In class recently I manged to hold a balance for ages. Demi-pointe on the left foot and the right off the floor in coupé. It was a total fluke, but it impressed the heck out of my teacher (I then totally failed to be able to do anything similar at all for the rest of the evening). I heard her saying something a bit later, about needing to advance some of the students in to the next level of class. I find myself desperately hoping she didn't mean me.
Oh, and PS:
In case you thought I was joking about the mermaid suits...
I refuse to say which one I am.
Also, my 30-year-old self only keeps this photograph
as a desensitization tool in case someone
tries to blackmail me later.