I’ve been dancing ballet for fourteen years, and I want to continue into college. I’ve looked at many programs but they are mostly Modern. Does anyone know of some schools that have great ballet programs?
I want to start ballet, but I want my legs to be really strong before I take them. What are some good excersises I could do to achieve that?
My Daughter’s Ballet Watch
I am moving again. Another failed marriage. Don’t feel sad for me – it’s for the best. I mean, of course I am sad about the unfulfilled dreams and the way it’s affecting our son, but I am also excited to be free again. Free to like myself and live my life as I see fit – without anger and mutual disrespect. Free to be the best mother I can be without depleting my energy on things that can’t be changed. Honestly, I am questioning the soundness of our revered institution of marriage. It’s starting to appear pretty oppressive and obsolete in the eyes of independent, self-actualized female professional of the 21st century. Serial monogamy is more my style anyway, it seems.
My train of thought is interrupted as I open yet another box filled with bittersweet memories. I thumb through my older children’s arts and crafts projects carefully preserved from the time they were very young, autographed with the artists’ pledges of love for me. They are now 22 and 15, my son and daughter from previous marital blunders, and they are the reason I have no regrets. All three of my kids are wonderful! I am now making a glamorous new contribution to the family archive – the best works of their five-year old brother from the past three years. This is my retirement nest egg; these will be priceless when he is a famous artist. I’m not kidding.
Loads of family photographs, full of their adorable faces and antics; priceless little relics collected over many Birthdays and Mother’s days. Oh, here’s my daughter’s old little ballet watch! I gave it to her when she was five and ensnared by her all-consuming passion for ballet. It was a present to commemorate that year’s graduation concert: so pretty and delicate, all pink and lavender and sparkly, complete with miniature ballet shoes and her name. She used to want to wear her ballet watch to bed, wouldn’t part with it.
How can I describe the beauty of her graceful tiny body caught up in the whirlwind of movement and deep emotion as she performed her free-style compositions in the middle of the living room?! You had to be there! Oh, and she loved to pop in the video of the Bolshoy performance of Swan Lake from the 60’s I got for her, and dance along, trying to mimic the movements. As was her custom, she wore some improvised outfit inspired by her current mood, always complete with the cherished ballet watch.
I don’t have to convince other mothers reading this that quantitatively most of us love all our children equally. Yet we also know that each child is a different individual, which colors the quality of his/her connection with the parent. I adore my boys; they are remarkable in so many ways. Yet, sometimes it’s only natural that they have more in common with their fathers than with me; regretfully, I am not into gross stuff, mechanical stuff, or rough-n-tumble pastimes. I am more suited for hugs and kisses, flowers they pick for me, and the old songs and stories I share with them.
A mother’s relationship with a daughter can’t help but be different due to the unspoken female bond. Regardless of circumstances, we share a universally visceral connection as women, intuitively understanding and supporting each other. Not to mention the rewards of enjoying all the girly stuff together: clothes and shoes, kitties and bunnies, music and dance, tutus and ballet watches…
My daughter hasn’t lived with me for four years. Then newly remarried, I was determined to move to Seattle with my husband and infant son. As many kids her age, she was really attached to her social life – friends, school – and change scared her. Besides, she appeared to still need to deal with her emotional entanglements with her dad – she felt guilty about leaving him.
I may not be an expert on intimate relationships, but I pride myself on always trying to be the emotional backbone for my children during their periods of struggle. I respect their individuality and don’t try to control, but rather guide them. It’s been tough as hell only seeing my little girl on school breaks but we managed to gradually establish a long-distance relationship that was growing ever-stronger just as her ties with her controlling, temperamental father were weakening.
During the moments of weakness, I would rummage through the sacred box, find her old ballet watch, and hold it close to my heart. As hard as it was, I was steadfast in my knowing that children must be allowed to follow their heart and explore who they are and what they want. Had I insisted on dragging my daughter with me to Seattle against her will, she would have resented me. This way, I gave her an opportunity to learn on her own what I’ve known all along.
