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First Class Impressions


Skye

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Well, I started :wink:

 

I'm 19 years old and I've finally decided to take up ballet. I found a good studio with beginner classes, three times 90 minutes per week. And I was told by several dancers that the teacher (professor? help please) is very good.

 

I was so nervous on my way there and when the class started, I was shaking :) But as the time passed it got really great and I could do everything. Several times during the class the teacher said that people can rest for a second if they are tired, but I didn't have any problems with that.

 

The only thing I did have problems with was a cramp in my left leg- I had a problem with my knee several years back and my right leg is much stronger than the left.

 

Regardless of that, I was so happy this afternoon :)

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Skye, congratulations on making it to class! For reference, I had huge problems with cramps when I started (very weak calves), but they are less now when I have gained strength.

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I'm not sure when this will stop, the knee problem occured about 5 or 6 years ago and I have been competitively skating during all that time. Right is also my landing leg for jumps.

 

Anyways- next class is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it. Although there is way too many of us in there- about 20. :yucky:

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Wow, I'm envious that you're able to do so many classes a week. It's great! I've looked all around Perth, and with my work schedule as well I can only make it to one 1 hour class a week. Still, my teacher is great, I love that I'm even doing classes and I'm sure you are too.

 

I sometimes get cramp in my foot from pointing. It's so annoying. I'm hoping it'll go away the more my feet get used to pointing.

 

Good luck!

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Anyways- next class is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it. Although there is way too many of us in there- about 20. :nopity:

Wow thats a lot of students. I had the same problem and although the teacher was very good I decided to take up some extra classes at other studios, where the classes are smaller. It makes such a difference if you are just 8 students in a class or 25. :speechless:

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Hey all,

 

The studio I go to, for beginners level and regardless of who the teacher is, there's always around 18 to 20 (sometimes even more!) students per class.

 

My legs still hurt after class, especially I take at least 4 hours class per week. However as long as you know it's a good hurt rather than a bad hurt, you know you're making good progress. :nopity:

 

Cheers,

Fish

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I know Chinafish, at Danceworks, most ballet classes are over-crowded. Thats why I changed studios...

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My legs still hurt after class, especially I take at least 4 hours class per week.

I thought I wouldn't have problems with that since I'm still skating, but I do :nopity: (walking down the stairs is a challenge :speechless: ) However, I love the feeling because it means you actually did something that's good for your stamina.

 

At this point I do ballet three times per week and skate(+dance, fitness etc) five times per week.

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just a note to Maiko, to let you know that there IS someone else from western australia here - surprise surprise! i tried to send you a personal message (PM), to say this, but you aren't able to receive personal messages YET, because you have not yet made 30 posts. (you are up to 18!) so - when you get to 30, i will try to notice, and to write to you. :nopity:

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Guest Noontidal

Well, I did my first class, unfortunately they didn't have shoe in my size so I brought along thick socks. Class went great, I wasn't sure how it would go at first and it was difficult keeping up at first, but toward the end I was really catching on. I've been practicing the exersizes I learned at least 30mins a day (is this an appropriate amount of time to practice?).

 

Today I went out and found a dance shop that had shoes in my size, so next week should go better.

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Well, I did my first class, unfortunately they didn't have shoe in my size so I brought along thick socks.

A lot of contemporary dancer do their ballet class in thick socks :wink:

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Not to pile on here, but CONGRATULATIONS to you both, Skye and Noontidal...

 

I hope you find yourselves humming the music from class during the day, leaping

boldly across puddles, and soon practicing the lesser known nuances of the artform

such as "pas de grocery cart", "changement du elevator", and "car park pirouettes

(both to the left and the right)". Welcome also to our forum, which I've come to

regard as "Victoria and Mel's Halfway House for the Ballet-Addicted" -- it's a

groovy group that, for me, puts the JAM in rond de jambe... :wink:

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