There wasn't a lot of mental chatter. There was a few drama here and there, but surprisingly easy to silence. Placement class was stressful but I didn't get demoted to a lower level, so I'm happy. 2 of my friends from Austin did though and it was rough for them.
The massage rollers, balls are really helpful. I got to go through class today and didn't feel pain in my feet, something I've felt the last several ballet classes I've been to. I've also been taking Glucosamine MSM supplements religiously, and I think that helped too.
Instead of doing pointe class I did the men's technique and it was fun!