spankster Posted May 24, 2004 Report Share Posted May 24, 2004 Hi again fellow dancers, As I've stated previously I've been dancing for about 11 months now. In the beginning of April I moved from one class per week to two. (for the first several months I could really feel it in my muscles for about 3-4 days afterward. As a result of this, after the 3 days or so I would only do Pilates, etc to recover and add some strength building for the rest of the week. Muscles were VERY weak when I started, not even balletwise, just in general ) In April I added another class which is really fun. I enjoy having both classes and it is my plan to work up to more in the future. Both classes are beginner classes, though the one does include pirouettes and pique turns. I'm a little behind the class on that one as my original teacher is quite thorough with the fundamentals. (She has encouraged me to join her intermediate class this summer though). I guess i just have kind of a general inquiry. I seem to be MORE sore now than when I began, actually more sore now than when I even added the second class. At this point I've been taking 2 classes per week for 8 weeks. I feel like I'm finally just *starting* to use some of the right muscles now after 6 months of learning to stand up. (I could not even balance on one foot in the center for a long time - I'm a tall, thin, super flexible drink of water My poor teacher, having to watch this!!!) I still do Pilates at least 3x per week, it also is getting *excruciating* although I am clearly becoming better at that as well. Likewise, Pilates used to feel like a "stretch" but now is just so much more ... painful, difficult I guess. Is this normal? My question is, would it be helpful for me to try to work through this discomfort "faster" by adding a third class per week? Or should I take it easy? I'm trying to plan out my summer schedule so that's the reason for the inquiry. Thanks for any advice you may have . Sp. Quote Link to comment
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