My daughter called me today, asking if my offer to move here still stands. Silly girl! Why would I rent an apartment a walking distance from the performing arts-oriented high school, if not because I knew the long-awaited day was nearing?! I realize I am still holding and fingering the old ballet watch, wondering why the symbols of past happy experiences have a tendency to resurface, signaling the exciting new beginnings.
It is time my beautiful gifted girl started dancing again. Maybe I’ll get her a new ballet watch as an encouragement to follow her passions. Or maybe this time the watch should reflect her new interest in punk-rock: all black, with a cool guitar replacing the pointes… She is growing and delving into new areas of self-discovery, and I must march with the times. But nothing can replace the beautiful memories of my joyful little ballerina twirling around, proudly wearing her pretty ballet watch.
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Anaheim Ballet: More Than Dance… 8/19/07 3 Steps: Hair Buns
So the time has come to purchase a new pair of ballet shoes, maybe they are your first ever pair or maybe they are a replacement for the battered old ones you have finally decided to throw away. Either way, with so many different outlets out there selling ballet shoes you are absolutely spoilt for choice.
With this is mind, it makes sense that if you are looking for a new pair of ballet shoes then it’s a good idea to have a look on the web as there are many companies that provide dance accessories and apparel on the internet. When you are buying your new ballet shoes try and go for a company that has a website with a returns policy, this way you will be more confident that you will be dealing with the right kind of company. Plus it means that if for any reason the shoes aren’t right you can send them back or exchange them without any problems.
Obviously every dancer has his or her own opinion on what the best material for ballet shoes is, but leather is normally thought of as more durable and more pleasing to look at than canvas. Generally speaking leather shoes will last much longer than canvas ballet shoes, but it varies depending on the floors you dance on, how much you weigh and what condition your feet are in to begin with.
When it comes to ballet shoes your weight is something that is important to consider because your weight will determine how much friction you will feel between the floor and the shoe. That is why because male dancers tend to be heavier they usually opt for canvas shoes, because wearing leather shoes would cause their feet to stick to the floor rather than gently slide along it. If you are purchasing a pair of leather ballet shoes make sure that you aware that the sticking action caused by leather shoes can result in marks on the studio floor and makes lunges and splits difficult as well as causing more stubbed toes.
As for canvas ballet shoes, they are popular amongst dancers too. Canvas shoes are likely to be cheaper in price and on a vinyl floor, they can last for up to three months of daily lessons. However canvas shoes do not hold up well if you will be dancing on rough wooden floors as the uneven surface tends to rip the canvas. If you do decide to go for canvas ballet shoes and you want them to last then pick the pair made from the heaviest canvas as these will be more resistant to wear and tear.
Both canvas and leather ballet shoes are widely available on the internet and some of the best sites have sections on how to care for your shoes and also links to useful general information about dancing. If you want to know whether the company you are buying from also gets involved with the local community you will be able to find that out on their website too.
I want to become a ballet dancer, but my mom says that a lot of ballet dancers have health problems during their old age. Is that true? She says that the nerves on the big toes get damaged. I tried to Google it to see if anything was true, but I can’t seem to find anything. Also, is it too late to start ballet lessons when you are in your late teens? What are some of the good ballet dancers/ballet companies out there? Is it expensive to become a ballet dancer? How many years does it take to master this art?
Do ballet dance teachers make a lot of money?
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I am 22 years old…. right now I am trying to lose weight and getting more active. My dream has always been to be a good figure skater but also to do ballet. I have been figure skating for the last 4 years off and on but have never ever done ballet. I am getting more interested in it and need some advice. What are the keys to being a good ballet dancer? How can I find a ballet school or class that will cater to adults? Do ballet schools have certain criteria for their beginner dancers? Thanks! Direct references are appreciated!