As a little girl, I would go along to swimming lessons with my mum and pass the ballet studio next door with all the beautiful and delicate ballerinas, I always hoped that one day I could do that too. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to dance lessons, and so that was that. But as I got older I always wondered what it would have been like. For some reason it didn’t dawn on me for a long time that such things as beginner adult classes existed. I always thought that adult dancers were just professional from dancing in childhood.
After many debates with myself, this dance semester I decided to take the plunge. It was now or never, I applied for classical adult ballet at my local dance school for late evening classes so I could fit it around work. I had no idea what to expect, it was an absolute beginners class so I had nothing to be worried about, with women of all ages, in all different shapes and sizes, we were all in the same boat. Being super nervous and knowing absolutely no one I pushed myself forward and said hello. It was no longer scary, we were all terrible, everything was new, everything was exciting.
So things I’ve learnt since starting ballet?
There are bones and muscles in my feet and legs I never knew existed.
It will feel like you have been carrying a million pounds with your arms in the air for so long.
Ballet is gracefully painful.
There is absolutely nothing easy about it.
Learning to count whilst remembering to dance in time is super hard.
Everything will be shouted at you in French, you will know none of it.
You will forget which way is right and which is left.
There are some questionable positions.
Posture is everything.
As my teacher likes to say “your hand is beautiful, watch it”
Things progress very, very quickly.
You need lots of concentration.
You’ll have a lot of fun.
Are you a dancer, or ever have been? Would you push yourself to try an adult dance class? I 100% say do it!