Help me out here:
I’ve been taking this ballet class lately, it’s a very small class, usually like four of us. We use a portable barre. People stand on both sides. All the people on the one side of the barre start each exercise facing the correct way, with their left hand on the barre working the right side of the body.
But then on the other side of the barre, there’s this one guy who is a regular and has apparently been with this class for a while, and he always stands facing the same direction as the people on the other side of the barre. So he starts each exercise with his right hand on the barre, working his left side.
This line-up means everyone is facing the teacher, who is standing off in that direction by the iPod dock, so it makes sense to face that way, it’s just that it is totally wrong! According to all that is holy in ballet! There is a longstanding tradition of craning your neck around backwards to see the teacher behind you while you keep you body square and start with your left hand on the barre!
However, starting on the wrong side is also a really difficult mental puzzle. My body fights it, which means the autopilot is totally off and every movement is being paid attention to way more than usual. So, it may be wrong but it’s probably beneficial. Maybe this dude is onto something.
This might be easier to understand visually, so I made some helpful diagrams:
I figure I have four options.
Option 1: Stand up for ballet tradition and insist on starting each exercise the normal way with my left hand on the barre, even though I will look like an idiot and cause chaos.
Option 2: Realize that maybe being harmonious is more important than being correct. Accept this as an interesting mental puzzle and learn from it.
Option 3: Sidestep the whole issue by standing on the other side of the barre from now on, as the other side always faces the correct direction.
Option 4: Get all passive-aggressive by stopping class to ask the teacher something lame like, “Um, maybe I’m confused but aren’t we supposed to start facing this way?” while knowing perfectly well that I am not confused but am a rule-obsessed ass.
I can tell you right now that I’m not taking Option 4.
Mainly because the wrong-way-dude has apparently never been corrected before, which means the teacher must be ok with it, and would probably just say something like we can face whichever way we feel comfortable, and then it would be official and out in the open that I’m a rule-obsessed ass.
Option 2 and 3 are what’s really going to happen.
Which option would you take, Gentle Reader? Am I crazy or is this weird?