When I think about ballet an expression my old dance teacher used to describe it always springs to mind. The Pink Dream. Contemporary dance has never enjoyed the mass appeal of its ballet cousin so the term, however apt, may have been intended as derisive.
What draws little girls and boys to ballet as children is indeed that elusive pink dream: pink tights, pink shoes, pink tutu, all wrapped up in a pink bow of grace and beauty. Although I have danced since the age of four I somehow escaped the pink dream and instead chased what my brother and I now lovingly refer to as ‘the beige dream’: a love of contemporary dance.
As is the case with many children who take up dance, I took a class almost every day and secretly dreamed of being a professional when I grew up. However, when I was seventeen, I had the realisation that I probably wasn’t talented enough to make it in a sea of other hopefuls and after being knocked back from the Victorian College of the Arts, life took a different course and I was off to study medical science instead.
Since that time I’ve danced less and less over the years and what I look for from any foray into dance is to have fun. And that’s where my friend Gen comes in. Just because you have become an adult doesn’t mean your pink, or even beige, dream has to die.
In early 2017 Genevieve Chan started 6th Position, a dance studio for adults where every body is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you have danced for years or have never set foot in a studio before, there will be a class on the timetable for you.
Along with many other keen beans I popped over to the studio open day to try out a few classes. As I mentioned before, I’ve never been sold on the pink dream myself, so my personal faves are Strength and Stretch, Jazz and Lyrical/Contemporary. If it is ballet you love, there are a range of options available from ballet foundations right through to pointe.
The 6P community is warm and welcoming and I promise you will never feel judged or uncomfortable when you rock up to class. All you need is an open mind, and whatever clothes make you feel comfortable. Don’t stress if you don’t have dance shoes, socks will do just as well.
Check out the timetable and book a class today. And don’t forget that you can now sign up for an unlimited class pass for $49 per week.