I Did It … I Took A Ballet Class :)

As I’m working on this post, I have my leg propped up and am icing my knee. My body is sore and my calves are killing me but I couldn’t be happier with how ballet class went today. It’s almost as if the moment I walked into the dance studio, everything I had learned in my years of training was re-awakened… 

If I were to assess my performance in class, I would say that “my ankles are weak (I was shaking so much whenever I had to hold a position in releve), my left hamstring is still a bit underdeveloped (I could barely hold my leg and foot up to my knee in passe turns), I’ve lost alot of inner thigh strength (hello non-existent turn out), my port de bras are no where near where they used to be and I’m just overall, slow…

 

There was also a little moment where I freaked out a bit inside my mind right before petit and grand allegro because landing incorrectly from a jump while dancing was how I had torn my ACL in the first place … But I got over it quick and let me body’s muscle memory take over.By literally taking a leap of faith, I made it through grand jetes without dying and that is an accomplishment in itself.

Overall, I was no where near as bad as I thought I would be… From the plies and tendus to degages and grand battements, my mind understood what my body needed to do as far as my sense of alignment, space and musicality. So now my focus will be on getting my body’s strength and flexibility back to the level where my execution of movement can match my knowledge of the technique. 

It’s going to be a long process to get back to dancing at the level I would like… But now that I’ve gotten over my fears and finally taken a dang ballet class, everything seems that much more possible :)

^^^What the dining area currently looks like in my apartment … Charles surprised me with the most gorgeous bouquet of peach roses today in celebration of me taking a dance class! He’s the best <3

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  • joy

    Good for you for taking a dance class! I've been considering going to a barre class which advertises itself as ballet workout class. I think you've convinced me to try it!

    Joy :)
    http://www.allsheneedstoknow.ca

  • You go, girl!! That's awesome. Now I need to actually take class. I noticed the same thing after taking class a while back…my port de bras weren't where they used to be. It's crazy how things change so quickly when you haven't danced in a while.

  • awesome! it's so scary getting back into dance but so so worth it. and it's amazing what your body remembers!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • Awesome!! That is so fun that you took that first step! I've always had a not-so-secret love for dance!

  • so proud of you friend!!!

  • you go girlfriend!

  • That's so awesome that you took a dance class!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • How cute! I remember taking ballet as a child. Id love to take another class :)

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

  • I remember you saying you wanted to take a class, that is awesome!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Good for you! That's awesome that you got back out there and pushed past your fears :) And how sweet is your bf?!

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Charles sounds like a keeper ;)

    Congrats on getting back to ballet! It's much harder then we remember… I know it was for me when I was 10 it was SO fun then I tried later in life and my body was like "owww" lol Keep it up!

    Thanks for linking up :)