My normal studio was closed on Monday, but there were classes to be had elsewhere in the city, and I wound up going with two new ballet friends! The first class we went to was a bit intense. The barre wasn't technically too hard for me, but the teacher didn't really demo and I couldn't really hear him (the studio was big and echo-y) so I had some trouble following. I think I might add this class to my regular rotation, and I think it will get easier if I do it again. I had planned to take notes but that fell by the wayside.
My new ballet crew and I also took class that evening. The class itself was on the easier side, but it was nice to work on basics. One of said friends is a boy and so he got lots of attention in this class (he always gets lots of attention). The teacher asked him to stay after class to work on partnering, and my other friend and I got to tag along! We worked on very basic things like finger turns and spotted shoulder sits. I actually do a lot more advanced partnering skills in Other Movement, but it was cool to see the ballet way.
We now have a dilemma. The teacher said we can come again and do the after class bonus partnering. My normal Monday class is better (for me), but learning ballet partnering is SO rare. Which to choose? I feel weirdly disloyal even considering it!
I feel a bit strange having ballet friends. I worry that they will judge me for being bad in ballet, or that they won't like me and then I'll have to see them in the studio. My social anxiety makes me just want to be alone, but it is amazing to have people to geek out over ballet with.
The rest of the week has been rehearsals and shows so I am exhausted.