For the last few weeks my schedule has gotten so crazy I haven't been able to attend ballet class for some time now,
New York City Life can get really busy, specially in the summer, between visiting guests, summer activities, non-dance related work, special projects and the occasional hang out, not being able to make it to daily ballet class can be a common occurrence.
Although class is a fairly simple event, I think most dancers are aware that class is a special routine that is kind of sacred, and even if it happens daily, class is always full of wonderful moments, that if we are lucky, we get to enjoy on a regular basis for a fair amount of years in our lives.
So with this thought, here are the top 10 simple pleasures from ballet class i'm missing the most:
The liberating feeling of turning out for the first time of the day,
The positive contagious attitude and energy of an awesome teacher
The mental challenge of some combinations
That gradual feeling of your muscles starting to get warm as barre goes by
The relief of an exercise that was very difficult, being over
...and that moment you realize you still have one more side to go
The random life stories that the teacher tells, which somehow always help you in dance or in life
That refreshing feeling when you get a quick sip of water in the thirty seconds between barre and center
The determination to get a step that you struggled with first time around
And the relief and joy of having achieved it in at least a decent manner.
After class, having already completed your favorite part of the day although you have a whole other type of challenges heading your way.
Oh yeah! and of course, that feeling that even when you can't do anymore, if you were given the option, you would take another class literally right after it, just because its so much fun.