We all know that peer pressure is awesome for sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, but apparently it can be pretty good in ballet too. Ever since the summer schedule ended at my studio, I've been a bit in a quandary. My regular teacher no longer will be teaching a one level up class, so I've been struggling with figuring out what to take. As I've mentioned, I now have a couple of ballet friends, and they've all been yelling at me for not leveling up consistently. They think I should only be taking class one level up, and I of course am completely insecure. Well, this weekend one friend somehow convinced me to take the barre of a class that is labelled TWO levels up with a teacher I've never had before. PEER PRESSURE. And also I think she tricked me with pastries.
I felt really weird gate crashing this class, so I had my friend talk to the teacher before to ask if I could do this. And the teacher was totally nice about it! And it was totally doable! And she gave me a great hands on correction! And my friend said I looked good (she was next to me at the barre)! This teacher also has a class one level up during the week and I am totally going to take it. She is very exacting and technical, which I love (hello new teacher crush!).
After the barre of the class two levels up, I took class one level up with another teacher new to me, and again it was totally fine. I didn't love this class, as it wasn't super technical and he didn't really correct, but it was good practice doing things like pirouettes and slightly faster and more complex combinations.
I think I have to come up with a new way of describing my classes, as it seems I will be leveling up on a more permanent basis!
I really had my fears that having friends in ballet would be weird and awkward. I thought it might be competitive, but actually they are wonderfully supportive and genuinely nice people. I guess not everyone is neurotic and strange like me (thank god).