So, we’re at the barre, Smirnoff’s working on getting his music cued up for the next exercise, Terrier raises her hand and says,
“I have a question! Why do we turn toward the barre when we switch sides? Isn’t that, like, the audience, over there?
(pointing across the room into the mirror)
So, when we turn to the barre aren’t we turning our backs to the audience?”
Smirnoff says, “Yes, yes, that’s the audience.” and goes back to fumbling with compact discs.
“But,” insists Terrier, “Why! Why do we do that? That’s bad, right? To turn our backs to the audience?”
Smirnoff, having wrestled the cd player into mostly submission, finally gives her his full attention and says, “You turn toward the barre, because the barre represents your partner. And your partner is more important that the audience.”