It is common knowledge that ballet folk, beginner and professional alike, tend to do ballet exercises wherever: at work, in queues, at the bus stop, on the bus and in bed, to name just a few. I am moderately guilty of this as well, although I stick with stretching, strengthening and balance exercises instead of actual ballet techniques. I stretch my calves while brushing my teeth, my feet while doing the dishes and I will randomly rise on relevé whenever I have to stand in one place.
I will only do tendus sneakily, when no one is watching. Somehow I always feel like people are going to point, laugh and say things like «Look at that dork, she can’t even keep her hips level» and «You call that a turn-out, girl?» But yesterday, I made an exception. And so, the weirdest place I ever did tendus is…
…at a heavy metal concert. We were waiting for the main act, there was room and I had been standing for a couple of hours by that point, which certainly didn’t improve my technique. Neither did the beer on the floor. But at least no one pointed and shouted. Hip hop might’ve elicited that reaction from that particular crowd, but I decided to quit hip hop, so there’s that.
What about you? In what unusual places or situations have you caught yourself practicing?