From my experience as an adult beginner, I have taken part in many different ballet classes.
If you have been following my story for a while, you know that I haven’t found the perfect fit for me…yet.
I just can’t work out what I want.
There seem to be the classes that are, for lack of a better word, „easy“
These are the types of classes where I feel under control. I feel in my element.
Then there are those classes that really push me. Everything is just a little bit above what I am able to achieve nicely. I come out of the class feeling either happy that I managed to nail a couple of the combinations, or feeling a bit low because nothing worked.
My ideal course would be one that would slowly build up to harder and harder combinations.
RAD is good, but it is very repetitive. We literally do the same combinations every week. Yes I am getting better at those combinations, but it’s getting a little stale.
I did a similar type of RAD course when I was about 13. It was the Australian version, BAL, and I can’t remember repeating everything over and over again.
What would you rather? A class that is your level where you are in control? Or a class that pushes you to the point where you feel you are just managing to keep your head above water?
You know what I want? I want to be one of those damn Master Ballet Academy students. Have you been watching their youtube or following them on instagram? They are amazing!! Like, they have such flawless technique. I just think „wow“ the whole time I see them.
Apparently they are going to release instructional videos soon.. I will definitely be watching.
I received my leotards from MStevens and I am in love. Having a new leo really makes a difference.
I’m still waiting on my perfectfit pointe inserts.
I am really torn with them.
One of the problems, I feel, of being an adult ballet student with their own money is that I can spend it where I want.
That might not seem like a bad thing, but I think I am susceptible to gimmicky things..
I keep thinking „oh maybe this will help me!“
In the end… I guess it is hard work and practice that will ultimately be the way to go.
At uni ballet this week, I had a bit of an off class. Barre was fine, although it was relatively easy compared to normal. I sucked at centre, but there was one combination that I really felt like I nailed. It involved eschappés and chassés.
But at the very end my teacher told me to make sure I don’t over-cross my feet.
It’s hard sometimes because a critique can be a double edged sword.
On the one hand, it means your teacher is watching you and feels that it is worth telling you because it will make you better.
On the other hand, it can be a bit of a blow. Especially when you think you nailed it.
In my RAD class we have a new girl. She is actually pretty good. Considering she managed to pick up the combinations and execute them pretty well in her first class says something. I’m guessing she is about 14-15.
She said she has been dancing ballet for 11 years.
We are worlds apart. I have been dancing for about 3 and a half years and I am 29.
Gosh there are times when I really wish I didn’t quit ballet as a kid.
Anyway, there is no point regretting the past.