I’ve been swimming since before I can remember. I grew up spending summers in my Uncle’s pool. My dad loves to swim and taught my sister and me at a young age. I’ve never been afraid of the water. When I got older, maybe around 3rd grade, we got our own pool. My sister and our friends used to play “Moonlight Olympics” – we’d have jumping contests, races, water volleyball, etc. It was a lot of fun – we even had a theme song! When we went to summer camp at the local community college – part of our lunch hour was spent cooling down in the pool, and I spent the whole time going off the high dive. More recently, I took an adult swimming class. I’ve always been a good swimmer, but never officially learned the different strokes. The class was great because I was able to hone my skills and correct my form. I am nowhere near Olympic level (despite my “Olympic” experience) but can definitely hold my own and was probably one of the best in my class. I love swimming and being in the water – as long as its not too cold!
Only one more week of Improv class at The Barrow Group… my ten week class is coming to a close. How time flies!
A few reasons why I love Improv…
- You really get to let loose. One day before class – I had a pretty rough day. There was nothing specifically bad that happened, just one of those days where everything is frustrating and you just want to scream. During our warm-ups, we played a game that we had played before – pass the clap or something like that – but with a twist: every time someone messed up, the whole class had to run around, yell, and find a new place in the circle. What a gift! I almost made a mistake on purpose so I could run around and scream.
- You don’t even have to try to be funny. Often times, what you think is the natural thing to say, makes people laugh! We were doing an exercise where one person takes on a character and the rest of the class asks them questions. Simple questions, like how old are you, etc. Someone asked me “What was your first word” so instead of trying to think of something funny to be my character’s first word, I said my real first word “Bird”. And everyone laughed! I wasn’t even trying to be funny.
- You get to explore characters that you would never get to play in real life. This one is pretty self explanatory – in improv you can really be whoever you want with no limitations to gender, age, race – there is one boy in my class who has ended up playing a dog multiple times!
Please, share your favorite parts about Improv below!
PS I think everyone could benefit from an improv class – not just actors. So if you are a non-actor, you might want to consider taking one! I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about yourself.