I think we all get into ruts. Ruts are comfortable. Ruts are secure. I think about my own life at Quest: I wake up to my favourite song, I eat lunch with my friends in the cafeteria, at night play Settlers of Catan, unless it’s Tuesday, on Tuesdays I go to to the Chieftain. I came to Quest to explore life, but now I feel like I’m in Groundhog Day. This loop simultaneously brought me closer to the people in my circle, and isolated me from those outside of it.
Quest is a small school and it is easy to “know” everyone, but this knowing is not on an intimate level. So, I took on writing this important journalistic piece to mix up my activities, meet new people and most importantly, learn how to dance. In November block I set out to attend as many movement-based classes at the dance studio as I could. Initially, I was nervous. Before every class thoughts like, “What if I don’t have a partner?” or, “What if I don’t know the moves?” danced uncomfortably through my head, like me in the studio. But breaking out of a rut isn’t about being comfortable.
The class started off with Quest student Nritya Mala Giridhar playing a YouTube video of two people following a choreographed routine to the song Kar Gayi Chull. Giridhar had already modified the dance and began teaching it to me step by step. I was the only one who showed up for that dance lesson and I was feeling pretty intimidated at first. But once I realized that I just needed to thrust my hips while spinning in circle pretending I was alone in my room, I got super into Bollywood night. So into it, in fact, that I came home to play Kar Gayi Chull to all of roommates and start watching a Bollywood film (the title of the film is Ready, and yes it’s on Netflix). I may resent you for crashing my one-on-one dance class, but I promise you’ll get moves better than Shakira’s that will last you for hours on any dance floor.
It is highly advised to bring your roommate along to Breathing Yoga, in case you fall asleep during the deep breathing exercises. Another good reason is that they can make sure that you don’t sleep through your alarm. I didn’t wake up for this class and missed it, however I did interview Taryn Prepchuck who managed to make it out. She told me that the class starts by listening to music and practicing seven different breathing techniques, such as short fast breaths to long slow breaths. Taryn says it’s a new experience and a great way to engage your diaphragm.
5:00 – 6:00 pm
This yoga class is great for beginners or for pros just looking to relax after class. This class focuses on stretching and muscle building, it loosens you up without the rigours and timing of a Vinyasa Flow class.
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to learn partner dancing but felt that waltz was too traditional? Blues dancing will be perfect for you! This class invites beginners to drop in at any time during the year to see what it’s all about. The environment is relaxed and welcoming – which is especially important if you have two left feet like me.
At the end of the week I had broken free from my rut and snapped the never ending loop of complacency that I had settled into. I had expanded my routine just a little bit (and I was far more prepared for any party). One theme that I picked up on over the course of the week is that Dance Studio events suffer from low attendance. The space offers so much, yet it largely flies under the radar. I 10/10 recommend you grab a friend and go to one of these classes. For anyone who doesn’t know: the Dance Studio is located on fourth floor of Ossa and the Dance Studio schedule is located on the Portal. By next block, I hope to have attended all of the movement based classes to experience the ones I was not able to. I might even find a partner who will make sure I wake up on time.