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she danced in Paris; how awesome is that? i can’t even dance out of town

I’m going out of town later this summer and I’ve thought, oh, no what’s a girl to do without her twice weekly ballet class? Seriously, I’m going to have to hide out for some stretching and hope I don’t bang my wrist on the low ceiling of the camper in my mother-in-law’s front yard when I releve’.  I am going to be in the middle of nowhere surrounded by more middle of nowhere.  No organized ballet for me.

I know that others will visit a class when they’re out of town, but I just don’t have enough guts to do that. I would need to KNOW someone and go to class with them before taking this beginner derriere into a supposedly beginner ballet class that I know nothing about. And besides, I’ll be in a state that has only 2 cities that anyone has ever heard of and I’ll be at least 100 miles from both of them. So all in all, I doubt I could even find a class to go to…

As I was contemplating my sans ballet vacation dilemma a couple weeks ago, adult beginner published a guest post, a seriously entertaining read from another beginner ballerina who not only danced out of town, she danced on another continent where she barely knew the language.  WOWSER.  Dancing in Paris. Pretty cool.

ooh, got my first link love…plus more dance blogs i’ve been reading

The dancing Rheumatic Princess added me in her post of bloggers who have linked to her. Thanks so much for the shout out link love!

It’s funny because I spent the month of December reading all these other dance blogs and now that I’ve read the entire blogs of some, I’m just dying for more posts and some days, there aren’t posts from anyone even though I’m following over 20 blogs! I didn’t realize how seldom some people post!

Come on bloggers, blog!!

Another blog I’ve enjoyed reading is wandering apricot.  She posted an inspiring video of a 95 year old ballet teacher. It’s so peaceful.  Hopefully, I can still move with that much ease as I age.  Actually, I wish I could be as flexible as her now. Watching this lady stretch outside of her quaint little cottage is so inspiring.  And speaking of cottages, grand allegro is looking for a cottage to stay in on vacation:)

Another one of apricot’s helpful posts from a couple years ago is all about what you should wear to ballet class, depending on your level of commitment and what you hope to get out of class. I’ll have to try the capezio ultra soft tights she recommends once my hold and stretch are all holey and runny. I’ve got those plus a pair of body wrappers. They both seem the same to me,  except if I get the body wrappers again, I’ll have to go down a size.  I followed the height/weight chart which turns out is a little off for my body. I could pull these things way up under my armpits and skip wearing my sports bra.  Seriously, I could fit two of me in there, which is saying something.

I sent my hubby the link to my blog, informing him I started a new blog. I wanted him to find out from me rather than through the grapevine!  I received the notice that he subscribed by e-mail, so he’ll get an e-mail every time I update.  No more secrets now.  hahaha. His response was more enthusiastic than I had expected:

Wow does that site ever look fantastic! I really like the theme, the photos you chose, and the topic of the site. I am looking forward to reading it later.

I am glad you are writing! xxoo

Thanks honey bunny!

adult beginner and rheumatic princess are my heroines

In one of my first posts, I told you all the ways that I’ve become a ballet junkie in the last couple of years. More recently, I have discovered other adults who have started ballet for the first time in their lives or returning to it after many years away, and are blogging about it. Did you know that yesterday was International Tutu Day?  Me neither, or at least I didn’t realize it until Rheumatic Princess wrote about it.

Adult beginner is my absolute favorite ballet blog. I discovered her through Dance Advantage’s Top Dance Blogs contest, and I was immediately hooked! I went back to her first post and read forward in my spare time over the course of less than a week, and I was laughing the whole time. And nodding my head in agreement. This early post is one of my favorites.  (don’t go there if you get offended by language:)

 While I’m concentrating on tail under, legs turned out, knees straight, toes pointed, heels forward, ribs not just up but in, abs zipped, chest lifted and forward, shoulders down but not back, chin level, arms level, wrist rounded, hands beautiful, meanwhile leg moves out and in either with the head or oppsite, depending, you’re telling me to add No Blinking???!!!!
Is there anything else???!!!
I mean, how about my hair?! Is my hairdo ok????!!!!

Yeah,  these same thoughts have been running through my head every Saturday morning during the last 20 minutes of class after I roll up my exercise mat and put on my ballet slippers.  There’s just so much going on in dance.  Sometimes when I’m standing in the corner with my classmates and watching Miss Beautiful Ballet Teacher demonstrate a combination, I just start to laugh and think you’ve got to be kidding me. There’s no way my mommy brain is wrapping around that today. There’s just so much!  But I keep going back for more.