To dispel any rumors that I've disappeared yet again, here's another post! What happened this weeks is simply that I was never at home and at leisure long enough to sit down at the computer to write anything. Here's how my evenings went down:
Tuesday: ballet class
Wednesday: spent with friends up in San Francisco
Thursday: folk band practice in Oakland
Friday: salsa conditioning class, then cocktails with girlfriends in Palo Alto
I take dance classes over at the Peninsula Ballet Theatre. They have a good selection of adult dance and fitness classes in a variety of styles. After taking only jazz dance last year, I've decided to branch out a little.
The ballet class on Tuesday was all right in terms of technical execution, but it appeared that no one in the class was having any fun. The teacher was a substitute, so I will be trying the class again just to see if the regular teacher is any better. If that fails again, I think I'll just go back to jazz. Ballet offers such a great opportunity for muscular isolation and control, and provides a basis for all the other dance forms, that I thought it would be good to spend some hours doing it again. Brushing up on first principles and all that.
Salsa Conditioning, on the other hand, was everything I wanted it to be. With the amazing Norberto teaching the class, I knew it was going to be high in energy and, frankly, fabulousness. Norberto is a dynamo of a Latin man, an amazing dancer, and a very capable teacher. (He also teaches the jazz dance class, plus Mexican folk dance.) He's incredibly physically fit: able to teach intense dance classes for 2, 3 hours at a stretch without showing any signs of slowing down. Salsa Conditioning involved salsa moves in an aerobics atmosphere--basically an hour of moving one's body. I will be waiting to see if the soreness kicks in.
If the San Mateo area is convenient to you, I really recommend Peninsula Ballet Theatre for your dancing needs. The classes are very reasonably priced. After dropping in to try out a class, you can purchase a punch card to get a bulk class discount. I think they have also had specials on Groupon.