I'm always hesitant to go back to places I used to dance. Visiting, catching up on life, and seeing old friends is one thing - a fun thing, usually. But heading back to take class is another...
"will they think I've improved?" "do i look a lot different?" "will i remember what technical details the teachers prefer?"
Just a few things that go through my perhaps overly paranoid mind.
But tonight I was pleasantly surprised when I returned to take open class at my old studio here in the city with one of my favorite teachers I've ever had, though I haven't seen him in months (and haven't taken class from in a year...he usually only teaches in the school). It felt nice and almost comfortable, for once, to be back to a place I spent 2 years of my life, and without that awkward returning stuff. It perked me up after a rough couple of weeks.
I saw some old friends as well and it was nice to catch up. I'll definitely be returning throughout the summer to take class regularly while I can.
Lesson learned: forget the nerves and just do it.