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.

kudos from a friend

Ok friends. Friends who blog. Especially friends who blog on wordpress. What’s the deal with not leaving comments on my blog.  hahaha. Below is a response/comment I got directly after sending a friend my link. I’ve responded in bold.

I love it! It looks great visually & I like that the title & subtitle rhyme.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. That means a lot coming from you, one who writes well and has an awesome blog. The rhyme: not an accident, you know.

I had no idea that adults could start ballet! I always thought that you could only “get in” as a young child. It was something I wanted to do when I was younger, but we never had the money.

Oh yes, anyone can do ballet! It’s never too late to start! Come do it with me! You won’t be a prima ballerina, but you’ll feel beautiful and have fun.

I’ve always thought that you looked like a dancer. I think it’s in the way you carry yourself. And I do think  your little miss is talented. She’s flitted past me a few times at church and it’s always very graceful and lovely.

Wow. That’s one of the best complements anyone has ever given me. Really? You didn’t know me before I started ballet. Another ballet mom told me the same thing today.  I know I’ve changed in the past 9 months. It’s all about keeping shoulders back instead of hunched:) Read what another dancer says about this.  Oh, yes, my little miss is talented, for sure. Can’t wait to see how her movement grows even more graceful as she matures.

Breath of Heaven is a beautiful song. We sang it in choir at church about four years ago. It goes on record as being the most technically difficult song that I have ever “sung”.

Ooh, wish I could have heard that, seen it. Bet it was lovely.

If you’re enjoying yourself, keep up the ballet & the blogging! 🙂 Don’t let pride or what-if-worst-case-scenarios keep you from doing what you love. 🙂

Oh, I think I’m in this for the long haul:)

thanks friends, you’re so encouraging!

Although I’m not ready to go completely public with this blog–as in post to facebook type thing–I have been slowly sending the link to people over the past several days. I started with out-of-town friends, then some family members and then a couple of local friends. The responses have been amazing and so encouraging! I’ve posted them below.

Oh! Thank you for sharing this with me! I just love the images I have of you dancing in worship… it’s beautiful!

Thanks for sharing this with me. I hope you’re able to let go of your misgivings and really enjoy using your body for praise & worship. Sounds like you have a great group of fellow believers with whom to do it.

wow! I’m so glad you’re dancing! Your dad and I went to a few celtic dances before my knees went and we loved it. I was surprised at how much fun your dad had. I even did the Virginia Reel once!

Love your new blog! And so glad that you’re enjoying the ballet. That’s pretty awesome!

Beautiful!!! I love it!!! Seriously, how wonderful. Maybe someday I will fulfill my dreams of learning how to play the drums. So inspiring.

Yay! I’m excited for you! Thank you so much for sharing!

LOVE IT!! This is so great!

Love the blog!!! I have sealed lips!

LOVE IT!!! I commented on the most recent post. Go girl!!!  I suspect dance is much like “singing” in sign language. If you can just let go, it is a precious and worshipful experience!

You’re all going to have to mark your calendars: March 31st.  “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3

a compliment

So I’m an adult beginner when it comes to ballet or any type of dance for that matter and I’ve recently started attending a class open to any level of adults, but it’s really for the teens who have reached level IV. I go and do my thing and I try not to think about what these crazy-good dancing young things are thinking.

What are these moms doing in our class who can’t even dance? Who does she think she is anyway?

Do I really think that the girls are thinking such thoughts? No, not to that extent… Our particular studio fosters an atmosphere of only encouragement and never competition, but still.

So it just really made my day that when Miss Beautiful Ballet Teacher was switching out the music, that Most Advanced Teenager said to me, “I’m so glad that I get to be in class with you.”

What? Did she really say that? What an absolute doll she is. And she has been so encouraging to me, telling me “Good job” or when I look hesitant, she whispers a “You can try it.”

This class is going to be ok afterall.