Which means it's been five years. Five years? Really? It doesn't seem like it. Well, maybe when I first get out of bed in the morning.

It's been interesting. I've taken classes at five different schools in the DC area, three on a regular basis and two as a drop-in. I've also taken a half-dozen classes in San Jose, a few in Raleigh, and one in London (yes, England). I was tempted to drop in on a class in Kyoto, Japan, but having neither my dance gear nor more than a smattering of the language I passed; I still wonder whether knowing Ballet French would have been sufficient.

My level of interest waxes and wanes. This time last year I was taking three to four classes a week; in the first six months of this year I think I'm averaging one every other week. If I can find decent ways to get there, taking classes at TWSB will add possibilities at times when I have scheduling conflicts with MYB classes. Maybe the second half of this year will be wax-on rather than wax-off. ;-)


  1. Hi -- It is a relief to hear someone like me, with interest that waxes (multiple classes per week 2 years ago) and wanes (lucky if I make it to class once a week). Keep going to class, even if not at full steam, I guess.

  2. Can't believe I just found this blog. I took weekly classes in my 20's (now 40) and I do drop-in classes at MYB when I'm on business travel in DC. Perhaps I'll run into you at some point... Most often I've taken Lisae's classes, which have been very good. We'll have to trade notes on ways to get better in middle age!

    1. 'Tis possible. Though I probably won't be back until September, the way my schedule is looking.

  3. I just found your blog and am smiling at so many things you write. :) I took ballet when I was younger and just recently decided to get back into it as I don't like what I see in the mirror. Adults only classes don't exist in my small Southern town so I ended up in a class of teenagers. I made it through, though I'm sure I looked beyond ridiculous and I do intend to continue. Thanks again for your writing!


Comments are encouraged! It doesn't matter whether you're a total newbie asking a question or a professional offering advice; I want to hear from you.

That said, Blogger sometimes quarantines comments for reasons I can't explain. If your comment doesn't show up immediately it may be waiting for approval. I'll approve almost anything relevant, but I have to notice it first! Spam will be trashed, of course.