I realized that if I’m going to be talking about ballet (which I plan on 🙂 ), you might be interested in knowing a little about my experience with dance, specifically ballet, because it is my favorite.
I started ballet when I was two, although unlike most dancers, I didn’t immediately love it. In fact, I hated it. I quit after two months. Fast forward about a year, and I tried again, this time at a different studio. I immediately loved it.
I’m not able to remember much about dancing when I was little, except that I absolutely hated barre at first. I would constantly try and think of ways to get out of it, until I realized that if I wanted to do ballet, barre was just going to be a part of life.
Fast forward to when I was about 11. This was when I realized that I really loved ballet, and wanted to do everything in my power to excel at it. Ever since, I have created goals for myself. When I was 11, my main goal was to get my left and right splits (picture above). I was a very inflexible child, and wanted to get them more than anything. So everyday, for a month and a half, I stretched religiously. I never missed a single day. After a month and a half, I had them! I loved seeing my work pay off, and this only further encouraged me to get serious about ballet and stretch often.
About a year later, I auditioned for my first ballet summer intensive. For all my non-ballet readers, it is a dance summer camp, where dancers (typically boarding) dance for about 8 hours a day, six days a week, usually for about 3-6 weeks, depending on the program. I was so so excited to find out that I was accepted and even more excited and grateful to find out that I would be able to attend. I had the time of my life at that intensive, I had never been around so many girls like me, who loved ballet more than anything and who wanted to work their butts off to improve. It was amazing.
The next year, I auditioned again, was accepted, and went once more. I was even more excited to go this time, if that was possible. I spent months preparing, stretching, cross-training and deciding what to pack. Once again, it was an incredible experience. I loved it for so many reasons, but I can’t list them all. Most of all, I was so grateful to be there, in the moment, living the schedule that many professional dancers have throughout their career. It was amazing to be able to learn from such extraordinary teachers, to learn variations and new choreography, and work on cleaning up my technique.
Apart from those two summers, I have never attended any other ballet intensives other than at my home studio. However, I have been lucky enough to attend incredible master classes and absorb all that I can from them.
I have had so many great opportunities to learn all about what I love most, and though I am not a professional or a teacher or physical therapist, I have picked up lots of handy tidbits along the way.
Some things I plan on talking about with you include
- stretching and foam rolling tips
- ballet hairstyle tricks
- product reviews
- ballet news
- performance reviews
- cross training exercises
I’m so excited to talk about all of this with you!
Hope your week is starting off well,