I’m thinking about training at the Royal Academy of Dance for a vocational examination.
First of all I wanted to do a repertoire course with a performance at the end – but that was prohibitively expensive. Also there’s a weekly repertoire class starting in September where I am, but I’d have to make a financial decision about that too…
So, as an alternative, I started thinking about syllabus classes. Which has led me to think about the motives behind wanting to be examined. An exam would scare me way more than a performance. I know performing! I kind of like academic exams too, to tell the truth, but let me tell you I am nowhere near as good at grande battements as I am at writing an essay.
One part of me thinks, I don’t need to hold myself up to a standard and be tested in something which I do just for the joy of it. And I find great comfort in dancing and not having to worry about anything – whether I’m good or what.
On the other hand, there’s something satisfying about knowing that you are performing at a certain level. I know it will be hard work, in something that doesn’t come naturally to me, and there is a satisfaction in that too.
I haven’t come to firm decision, yet. Any thoughts over here?