I forgot to factor something in on my recent plan to refrain from spending money until I get my paycheck (2 weeks from tomorrow!): The Perfect Groupon.
If you’ve never heard of it, Groupon is a cool discount e-mail program. You can sign up for it in your city, and you’ll receive daily e-mails with a special discount for a local business in your area. It’s usually a restaurant, hair salon, or yoga studio (that’s where I got my yoga classes in January and February…). I get two a day- one for Queens and one for Manhattan.They have a set number that need to be sold for the deal to “tip,” and once it does, then everyone who committed to buying it gets the discount.
On Saturday morning, I checked my email and discovered that the Manhattan Groupon was something that I’ve been wanting for a very long time.
Ten adult ballet classes for $59.
At this particular school, ten classes would be $150. The catch for this Groupon is, once you’ve attended your first class, you have 5 weeks to complete the other 9. I’m going to start at the beginning of October! 🙂 They also offer tap, jazz, pilates, and yoga. I like all of those, but I’ve regretted quitting ballet since precisely one year after I quit- right around the time Center Stage came out.
At the time, I wanted to focus on orchestra more. I was on the school dance team my freshman year of high school, and completely burnt out on dancing. Between practices (7-9 a week, at 2-3 hours each), football games, pep rallies, and competitions, it was just too much for me. Before that, I danced at a studio, which amounted to about 3 hours a week- one tap, one jazz, and one ballet. Ballet was always my favorite. I really wish I had started it younger and stuck with it longer. I always wanted to do pointe, and really regret that I never got to. I still want to, and I’m going to try to make it happen if I’m not considered too old to start by the time I have enough training for it (which could take several years…)
I danced for 6 years, if you include this one:
So, in October I’m going back to ballet, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t wait to go buy ballet shoes, tights, and a leotard. I could probably get them cheaper online, but I love how dance supply stores smell. I hope I like the classes, because I really would like to keep going long-term. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not ever going to join a gym, and this is the one form of exercise I know I enjoy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with going twice a week, but I think it’ll be great just to dance again. They even have special levels of classes for people who used to dance but haven’t in a long time, so I won’t have to take a class with people who are dancing as a living an actually good at it.
I moved to New York so that I could have the life I’ve always wanted, and I’m really excited about the possibility that this can include dancing. I’m ready for it.