As I walked into the studio this morning, I found myself comforted by the familiar smell. I tried to describe it to myself, but it’s a hard one to explain. A mix of many things, including the age of the pier and beam building, the floors, the ac unit, and everything else that goes into it all. It’s only been a week since I was last there, but it felt like a bit of peace and security in my life at a time where nothing really seems certain, even the things that should.
As I went through the classes, I found myself noticing things I wish I could capture; little moments I wish I could remember forever. This blog post is going to be a list of those little things. You may not care, but these are the things I love to look back on.
- M’s immesnse ability to pick up on the finer details of moves and being able to do complex things with the different arm positions almost flawlessly.
- S’s brother joining in for the warm up of class and actually loving it.
- K asking where my assistants are, showing how much they impact the girls lives in a positive way.
- E being so excited about ballet that it makes you excited.
- The way they all insist on giving me hugs and high fives after class.
- A being super cuddly in the beginning circle, always leaning her little arm on my knee. And the way she says her name is stinking adorable.
- I always holding up three fingers and closing one eye and looking through them to show me how old she is.
- The twins. Oh, the twins.
- K not being able to say her s’s, being slightly pigeon toed, but really getting the concept of her heels being together in first position.
- R being brand new last week, too afraid to do anything except for freeze dance with Maddie at the end last week, but this week doing everything and focusing really well. The way she’d go on releve to the very tips of her toes, completely extending through every inch of her body.
- V noticing the little things like arm placement and straight knees and working on implementing them without even being corrected.
- K giving me a glass figure of a dragonfly and flower and naming it rainbow. Also, her brother is super man and always gives me high fives.
This brings me the greatest joy. Even on the days that are long and I’m exhausted and struggling, they remind me why this is worth fighting for. They remind me that my life is more than just fighting to get through every day. That I have a purpose and am doing something good in the world. They teach me as much, if not more, than I teach them. I don’t think they’ll even know what they mean to me.
I’m hoping to have a bunch of them in class next year. They were all really dedicated and focused. It’s a good group. I’m excited for their futures.
The studio is closed for the month of July, except for a few interim classes for the older levels and adults. Hopefully I can make a few.
I’m excited for fall.
Started ballet late October of 2011 at the age of 23.
Began pointe training late August of 2013.