This isn't the first time I've dance to "Ode to Joy" (specifically the arrangement from the movie "Immortal Beloved"). Nope...the first time I danced to this piece of music was in 1999 and in a really nice brown costume. This year's dance isn't as grand as that first version...the dance, itself, was a lot harder that first time and I'm not just saying that. The dance had to be dumbed down a ton to make it do-able for the two younger classes that are dancing with mine. Actually, I can't even say that I'm in a class. The studio's ballet workshop has dwindled down to myself and two other dancers. (When I was first allowed to dance with the ballet workshop, there were 20 plus of us). This year marks my 25th year at the studio..and the first time I'm being considered a member of the studio teaching staff. I only technically teach one class though, a beginner pointe class since I'm the only person at the studio who had official pointe training.