Ballet Dancers - Coming Back to Ballet

by Kristin
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Ballet Dancers - Coming Back to Ballet






Hello Odette:

I started taking ballet class when I was 3 years old and quit right before I went to college (about 17 or 18?). During that time, if I wasn't in school, I was in ballet class! Lots of performances, workshops, competitions, etc. and about 5 years of pointe.

I'm 27 now and I'd really like to start practicing ballet again recreationally, but of course I want to take it seriously and be the best I can be. If I commit to at least 6 hours a week of classes and/or training, can I ever expect to do pointe again? I know it will be a long process but I want to manage my expectations. Aside from my age I'm healthy and have no injuries. I had great teachers and they kept me injury-free for all those years.

Thank you,

Kristin

Los Angeles, CA

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Reply by Odette

To:- Ballet Dancers - Coming Back to Ballet

Hello Kristin,

Thank you for contacting me, it is a pleasure to hear from you.

Despite having a break from ballet for those years you went to college, you studied ballet for a considerable amount of time beforehand. Therefore, I believe the technique of ballet will have definitely remained with you. The ballet movements will be in your muscle memory and therefore will put you in good stead to start practicing ballet again. I think this is an absolutely great idea.

You sound very wise which will definitely be to your advantage when it comes to progressing further in ballet onto pointe work. With the careful attention to your teacher's corrections, and the gradual increase in classes, I believe you can expect to do pointe again. You are correct in thinking it may be a longer progress, as you want make sure you have the strength first. However, I do believe it is possible. The fact you studied pointe for five years is a great advantage.

I suggest to keep in close communication with the teacher so she can guide you along your progress and help you in pursuing your aims.

Please keep in touch. It would be great to hear how you get on.

All the best,

Odette

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