Thursday, January 12, 2012

Still Dancing

The teachers from the ballet school use a curriculum that had pushed me in ways no other classes had.  This valuable training led to results that I liked and was not willing to let go of.  I designed a schedule that dictates when I practice ballet at home, and when I do practice I make sure it matches the intensity of how hard the teachers worked me at the ballet school.
I decided that Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings would be devoted to ballet.  At the beginning of each new week I create a barre, center, and series of pointe exercises that challenge me.  And challenging it's been.  At the end of the week I evaluate how I did, then based on that I come up with different combinations for the next week.
On Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings I take class at the studio I had been going to before I made my surprise return to the ballet school.  Even though these classes can't compare in difficulty to what the ballet school offers, I still find it important to work with a teacher.  I also think it might be good to have easier days.  They allow me to give my body a break while still being able to work on perfecting my technique.
My training at home takes about two hours, starting between 8 and 8:30 and lasting until 10 or 10:30.  My commitment to this routine has proven to be worth it. I haven't lost anything, but instead I've continued to improve.
It may sound crazy but what I love about ballet is the grueling process of refining technique and building the strength to achieve what may have seemed impossible before.  This is why I will never stop dancing.  I'm thankful to God that he has shown me the place where ballet belongs in my life.
I also still enjoy watching ballet performances, even if I don't care to be in them, which reminds me that I want to write about the night I went to see the Nutcracker, in my next post.


  1. you are inspiring me! I usually find it so difficult to practice at home (especially pointe--hello carpet and tiles!) but your dedication is making me want to try much harder. Two hours in the morning is an awesome routine. :)

  2. I love the idea of always refining! When I had just started yoga, I had trouble with the balance poses. I felt so discouraged until my teacher said, "Well, if you don't get it now, you'll get it next year and if you don't get it next year, you can get it when you're 80."