As much as I love skating, I don't think it's going to be accessible to me for at least a couple of years. In short, my rink (already a long journey) is going through some issues. I'm facing a 4-5hr return journey to the next closest rink, at least temporarily, right when my personal schedule has made the regular 3hr return difficult to do even once a week.
On that note, I decided to look into options for "similar" sports, in terms of the stuff I like: rhythm and music and the acquisition of different elements. I considered roller-figure skating, but travel is still an issue and I don't really like rollerskating/inline. I think the way to go is ballet, though I'm open to other suggestions. I haven't done dance since I was a tot (3-5 years old).
Basically, the features of my situation:
- I got to about Freestyle 1 level in skating. Solid waltz jump, working on salchow and toe loop, a bit further behind on spins.
- I am not very flexible and have a muscle condition that makes me prone to injury from overzealous stretching. It's not impossible to increase my flexibility but it has to be done slowly. I did once get to the point where I could almost go from touching-toes to hands-flat-on-ground.
- There seem to be various options nearby for kids/teen ballet but, although I'm in my late teens, I think with the flexibility issue I'd be more suited to an adult beginner class.
- I don't really want to do a "concert at the end of the year"-type class, though this isn't necessarily a deciding factor.
Does anyone know what kind of things I should look for in a class description/class type? Any other advice? I thought this was the kind of thing that might be offered on a drop-in or eight-week-class sort of basis at the gym, but it doesn't seem to be. All the classes are more focussed on attaining a body shape rather than acquiring aesthetic/athletic skills. Are adult beginner ballerinas really so rare?