bravo! jete and all that jazz

Whenever I tell people I have been doing a conditioning/beginning ballet class, my friends are all thrilled for me and think it’s great. Some would say, “Ballet? Really? You? That’s awesome!”  So that’s where the subtitle of my blog comes from. One gal went on and on about how I was using a different part of my brain than I ever have and that it would be great for development and that all adults should try something out of their comfort zone, just for the benefits to the brain.

There really has only been one negative and it wasn’t even negative about me taking ballet because I didn’t actually tell her that I was doing it.  It was with someone I don’t see very often and I mentioned to her that I had discovered a blog that I was really enjoying reading written by someone who had started ballet at age 32. She immediately said,

“Why on earth would anyone start ballet that old? It doesn’t even burn very many calories.”

Then she went on and on and on about how many calories different types of exercise burn up and how ballet is really low on the list. I decided *not* to tell her that I had started ballet at age 40.  And calories. To be honest, I have never once gone to class in order to burn calories and when I’m standing at the barre, I don’t think, “Gee, I wonder how many calories these degages and tendus are burning up?”  I’m not in it for the calorie burn.

As I’ve slowly shared this blog with others, the responses have been so positive and encouraging. I’ve posted more responses below:

How exciting! Thanks for sharing!! So funny that I’ve been talking about doing the same…. I’ve always regretted stopping ballet (after 5th grade!) and often say I’ll go back… someday.

Glad you’re doing it. For the flexibility and conditioning and grace. And for the less tangible benefits that are mostly what you write about.

Love it! It relates many of my exeriences as I have travelled my 18-year journey, starting at age 37. Cool. God bless you! 🙂

Enjoying “Ballet, You Say?”

Beautiful and inspiring…

Bravo! Jete and all that jazz!

Best of all, I’m thrilled that I’m not the only beginning adult ballet blogger!  I love this post about no matter what happens, just keep dancing and this one with a “what people think I do…” facebook type poster for adult ballet dancers.

8 thoughts on “bravo! jete and all that jazz

  1. I told my husband that I want to take tap when I was about 38. He thought I was joking. Then I talked to my mom (in her late 70s) and she said she wanted to do it too. I told my husband and he said “Now, I know you’re joking!” He was wrong. Very wrong. Both he and my father came to our “recital”.

      • No, she’s 90 now and I have kids. 🙂 LOL Actually, it was through a local school district and was “adult education” class and you could only go so far in it. I continued to practice some of the steps because they were fun but then I broke my feet (one at a time) and my feet have swollen too much for me to fit into my tap shoes. I hold onto them in the hopes that I might get back to it one day. It was fun but hard for me who is not very coordinated. I do believe it helps the brain.

        • Dance is fun, isn’t it? Hope you can get back into it someday if that’s what you want to do. I am not very coordinated either, so ballet has been and continues to be quite challenging.

  2. I’m glad that you’ve had such a positive response to your decision to start ballet. Starting something new is always easier when people are excited for you!

    Thanks for the ping-back 🙂

  3. Actually, I’ve heard that it does burn quite a few calories per hour (between 300 and 500, from what I’m reading). Also, it’s essentially interval training, strength training, and cardio all rolled into one! People don’t usually dance to “burn calories” but it does its fair share. 🙂

  4. It’s so strange for calorie burning to be the first thing people think of. I decided to start dancing because I enjoy it. Because I have health problems and the core strength, flexibility, and balance can only improve my quality of life. But mostly because it feels right. It’s a mental and spiritual uplifting. I suppose there is no way to really explain it to people who see *any* physical activity in terms of calorie burn. I also ride bikes. Because it gives me a chance to spend time with my aging father and be out in the beauty of nature. Calories don’t even come in to play.

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