It's interesting to see how class size changes over the course of a year. For the past month attendance has been ridiculously low, to the point of there being only two of us in a couple of classes. But, once again, our numbers have swelled to the low teens. We're back to using both portable barres, and breaking down in to groups of four when moving across the floor. Perhaps people were just away on vacation. Perhaps the 107* temperatures weed out the casual students from the more dedicated attendees.
Whatever the cause, I find it interesting to see how the dynamic changes depending on class size. Larger classes are more clique-ish while smaller classes tend to make you pull together out of self-preservation in much the same way you make friends at work or school in spite of your personal differences. After taking several classes practically one-on-one I have found that I am happiest with a mid-size crowd. Maybe 8 students. Then we can break down in to small groups across the floor but still get through everyone quick enough to move on to more stuff. Also, the larger the class the more likely we are to spend a certain amount of time stepping on one another and smashing clumsily in to each other when we suddenly discover that someone inconveniently placed a wall directly in the path of our glissades (how rude!).
At the first studio I attended class absolutely exploded in January. All those new year's resolutions, I guess. My only resolution this year was to not read the comments on online news articles. It has been hard to keep, but I am a much happier person because of it.