As I arrive at The Australian Ballet for my first beginners ballet class, the atmosphere is abuzz with excitement and nervous energy. We enter the studio in single file, a steady procession of fresh pink ballet slippers and athleisurewear. It's within the hallowed walls of the studio that we first encounter our dynamic teacher, Justine Miles. She jumps straight into things, leading us through a series of stretches that evoke a strong nostalgia, reminding me of gym classes from years gone by. As we take our places at the barre, I’m glad to be attending classes with a friend – we spend a lot of time glancing at each other, and on occasion stifling our giggles as we make our first, somewhat clumsy attempts at ballet. The live piano that accompanies us is a particular highlight; the music selection is surprisingly diverse, from the eternally recognisable strains of Tchaikovsky’s 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' to the rather unexpected theme from Pink Panther. As our lesson progresses, we point our toes, plié, glissé and revilé to our heart’s content, and when our 75-minute session comes to a close – with a curtsey, no less – the studio is once again filled with eager anticipation, this time as we begin the countdown to our next session.