D is for … Dancing

February 11, 2017 Just for Fun, Narcissism 2

I’m doing a kind of “A-to-Z Selfie” project for 2017. This involves writing blog posts of a personal nature. If you’re interested in the topic, please feel free to chime in! If not, you’ll be happy to know that more bookish content will be published soon.

Like many young girls, I took ballet lessons. And lessons in other kinds of dance sometimes — tap, swing, jazz — but it was ballet that I loved. I was never the best at it, but I wasn’t too shabby either. And I enjoyed it immensely.

I was SO proud of myself when I was finally allowed to get pointe shoes. (Of course, years later I still deal with the ghosts of foot-abuse past, but I can’t say I regret it all that much.) And I immensely enjoyed getting to do various shows — mostly because of the costumes and the dance itself, rather than the performance aspect.

I finally had to give it up towards the end of high school. I was a very busy kid, and something had to give. By the time you get to that age, you know whether ballet is even a possible career for you… and you know that most professional ballet dancers will experience a short, brutal career anyway. And at that point I felt that I had to concentrate on things that could realistically affect my future education or work opportunities. But, yes, I still miss it!

Well, how about y’all? Did you have any kind of long-term or highly demanding athletic or artistic hobby as a kid that you kind if miss as an adult? And have you ever thought about trying it again all these years later?

2 Responses to “D is for … Dancing”

  1. Mom

    Never had the chance to dance as a young girl. I was SO excited in college to take Modern Dance as a PE credit. It was embarrassing being a larger gal, but I knew I had an innate sense of rhythm & expression. You can’t teach “feeling the music” easily. It was so exciting one day when I was 1 of 5 chosen by the prof to demonstrate how to do the piece we were working on “properly”. Never got to dance after that…except the one musical theatre show where I was chosen as a dancer, after someone saw the natural talent there. Made me feel good.
    I regret not pursuing drawing/painting either. Felt that urge at the age of 6. But again, never had the opportunity to get any training…
    Thanks for the guided memory tour, Louise!

    • Louise

      Modern Dance does sound like a really fun way to get that PE credit. Also — the cool thing about drawing and painting are that those are skills you can at least partly pick up by yourself just by reading books or watching videos and practicing. I sometimes like to watch YouTube videos of people painting.

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