Tuesday, June 9, 2009

On Dancing...

People who have met me sometime in the past 7 years or so often do not know about something that was once a big part of my life.

I used to be a ballerina.

I'm not talking a few classes when I was a kid. My parents put me in ballet and tap classes when I was 4. I didn't stop taking them until I was 19. There were 7 years of jazz and 8 years of pointe added in there as well. By the time I was in high school, I was in the most advanced classes at my academy and spent several hours every Saturday dancing and preparing for the big recital in June.

I really loved it. It was a part of me. Ultimately, I quit because I was ready to full engage in college and the many activities it included. I took a ballet class to fulfill one of my PE credit requirements in school, but I was bored with the basic barre work. I always felt like the only way for me to really keep dancing would have been to become a dance teacher myself. I certainly don't think I was exceptional enough to make dancing a career.

Last night, I watched the sequel to Center Stage called Center Stage: Turn It Up. It wasn't as good as the first, but I still enjoyed every minute. I'm not going to lie, I have a soft spot for cheesy dance movies like these or the Step Up movies. I think it's because dancing is always going to be a part of me.

It's kind of the same reason why I love watching So You Think You Can Dance every single summer. I miss the dancing.

Sure, I might bust a move at a wedding reception on occasion, but it's not the same. Plus, I was always a ballerina. The moving and shaking of hip hop or more contemporary stuff was never quite my thing. I really enjoyed tapping, too, but how often do you run into someone busting out her tap shoes. (Note: I still have all my dancing shoes.)

I find myself missing ballet. There's no taking the ballerina out of me. I still walk around with my hips turned out. I still naturally stand in first position. Balance moves in yoga class come naturally most of the time. And I feel like I could easily pick ballet back up.

After watching the movie, I couldn't resist pulling out a couple of recital tapes from my high school days. I wasn't flawless by any means, but I definitely look like a ballerina.

I'm tempted to find a ballet class to use as some cross training. I was in really good shape in my dancing days, so I can't imagine that a little ballet work wouldn't help supplement my training.

We shall see.


The Northerner said...

I love Center Stage, it is one of my favorite movies!

I was a baton twirler (laugh it up), and we had to take ballet to help us with our one dance-like routine. Those girls were hardcore! I am finding that as I get older my flexibility is getting worse and I would love to pick up a basic class too!

Niki said...

I love Centersatge too! Mostly because I WISH I could dance! Haha. I never took dance classes when I was little, always did other sports like soccer and softball. So there has always been a part of me that wants to be a ballerina!! I think you should definitely look into finding some classes. I know we have a bunch here in Memphis so for sure Nashville will have some.

J said...

Since you already know what you are doing, finding a class would be a great way to do something different than running. I saw that movie too and it was kinda corny but i loved it anyway just like I loved the first one!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, I was a dancer for 4 years and hated it. I only did it because my mom made me. But that is cool that you enjoyed it.

Anna said...

I can't dance for the life of me but my younger sister was in ballet for years and years. When she was in her early teens she had ballet class every day of the week except for Saturdays. She really wanted to become a ballerina. Or a gorilla scientist. Or the president of the US (which would be impossible considering we're Swedish...).

She stopped dancing when she was 16 as she couldn't combine school with all the practice and the teacher changed cities.

Rachel H. said...

I was a dancer as a kid, as well. I danced from four years old to 14, but I quit a little earlier than you did. I am taking a ballet class here in my town, and it's awesome! It's just a basic beginners class, and I love it. You should definitely find one!

Playful Professional said...

I tell my husband every day that I should be a dancer. And then I jump up and do twirls and realize that I suck as a dancer. But it looks fun.

Nicole said...

How cool! I did gymnastics for 8 years when i was little so I can relate sorta to ballet! I think it would be great for cross training!

Sarah said...

You should definitely take classes! I think I'm going to drop my gym membership and put the money towards a dance class. There's lots for adults these days.