Some of our favorite things to do on the Embarcadero in San Francisco:
1. Gate-crash the Cowgirl Creamery Experience at the Ferry Building
2. Engage in a lively debate with the protestors who want the bronze statue of Gandhi on the waterfront removed because (they claim) he was a racist and a sham
3. Watch the bachelorette party girls in their too-tight miniskirts and bleached-straw hair staggering out of Teatro ZinZanni
4. Cambré side en relevé – as demonstrated here by Vicki, with graceful abandon
This is why you should always keep a pair of ballet slippers handy in your purse or your Timbuk2 Limited Edition Tour de France Jersey messenger bag: you can never tell when you might come across the perfect ballet barre. Strolling along the Embarcadero, for example. And if you had remembered to download Ballet to the People’s playlist onto your iPod, you would be all set to run through some barre exercises, like Vicki.
What else makes a handy ballet barre?
1. Your friend’s kitchen counter – while he whips up spaghetti carbonara you can fine-tune your fondus
2. The bar at Twenty Five Lusk – what classier way to get the bartender’s attention in this stylish former meatpacking plant than to flick a few grands battements in her direction?
3. The railing on the Larkspur ferry to AT&T Park – though the sea breeze may whip that Giants cap right off your head as you execute your circular port de bras
Tell us where else you like to practice your relevés…