You may have noticed I’ve pretty much stopped posting.
I haven’t stopped dancing, don’t worry. No… quite the opposite. Now that I’m dancing pretty much every day for several hours a day (plus two hours of driving), and working on top of that, I hardly have the time to write anymore.
I love it.
And… well. A lot has happened in the last few weeks.
I’ve worked my butt off, and continue to see improvement, although it’s not nearly as drastic as my improvement in the first couple of weeks at this studio.
I went back to my old studio again, with a different teacher, this time. And… wow. I’ve improved.
It’s hard to see at the new studio, when I feel like the worst dancer in the world around so many talented teenagers. But measuring it against how I used to dance, in an environment I was used to… wow. The difference is extreme. And damn, does that make me feel good about what I’m doing (and wish I had realized this sooner, so I could have started dancing here at a younger age!)
And at the end of the class, the teacher looked at me. “That was fantastic.”
Yep. This is a good thing.
Then, later in the month, I auditioned for the ABT Collegiate Summer Intensive. And I got in. Holy hell, was I surprised to get that email. But I’m not going to go. Tuition + housing + airfare + all the other little expenses that go into a trip like that would probably add up to between $4k and $6k. Six thousand dollars. Do you know how many ballet classes that can buy? At my current rate, that’s almost two years worth. Sheesh!
But it’s okay. I feel like continuing my training here over the summer is in my best interest, plus my studio has their own intensive late in the summer, so I’ll still get to train plenty. Besides, Son promised that he’ll take me on a vacation to NYC sometime soon, to make up for it. ~_^
Then I got sick, which took me out of classes for several days, which is never any fun.
But I’m back! And although I’m taking it easy right now (1 class a day instead of 2-3, because I’m still recovering), I’ll be back to normal next week.
Besides, I think the break was good for me. I had been in a huge funk all last week, and now I’m feeling a lot better about myself and my dancing. And turning better than I have for a while, which is always a good thing. ^_^