So beautiful dancers, let talk about a few things we need to let go of before we get back to the ballet barre. I know it’ll be hard, but the longer you hold old to the past the harder it’ll be to enjoy your time in ballet class.
edit: during a lunch event yesterday afternoon, I was seated next to two ladies, both of which had taken ballet classes in their past. They listed reasons (see below!!) that kept them from retuning to ballet class. Since I was just sitting on this drafted post, I knew it was the sign to hit publish. I love serendipity!
#s 1 and 2 Let go of what your body used to look like and what you used to weigh.
You may have children or not, you may have had health issues that affect the way you look or how much you weigh, but the reality is, try to leave the memories of what you used to look like alone–especially as you look into purchasing clothes and shoes for class. (Most likely, you don’t need to wear a leotard and tights! I don’t! See my back to the barre checklist, including what to wear for class-it should ease your mind.) Yes there are mirrors and you will definitely see yourself, but release the expectations you have of yourself and enjoy class regardless of what you look like and what you weigh. (easier said than done, I know!)
# 3 Let go of what your body used to be able to do. This was a tough one for me. I knew I didn’t weigh what I did in college, but heck, after a few classes I thought I should be able to ease back into what I used to do. I remembered the vocab and how I used to ease back in to dance after summers off as a kid, but 13 years after sitting at a desk job was nothing to play with. So acknowledge you love to dance and had a great time in the past, but try not to hold the standard of what you used to do over your head. (literally, legs over your head…not yet!)
#4 I have fond memories of my dance school friends and teachers. I knew my new studio would be different, but make sure you aren’t allowing your old experiences to taint your new learning opportunities. Stay open to new teaching and new corrections.