Why do adults take ballet?(formerly: Latest Ballet Alert)
Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:50 AM
".All I know how to do is to point my toes and leap. I... Oh I'm a dancer.That's what I am .What I do...
I...I am a dancer, Give me the steps. I'll come through.
Give me somebody to dance for. Give me somebody to show.
Let me wake up in the morning to find I've somewhere exciting to go."
Here I am still taking morning class and I'm in my 60's. Dancing has been and still is my life. My technique is slowly deteriorating and I live in dread of the day when I'll finally have to stop - when I'll finally have to accept that I am old . In the meantime I dance and teach and my day is filled with life...........
Posted 24 November 2011 - 08:04 PM
Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:19 PM
Yes, the youngsters do surpass one--well, they surpass me! In fact, in the time since my earlier (2003) post, several dancers at the school where I most often take classes has gone from being tiny tots to being the standouts in the top level. It is a joy to watch.
A bit more on the presence of teens in adult classes: at this school, adults are rarely or never permitted to take the "level" classes for the children and teens. Exceptions would be if an adult is performing with the school and, more rarely, if an adult participating in a performance in other ways wants to join the pre-performance warmup. The teens join adult classes for makeups, during school breaks (summer and Christmas), and if they decide to step off the pre-pro track. _In general_, the teens are a pleasure to have in class--they have been taught appropriate class manners, and they abide by those standards in adult classes. Occasionally the younger teens have .... lapses, but these are the exception rather than the rule.
Why am I (still) taking class? It feels good, and it is good for my mental and physical health. There is always something that can get better. It is true that some avenues of improvement are more promising than others at this stage, but there is still plenty to work on!
I remain fortunate to have access to a school with one or more daily classes that are at a good level for me and that are at times that work for me (correspondingly, I am fortunate to have a workplace where my leaving in time to make it to class is heartily supported).
Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:15 AM
Why did I take voice lessons as an adult? To immerse myself in a great literature. To do myself what I knew I could do and do creditably well.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:02 AM
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:46 AM
Even though it's only been a month,I've made a great improvement in my posture and I've lost a few pounds as well and I can honestly say I look forward to the next class and even practice at home. As to why I do it I think it's because it gives me a chance to just forget about work and school and personal issues and just go and dance. No one in my class really knows me, and though I do interact with the other people in the class it's a chance to be alone and to focus on something else besides my hectic life. It's like, when I go to ballet I check myself at the door and I think everybody needs something that they can just lose themselves in.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:01 PM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:42 AM
That was my experience. When I was young I wanted to dance more than anything else. I grew up in a hockey town and I had brothers, so they got to do the activities and I didn't. It was awful because it was the only thing I wanted to do. One of my meaner teachers always says, you should have learned this as a child as if I had a choice.
So when I was 24, I signed up for classes at the National Ballet School of Canada and worked super hard. Now 2 years later, I'm en pointe and dancing at an intermediate level.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:42 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:49 PM
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