You know the type – insists on chattering and giggling during class when the teacher isn’t looking, complains out loud when it’s time to do exercises she doesn’t like, talks while waiting for her group’s turn, pretty much breaks all ballet class ettiquette and is a general pain to have around. Annoying, right?
So then today during class, in a pause as R Teacher prepared the music for our next combination across the floor, from behind me I hear Annoying Girl say “Why does that b**** always have to show off?”
On the inside I was like ‘What!?’ but I looked from the corner of my eye and she wasn’t pointing at anyone. By then she was saying something about “she’s not even in the front when we go to center but then when we do turns she wants to go first” (which are behaviors that decribe me; I don’t tend to go to the front when we first go to center (because I don’t want to compete for a mirror spot), and when we do turns I do end up in the front (since nobody wants to go…)).
But regardless of whether or not she meant me, I was so pissed. I can’t believe that she of all people, who acts inapropriately loud and annoying during class, would have the nerve to say that about somebody else. I mean, even before today, if someone had asked me who do I think is the most attention-seeking person in class I would have said her. True, her technique is not very good, so rather than getting attention through her dancing she does with her obnoxious attitude. But still…
As if I didn’t have enough anxiety about looking like a show off – Sheesh! The rest of class I felt a bit more self-concious the times that R Teacher asked me to demostrate any steps. Surely she can see that I’m being asked to do the step, right? Not “showing off”, what ever that means.
It’s extra dumb when I think about it, because if I wasn’t this far along in my ballet study this is the kind of student who would have completely intimidated me during class, simply because they’re so loud and annoying.
Tomorrow F Teacher teaches, and she’s definitely more old-school, so I will be keeping an eye out to see if Annoying Girl behaves the same way during her class.
Other than that, class was fun. In center we worked on balancés, at two different tempos, one nice and slow and the other pretty quick. I kept up with the faster tempo, but enjoyed the slower one more. R Teacher asked for the ‘sweeping’ port de bras so it was familiar and I could make it look pretty. We also did a couple tendu combinations (2 tendus devant in croisse, 2 tendus derriere, chasse a la seconde to a first arabesque facing the other side, close, other side) and (2 tendus devant, 2 tendus a la second, 2 tendus derriere, 2 1/2 soutenus, other side). I love doing simple combinations like these.
Across the floor we did chasse gallops, then chasse gallops with a chasse into a saute arabesque (which R Teacher had me demostrate), and grand jetes (which Annoying Girl loudly complained about). I really enjoy saute arabesques, so getting to do them all the way across the whole studio was a real treat. We also did chaines, which went pretty well for me today. I’m mostly working on not losing my spot as I get closer and closer to the item I’m spotting.