It was all organised after an off-the-cuff tweet from someone suggesting that we should get together. A few months (and a whole load of organisation from Becca_Tweet) later, there we were...
We had an absolutely amazing class from Karis at EverybodyBallet - she had obviously put some time into choreographing exercises for us and was infectiously enthusiastic. The barre exercises were especially beautiful - very "dance-y" and performed to orchestral ballet scores. I was stretched, but in a good way, and only wish I could have done them to a higher standard...
|balancing at the barre|
|the girls a la seconde|
|port de bra (movement of the arms) - I'm the not-so-bendy one|
|working in centre|
Having never commissioned a dance lesson in this way, I can thoroughly recommend it. Afterwards we all kept talking about how good it was and how we wanted to do it again.
There was also a social meet-up in a nearby bar/restaurant afterwards. It was really nice to have a chance to talk to everyone, even if I struggled to keep up with the conversation - my limits of ballet knowledge left me floundering in a world of Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, the Royal Opera House, and many dancers whose names I've never heard!