Starting ballet at 18 with the distant dream of pointe work. . .?
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#1 Mar 18, 2013
I've wanted to take ballet lessons since I was old enough to know what shoes were! But my family was always moving around and we never had the money for lessons, so I've went without for eighteen and a half years. It's been a long time coming, but I recently started pushing it a bit more lately (Yes, I have been asking for all these years) and Mom called a place last week! I'm not sure when, but soon I will be going to check the studio out and maybe even meet my possible teacher! And if all goes well, I'll go to a trial class and maybe even start lessons there!! I'm just in complete disbelief that this could ever happen.
So while I'm obviously extremely excited, I'm also worried that I'm starting so late. I'm not a very flexible person, and my strength is quite low. I was in colour guard for four years, so I have basic knowledge (I was one of the worst dancers in a group of around 35, by the way) of arm carriage, foot pointing, arobesque, turns, tendus, other things that I'm too afraid to attempt to spell... So in that regard I do feel somewhat prepared. But my inflexibility is well....a huge issue for me. My turnout is currently less than ninety degrees and my extended second IS ninety degrees. My point is four years in the making and has gotten to be so close to in line with my leg. So close~
I know all of these things can be improved on, but I'm just not sure how to properly stretch or move for this to happen. I'm also concerned about static stretching versus dynamic stretching and how to properly work my stretches while also gaining muscle, but not damaging myself in the process.
So I guess what I'm really trying to get from all of this is how can I prepare myself to start taking real ballet lessons and not be so pathetically awful??
#2 Apr 8, 2013
In your situation hun I think I would look on YouTube and find some instructional videos on ballet exercises for turnout and strengthening feet and ankles, and maybe some balance work if you're wanting to go en pointe in future. Doing some simple exercises at home could really accelerate your improvement in class.
#3 Sep 6, 2013
I would like to start by agreeing with ballet24 and would just like to say I was the same and haven't starting ballet at 7 or 12 and exc started at 18 and was horrible and am now 23 and starting pointe in 2 weeks I passed my exams and reviews this week and would just like to tell you that age is but a number and if you work hard and push yourself you will get there do not get discouraged or lose sight of what you want you will get there.
Ps do Lots of Relevers and retires these will help strenthen and help with turnouts .
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